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Mombasa Coast Excursion Circuit Tour

The perfect complement to the Safari experience! With its long stretches of romantic beaches protected by its encircling dazzling-hued coral reef, Mombasa's crystal blue waters are virtually ablaze with a fantastic display of Multi-colored tropical fish. In Mombasa, there are different activities, which can keep you occupied. The colorful island town of Mombasa with its blend of ancient and modern buildings on the Indian Ocean is Kenya's principal port and the country's second largest city. A comprehensive tour of the island include the old Arab town, with it's maze of narrow twisting alleys displaying the beautifully curved doors and verandas, bazaars with curio and antique shops, the Dhow harbor still in use, a Hindu temple, a visit to the Akamba wood carvers and a drive to the bazaar for a short shopping expedition. The high light of the tour is probably the visit to Fort Jesus. Built in 1593 by the Portuguese to guard the entrance to the old Dhow harbor, it is the island's Landmark. Four hundred years old, the port still stands and serves as a historical museum followed by lunch at Mamba Village. Mamba is the Swahili name for crocodile and this "village"is really a crocodile farm. Bamburi Quarry Nature Trail, the wasteland of the stone quarry has been reclaimed and amongst the casuarinas trees and other tropical flora reside a variety of wildlife and birds, Eland and Buffalo, Crocodiles and other reptiles can be seen wandering with crowned cranes.
Haller Park
Walking along the trail is the ideal way to look at the various animals and on many occasions holding or feeding a reptile such as a snake is allowed under close supervision of a guide. Educational videos are also shown, with emphasis on the history and continuous improvement of the trail.
The wasteland of the stone quarry has been reclaimed and amongst the casuarinas trees and other tropical flora reside a variety of wildlife and birds. Eland and buffalo, crocodiles and other reptiles can be seen wandering with crowned cranes.

Ngomongo village
Drive to the "Ngomongo Village", a miniature reflection of tribal community groundings. Glimpse of what may have been before "Civilization set in". A number of traditional huts serving different tribal groupings have been recreated in this theme village. Watch or participate in the traditional food preparation, sample the various local brews and marvel or participate in the tribal dances

Mamba Village
Mamba Village hosts Africa's largest Crocodile Farm. Your visit will coincide with feeding time at 5:00pm.This one is great for the kids. This trip will also include the beautiful botanical in this area. Nature in all her glory with the assistance of man, presents breathtaking views. Great places to take pictures to send back home or just to put on the mantle. Take a picture with the flora and fauna as the background. It is just beautiful!

Tamarind Dhow cruise
The evening cruise is the most renown of all the coastal trips. An enchanting evening of exotic seafood blended with a romantic cruise aboard an authentic Arab Dhow around the old port of Mombasa Town. The dhow, Nawalilkher, was built in 1977 for trading. At 23 meters, she is the largest dhow on the coast. Purchased in 1986, she was converted for restaurant use by her original builder Fundi Bini on Lamu Island, under the watchful eye of Mohammed Shalle, who is still her captain today.
Your evening begins once you are picked up from your hotel and driven to the pier. As soon as you step off the gangplank, you are met by a traditionally-dressed waiter who shows you to your table, and serves you with a house cocktail made with vodka, lime, honey, sugar and crushed ice. Non-alcoholic drinkers are offered soft drinks or fruit juices. Once the dhow departs from the jetty, the live band starts playing beautiful rhythms, and soon the swing has majority of guests dancing on the main deck.

After a cruise round Tudor Creek with fine view of Mombasa's Old Town and Fort Jesus, your dhow moors in a sheltered bay at the head of the creek.
Here the fine aroma of grilled lobster and steak starts to fill the air as the chefs pull out the charcoal grills and prepare a four-course gourmet meal.
As your meal draws to a close, the waiters serve aromatic Arabica coffee from a traditional Arab brass pot --the Kahawa Pot. The evening trip on the dhow is an excellent romantic spot for newly weds, and those wishing to propose.

