Mombasa By Day

Ever felt like you need to get away from the city and its daily hullabaloos? Like every moment in it is chocking you, and at the same time you have no deep pockets for a ‘proper’ vacation ? Well then, if yes, this is definately for you.

I used to imagine that a vacation has to be weeks long or several days, not until I challenged that notion and spontaneously embarked on one of the deals on Travelstart’s destinations in the coast, Mombasa. I tell you a weekend away was the perfect vacation I have dared to have in a long while.

One of the many perks other than coming back refreshed, is that you make the most of the short time available and in many ways saves on the pocket.

5  fun things to do in Mombasa:

1.  Visit the Fort Jesus.
I had always looked forward to going here and for only 200 Kenya shillings I got it off my bucket list..(Hurray for me)

Fort Jesus
The fort offers an amazing background for photography. It was built in 1591 by the Portuguese.

If you are a history buff like myself, this is a must visit place whenever you are in Mombasa.

The View from Fort Jesus.
The View from Fort Jesus.

2. Visit Mamba Village
Did you now you can have some crocodile soup at the Mamba Village Mombasa? Caress the snakes, take pictures with them and feed the crocodiles? There are also many places within proximity to the Mamba Village where you can have lunch by the ocean front such as The Serena Beach Resort, Vasco Da Gama among others, recommended by trip advisor.

Feeding time at The Mamba Village, Mombasa.
Feeding time at The Mamba Village, Mombasa.
One of the snakes at the Mamba Village
One of the snakes at the Mamba Village

I don’t like admitting that I am herpetophobic (I just had to use that on you, I mean I have a fear of reptiles) so this was a scary though exciting experience I had and maybe after the Travelstart Blogger experience competition I could tell you about things i fancy like the spice farms in Zanzibar.

3. The Beach.
I would have put this first but it would have been too cliché, anyway it is undoubtedly among the first stops for relaxation and enjoying a cool breeze.

An old boat at the Pirates Beach, The tide was still low...
An old boat at the Pirates Beach, The tide was still low…

For photography enthusiasts there are several interesting subjects that the beach offers and this was my second best location after the fort.

4. Eat Ice cream by the road side.

Road side ice cream and Popsicle sticks to cool you down.
Road side ice cream and Popsicle sticks to cool you down.

One thing that is evident is that if you are not from the coast then the heat there will give you a feeling like you are in a furnace. I experienced this first hand and the road side ice bars and ice cream were what I looked forward every time I got into the streets, these little life savers. There is a variety to choose from: milk, plain ice, ukwaju (tamarind) and so forth. The upside is that they are both delicious and cooling and you get to pick your own colour.

5. Walk through the Old Town of Mombasa.
The Swahili culture can be seen all the way through the narrow streets in old town as you head towards Fort Jesus.
-Bonus
Watch the sun set by the ocean. I was privileged to access the English Point Marina, the first Marina in East Africa and the view it offered was out of this world. You get to see the old town as well as the fort at the horizon. DSC_0251

PS: If you like to party or the night scene then you can definitely check out these 12 nightlife spots in Mombasa as recommended by Travelstart Kenya.

The view of the Old Town of Mombasa as seen from the English Point Marina
The view of the Old Town of Mombasa as seen from the English Point Marina

This was undoubtedly the most places I have visited in 2 days and still had an amazing time at it. So whenever you need to get away from your routine, pack a bag and do just so  🙂

Mamba Village Pictures courtesy of Zollo

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