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
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 October 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 November 2023
  • EvaF2Eva
    Lorrach, Germany5,066 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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 April 2024
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EvaF2Eva
Lorrach, Germany5,066 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 29 April 2024
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Jay-T
Nyahururu, Kenya13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We real enjoyed the tour of the town. We used the infamous Tuk Tuk,some of the streets were so narrow it was a struggle to get in.
Written 12 March 2024
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afonso antonio
Mozambique23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We had an excellent day in mombasa.plenty to see and learn.Very nice scenery.really worth a visit and very nice to walk interracting with the locals.its very crowded.tried the swahili dish biryani.
Written 5 March 2024
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lola airam
Majorca, Spain3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
I learnt alot of the mombasa culture and the history.it was an extremely interesting fort jesus jesus tour,hindu temple,the tusks and the market.fantastic 5 stars to our guide from jafar tours +254 710 239 929.Very knowledgeable guide.
Written 9 November 2023
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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 8 November 2023
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umar a
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Good history of the kenyan coast.Dont miss this opportunity of visiting the old town and the fort jesus.Very interesting history with one of the guide from jafars team.i truly enjoyed the walking tour and learning alot about the locals.This is one of the most important places to visit while in the coast of kenya.Thanks again to jafar for this amazing day trip experience
Written 19 October 2023
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Ceramician
Fiumicino, Italy34 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
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.
Written 1 October 2023
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Gemma226
Mombasa, Kenya35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
after 3 days of safari
mombasa town the old part was very nice Fort Jesus and the old buildings.
The market in an old market hall with lots of spices is very beautiful to see,
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Written 9 September 2023
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sumiluv m
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
The insecurity in the place always at the threat of pickpockets
The place is dirty, smells stagnant water flowing
Written 2 August 2023
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Kasper M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
We were three friends from Sweden who went on an old town and fort jesus tour with Kenedy who we can't recommend enough. He was super professional, very interactive and knew everything there was to know about the fort and the old town. His prices were 10$/group for Fort Jesus and 25$/group for the extensive tour.

In general both the fort and old town were quite fascinating and we all recommend it.
Written 6 July 2023
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