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The History Of The Famous Mombasa Tusks And What You Should Know About Them

This is one place you don’t want to miss when you visit Mombasa. It’s beautiful and upgraded. You don’t want to miss taking a picture.

When riding through the city it is impossible to miss. Gigantic tusks tower over the road, indicating the presence of elephants in the country to which Mombasa is the main seaport.

The tusks are located along Moi Avenue in the city. They are a symbol of the city of which a photo or two may be a worthwhile memory, beside them is a cool park you can visit too.

The tusks represent the letter M which coincidentally is the first letter for Mombasa.

They are giant aluminum tusks along Moi Avenue, were built to commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth and marks the entrance to the heart of the city.

They were first made of wood.

Two wooden artifacts that resembled elephant tusks were erected and formed part of the decorations of the city following the Queen’s visit in 1952.

Not a lot on offer apart from posing for your holiday photos. Unfortunately, the only place you can stand to fit both pairs of tasks in a shot is in the middle of two dual carriageways.

On seeing that the tusks had become an attraction, the municipal council decided to preserve them and in 1956 recast them with aluminum materials that could endure the weather conditions as permanent symbols to welcome visitors to the Kenyan coastal city.

Currently, there is a model elephant added below it to make it more colorful.

The tusks are also under the protection of the National Museums of Kenya (NMK) which charges for commercially filming them.

Local and international visitors are not charged to take a photo there and it's free.

Content created and supplied by: DjVincey (via Opera News )

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