Kenya’s second largest city, Mombasa is steeped in history. Narrow curving streets unwind to reveal ancient buildings, traditional mosques and intricate temples. Spend some time in the exotic Old Town and admire the ornately carved doors, bustling cafés and shops selling antiques and souvenirs. A blend of India, Arabia and Africa, the air is heavily scented with fragrant oils and spices and the eager chitchat of vendors at local markets. Outside of the city hubbub, there’s plenty to look forward to, from dolphin safaris on traditional Zanzibari dhows to snorkelling the reefs and wrecks of Mombasa Marine National Park. Beach bums will not be disappointed by Mombasa’s palm-lined beaches – from the built-up north coast to the more undeveloped south coast where coral sands are edged by rainforest. Highlights include viewing the Jesus fort and the iconic M-shaped Mombasa Tusks. For wildlife lovers, a visit to Heller Park to spot giraffe, zebra and hippo or Mamba Village Centre, the largest crocodile farm in Africa, is a must. Beyond the city, Kenya’s famous wildlife parks await… Inspired? Chat to our Africa Experts today about planning your trip to Mombasa.