Mombasa City Old Town and Fort Jesus Safari Tour
The oldness of this town is reminiscent of the days when the Arabs exerted a heavy influence on this town and its culture which can be seen when you walk through the narrow streets and view the architecture. The original inhabitants of Mombasa live in the Old Town and they speak Swahili which is similar to the one spoken in Zanzibar. This is to mean that historically, the town of Mombasa and many other Coastal Town including Kilifi, Malindi and Lamu were colonies of the Sultan of Zanzibar, this brought about the intermarriages and other exchange of social and economic activities. This tour will also take you to the famous Fort Jesus located on the edge of a coral ridge overlooking the entrance to the old port of Mombasa. Fort Jesus is perhaps Mombasa’s biggest attraction as it dominates the harbor’s entrance. It was, in history, a Portuguese stronghold as it was built in 1593, to fend off local enemies and the Turkish warships. The remains of the Fort provide an interesting tour taking you back through history and a small Museum features a variety of lyrics. Its interior comprises of torture rooms and prison cells where slaves were kept in captivity before being traded. Weapons such as Canons, which were used to defend the Fort from invading foreigners and the rioting locals, can be seen both inside and outside of the Fort.