Wasini Island & Kisite Marine Park.
Welcome to a day of ultimate pleasure in the richest Marine Park in the Kenyan Coast. In the early morning depart for the tranquil fishing village of Shimoni close to the Tanzanian border. The scenic route takes you through lush coconut and cashew nuts plantations and the colorful villages of the Digo people.
At Shimoni jetty board an authentic motorized Lamu dhow, which cruise and sail you through an enchanting seascape of Islands to the underwater splendors of the Kisite Marine Park. Here snorkelers will marvel at the incredible variety of marine life in the shallow and warm waters around Kisite Island; the venue for numerous birds.
Indulge in Scuba diving to explore a number of excellent dive sites, also teeming with an astounding variety of Marine life which inhabits the magnificent coral reefs in and around the park. A sumptuous Swahili style seafood lunch is served in Wasini Island restaurant. Thereafter visit the traditional Muslim village. After an unforgettable day on and around the Islands. We return you to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Shimba Hills National Park
Depart from your hotel in the Morning for Shimba Hills National park arriving in time for lunch. The Shimba Hills are a short drive from Mombasa. South of the island, they are reached via the Likoni Ferry and are over a thoNairobi nd feet high which offers one a view of both the Indian Ocean and the African bush. A visit to the Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary is highly recommended. It is located about 30 minutes from the glistening beaches of south coast. At the sanctuary you will experience a unique safari in a spectacular landscape. 60,000 acres feature dramatic cliffs and forested hills as well as bush land with baobabs - all striking for the wildlife. Apart from the elephant, you might see warthog, impala, bushbuck, sable, Cape buffalo and leopard. Enjoy an afternoon game drive after which you return to Mombasa arriving in the evening.

Malindi and Watamu Marine National Reserve.
Malindi/Watamu Marine National Reserve is located 119 kilometers from Mombasa and extends from south of Malindi town to Watamu. It was among the first marine reserves to be established in Africa and comprises of the Malindi and Watamu Marine National parks with extensive coral reef and coral gardens which are very popular to the divers, snorkelers, and glass-bottomed boat viewers. The corals consist of myriads of brightly colored coral fish, corals and shells. Angel fish, Butterfly fish, Blue surgeon fish, Anemone, Domino, Scorpion and Parrot fish are the major species. Green turtle, Blue marlin fish, Sailfish, Giant grouper and Marko sharks can also be seen. Entertainment activities like water skiing, wind surfing, deep sea diving assisted by instructors, goggling and deep sea fishing can be organized by hotels which appear in a chain at the coastal front. Tourists can visit the Big Three Caves at the mouth of Mida Creek. These caves are a home to groupers and other fish.

Along the North Coast is Malindi one of the Kenya's oldest coastal towns. This is where Vasaco da Gama, a Portuguese explorer, landed in April 1498 before he sailed eastwards to "discover" India. A pillar in his memory still stands on the eastern side of the town overlooking the Malindi Marine National Park. Malindi is a popular tourist attraction and it offers a range of recreational facilities such as casinos, night clubs and bars, golf courses and hotels. It has a long curving beach ideal for surfing during the monsoon in July and August. The coastal area of Malindi is popular for deep-sea fishing where sports fishermen are said to have caught some of the largest fish in Africa.

One of the oldest living towns along the East African coast is Lamu town, located on Lamu Island north of Malindi. This Swahili town is said to have been founded around the 10th century. It used to be a very busy port in the 18th and the 19th centuries. The Old Fort in the centre of the town built in 1812, is today a cultural centre. The town has numerous Museums such as the Swahili house Museum, the German Post Office Museum, the Lamu Fort Environment Museum, and the Lamu Museum. Lamu Museum occupies what used to be the District commissioner's house, a house originally built for Queen Victoria's consul, Jack Haggard. This museum houses a rich collection of ethnographic material from the Swahili, Orma and Pokomo ethnic groups. On display also are the traditional Swahili craft such as the Siwa (side-blown horn), furniture and jewellery. The Island town of Lamu can only be approached by boat.

Fort Jesus
Fort Jesus was built in 1593 by the Portuguese to signify their reign on the East African Coast but the fort changed hands several times between the Portuguese and the Omani Arabs. The fort was also used by the British as a prison during the colonial period. Today it is a national monument and a popular museum which displays ancient artifacts of the coastal life. It also holds a conservation laboratory, a gift shop and a cafeteria. Part of the museum is the Old Law Court which hold a research library, coastal archaeology department and a regional centre for archaeological study.

