Reto Casanova: The Swiss Tycoon Who Owns Mombasa Go-Kart

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Reto Casanova: The Swiss Tycoon Who Owns Mombasa Go-Kart
Mombasa Go-Kart owner Reto Casanova. |Courtesy| Facebook|

Reto Casanova is a Swiss Investor and Electric Engineer who is the owner of the family amusement spot Mombasa Go-Kart in Mombasa County.

Casanova has lived in Kenya for about three decades and is a key investor in Kenya’s hospitality and tourism industries.

The businessman is also in the management of the nearby Severin Sea Lodge. The hotel operates the Severin Craftsman Center which offers handyman and Contractor services for Electricians, Plumbers, Masons, Carpenters and Welders.

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Casanova has been a constant champion for environmental conservation sinc e he first arrived in Kenya. The tycoon has often called for better environmental conservation practices in Mombasa and across the country.

He is a key champion for youth and women empowerment in Mombasa through the Severin Craftsman Center. The center has trained Mombasa Youth on various handyman skills that help shape their futures.

Reto Casanova: The Swiss Tycoon Who Owns Mombasa Go-Kart
Mombasa Go-Kart owner Reto Casanova after signing a deal with Premium Energy. |Courtesy| Facebook|

In this article, WoK takes a look at the Mombasa Go-Kart which is a popular enjoyment spot in Kenya.

Mombasa Go-Kart

Mombasa Go-Kart is a family amusement park located along Mombasa-Malindi Road, 1.5 km from hotel Whitesands. A majority of the visitors who grace the establishment go for go-kart racing and paintball games.

Karting, called Go-Kart or Kart, is a track racing event with small rear engined, four-wheeled cars. It is considered as the little brother of track races. Karting is exploding in popularity everywhere around the world, and represents one of the best form of amateur racing to become involved in.

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The Mombasa Go-Kart boasts a 1500ft concrete track, Fourteen Swiss made 200ccm karts, Floodlit for night races, and a Computer timing and reporting system.

Before one can kart at the facility, s/he must be at least 10 years old and at least 54 inches (1.47 meters) tall to race at full speed. For younger or shorter kids, the maximum speed is about 10km/h. Helmets are mandatory and are available at no charge for your use. They provide shoes and overalls, also at no charge.

Visitors who visit the Mombasa Go-Kart also get to play the paintball fury. Paintball has become recognized as one of the world’s most exciting outdoor participation sports. It is played in over 40 countries around the world by millions of men and women of all ages and lifestyles.

There are many variations to the game, all of which are fun and exhilarating. The game most commonly played is “Capture the flag”. This game involves teams trying to capture a flag and bring it to the opponents base without being shot.

Reto Casanova: The Swiss Tycoon Who Owns Mombasa Go-Kart
Mombasa Go-Kart. |Courtesy| Facebook|

Paintball is an extreme sport that gives you a high Adrenalin rush without the risk of serious injury.

For one hour playing paintball, visitors are charged Ksh1500 (including 100 bullets). Extra bullets at Ksh10 per bullet, minimum 20 bullets. Target shooting at Ksh10 per bullet, minimum 20 bullets.

Archery tag at Mombasa Go-Kart – Visitors are also treated to a game of archery tag the “Hunger Games”-way. The game is played in teams of two. The aim of the game is to eliminate all the other teams.

When somebody gets hit anywhere on his body or even on his bow he is considered dead. He then shouts “dead” and takes his cap off (so anyone sees that he is dead). Every player has 3 lives. You got a life ring for every life. So when you are shot, you take the cap off and go and throw one of your life-rings in the “life-basket”. You then leave quickly the combat ring (tires ring). As soon as you are outside, and if you still have a life ring remaining, you are back in the game. Put your cap on and continue.

When all your lives are gone, you are out of the game. But you are allowed to collect lives from the “life-bucket”. You can even share lives with your team partner. Every player has initially 3 arrows. When you are out of arrows you have to collect arrows. You can collect as many as you want and can also share them with your team partner.

Rules:
1) No shooting or collecting life-rings or arrows when you are dead.
2) No leaving the combat area while alive and no surrender.

Reto Casanova: The Swiss Tycoon Who Owns Mombasa Go-Kart
Paintball fury at Mombasa Go-Kart. |Courtesy| Facebook|

The easiest way to shoot somebody is while he is loading his arrow. So work together and cover your partner while he is cocking his arrow.

According to the company website, 1.5 hours costs Ksh1,000.

Other Games

Mombasa Go-Kart also has an outdoor bowling alley. The price is Ksh1,500 for one hour, unlimited games, unlimited number of players.

Racing Simulator – The racing simulator is as real as it can get… High-end Fanatec equipment with automatic and manual gear; Clutch, handbreak …all there. It costs ksh1,000 for 30 minutes and Ksh1,500 for 60 minutes.

They also have zip-lining for Ksh500 per ride.

Rodeo bull ride – the establishment charges only Ksh200 for two times bucked off. Whoever stays longest on the bull can participate in a competition and win a free Go-Kart ride.

Reto Casanova: The Swiss Tycoon Who Owns Mombasa Go-Kart
Mombasa Go-Kart. |Courtesy| Facebook|
Reto Casanova: The Swiss Tycoon Who Owns Mombasa Go-Kart
Mombasa Go-Kart. |Courtesy| Facebook|
Reto Casanova: The Swiss Tycoon Who Owns Mombasa Go-Kart
Archery tag at Mombasa Go-Kart. |Courtesy| Facebook|
Reto Casanova: The Swiss Tycoon Who Owns Mombasa Go-Kart
Race simulator at Mombasa Go-Kart. |Courtesy| Facebook|
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