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Excursions in Mombasa

EXCURSIONS FROM MOMBASA

I. FULL DAY CITY TOUR OF MOMBASA

Located on Kenya’s Eastern coastline bordering the Indian Ocean, is the Mombasa city. It is the second largest city in Kenya and one of Africa’s major tourist destinations.

The city is also very rich in culture due to the pre independent and early settlers. The tours and excursions we have prepared include visits to historical places including the Fort Jesus built in 1953 and the old town with buildings and history dating back to the pre colonial period.

Pick up is at 0800hrs for the City Centre. Drive along the Mama Ngina drive on the sea shore to enjoy the beautiful views of the Indian Ocean and the Likoni Ferry on your way to Fort Jesus.

Once you arrive there our guide will take over and start the tour of the Fort Jesus, a National Monument with history dating back to pre-colonial period. Proceed to the old town and walk along the narrow streets filled with so much activity.

Walk towards the Fruits and Spice market.

Next visit the Hindu mosque, then proceed to the Mombasa Landmark (elephant tusks) for photographs. Drive to the Akamba Handicraft Industry where you can buy curios and at the same time see how the curios are made and carved. Some of the different carvings made here include, human sculptures, animal sculptures, decorative accessories and functional carvings among others.

Lunch will be at the Tamarind restaurant. After which you’ll proceed to the Ngomomgo villages. Here you get the chance to learn about all the tribes of Kenya and their different cultures.

After the tour of Ngomongo Villages, you will be transferred back to your hotel in time for dinner.

 

II. MALINDI TOUR

Depart from hotel early after breakfast and drive along the North coast to Malindi. The Highlights of this tour will include:

A visit to Gede ruins – an ancient Swahili village mysteriously abandoned some 600 years ago due to unknown causes, now a national museum, the ruins are overgrown with

Indigenous forest trees, age-old baobab trees, tamarind and animals can be found here too. This excursion is well worth a walk and a visit.

A visit to the Kipepeo Butterfly Project – an innovative project aimed at giving forest edge communities get income from the forest by live breeding unique butterflies from the Arabuko- Sokoke forest.

Check out the Vasco da Gama Pillar built in 1498, lots of history right there. Malindi Crocodile Farm and Snake Park- located just off the main road leading to Malindi Marine Park

The Beach – swim, have a picnic etc

 

 III. FULL DAY WASINI

On our full day wasini island, kisite marine park excursion by road, we start early from the beach hotels to be at the Shimoni jetty before low tide.

Depart from your hotel and proceed to the small historical fishing village of Shimoni driving via coastal settlements with views of palm trees, cashew nuts, mango trees, and rice paddies.

On arrival at the Shimoni village, board the motorized dhows for a cruise in the marine park and the surrounding Kisite, Mpunguti Islands.

Snorkel and marvel at the rich marine life where corals, exotic fish and sea plants are protected. As we sail in the calm waters, we will be on the lookout for the

resident dolphins that approach the dhow and with their gymnastics, beckon us to join them for a swimming duel.

At Wasini Island, we will disembark and take a discovery stroll through theIslandand its pure Swahili culture also visiting the giant coral garden and the adjacent mangrove swamp forest. Our guide will give us an in depth oration throughout the tour.

Later, we will settle down for an adventurous barbeque seafood lunch with local Swahili accompaniments. After a short reflective siesta, we board our dhows for the sea trip to the Shimoni jetty.

* Recommended: Visit the Shimoni caves where slaves were “stored” during the old slave trading days before they were shipmed to the Zanzibar slave market.

We bid “Kwaheri” to the village folk and start the journey to our respective hotels.

 

IV. TSAVO EAST – ONE DAY SAFARI

Your Mombasa Kenya Tsavo East full day safari starts early to enable us spend maximum time at the Tsavo East

At approximately 0630 hrs, depart from your hotel. Proceed along theNairobi–

Mombasa highway on a scenic 2-hour drive along a smooth tarmac road.

