Mombasa City Tour
At 08:00 hrs you depart for a tour of Mombasa city. The city of Mombasa, spread over a small coral island and has a long colourful history.
The tour will go to the mainland to visit the Akamba Handicraft Industry Cooperative Society where you will be able to watch the craftsmen at work and bargain over their handicrafts.
You will visit historical places like Fort Jesus, built by the Portuguese in 1593 to secure their position in Mombasa. The Fort was under siege for more than 33 months before it fell to the Sultan of Oman in 1699.
We will spend some time exploring Fort Jesus Museum and wander through the old town admiring the myriad of shops selling perfumes, embroideries, wood or stone carvings, chests and even Persian rugs.
For thousands of years dhows have plied across the Indian Ocean carrying rare and exotic cargoes of spices and ivory. These romantic old sailing vessels have been largely replaced, but they can still be seen on Mombasa Harbour. You return to the hotel in time for lunch (lunch on own arrangement), afternoon at your own leisure to enjoy.[hr]
La Marina Sea Front Restaurant in Mtwapa offers a variety of excursions:
You will picked up from your hotel after breakfast. We will bring you to La Marine where your day begins with a traditional Arab tea at the Makondi wood carvers village. You will then board the Dhows for a leisurely sail out to the snorkeling area. Guests then transfer to smaller reef boats to reach the coral gardens.
A “dry” option of visiting some ancient ruins is available for those not so keen on snorkeling. Lunch is then served at The La Marina Restaurant where an assortment of exotic Kebabs, Chicken Tika, Grilled Indian Ocean Sailfish and spicy salads are prepared.
The afternoon cruise into Mtwapa Creek meanders passed impressive Villas, marina’s, mangrove forests, giant Baobabs and local hilltop villages.
Our entertaining crew teach rope tricks, offer hair braiding, and Kitengi fashion show, then join in with the bongo drums while the Limbo and acrobatic dancers perform their incredible acts.
At the end of the excursion you will be brought back to your hotel.
A great day to experience the people, culture and cuisine of Kenya. Camera’s a must all day.
Prices per person:
- USD 115 from North Coast
- USD 120 from South Coast
- USD 125 from Malindi
After breakfast you will be brought to La Marina. A day of relaxation starts with boarding the Dhow for a sail out through the inner coral reef to our secret sandbar Island.
The Island only appears twice a month on low spring tides. Step onto the untouched whitesand to a glass of champagne and a snack of fresh oysters.
Swim, snorkel or just laze around in the shallows without any of the hassles of the main coastal beaches. Volleyball and cricket available for the sporty ones.
Depart the Island as the water laps at your ankles for lunch at La Marina Restaurant.
The famous Seafood Meze is a continuous selection of the oceans finest morsels, cooked in a variety of exotic spices and sauces, served on your table at your leisure, alongside a Greek salad.
As the afternoon drifts away, the Dhow then sets sail again for the mangrove forests of Mtwapa Creek.
Catch the sun going down over Africa to complete a full yet relaxing day in Kenya. We will bring you back to your respective hotel.
Price: USD 150 per person
We will bring you to La Marina late in the afternoon (specific time depends on hotel).
An Arab Sailing Dhow is a great way to experience the Sun going down over Africa, while sipping on a chilled Gin & Tonic.
The calm waterways of Mtwapa Creek are lined with luxury Villas, mangrove forests, giant Baobabs and local hilltop villages.
The scent of charcoal fires sets the scene as the rhythm of bongo drums lead on the limbo and acrobatic dancers in a display of spectacular stunts.
Arrive back at La Marina Restaurant in darkness except for the flaming torches of our Masai warriors who line the shore chanting their welcome ritual.
A choice of exotic dinners is available to enjoy a romantic candle lit evening under the palm trees of the open air forecourt. An ideal way to complete your holiday in Kenya.
After this romantic evening we will bring you back to your hotel.
Price per person: USD 90 (only operated from North Coast hotels)
THE TAMARIND DHOW DINNER CRUISE
Our chauffeur will pick you up from your hotel at specified time (depending on which hotel). A drive takes you to The Tamarind Restaurant where you will arrive around 18:00 hrs.
Upon arrival, you will be guided down the stairs to the jetty to embark on your waiting dhow.
Just as the sun sets behind Mombasa Island, you will be welcomed with a sundowner cocktail Dawa.
At about 18:30 hrs the dhow slips her moorings and cruises alongside the silhouetted buildings of the Old Town and Harbour to the illuminating Fort Jesus, where you turn around and cruise back up Tudor Creek under Nyali Bridge and come to rest in serene.
As stars light up the tropical sky, mouth-watering aromas reach you as the chefs of Tamarind Restaurant grill fresh lobsters and fillet steaks on the charcoal grills before your eyes. The fully stocked bar can cater for your tastes.
The resident band takes the stage to play music of your choice for easy listening during dinner and later for dancing on the deck, cooled by the gentle sea breeze. This highlights the tour as the dhow slowly and gracefully releases her mooring to return to the jetty at around 22:30 hrs. Thereafter you will be brought back to your hotel.
This romantic evening will leave you with memories to treasure.
Price: USD 85 (per person)
Inclusive: set menu and transfer from and to hotel, both North and South Coast.
MOMBASA BY NIGHT
The chauffeur will pick you up from your hotel around 17:00hrs. We drive to Jahazi Marine Jetty to board the Dhow at 18:00hrs.
The dhow takes you for a romantic dhow sundowner cruise along the shores of the picturesque island of Mombasa. This starts off an enchanting evening not to be missed.
On board local musicians will entertain you, as biting and drinks are served.
As darkness sets in the Dhow will dock at the Old Port of Mombasa. We will then proceed on food through Old Town to Fort Jesus. Arab and Portuguese guards, bearing fire torches, man the entrance of the fort, constructed by the Portuguese in the 16th century.
You will view a spectacular 30 minutes sound and light presentation of the turbulent History of the East African Coast.
A candle lit setting creates the atmosphere for a unique five course gala dinner served within the Fortress by waiters in Portuguese attire.
Following this feast we will bring you back to your hotel around 22:00 hrs.
Price per person: USD 99
1 DAY SHIMBA HILLS
You will leave your hotel (time varies on the hotel) early in the morning and drive to the Shimba Hills National Reserve.
The reserve is 192 square kilometers and is home to the last remaining Sable Antelopes in East Africa.
You will enter the national reserve and proceed on a morning game drive in search of the rare sable antelopes, Giraffes, buffalos, Leopards, Elephants and many other animals. On a clear day, you can see the Usambara Mountains in Tanzania.
Our game drive continues until 12:30 hrs, when we stop for lunch at the Shimba Hills Lodge, the only wooden Tree Lodge in the coastal area. Shimba Hills Lodge overlooks the waterhole, and the restaurant is strategically located for a wonderful view of the waterhole as animals come to quench their thirst.
After lunch we will relax until 15:00 hrs when we proceed for another game drive.
You will have a chance to visit the spectacular Shedrick’s Falls where you can walk between the water and the cliff and swim safely in a small pool. Afterwards we drive on our way out of the park and back to the hotel, arriving early in the evening.
Prices per person:
- USD 85 from North Coast
- USD 80 from South Coast
- Park Entrance Fees,
- Game Drives and Transport
- Lunch at Shimba Lodge
- Drinks and tips
- Things of personal nature