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Address: Near Ndia Kuu Road, Mombasa 00200, Kenya
Phone Number: 254720650869
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Nice walk down memory lane

The Old Town in Mombasa has historical structures including the Africa Hotel built in 1901, the old Post Office built in 1899, the White House built in the 18th century that once... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

I am glad my Taxi driver gave me the correct advise to leave all valuables at the hotel and get 2 local escorts from the local village elders for my safety.While its an interesting place to visit its not safe and you need to walk around with the local escorts from the local council in the old town.

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Mombasa, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

the buildings are separated by narrow streets, don't dare drive through these streets, you will get frustrated ! A walk through the streets is like a journey a hundred years back.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

The Old Town in Mombasa has historical structures including the Africa Hotel built in 1901, the old Post Office built in 1899, the White House built in the 18th century that once housed the first American Consulate, the old port and the old Portuguese Church. The walk takes about an hour but one has to be careful of one's possessions.... More 

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Mogadishu, Somalia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

I was charmed into using the services of a local tour guide who picked me up at Fort Jesus but he was worth every shilling! The fast-paced yet highly informative tour took in many historical sites and provided a fascinating perspective of old and new Mombasa. Being guided we were able to negotiate the labyrinth of the old and parts... More 

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Nyahururu, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

the Swahili culture is evident here ,though i disliked the congestion. Unfortunately most of the waste water is directed to the sea.leaving one wondering about the effect to the marine life.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

old town starts near fort jesus.... a historic monument.... close to Indian Arabian architecture.....

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Walking around Old Town was one of my favorite things that I did while in Mombasa, especially buying fruit and spices from the markets. There's so much to see, and even if you're just taking a stroll, the buildings alone are absolutely beautiful to look at. The atmosphere is much calmer than in Nairobi, and the locals on the street... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Watch with amasement as the residence go to work or live life to the full. The clothes are spotless brightly coloured and immaculate even when its pouring with rain and the mud is ankle deep. Always a smile or laughter people are so happy, they have very little in the way of processions but they have much more than most... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

The Old Town of Mombasa is an interest loop to take in order to get the feeling of the multi-cultural mix that created the Swahili history and life style. However many of the present buildings are in deteriorating stage that need restoration. There are trances of different architect influences from Arabic and Indian origins. Most of the wooden doors are... More 

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Rowlands Gill, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

nice casual atmosphere when walking around and just taking in the sights, not like Nairobi where always accosted by chancers in the street., street people very friendly here

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