There will be a short stop over near the gate for Breakfast & refreshments at your own cost. Enter the Tsavo East National Park through the Bachuma gate and commence game viewing in search of elephants, lions, cheetahs, buffalos, giraffes, antelopes, and many more animal species. Lunch at a rustic restaurant overlooking the Tsavo plains.

You will have an afternoon game drive that will commence after lunch.

Depart Tsavo East for Mombasa to arrive in the late afternoon. Transfer to your hotel.

 

V.DOLPHIN SAFARI

FULL DAY SNORKELLING EXCURSION TO KISITE MARINE NATIONAL PARK – HOME OF THE DOLPHINS – WITH LUNCH ON WASINI ISLAND

The 28sq. km Kisite-Mpunguti Marine Park is reputed to be the most beautiful marine park after the Great Barrier Reef of Australia and is the best in Kenya in terms of species diversity, coral quality and reef build-up. The warm, pristine waters are host to dramatic coral formations, dolphins, turtles, sting rays, moray eels and a bewildering variety of sea life that comprise a unique eco-system that could be referred to as a garden under the sea. Come with us for a day trip on the Pilli Pipa in and around Kisite, home of the dolphins. Run by Selina and Harm who are Marine Biologist and PADI Diving Instructors, we take limited numbers to offer you a more personal service. Even weak and non-swimmers have had the confidence to enter the water with us and taken home unforgettable memories.

Plan:-

  • Drive to Shimoni jetty in a shared mini bus to arrive at about 8.30am.
  • On arrival, board our Arabian Style dhow with comfortable seating. Welcome on board by a cheery crew who will serve you with Kenya coffee or tea with biscuits.
  • Full briefing of all facilities and program on boarding.
  • Motor and or sail as you look for Dolphins past Mpunguti ya juu & Mpunguti ya Chini on your way to Kisite National Marine Park.
  • Guided snorkeling in the protected waters. Guides safely showing the many varied fish and coral. Assistance given with additional use of life rings and buoyancy jackets if required.
  • Two snorkeling sites visited or extended snorkeling time – depending on the weather.
  • Return to our private residence on Wasini Island, a Robinson Crusoe hideaway, for a delicious Seafood Banquet. Lunch is served in a private garden by smiling Swahili Ladies and includes beer, wine and sodas. Try some of our Citronella Tea made from fresh lemon grass grown by Harm on the island. There is the opportunity to look through our Marine Literature and identify the creatures that you have seen.
  • Tired after the eventful day, there is reluctance to leave but gradually people are guided back onto the dhow and, weather permitting, we may sail across the Wasini Channel to Shimoni.
  • Visit Shimoni Slave Caves Community project (optional at an extra cost)

All equipment provided including prescription masks, snorkels, fins and diving equipment. Soft drinks (sodas), mineral water and fruits served on the dhow. To make the day comfortable, you need to carry own towels, sun lotion, water friendly shoes, sun glasses, hats and swimming costume. The photo opportunities can be outstanding so carry a camera too.

 

VI. MOMBASA – SALT LICK – 2 Day Safari

You will be picked from your Mombasa Hotel (South or North Coast) after an early morning breakfast. Drive through the North Great Road to Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary – a privately owned conservation area located at the foot of the Taita Hills adjacent to Tsavo West National Park in Kenya – one of the world’s largest game reserves.

The Sanctuary offers many diverse opportunities for guests to experience the unique flora, fauna and culture of this fascinating ecosystem. Night game drives provide guests with an opportunity of seeing animals not usually encountered on a daytime game drive.

Nature walks with a guide can also be arranged. Enjoy a bush breakfast or dinner,Champagne Sundowner at Kudu Point or visit local communities and experience their culture.

* Night game drives are available upon request.

You will check-in SAROVA SALT LICK GAME LODGE by lunch time which is located in the heart of the Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary and is a truly unique architectural concept consisting of 96 distinctively luxurious oval-shaped rooms, overlooking a waterhole which attracts a large array of wildlife, especially elephants. In the evenings the animals gather at the waterhole – a spectacular site to behold, to drink at the watering hole. Afternoon game drive.

