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Welcome to Mombasa

Mombasa lies in the Eastern coastline of Kenya and is the country's second-largest city. After having made your Mombasa flight and hotel arrangements, start counting down the days to your special holiday. The first thing you'll notice when your flight to Mombasa arrives is the remarkable mix of old and new – the present is perfectly balanced with the past. For centuries, various colonial powers fought to have this coastal city for themselves. It was an essential port for traders as they sailed the Indian Ocean, and as a result, Mombasa is an exotic fusion of the different cultures that settled at the port. White sandy beaches, blue waters and a culturally diverse history make this coastal city a must see when visiting Kenya.

What you need to know before visiting Mombasa

Mombasa is three hours ahead of UK. Whereas you'll likely be arriving at Mombasa's international airport, you can also enter Mombasa at the seaport or by road. To enter the country, you'll need a visa, which can be obtained at the entry point or before you depart for Kenya from the UK. English is widely spoken, making communication easy, but you may want to learn a few Swahili words. Make sure you have cash in the local currency, the Kenyan shilling – you can exchange your money at any foreign exchange bureau located in the city. You can use your credit card in major shops and hotels. Mombasa is a unique place for night lovers, as many businesses operate for 24 hrs – making every day seem like it’s a weekend in Mombasa.

What is the best vacationing time in Mombasa?

The weather in Mombasa is constantly tropical, with some rain (mostly in April and May). However, the rain doesn't deter travellers, as indicated by the many who fly from London to Mombasa for city breaks. Aim to have your plans for a flight to and hotel in Mombasa coincide with one of the city's many festivals and events. Opt for package holidays in Mombasa to enjoy the Mombasa Carnival, held every November. This colourful display of multicultural shows includes dancing, singing, eating and parades through the streets.

What to do in Mombasa

Mombasa's beaches are so endearing, you may not want to do anything but dig your toes deep into the white sand. Swim and sunbathe at the beach or enjoy a leisurely walk. Many resorts and hotels entertain their guests with traditional dance groups every day. Below is a list of a few activities that make weekend city breaks in Mombasa exceptional:

  • See Haller Park's animal residents.
  • Snorkel and dive at the Mombasa Marine National Park and Reserve.
  • Enjoy some water sports and other exhilarating activities such as skydiving.
  • Explore the MV Dania shipwreck.
  • Visit Mamba Village Crocodile Farm.
  • Get a feel for speed at the Mombasa Go-Kart tracks.

What are some places you can visit in Mombasa?

Many visitors flying from Manchester to Mombasa opt for package holidays, which often include the following sights:

  • Fort Jesus, which was built in the 16th century has a rich history.
  • Diani, Nyali and Bamburi beaches.
  • The Old Town.
  • Shimba Hills National Reserve.

Eating in Mombasa

The food in Mombasa is a tantalising mix of foods from India and the Middle East. Thanks to the sweet, spicy aromas floating in the air, a walk through the city will surely have you craving some. Pilau is a popular coastal dish that is made of fried rice with meat cooked with an assortment of spices and herbs. Visit Tamarind Dhow for some seafood, Yul's Aquadrom for some pizza, and Jahazi Coffee House or Tarboush Café for local dishes such as mishkaki – spicy grilled meat. During your weekend in Mombasa, enjoy a highly recommended sundowner, mnazi – a tasty drink made from the sap of the coconut palms. Another popular drink is madafu, coconut water.

Souvenirs and gifts from Mombasa

During a weekend in Mombasa, get some great artwork, jewellery, fragrances and spices at the Old Town. Take home some handmade sandals, khangas, kikoys and other cloth items from Biashara Street. At the Akamba Wood Carvers Market, you can buy wood figures carved by talented locals. Support locals further by shopping at Bombolulu Workshops, which offers disabled artists the opportunity to sell their artwork.