I traveled to Kenya to visit a friend in Nairobi, but I decided to take a day trip to Mombasa. Mombasa is only a one hour flight away from Nairobi. I was able to find a round trip flight with Kenya Airways for just $100. Mombasa is a city in Kenya that lies on the Indian Ocean.
BEACH RESORT ON THE INDIAN OCEAN
We stayed at the Voyager Beach Resort which was literally steps away from the Indian Ocean. It was massive with three pools and several different options for food. I made sure to wake up to enjoy sunrise on our balcony.
CAMEL RIDE ON RIDE ON THE BEACH
One of the first things I saw when we got to the beach resort was a camel resting on the beach! We went down for a ride. It was only $30 USD for one of the most beautiful views i have ever experienced. EPIC!
FORT JESUS MUSEUM
We took a quick tour of Fort Jesus and learned some very interesting history about Mombasa. Fort Jesus was built by the Portuguese between 1593-1596. It is a reminder of the first successful attempt by a Western power to establish influence over the Indian Ocean trade. It was captured and recaptured at least nine times between 1631, when the Portuguese lost it to the Sultan of Mombasa, and 1895 when the British took over and it was converted into a prison. It is a beautiful structure architecturally and provides some gorgeous views of Mombasa.
Old Town is the first settled area in Mombasa. Walking through its narrow streets, definitely feels like a blast to the past. It has African, Arabic and European influences from the various groups that lived there.
I didn't understand the significance of the tusks, but our driver told us they were a huge tourist attraction and insisted we jump out for a picture. They sit on Moi Avenue, which is the main street in Mombasa. I later read that the tusks were put up to commemorate Princess Margaret's (Queen Elizabeth's daughter) visit to Mombasa in 1956.