Dinner and overnight stay at SAROVA SALT LICK GAME LODGE

Day 2: SALT LICK – MOMBASA
After breakfast, you will drive through the North Great Road via VOI TOWN and later proceed to your Mombasa Hotel in time for lunch.

Price includes

  • -Park entrance fees
  • -Accommodation for one night at Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge on Full board basis
  • -Bottled water for use during the safari
  • -2 Game drives per day in an open roof safari tour van

Not included:
– Expenses of personal nature such as visas, tips etc

– Drinks and extra meals

 

VII. 2 NIGHTS/ 3 DAY FLYING PACKAGE TO MAASAI MARA FROM MOMBASA/DIANI/MALINDI

This package has been designed for the Traveler that wants to fly directly in to the Maasai Mara either from Diani, Mombasa or Malindi. This is a very competitive flying package that includes luxury tented accommodation, with game drives in a land cruiser Jeep for 2 nights, 3 days. The package can also be extended for more nights.

Day 1: DIANI, MOMBASA OR MALINDI – MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE

Depart from either Diani Ukunda airport, Mombasa international airport or Malindi airport at approximately 8 am, arriving into Maasai Mara at 10.30am. Driver/Guide pickup from the airstrip with game drives en-route to arrive for lunch at Lodge. The afternoon is spent game viewing. Maasai Mara is the most famous game reserve in Africa .
The Mara is 1,510 sq.Kms of open grasslands dotted with the distinctive flat topped acacia trees. It is watered by the tree-lined Mara River and its tributary the Talek River . The western border of the park is spectacular Oloololo Escarpment. The Mara is the richest game viewing experience in Africa . The concentration of game is at its highest in the months of July through October when the Mara is the host to the annual migration of more than two million wildebeest.

Overnight at Olumara Camp on full board basis

Day 2: MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE

Spend a full day in the Maasai Mara with picnic lunches or morning and afternoon game drives. If you are coming during the Great Migration do not miss the opportunity to do a full day game drive with picnic lunches at the Mara river crossing!

If you are lucky to see this you will find wildebeest and the occasional zebra huddled in their thousands on one side of the river; their sounds filling the African air. Inside the river, large crocodiles lay and wait. For a moment the Wildebeest seem to hesitate, each anxious to cross, but for some reason none make a move. Then suddenly, one brave wildebeest steps forth and takes the first plunge into the muddy waters of the Mara river. This sets of a stampede, with each animal for itself, swimming and fighting to get to the other side. The crocodiles rush in for the kill, not wanting to waste this golden opportunity. This is a marvelous spectacle that will imprint itself into your memories for the rest of your life.

Overnight at Olumara Camp on full board basis

Day 3: MASAI MARA- NAIROBI

Early Morning game drives, back for breakfast. After breakfast spend the morning at leisure. Your return flight is at 2pm. Opt for an extra lunch in this day at an additional cost. Transfer to the airstrip at 1pm to connect flight back to Diani/Malindi/Mombasa at approximately 4.30pm.

END OF SAFARI

THE ABOVE SAFARI INCLUDES:

  • Return air flights from Diani/Mombasa/Malindi to Maasai Mara
  • Airport transfers in the Mara and Game Drives
  • Experienced English speaking driver/guide
  • Accommodation in a luxury boutique tented lodge
  • Meals on Full-Board basis (I.e all three meals per day)
  • A complementary Bush Dinner

EXCLUDES:

  • Individual park fees per person per day
  • Beverages
  • Laundries
  • Tips

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED:

  • Take a Hot Air Balloon Safari with a Champagne Breakfast
  • Have a Bush Breakfast or Dinner
  • Visit a Local Maasai Village

 

VIII. ONE NIGHT/2 DAY TSAVO EAST SAFARI BY ROAD 

When you visit the Kenya coast on your beach holiday, take a break with this 2 days 1 night safari to Tsavo East National Park to savour the wildlife scenery in this world re-known National Park.

Day 1: Pick up from your North Coast Mombasa hotel at 0530 hrs and head for the Mombasa -Nairobi highway, Arrive in Tsavo East, approximately 120km away to the Bachuma gate where you will stop briefly for refreshments.

