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Fort Jesus Museum
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Half Day Mombasa City Tour
Ranked #2 of 56 things to do in Mombasa
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Owner description: Fort Jesus is Mombasa’s most popular tourist attraction. The fort, located along the coastline near the Old Town, is a monumental piece of architecture that was built in the 16th century by the Portuguese. The fort has a museum that displays various artifacts from the era where Mombasa served as a transit point for the slave trade and commodities, and which enjoyed regular visits by seafarers and the like.
Derby, United Kingdom
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“Brilliant tour guide!”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

We visited Fort Jesus as it was a place of interest to us all. We paid the extra 100ksh each for a tour guide- Albert. He was brilliant, knew all the facts, very enthusiastic! Definitely hire a guide as without we wouldn't have known any of the little secrets he told us.

The fort tour was very interesting, the views of the sea were beautiful- well worth a visit just for those!

A interesting contrast of the old fort to the modern hotel complexes which can be viewed from the fort.

Worth a afternoon!

Visited August 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“A Museum to behold”
Reviewed August 24, 2013

A totally underrated museum. A excellent experience with a wealth of history. Guides are good but do not pay the price they first ask.

Visited January 2013
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York, United Kingdom
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“Nice Visit”
Reviewed August 20, 2013

Not a lot of English language leaflets...we got the last one...however it was well worth the visit. The views are very good and give a feel for how things may have been way back when.

Visited August 2013
Thank Mark G
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“A little pricey, but an amazing piece of history”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

From my perspective Fort Jesus is an absolute, must see in Mombasa. As an American, it's not everyday I get to see a World Heritage site and as a student of history it was a great study in African-European-Asian history. A place that was contested by historical powerhouses such as Portugal, Britain, Oman and local African people's is definitely a place that is worth my time and 1200 khs. I had a wonderful guide, Sharif Muhammad, who showed me and my mother the fort and old town for a nominal fee, which made it all the better as an experience. Get Sharif if you are there, you won't regret it.

Visited August 2013
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Kampala, Uganda
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“Take a deep breath, slow down, imagine you are back in time”
Reviewed August 3, 2013

then you can enjoy this place. Yes you can go through the place in an hour, you can ignore the guides and wander around yourself or have them with you. One telling the full story in depth or another telling a shallow short story for you. 1,200 shillings is ... not too much actually, it costs to maintain old structures that are vital for history. It is best to go there either in the morning hours or in the late afternoon. During midday its simply to hot and the pictures you take wont be the best. I would surely propose to take a guide but one that are inside after you have paid the entrance fee, not the outside hawkers. Make sure you do have a bottle of water as you will be in the sun most of the time.The slowing down part is essential to enjoy this place. Look at the structures, imagine the work that has gone into building the place. There are so many details to take pictures of. Then when you are in the right mode or mood as you want it then you head out in the old town

Visited July 2013
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