Mombasa Travel Guide


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    The warm, aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean and the powdery white sandy beaches of Mombasa can definitely entice any visitor in the area. Mombasa is the ultimate destination for a family or romantic getaway. Apart from the magnificent beaches, Mombasa’s cultural diversity makes it a great place...

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Hotels in Mombasa (22 Hotels) See All Mombasa Hotels

  • Nyali International Beach Hotel & Spa

    Including Diani Royal Tours - Day Tours, Bentes Tours & Safaris Limited Day Tours and Peponi Scuba Diving conveniently placed close to the three and half star hotel, Nyal...

  • Sentrim Castle Royal Hotel

    Including Big Six Kenya Safaris Day Tours, Six Continents Day Tours and Safaris and African Memorable Safaris ideally found nearby the three star hotel, Sentrim Castle Ro...

  • PrideInn Nyali

    Having First African Dream Tours & Safaris, Nakumatt Nyali and Peponi Scuba Diving ideally placed in the vicinity of the one star hotel, PrideInn Nyali; this hotel is imp...

  • Emrald Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa

    With Mombasa Go-Kart, SAA Day Tours and First African Dream Tours & Safaris ideally placed nearby the three and half star hotel, Emrald Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa; this ...

Things To Do in Mombasa See All Things To Do in Mombasa

  • Fort Jesus Museum
    Attractions, Arts and Culture, Historical Sites, Landmarks and Points Of Interest
  • Mombasa Go Kart

    Mombasa Go Kart

    Bamburi Beach

    Activities, Attractions, Entertainment, Landmarks and Points Of Interest
  • Rabai Museum
    Attractions, Arts and Culture
  • Jain Temple

    Jain Temple

    Langoni Road near Di...

    Attractions, Arts and Culture

About Mombasa

The warm, aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean and the powdery white sandy beaches of Mombasa can definitely entice any visitor in the area. Mombasa is the ultimate destination for a family or romantic getaway. Apart from the magnificent beaches, Mombasa’s cultural diversity makes it a great place for a holiday. The place has numerous restaurants, resorts, museums and other tourist attractions mostly situated in the coastal area.

Top Attractions

As previously mentioned, Mombasa is very diverse in culture and it reflects in their landmarks and architecture. For instance, Fort Jesus, a popular Mombasa attraction has Portuguese influence in them. Old Town, on the other hand, displays Mombasa’s Arab influence. The buildings, arts, antiques and designs all reflect the Arab culture. The Gedi ruins, on the other hand, displays the Swahili influence to Mombasa.

Being located in the African continent, visitors expect to experience the African safari when vacationing. The Mombasa Tusks is one of the most iconic landmarks in the area. Four ivory tusks form the letter “M” on a road leading to the town central.

Visitors can also get one with nature when visiting the Mamba Village. Tourists can go to Mamba Village, a nature park where guests can ride camels and horses. The village also has a crocodile farm, a marine aquarium, reptile zoo and a botanical garden. The Bamburi Natural Trail, also known as the Haller Park Trail, is home to various plants and animals. Children will love to explore the area with scattered animals and vegetation all over the place.

Festivals

One of the popular festivals in Mombasa happens every November. People celebrate the Mombasa Carnival with a parade, musicals and local dances. Food carts and stalls can be found everywhere. Local bands perform concerts for free.

Another well-celebrated festival is the Mombasa Triathlon held every September. The event starts with a 1.5km swim in the Indian Ocean followed by a 40km cycling and finally commencing with a marathon along the streets of Mombasa.

Things to Do

Since Mombasa is in the coastal area, visitors can mostly enjoy water activities such as kite surfing, scuba diving, windsurfing, sailing, snorkeling, parasailing, jet skiing and many more. There are many beachfront hotels and resorts where visitors can bask in the sun or just lounge and sunbathe for hours.

Restaurants and Night Life

Seafood is abundant in Mombasa so expect local dishes to be made of fish and crustaceans. Tamarind is a restaurant that serves a mix of African, Asian and French cuisines. Another must-try restaurant is the Suriya Ethiopian Restaurants serving Ethiopian dishes.

If you want to experience Mombasa’s nightlife, visit the Florida Night Club and Casino, Casablanca Club International and the Tembo Disco. Florida has cabaret floorshows, casino, disco and cocktail bar. Casablanca has its own restaurant, dance lounge and a bar. Both are open 24 hours a day. Meanwhile, Tembo has an open-air disco, billiard lounge, beer garden, guest rooms and the Lollipop Gogo cocktail bar. Tembo’s beer garden is open 24 hours but their open-air disco only operates between 9 pm and 6 am.

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