Ngomongo Villages, Mombasa

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Ngomongo Villages is a well-known sustainable eco-cultural tourist village in Mombasa, Kenya, which is situated 4° south of the equator. It is situated in a former coral limestone quarry, and the aim of its rehabilitation was to convert it into a sustainable development, while turning it into hospitable land with utility to community, while eliminating its hazards and improving the ecosystem.

The legacy of the former mine was a sun baked, arid, barren and rocky base, the floor of which was barely 150 cm (4.9 ft) above the somewhat salty water table. Dr. Frederick Gikandi, a local medical doctor started single-handedly to reclaim the quarry by planting 16,000 m2 (4 acres) of eighty different indigenous trees; casuarina trees later followed which were easier to cultivate. Public awareness to tree planting was raised by inviting the public to join in the reclamation process.

To date, Ngomongo is fanning out its reclamation exercises to the surrounding farms by recruiting the local farmers into planting trees to mark out their farm borders. The ultimate plan is to fan out the success locally, regionally and then nationally.
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  • This is a good trip if dry on our visit the rain was none stop so spoilt our day .But a we are returning in November and this is a place i will go back to and hope this time we get all the way round  more »
  • I was really looking forward to this part of my holiday, but it was a huge disappointment in the end. The idea is a really good one, but I agree with the other comments that this place needs to be...  more »
  • They are not even poor. Saw one drive off in a range rover after we gabe them money for there items which are not hand made but brought in bulk from china.  more »
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  • Bomas of Kenya version in Mombasa. A replica of traditional homes of different Kenyan tribes while reclaiming an old quarry. Here you get to know how Kenyan tribes lived and interacted before the invasion of Western culture. It is an historical centre and a small entry fee is charged. Local and international visitors are welcome.
  • Good family attraction. The site is a former quarry revitalised in a project inspired by Haller Park. There’s a small open-air museum presenting the main Kenyan tribes, with hands-on activities and a dance performance.
  • Shanzu girl guides is a must visit. They work hard and are very kind. They do special orders and have great gifts for friends or items for yourself. I have to get something everytime I come.
  • A lovely place to be, I recommend for visits..
  • Good for meetings to support the worthy course.

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