Old Town
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  • Ceramician
    Fiumicino, Italy34 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beware of Jafar
    After reading the positive recommendations from this thread about Jafar, I messaged him on WhatsApp to see if he could help my family of 2 adults and 4 children organize transport from Watamu and a tour of Fort Jesus and Old Town. He arranged a driver to pick us up in Watamu and promised to meet us in Mombasa. When we arrived in Mombasa, he did not return any of my messages and essentially pawned us off to the driver who found a local city guide to take us around. There was confusion with our driver regarding what Jafar and I had agreed on and we ended up with a disgruntled city guide and paid much more than what I expected. Later, the driver got in touch with Jafar and when I spoke with him on the phone, he apologized and said he was double booked with a bigger group and couldn’t come to meet us. I was not happy that Jafar was not honest with me from the start. He should have just told me that he could not meet us and perhaps offer the arrangement that he made but at a lower price. I also wish that he communicated clearly with the driver and guide that he pawned us off to so they know what was agreed upon. In the end, we never met Jafar, were stuck with a grumpy guide who thought he was also getting ripped off by Jafar and ended up paying for our own lunch and entry tickets to Fort Jesus, which should have been included in the package.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 1, 2023
  • Embukane L
    Diani Beach, Kenya196 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Top Things To Do And See In Mombasa's Old Town
    The white sands on the other side of the Indian Ocean at English Point Marina looked inviting. The orange buoy swayed in the evening breeze, as a dhow and several pleasure boats bobbed on the warm ocean waters. The best thing about the meal was the setting: a table overlooking the ocean.From the Forodhani Restaurant in Old Town Mombasa, it was a snapshot of paradise. Forodhani boasts of great sea food and Swahili delicacies. The Swahili setting, with the ebb and flow of coastal Muslim life playing outside at the narrow Old Town streets arch for a perfect evening out in Mombasa. After out of this world soy and almond lattes at Java House Nyali, we sauntered down to Nyali Centre for a manicure and pedicure pampering from Mia Bella Salon. So we approached the ferry crossing back to Diani with some trepidation. We had earlier in the morning stuck bumper to bumper in traffic as the ferry services were halted due to some malfunctions. The drive back to Diani was equally a long one. Almost five hours stuck in Mombasa. My dear Sumer was so exhausted that she fell asleep in the car. The white sands on the other side of the Indian Ocean at English Point Marina looked inviting. The orange buoy swayed in the evening breeze, as a dhow and several pleasure boats bobbed on the warm ocean waters. The best thing about the meal was the setting: a table overlooking the ocean. From the Forodhani Restaurant in Old Town Mombasa, it was a snapshot of paradise. Forodhani boasts of great sea food and Swahili delicacies. The Swahili setting, with the ebb and flow of coastal Muslim life playing outside at the narrow Old Town streets arch for a perfect evening out in Mombasa. After out of this world soy and almond lattes at Java House Nyali, we sauntered down to Nyali Centre for a manicure and pedicure pampering from Mia Bella Salon. So we approached the ferry crossing back to Diani with some trepidation. We had earlier in the morning stuck bumper to bumper in traffic as the ferry services were halted due to some malfunctions. The drive back to Diani was equally a long one. Almost five hours stuck in Mombasa. My dear Sumer was so exhausted that she fell asleep in the car.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 7, 2023
  • EvaF2Eva
    Lorrach, Germany5,102 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Roaring
    On my one week stay in Kenya I had very busy schedule so I dedicated just about two hours to the walk in the Mombasa old town but I wish I could stay much longer. It was such an exciting experienced. I loved the pulsing life in the narrow streets, the historical buildings and markets. It was one of the highlights of my vacation.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 28, 2024
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mariia323
Russia40 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
-Wanted to see a nice architecture and buy some souvenirs on the way. But I found out that the streets smell disgusting since the locals throw the garbage right out of the building, so u also gotta watch your head. Just after 100 miters of walking from Fort Jesus I was harassed by local men, who were whistling to me and making dirty jokes about my body (even tho I was wearing a very long dress, almost no bare skin were seeing). They were super rude and I got scared and shocked by there behavior. I was in a company of my bf who is a dark skin local man, but even that didn’t stop those men from talking dirty to me. I am a white lady and while traveling in Mombasa I can tell that white people can face racism here. So be careful if you are white and especially a lady. While walking half of the way on the old town streets, local guy told us that we better don’t continue cause it’s not safe for us and we can get in trouble.
I noticed the way that locals were looking at me there. I don’t want to talk about racism again, but that’s what I felt.
Just be careful if u decided to go there.
- the only good thing, that I bought quite a lot of souvenirs.
Written March 10, 2020
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Hussam S
Cairo, Egypt493 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
- I walked from interCity Bus St. to Fort (about 3km E.) passing inside Old Town go & come back.
- No Problem + Safe + If lost the way can ask the (V. Help) Locals (Even can arrive you to the famous point to continue) so don't need Tour Guide or Trip.
- During Walking can buy Cheap things or/ and Drink the famous "Cane Juice" with Lemon & Ginger.
Written March 29, 2020
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Douglas G
Abuja, Nigeria43 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
Visited a cousin here. It’s a residential neighborhood not a place for tourists. It’s like any other residential area. It was great for us because we had tea in someone’s apartment but don’t know why a tourist would visit if they don’t know someone here.
Written January 20, 2020
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JMD
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
An interesting area with historical references. Narrow streets to navigate. The Old Port is still functional - worth a visit. An excellent experience you will remember. Lots of photo opportunities. Some of the homes and buildings have great historical significance. Take your time exploring.
Written January 7, 2020
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Embukane L
Diani Beach, Kenya196 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
The white sands on the other side of the Indian Ocean at English Point Marina looked inviting.

