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Address: Near Ndia Kuu Road, Mombasa 00200, Kenya
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+254 720 650869
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US$125.00*
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Full-Day Tour of Mombasa
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Very different from the rest of mombasa

I enjoyed the narrow streets and what's left of the architecture. Wish there was more going on here. Would be a great place for musicians to busk. Or more coffee shops to open.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Seattle, Washington
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Sgb
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

a tour throught the old twon with it's historical buildings and the old harbour with arabic dhows, we have taken a guid through the fort jesus and old twon, coz before he said it's required but no it's not a have to we have leanrd that later if you have a good traveler book you can do all by your... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoyed the narrow streets and what's left of the architecture. Wish there was more going on here. Would be a great place for musicians to busk. Or more coffee shops to open.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A walk through the Old Town of Mombasa will give you a really nice view of what the town used to look like hundreds of years ago. There are still people living there. The streets are narrow, so walking is the best option. A stop over at the fish market and curio shops and even some restaurants would be worthwhile.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Oh, I love these old streets and houses. So for me, it is very nice experience. We had a guide who came with us after the fort jesus walk. He showed us places and explained. Spend about 1 hour is enough.

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SLC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was nice to walk around and visit the shops and enjoy the dining. I loved the sounds and the smells and the people. That being said, it is not too much different than many old towns. But the architecture was really beautiful. I would visit it again.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We wanted to experience old town of Mombasa and it really did feel old and dirty. If you are going to see fort Jesus maybe worth it as it's only short walk but definitely not close to anything in old town Zanzibar

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the Old Town of Mombasa as part of a city tour organised by F. King's tours and Safaris as the last part of our four day safari from Nairobi to Mombasa. It was very scenic! Nice to see some of the old style buildings with heavy Omani doors and balconies. Also the oldest hotel in Mombasa, the Africa... More 

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Windhoek, Namibia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

History and the past comes alive at Old town in Mombasa as you can sit with old men, play dominoes and drink tea as you hear of the tales of the town, how it came to be and it's significance with regard to the rest of the country's history. Highly recommended.

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Sarasota, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Once again the old world is holding a place in the modern world. Stalls and tables selling goods for both local people and tourists. Colorful but nothing out of the ordinary for this type of attraction for visitors.

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Norcross, Georgia, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

It's not tremendously scenic compared to, say, Istanbul or Marrakesh. But the feeling of an old medieval Muslim community is there, just the same. Worth an hour or two, definitely. The main streets, Mbarak Kinaway Road and Ndia Kuu Road, are both worth a look. One bonus: it's nice for shopping. There are a number of fine shops with pleasant... More 

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