“Pembe Za Ndovu”- a Swahili word meaning elephant ivory. Also Known as Mombasa Tusks, this is located close to Uhuru gardens on the Moi Avenue. The tusks that form the letter M representing Mombasa is the iconic landmark of the city. The tusks resemble the elephant ivory. These were built in 1952 to commemorate the visit of Queen Elizabeth to the city. In fact, the first set of tusks were built just down the road from where the current ones stand and were made from wood and canvas and were only meant to be temporary. Although the exact details of the first tusks are not well documented. The second and current set of tusks were built after the visit of Princess Margaret in 1956. The new tusks were built from aluminum and were built to last. The new tusks still stand today more than 50 years later and have become an important tourist attraction within the city and mark the entrance to the commercial area. A visit to Mombasa is incomplete without a visit to this structure. This place is the defining landmark to Mombasa. A historical monument depicting the entrance to the city of Mombasa from the Port ... as originally a lot of visitors visited this port city via ships. Shops on one side of the road with the Uhuru garden on the other side indeed a landmark of the city The Mombasa Tusks are probably one of the most known monuments due to their great exposure on post-cards and pictures all over the world.
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