Experience Mombasa Cultural Visits
Mombasa is the melting pot of different culture & regions that’s strongly influenced by Arabic culture as evident in city’s food & architecture. It’s history goes back some 2,000 years and is the second largest city in Kenya.
Mombasa was originally called Manbasa by Arab traders of the 11th Century and was the centre of trade primarily exporting ivory and slaves. Today this coastal island is endowed with a number of interesting cultural attractions such as the tusks on Moi Avenue commemorate the visit of Queen Elizabeth II to the town in 1952 and make a lovely backdrop for photograph. Close by is the Mombasa Old Town with its interesting architecture, art and curios. A walk through its narrow winding streets takes you back centuries.
Fort Jesus on the other hand is the island’s premier lure, built by the Portuguese in 1953 and overlooking the Indian Ocean. It was designed by an Italian architect named Jao Batisto Cairato, and has been variously occupied by the Portuguese and Onami Arabs before the Kenya Government first used it as a prison soon after independence. In 1962, the Government opened Fort Jesus as a museum after declaring it a historical monument. The museum exhibits the culture of the coastal people and archaeological and historical excavations from coast
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Places to Stay at Mombasa
Below are some of our highly recommended places of stay at Mombasa that have been tested and chosen by our travel specialists
Be it a family holiday with children, beach wedding, honeymoon, business meetings with a difference or special interests like deep sea diving or fishing, Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa has something special for everyone.
Severin Sea Lodge
The Severin Sea Lodge is located on Bamburi Beach directly on the Indian Ocean and is lovingly designed in the traditional African style: the round bungalows, the main building and the two swimming pools are embedded in a beautiful palm garden.
Marina English Point
With 26 luxury bedrooms (all en-suite) and 26 Luxury suites not to mention the Executive suites and penthouses to stay in it is the height of decadent living.
Serena Beach Hotel
Serena Beach Resort and Spa offers the ultimate tropical paradise. Treat your palate to a superb selection of of a la carte seafood dishes at the Jahazi Grill which is set on a beach and styled to resemble an Arab dhow.
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