Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Resort City That Is Really Wild

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Resort City That Is Really Wild

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ON the east coast of Kenya, Mombasa is the country's second largest city. A melting pot of languages and cultures from all sides of the Indian Ocean, the city is vibrant and exciting, with stunning beaches and wild animals on the doorstep. Many tourists come here after going on safari as a relaxing end to their holiday.

Must sees for free Bamburi beach is the perfect place to unwind and soak up the sun by the Indian Ocean. It also has a selection of restaurants, bars, watersports and stalls selling local produce.

Take a stroll down the winding alleys of the Old Town, where the historic art and intricate woodwork meet the modern bustling market place.

A visit to the city would not be complete without seeing the towering tusks of the sculpture over Moi Avenue.

Dating back to 1956, it was commissioned for a visit by Princess Margaret and marks the entrance to the centre of the town, forming an 'M' for Mombasa.

Top sees for a fee Haller Park is a nature park in Bamburi.

Once an abandoned quarry, it has been transformed into an ecological paradise and holds a variety of plants and animals. Entry is Ksh 800 for adults (about £6) and Ksh 400 (£3) for children for non-residents.

African Memorable Safari offers a private safari tour to Tsavo East National Park from Mombasa for around £260 per person, including overnight accommodation and a two-day safari.

Fort Jesus bears testimony to the first successful attempt by Western civilization to rule the Indian ocean trade routes.

It was built by the Portuguese in 1593 and from above it looks like the shape of a man. Its turrets and walls offer views across the ocean.

Open 8am to 6pm daily. Entry is 200 Ksh for non-residents.

Getting around Mombasa is centred on Mombasa Island, but extends to the mainland, separated by two creeks, with regular ferry and taxi crossings.

It is a coastal city, so is flat and easy to explore on foot.

The two main forms of transport are matatus (privately-owned minibuses), which charge between KSh30 and KSh50, and threewheeled tuk-tuks, which cost KSh50 to KSh200. …

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