Gede Ruins
Located about 19 kilometres south of Malindi is the famous Gede ruins, a 12th century Swahili settlement. Revealed here are the Mosques, tombs, magnificent "palace" and houses, all which occupy about 45 acres of indigenous forest rich in numerous species of flora and fauna.

Jumba la Mtwana Ruins
Jumba la Mtwana, meaning "house of slaves", represents the remains of a 13th century Swahili Settlement which was mysteriously abandoned in the 15th century and rediscovered in 1960s. Mosques and tombs stand magnificently in this site. Domestic houses decorated in carved niches and arched doorways still stand. It's location on a beautiful stretch of sandy beach, attracts both the local people and tourists for picnic.

In the Lamu archipelago is a Swahili settlement called Siyu. Siyu has a long history and in the late 19th century it resisted domination by the Omani Arabs. Remains of magnificent tombs and mosques can be seen. Today the present village of Siyu is famous for leather craft.

Ngomomgo Villages/Kenya Heritage
A very unusual place to visit. This place, a reclaimed quarry is one with a twist: this with a collection of eleven rural homesteads, complete with permanent inhabitants in matching dress, representing the "most colorful tribes of Kenya". A fun place to be.

Takwa Ruins
Takwa ruins represent remains of a 16th century Swahili trading town located on Manda Island near Lamu Town. An interesting landmark in Takwa is the unique Friday Mosque with a large pillar atop the gibla wall and little known about it. Takwa is attractive for camping and picnic.

The Tana Delta (Ungwana, Shaka and Mwana)
To the entrance of Tana River, the longest river in Kenya is the small town of Kipini. Located within the river Delta are remains of Swahili towns and settlements. Furthest from Kipini are the ruins of Shaka and Mwana while the 10th century town of Ungwana is located near the Delta. Ungwana is a large town with numerous structures including tombs, mosques and domestic houses.

Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Reserve
Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Reserve is a unique reserve in Kenya located near Watamu in the north coast. It is here that the rare and unique birds like the smallest owl in Africa - the endangered 15 centimeters-high Sokoke Scops Owl and Sokoke pipit live here. Other animals found here include the Golden-rumped elephant shrew, Aders Duiker, Clarke's Weaver, the endemic Sokoke four-toed mongoose and butterfly life. Remnant of indigenous coastal forest and rubber trees inhabit this reserve.

Bamburi Nature Trail
This is a private wildlife and forest conservation sanctuary established by the Bamburi Cement Company with a purpose to reclaim acres of excavated quarries during the many years of extracting raw material for cement manufacturing. It is one of the world's best examples of how man's destruction on land can be reclaimed in nature's own way. Today both exotic and local animals and trees inhabit this oasis which was once a barren treeless desert of limestone dust. Visitors can see birds, porcupines, giant tortoises, and orphaned animals like buffalo, hippo, and eland. Fish and crocodile commercially farms are also run here.

Kisite / Mpunguti Marine National Reserve
The 28 square kilometer Kisite Marine National Park is located in the Mpunguti Marine Reserve in the fishing village of Shimoni, 85 kilometers south of Mombasa. Shimoni which was a slave centre is historically known for its huge coral caves where thoNairobi nds of slaves used to be kept prior to shipment to Zanzibar, Pemba and Arabia. These caves can still be seen even today. From the park one can view the Nairobi mbara mountains of Tanzania about 6 kilometers away. Wasini Island is to the right with the Shimba Hills in the distance. Kisite National Park is one spectacular place in the Indian Ocean where one can dive and snorkel amongst a bewildering variety of marine life comprising a unique ecosystem - "a garden under the sea". The park offers best resorts for goggling and deep-sea fishing. Kisite is a home for Dolphins, Spotted and Indo-Pacific Humpback. The variety and abundance of fish is astounding. Blue striped snappers, Ehrenburg snappers and sweet lips with their prominent yellow colorings. Families of up to eighty parrot fish, mainly blue in color, can be seen passing through these shallow clear waters.

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