“If I know a song of Africa, of the giraffe and the African new moon lying on her back, of the plows in the fields and the sweaty faces of the coffee pickers, does Africa know a song of me? Will the air over the plain quiver with a color that I have had on, or the children invent a game in which my name is, or the full moon throw a shadow over the gravel of the drive that was like me, or will the eagles of the Ngong Hills look out for me?”
For a person who travels so much and writes in detail about his encounters and experiences, I am rather confused how every time when I think about my travels in Africa it doesn’t fail to put a smile on my face and ponder over all the amazing times I have had there. The depiction of Africa in the words of Karen Blixen is an accurate picture of how beautiful and magnificent this third world continent is.
On my journey I was introduced to an incredible place known as Mombasa. Mombasa is actually a city present on the coast of Kenya and is considered to be the country’s second largest city as compared to Nairobi. In 2016, it reportedly has a population of about 1.2 million people. Guess birth control isn’t just India’s or China’s problems.
My this blog Post will Give a insight on Mombasa hotels ,the beautiful and interesting Mombasa history a detail about things to do in Mombasa and Mombasa tourism.
Mombasa to me seemed to be the hub of cultures and languages that dwelled from various sides of the Indian Ocean and it’s like an exotic desert that awaits travellers who stumble upon Kenya’s coastline. Mombasa in reality has more in common with the city Dakar or Dar es Salaam then it does with Nairobi. It is a blend of Arabia, Africa and India and it can be intoxicating to travellers like me. Despite its sleaze and grime, many visitors find themselves seduced by east Africa’s most cosmopolitan and biggest port.
The city resides on the Mombasa Island and sprawls to the surrounding main lands. The Island itself is separated from the main by the two creeks, Kilindini Harbour and Tudor creek. The city is connected to the north by the Nyali Bridge, to the west via the Makupa Causeway, to the south by the Likoni Ferry and alongside it runs the Kenya-Uganda Railway. The port is of service to interior countries as well as Kenya, and it links them to the ocean. They city has its own airport known as the Moi International Airport that is present in the northwest mainland suburb of Chaani.
Mombasa in its early days used to be a trading town. It was an important center for trade of ivory, gold and spices. The trade links of the city were expanded as far as modern day China and the Indian subcontinent. Then in the late 19th century it became a metropolis of a plantation society and was quite dependent on slave labour. Ivory caravans were a key source of the city’s economic prosperity. Mombasa has witnessed its fair share of power struggle battles. In the 1500’s the Portugese sacked the city and then later the Ottoman Turks led revolts against them. The Portugese then built the Fort Jesus in order to administer the region. Later the Sultanate of Oman took over. And so on Mombasa’s encounter with power hungry nations continued.
The city was actually called Kisiwa Cha Mvita in Swahil, translated as the Island of war. The city itself does have many faces from the ecstatic passion of the call to prayer over the old town, to the sight of Zanzibar-bound dhow slithering over the horizon, to the waves colliding against the coral beaches underneath the Fort Jesus.
Mombasa is a key tourist destination with many amazing places to go. The Haller Park is one of them. It is located on the main road and is quite easy to find. The Haller Park is actually and old quarry that has been turned into a wetland. Descending a flight of stairs and through a magical forest I came up to a larger hut that offered directions and provided a video to watch. You can watch Giraffes and crocodiles. They also have small enclosures which are filled with a vast variety of snakes and lizards.
Another interesting place I visited was Fort Jesus. It’s one of those places that have an impact on you when you first visit them but it’s not a place I would go again and again. There are some specimens on display and there are guides that offer explanations and stories regarding the fort. The fort has an amazing view and does have pretty cool areas for photo-shoots. You actually get to walk where people have walked for centuries. All it the experience requires is an imaginative mind and then you can literally feel and be taken back over hundreds of years.
Mombasa is famous for its beaches and Bamburi Beach is a must go place. It’s a place to relax and rest with lovely sunsets. I did do a lot of meditation on the beach and made quite a handful of new friends. All in all, the windy salty air had a peaceful feeling and the food was amazing. Nyali Beach is also a wonderful white sand place to go to.
The old town is another place in Mombasa that gets a lot of tourist’s attention. It’s a great old city, with nice little market stalls and full of life. You can actually feel the local life as it flurries in front of you. The people there are quite friendly as well. It is lined with beautiful Arabian buildings and architecture and it’s a treat to completely lose yourself in the alleys of this historic town.
The Swahi people themselves said in an ancient proverb that Mombasa is famous, but its waters are dangerously deep. Beware. Now they stuff like that and they actually think we won’t visit. Well I love danger. I say bring it on. The things that bring me down only make me stronger; well guess the gypsy in me is an strike today. Anyways if you love what you read please share it with your friends and family and do revisit the blog. Bye!