- It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known for its well-preserved Swahili architecture, narrow streets, and bustling markets.
- This is the ultimate expression of old Arab, Indian, and Portuguese architectural art.
Mombasa Old Town is a historical and cultural district located in Mombasa, Kenya.
It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known for its well-preserved Swahili architecture, narrow streets, and bustling markets.
This is the ultimate expression of old Arab, Indian, and Portuguese architectural art.
Mombasa's old town dates back to the 12th century when it was an important trading centre for Arab and Indian merchants.
The best transportation method to the old town is a tuk-tuk since there is no public transport to this area.
On arriving there is a host of activities awaiting you.
Firstly have a variety of custom brewed coffees such as cardamon coffee, cinnamon coffee, Arabic style coffee, and a host of expressos.
Next, one can head to Fort Jesus and learn about the history of this culture-rich town.
Definitely, after that Fort Jesus tour one's stomach would growl with hunger.
There are a bunch of restaurants one can feast at, all serving authentic Swahili cuisine.
Feel free to indulge in a variety of biriyanis including mutton, fish, and beef alongside shawarma, chicken tikka, fish smothered in coconut sauce, kebabs, samosa, and authentic Swahili pilau.
Wash down this amazing food with your drink of choice.
When it comes to drinks, there are a lot of varieties these include milkshakes made from dates, tamarind juice, and hibiscus tea among others.
Relax and take in the views for a while, then head down toward the old town streets.
Hire a local tour guide for a better learning experience. Tour guiding fees in this area are very pocket friendly ranging from Sh200 to Sh500.
The oldest hotel in Kenya, Africa hotel built in 1901, is located in the old town, alongside iconic mosques and houses built according to the Swahili style architecture.
This place is a photographer's paradise, never lacking picturesque views.
Touring this place will ultimately take you through a portal to the past.
This is thanks to the conservation efforts of the government, the UNESCO world heritage, and well-wishers.