The orange buoy swayed in the evening breeze, as a dhow and several pleasure boats bobbed on the warm ocean waters. The best thing about the meal was the setting: a table overlooking the ocean.From the Forodhani Restaurant in Old Town Mombasa, it was a snapshot of paradise.

Forodhani boasts of great sea food and Swahili delicacies. The Swahili setting, with the ebb and flow of coastal Muslim life playing outside at the narrow Old Town streets arch for a perfect evening out in Mombasa. After out of this world soy and almond lattes at Java House Nyali, we sauntered down to Nyali Centre for a manicure and pedicure pampering from Mia Bella Salon.

So we approached the ferry crossing back to Diani with some trepidation. We had earlier in the morning stuck bumper to bumper in traffic as the ferry services were halted due to some malfunctions. The drive back to Diani was equally a long one. Almost five hours stuck in Mombasa.

My dear Sumer was so exhausted that she fell asleep in the car.
The white sands on the other side of the Indian Ocean at English Point Marina looked inviting.

The orange buoy swayed in the evening breeze, as a dhow and several pleasure boats bobbed on the warm ocean waters. The best thing about the meal was the setting: a table overlooking the ocean. From the Forodhani Restaurant in Old Town Mombasa, it was a snapshot of paradise.

Forodhani boasts of great sea food and Swahili delicacies. The Swahili setting, with the ebb and flow of coastal Muslim life playing outside at the narrow Old Town streets arch for a perfect evening out in Mombasa. After out of this world soy and almond lattes at Java House Nyali, we sauntered down to Nyali Centre for a manicure and pedicure pampering from Mia Bella Salon.

So we approached the ferry crossing back to Diani with some trepidation. We had earlier in the morning stuck bumper to bumper in traffic as the ferry services were halted due to some malfunctions. The drive back to Diani was equally a long one. Almost five hours stuck in Mombasa.

My dear Sumer was so exhausted that she fell asleep in the car.
Written November 8, 2023
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solidarity
Paris, France6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Interesting town with full of history. The town is made up of narrow streets and very ancient house. Many locals in the market but still lovely to interact with them,trip well organised by manuu and star.
Watssap them for booking this amazing city tour
+254715577497/+254719336180
Written October 25, 2020
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baptiste432
Lille, France2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
We made a tour in mombasa old town with a guide recommended by jafar +254710239929 who we met him at fort jesus after dropped 9ff from diani.
He showed us around and gave us the history of the old town.we also visited the spice market which was very crowded.
Note:take care of your belongings in the market.
This is a must to do but its better during the afternoon its less crowded as many locals are at the mosque.for anyhelp contact jafar +254710239929
Written June 18, 2022
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sharif
Beirut, Lebanon15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Interesting history with maxi sally .visited the market which was very crowded. We did some shopping too after visiting fort jesus.i highly recommend sally for your tours in mombasa

+254 726 382 358
Written January 8, 2020
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Queen E
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Friends
I loved walking through the old town street. Walking through the old buildings has such a nice feeling that you can only experience by yourself. When you pay a guide to tour Fort Jesus they will take you through the Old Town. I highly recommend you have a tour guide.
Written October 21, 2020
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EvaF2Eva
Lorrach, Germany5,102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
On my one week stay in Kenya I had very busy schedule so I dedicated just about two hours to the walk in the Mombasa old town but I wish I could stay much longer. It was such an exciting experienced. I loved the pulsing life in the narrow streets, the historical buildings and markets. It was one of the highlights of my vacation.
Written April 29, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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