Mombasa is one of the largest cities in Kenya. It is located on the Kenyan coast and is famous for its many attraction sites.
The city began as a trading town, something that it has maintained to date. Its proximity to the Indian Ocean makes it easy to trade and attract both domestic and international tourists.
A big misconception about Mombasa is that one has to have a lot of money to enjoy touring there.
Here is a list of things that you can do in Mombasa that is absolutely free and you will enjoy throughout.
1. Mombasa Tusks
The only way to convince anyone you are in Mombasa is to take a picture of the Mombasa Tusks. The metallic tusks are a conspicuous landmark.
The tusks were built in the year 1952 to commemorate the visit of a British royal to Mombasa.
They were to be removed after the visit of the royal, but they soon became associated with the town.
The tusks were identified with the city and perhaps to show the tourists who came that Kenya is also a home of wildlife.
If you go down to the city, a selfie or a picture taken by local camera people is a thing you would not want to miss out on.
2. Mamba Village
Mamba is a Swahili word for Crocodile. Mamba Village is a fascinating place to learn about crocodiles.
The reptiles are over 500 and are rehabilitated to offer recreational services to visitors. The wild and exciting part is when you feed the crocodiles.
You have to part with a small fee to also witness the beauty of the botanical garden at the Mamba Village.
3. Mama Ngina Waterfront
Going to Mama Ngina Waterfront formerly known as Mama Ngina Drive Park is one of the things you need to do if you are looking for alone time while visiting the coast.
While at it you will get to experience Swahili cuisine and learn about the coastal culture in the Cultural Centre at Ngina Waterfront.
The catch is to enjoy the cool breeze while watching ships sail.
4. Mandhry Mosque
Mombasa is a religious centre, with Islam having the largest population. Mandhry Mosque is the oldest in Mombasa, hence carrying a lot of history associated with the city.
The exterior of the mosque is open to visitors and one can take pictures of the breathtaking Swahili architecture.
5. Kongowea Market
Kongowea Market is the largest Open air Market in Mombasa.
If you are looking for clothes to make you look chic while at the coast, this is where to look for such and still be on a budget.
It has nice deras and kanzus, local dressing among the Swahili people. The market operates 24 hours, making it easier for anyone to purchase anything at any time.
While you are there, it is worth to purchase locally made jewellery too.
6. Ferry and Tuktuk Transport
Using the Ferry to get across the Ocean is one of the most exciting things to do.
It is a busy area, but once you get in early you will be good to go.
The whole experience leaves you with sheer excitement from hawkers trying to sell things and locals who are out to make people laugh. It is never a dull day at the Ferry.
Once you are out of the ferry, you will get around with a Tuktuk. This is a small motorbike converted into a type of car that allows more than three people to get in.
Drinking ‘maji ya madafu’ while riding the tuktuk should be on your to-do list too.
7. Nyali Beach
Nyali Beach is known for its breathtaking white sand.
A visit to Mombasa can only be completed with a walk at the Nyali beach, enjoying the rays of sun and water waves.
One can swim, play with the sand and indulge in water activities.
8. Old Town
This was the first settlement area at the coast.
Taking a walk on the narrow streets in Old Town will have you reflecting on the different cultures of people who once lived here.
It has the best Antique shops with original antiques and souvenirs. Prices range depending on the item, but it is a guarantee you will be getting an original piece.
This is a hidden gem for spices ranging from 20 Kenyan shillings and specific natural fragrances.
9. Fort Jesus
Fort Jesus was built by the Portuguese in the late 1500s and carries a broad history of this coastal city.
It was built to act as a safety Fort for the Portuguese who were living in the area at that time.
Most of the locals speak Swahili, and they call it ‘Ngome Yesu’. A fee of 200 Kenyan shillings for adults and 100 Kenyan shillings for children is required to enjoy this magnificent history that has lived for over five centuries.