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Mombasa

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Soft white sands, nature reserves and all-inclusive hotels make Mombasa holidays an easy family break or a lovely romantic escape. And spending some time on Mombasa’s powdery stretches is the perfect way to relax after a Kenya safari. You can easily fly from the capital, Nairobi, to combine safari, city and beach.

Mombasa holidays offer all sorts of water-based activities. Get out in the clear Indian Ocean waters and explore the rich marine life by scuba diving among the coral reefs and sunken wrecks. Snorkel in the gentle sea, or keep dry in a glass-bottom boat. Go dolphin-watching, and enjoy a lobster feast with live entertainment on a traditional dhow cruise. Want to get you adrenaline pumping? Make a splash with a variety of watersports, ranging from parasailing to kitesurfing.

You’ll have a range of beaches to choose from in Mombasa. Choose the nightlife and activities of Diani Beach, or opt for the picturesque romance of Tiwi Beach. For more goings-on, head to the shops, restaurants and local wildlife attractions of Nyali and Bamburi, which sit beside the mangroves and seagrass beds of Mombasa Marine National Park.

There’s plenty more to see away from the beaches. Discover the blended architecture and diverse temples of Old Town Mombasa. This dynamic coastal city is rich in history, with influences from Britain, Europe, India, China, Oman and Arabia. You can taste local dishes fused with delicious cuisines from around the world, alongside distinctive flavours of crocodile, ostrich and zebra. Make sure you also walk the old harbour and can climb up to Fort Jesus UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Whether you’re planning a beach break, or you’re eager to combine a safari with some time on the coast, our Mombasa holidays have got you covered. Speak to our Travel Specialists to plan your tailor-made trip

Things to do in Mombasa

Old Town

On the coast

Best time to visit Mombasa

Things to do in Mombasa

Mombasa holidays have something for everyone. You can try your hand at kitesurfing, windsurfing and water-skiing. Take a dhow cruise to Wasini Island to see wild dolphins. Or to discover Kenya’s underwater worlds, why not snorkel or scuba dive in the turquoise waters beside coral reefs?

Wander the historic streets of Old Town Mombasa, where you can hunt for antiques, crafts, spices, and souvenirs. And you can overlook the harbour from the ruins of Fort Jesus. Browse jewellery, textiles and wood carvings from Bombolulu Workshops, and stop by the Cultural Centre to witness a cultural dance or eat Kenyan inspired food.

If you want to see wildlife, you can spot giraffes, buffalo, zebras, hippos, crocodiles and a range of birds at Haller Park. Visit Nguuni Wildlife Sanctuary to see ostriches, eland and oryx. Or head to Simba Hills. This place has Kenya’s highest concentration of elephants, as well as leopards, hyenas and colobus monkeys.

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Old Town

Wander the fragrant markets, ancient buildings and winding alleys of Old Town Mombasa. You’ll notice a variety of architecture and influences from the city’s many cultures, which have melded together over the last 1,100 years.

Walk by ornate carved doors and elaborate balconies on historic buildings, then tour mosques and temples of all the world’s religions. Browse small shops for antiques, oils, spices and souvenirs, and dine on round-the-world cuisines in laneway cafés and restaurants.

Make sure you also visit the partially ruined 15th-century UNESCO Heritage Site of Fort Jesus. It was built by the Portuguese, before it changed hands nine times within 450 years. The barracks and battlements sit alongside a museum filled with artefacts reflecting all city’s colonial settlers and trade partners. For a great photo, remember to step through the Passage of Arches to the sea.

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On the coast

Mombasa’s Indian Ocean coast is lined with over 300 miles of soft-sand beaches. The most popular areas stretch out to the north and south, directly from the edges of the city itself.

You could head north for Nyali Beach, where shops and hotels line the sugary sands. Go to the popular Bamburi Beach, where you can take a shoreline camel-ride against a backdrop of luxury hotels. Or head to Shanzu Beach, whose crystal-clear waters are filled with divers, snorkellers and glass-bottom boats. Stretching alongside these north beaches, Mombasa Marine National Park protects the ecosystems of mangroves, seagrass beds, and coral reefs. And the sunken wreck of MV Dania creates a paradise for divers.

