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“Take a guide with you”
Review of Old Town

Old Town
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US$125.00*
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Full-Day Tour of Mombasa
Ranked #5 of 56 things to do in Mombasa
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Fort Worth, Texas
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52 reviews
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“Take a guide with you”
Reviewed 18 September 2013

Part of our city tour was a walk through old town. We never really felt in danger, but it was pretty seedy. We were glad we had a guide with us. Lots of very tightly spaced shops of all kinds. Definitely not a tourist area, as 99% of people in the very crowded market area were locals doing their normal daily shopping. We wandered into the old Arab residential part of Old Town on our way to Fort Jesus and passed by the old City Hall from hundreds of years ago. It was right next to what can only be described as a garbage sorting area. Not the most pleasant part of Mombasa. However, it's worth going to if you are a) not by yourself, b) interested in how the locals shop and want to shop along with them, and c) aren't easily offended by sights and smells that are pretty raw. Speaking of which, the meat market was an experience all unto itself.

Visited September 2013
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“Arab place”
Reviewed 9 September 2013

its the place for the Arabs there , there is many old buildings and beautiful oriental restaurants and the people there is very friendly, you can spend the day over with a visit to the fort jesus museum

Visited August 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“old and new”
Reviewed 8 September 2013

We were taken around the old town and shown the contrast between the modern buildings and the old arab influenced woodwork of the balconies and doors. The tour also took us around the outside of Fort Jesus

Visited July 2013
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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“Mombassa Old Town”
Reviewed 4 September 2013

very interesting and had my eyes open to see how the people of Kenya work really hard in the heat. It was lovely to see how the old town was still a attraction and many thanks to F King Safaris who made this trip possible.

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“See old houses”
Reviewed 4 September 2013

Good place for shopping hand carvings . and by walk you can see fort jesus place . If you are interested in old architecture then this is the place for you. Also beware of pickpocketers.

Visited August 2013
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