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4 Must See Attractions in Mombasa, Kenya

Fort Jesus in Mombasa, Kenya

Fort Jesus in Mombasa, Kenya

With so many things to see in Mombasa, Kenya, it can feel a bit overwhelming to narrow it down to just a few. This may be necessary if your time in Mombasa is going to be limited. Many people have a tendency to spend one week in this tropical paradise, but you could benefit by a two or even three week vacation here.

The matter how long you plan on spending in Mombasa, here are four must see attractions throughout the area.

Fort Jesus.

This is considered by many people to be the most iconic monument throughout the city. This was built in the 1590s by the Portuguese for defense. You can take a walking tour of the fort and even visit the museum. There is a long and violent history associated with this particular fort, including a three-year siege in which 2,500 men barricaded themselves inside.

Mombasa’s Old Town.

Old Town’s iconic location in the city is where you will find incredibly hand carved doors, old mosques that date back centuries and, and if you travel far enough north through Old Town, you will see where Vasco Da Gama came ashore in 1498.

The Gedi Ruins.

There is a small Swahili town just outside of Mombasa that was abandoned in the 16th century. There are certain speculations as to why, and a lack of water may be the biggest one. It was, at the time, an affluent area where the sultan’s palace was found and there were also numerous mosques and some incredible houses. You could spend an entire day touring the ruins of this mysterious little town area

Bamburi Nature Trail.

If you’re looking for a connection to the nature around you, Bamburi Nature Trail is one of the best. Today it is known as Haller Park and is found just north of Mombasa. It has a deep forest that is teaming with natural wildlife.

Your visit to Mombasa will not be complete unless you visit at least a couple of these must see attractions.