The southern area, meanwhile, is famous for Diani Beach and Tiwi Beach. The former serves up watersports and vibrant nightlife, while the latter is all about bleached sands, thriving rainforest and magical reefs.

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Best time to visit Mombasa

July to October is Mombasa’s long dry season. This is the best time to go, as temperatures average 25°C. You can expect cloudless skies and constant sunshine on the coast – and it’s also the perfect time for a Kenya safari, if you’re considering adding that on to your Mombasa holiday.  

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November and December bring a short rainy season. But the days are longer and downfalls tend to be short, so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the beaches and outdoor activities. Temperatures soar above 30°C between January and March. This dry spell sees abundant marine life, so it’s an ideal time for a diving holiday. April brings the longer rainy season, which lasts until June.

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Things to do in Mombasa

Things to do in Mombasa

Mombasa holidays have something for everyone. You can try your hand at kitesurfing, windsurfing and water-skiing. Take a dhow cruise to Wasini Island to see wild dolphins. Or to discover Kenya’s underwater worlds, why not snorkel or scuba dive in the turquoise waters beside coral reefs?

Wander the historic streets of Old Town Mombasa, where you can hunt for antiques, crafts, spices, and souvenirs. And you can overlook the harbour from the ruins of Fort Jesus. Browse jewellery, textiles and wood carvings from Bombolulu Workshops, and stop by the Cultural Centre to witness a cultural dance or eat Kenyan inspired food.

If you want to see wildlife, you can spot giraffes, buffalo, zebras, hippos, crocodiles and a range of birds at Haller Park. Visit Nguuni Wildlife Sanctuary to see ostriches, eland and oryx. Or head to Simba Hills. This place has Kenya’s highest concentration of elephants, as well as leopards, hyenas and colobus monkeys.

Show More
Show Less

Old Town

Old Town

Wander the fragrant markets, ancient buildings and winding alleys of Old Town Mombasa. You’ll notice a variety of architecture and influences from the city’s many cultures, which have melded together over the last 1,100 years.

Walk by ornate carved doors and elaborate balconies on historic buildings, then tour mosques and temples of all the world’s religions. Browse small shops for antiques, oils, spices and souvenirs, and dine on round-the-world cuisines in laneway cafés and restaurants.

Make sure you also visit the partially ruined 15th-century UNESCO Heritage Site of Fort Jesus. It was built by the Portuguese, before it changed hands nine times within 450 years. The barracks and battlements sit alongside a museum filled with artefacts reflecting all city’s colonial settlers and trade partners. For a great photo, remember to step through the Passage of Arches to the sea.

Show More
Show Less

On the coast

On the coast

Mombasa’s Indian Ocean coast is lined with over 300 miles of soft-sand beaches. The most popular areas stretch out to the north and south, directly from the edges of the city itself.

You could head north for Nyali Beach, where shops and hotels line the sugary sands. Go to the popular Bamburi Beach, where you can take a shoreline camel-ride against a backdrop of luxury hotels. Or head to Shanzu Beach, whose crystal-clear waters are filled with divers, snorkellers and glass-bottom boats. Stretching alongside these north beaches, Mombasa Marine National Park protects the ecosystems of mangroves, seagrass beds, and coral reefs. And the sunken wreck of MV Dania creates a paradise for divers.

The southern area, meanwhile, is famous for Diani Beach and Tiwi Beach. The former serves up watersports and vibrant nightlife, while the latter is all about bleached sands, thriving rainforest and magical reefs.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to visit Mombasa

Best time to visit Mombasa

July to October is Mombasa’s long dry season. This is the best time to go, as temperatures average 25°C. You can expect cloudless skies and constant sunshine on the coast – and it’s also the perfect time for a Kenya safari, if you’re considering adding that on to your Mombasa holiday.  

Show More
Show Less

November and December bring a short rainy season. But the days are longer and downfalls tend to be short, so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the beaches and outdoor activities. Temperatures soar above 30°C between January and March. This dry spell sees abundant marine life, so it’s an ideal time for a diving holiday. April brings the longer rainy season, which lasts until June.

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