My year started on a high note. I had been planning a getaway to Mombasa for the longest time but I just couldn’t commit. I decided to bite the bullet and off I went, albeit only for the weekend, rather what felt like a day which is entirely my fault I digress.
I intended for this trip to be different. I didn’t want to be tucked away in a hotel room all day although the thought of room service, internet, movies and catching up on some much needed R&R was a big temptation; time for that will come. I wanted to see and explore as much as I could let’s just say I had big plans.Unfortunately due to time constraints and lack of proper planning we had only a day to explore. I had the privilege of having a trusted friend guide the tour of the city and our first agenda was touring Old Town Mombasa!
Our Tuktuk driver dropped us off at Fort Jesus. Built in 1593-1596 by the Portuguese, the UNESCO world heritage site stands majestically over the harbor sort of pre-empting the historical treat that “Old Town” would turn out to be.
As we strolled through the narrow streets, we came across old buildings adorned with intricate wooden balconies and ornately carved doors. The architecture of the buildings is reminiscent of a bygone era and a culture well preserved.
Next time you’re in Mombasa make sure you visit “Old Town” and explore the streets, there are some shops to buy a variety of knick-knacks and restaurants.
We decided to grab a quick bite at Forodhani Restaurant which we shall be reviewing in the next post.
See you soon.