You will begin your first game drive upon entry; concentrating on the Aruba dam area where higher number of game are bound to be spotted. You will check into your lodge or camp and then enjoy a buffet lunch.

After lunch, you will take an afternoon game drive returning to your lodge or camp in the early evening for dinner and overnight stay to conclude the first day of your 2 days Tsavo East safari.

Day 2: Early morning game drive which will take about 2 hours then return to your lodge or camp for breakfast. After breakfast, you will enjoy the last game drive as you drive out of the Tsavo East National Park. Lunch will be at a scenic spot near Voi town before commencing your return journey to the Coast where you will be dropped off to your respective hotel.

 

X. ONE NIGHT/2 DAYS TSAVO WEST SAFARI BY ROAD 

While you are on your Mombasa Kenya beach holiday, this one night safari to Tsavo East and West National Park is all you will need to experience wildlife game viewing in this world re-known National Park. “Short and very sweet” is how some clients describe this safari!

Day 1: Pick up from your North Coast Mombasa hotel will be at 0530 hrs and head for theMombasa -Nairobi highway. Tsavo West road safari is approximately 120km and will take you to the Bachuma gate where we stop for refreshments.

Your first game drive will begin upon entry, concentrating on the Aruba dam area where higher number of game are bound to be spotted. Later, you will enjoy an excellent buffet lunch.

After lunch, you will take the road to Tsavo West, watching out for wild animals as you head for your lodge or camp. After freshening up, you will visit the Rhino Sanctuary and more game viewing returning to your lodge or camp for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2: You will take an early morning game drive approximately 2 hours long and then return to your lodge or camp for breakfast.

After breakfast, you will head to the Mzima springs. You will disembark and explore this beautiful spot and view hippos, crocodiles, exotic fish and a variety of bird species. Due to the abundant water supply, this area is lush with green vegetation in complete contrast to it’s neighbouring areas. You will return to your lodge or camp for lunch before commencing your return journey to the Kenya coast where you will be dropped in your respective hotel.

 

XI. 3 DAYS 2/NIGHTS TSAVO EAST & AMBOSELI ROAD SAFARI

Make your Mombasa beach holiday more interesting by going on Safari into the Amboseli National Park for a bush and beach holiday experience.

Day 1: Depart from your Mombasa Hotel onto the Mombasa-Nairobi highway 120km to the Bachuma gate where you will stop briefly for refreshments. Without wasting time, you will start game viewing upon entry as you head to your lodge or camp.
Arrive at the lodge, freshen up and have your lunch. Your sundowner game drive will commence after lunch to watch the beautiful game in Tsavo. Look-out for the magical African sunset. Return to your lodge for your evening meals and overnight stay.
Day 2: You will begin your morning with a game drive and thereafter return to your lodge or camp for breakfast. You will then depart for the Amboseli National Park and arrive in time for lunch.

The Kilimanjaro forms a majestic backdrop to everything you do at the Amboseli. An afternoon game drive will follow, returning back to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3: After an early morning game drive, you will check out and head for the park exit whilst enjoying game viewing en-route. Rejoin theMombasa -Nairobi highway and then drive toMombasa arriving in the late afternoon where you will be dropped off to your beach hotel.

About Travellers Mwaluganje Elephant Camp The one and only of its kind tented camp is located in the Mwaluganje elephant sanctuary which is home to the largest animal on land as well as a wide variety of plant species such as the Jurassic error plant, Cycads. Mwaluganje elephant camp sits on about 200 acres of land surrounded by magnificent flora and fauna.

Location – Travellers Mwaluganje Elephant camp is located in the scenic Mwaluganje hills along the shoulder of a traditional elephant trail, 45 min away from Diani Beaches and 90min from Moi International Airport.

Accommodation –The tented camp is furnished with 20 twin bedded tents that are complimented by a private verandah where guests can catch the breath taking scenery as well as the biggest land animal.

General Facilities · Restaurant · Well stocked bar

Activities · Game drives( Night and Day) · Day excursions · Sundowner · Bird watching

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