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Mombasa is the second largest city of Kenya. It plays an important role in Kenya's economy not only for its imports and exports through its port, which is the largest in East Africa, but also as a destination for tourists.

flag Introduction to KENYA

Date travelled: 26th January to 10th February 1997
Tour Operator: Somak

Giriama Village

Giriami childrenThe Giriama tribe, the largest among the coastal tribes of Kenya, are staunchly proud of their traditional customs. They resisted colonial influences, particularly conversion to Christianity. A female warrior called Mekatilili wa Menza became a Giriama folk hero by actively fighting to protect her people from Christian missionaries. They have a rich traditional dance culture and use a lot of jewelry as part of the dance costume. Life in the villages of this district, called Kwale, is at a much more relaxed pace. The climate is ideal for the growth of coconuts, sugar cane, cashew nuts and fresh fruits. It is known for the production of palm wine, a popular local drink and is worth a visit.

Bombolulu Workshops

The Bombolulu WorkshopsThe Bombolulu workshops were founded in 1969. It is a major tourist attraction which consists of a Cultural Centre with 8 traditional homesteads. The Centre also runs a traditional Restaurant and entertains guests with traditional dances throughout the day. The Centre is run by the "Association for the physically disabled" and employs 150-disabled craftsmen/women who produce jewellery, handprinted textiles, wood carvings and leather crafts.

Ngomongo Village

Masai tribesmenNgomongo Village is a miniature reflection of tribal community groundings. Sample their lifestyles and culture in the different tribal huts and catch a real life glimpse of what may have been before "Civilization" set in. A number of traditional huts serving different tribal groundings 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.

Fort Jesus

The Portuguese built Fort Jesus in 1593 to guard Mombasa Harbor and secure the safety of Portuguese colonists on Africa's eastern coast. Over the next 300 or so years it changed hands between Portugal and Oman approximately nine times. When Britain made Kenya a colony in 1895, it turned Fort Jesus into a prison. When Kenya attained independence in 1958, it declared Fort Jesus a historical monument, which now attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors a year.

Bamburi Nature Trail

Hippos This amazing habitat, Bamburi Nature Trail, the largest animal sanctuary in Mombasa, has been restored from a cement factory and is now home to a large number of bird species, several hippos, crocodiles, antelopes and giant tortoise. A walk around the trail is the ideal way to look at the various animals found within.

Safari

Treetops lodge in Tsavo hills There are many different safaris on offer, varying in length and location. A two day safari in Tsavo Hills is a gentle introduction to the wildlife. The photograph on the left is of Treetops in the Aberdares National Park where we stayed for one night whilst in Kenya. The game lodge overlooks a waterhole and salt lick, which attracts a host of wildlife and, with its open platforms and decks, provides excellent viewing and photographic opportunities.

Other Attractions

Crocodile Farm & Snake Park
Akamba Wood Carvers
Spice market
Moi Avenue

 

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Travel Advice for Kenya

WEATHER

January and February are usually hot and dry; while March to May is hot and wet. The months of June through to October are warm and dry; while November and December are warm and wet

PASSPORT

A passport valid for at least six months after return is required for entry

VISA

Visa required for UK passport holders (single entry visa costs 35)

MONEY

Credit cards accepted at larger shops and restaurants
Currency is the Kenyan Schilling

ELECTRICITY

Electricity is 220-240v AC with square 3-pin sockets

TIME ZONE

Time difference of +3hours GMT

FLIGHT

Flight time approx.10½ hours

WATER

Bottled water recommended for drinking and brushing teeth

DISEASE

Recommended vaccinations:- hepatitis, meningitis, polio, tetanus, typhoid, TB (children only), anti-malaria tablets

LINKS

Tourist Office Tel: 020 7636 2371/5 or link to Kenya High Commission

** Information on the travel pages was correct at the time of publishing. Passport & Visa information applies to UK citizens.