Facts about Mombasa A Visitor Should Know

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Mombasa is Kenya’s second largest city, and it is a cultural and economic centre, strategically located on the shores of the Indian Ocean. Mombasa Island is split from the mainland by Tudor Creek and Kilindini Harbour. Nyali Bridge, Likoni Ferry and Makupa Causeway connect this island to the mainland, in different sides.

Interestingly, there are attractions North and South of this city, which you can visit during your safari.

North Coast of Mombasa

  • Nyali

Nyali is a lavish neighbourhood located north of the island, and connected to it by Nyali Bridge. This posh area has a range of opulent villas and resorts, shopping malls, restaurants and banks. Popular hotels in Nyali are Reef Hotel Mombasa, Prideinn Hotel Nyali and Nyali International Beach Hotel.

Nyali Beach is the most interesting attraction in this area. It is an expansive stretch of unpolluted sand, fringed by mature palm trees.

An elegant superior sea front room at Reef Hotel Mombasa.

An elegant superior sea front room at Reef Hotel Mombasa.

  • Bamburi

This town is situated along the Mombasa – Malindi Road. This town has a public beach known as Pirates. Another popular attraction is Haller Park, which is a reclaimed quarry with a variety of animal and plant species.

  • Shanzu

Shanzu Beach is one of the pristine spots to enjoy a beach safari. Shanzu Town is along the Mombasa-Malindi Highway.  Noteworthy hotels in Shanzu Beach include the lavish Serena Beach Resort and Spa, Eden Beach Resort & Spa and The Shaza.

  • Mtwapa

Mtwapa is just 15km north of the town of Mombasa. The town comes alive at night. Mtwapa has a wide range of resorts and cottages such as Jumuia Beach Resort Kanamai, Emrald Flamingo Beach Resort and Coconut Breeze Hotel.

South Coast of Mombasa

This award winning beach has the longest stretch of white sand along the Kenyan coast. Ocean front resorts and villas such as Diani Reef Beach Resort and Spa and the Sands at Nomad afford guests uninterrupted beach access.

Enchanting architecture at Swahili Beach Resort.

Enchanting architecture at Swahili Beach Resort.

Things to Do in Mombasa

Wondering what to do in Mombasa?  Explore this coastal city through thrilling adventures like snorkelling, sightseeing, deep sea diving and wind surfing.

The best places to visit in Mombasa are Mombasa Marine National Park, Haller Park, Mamba Village Fort Jesus, and Mombasa Old Town.

How to Get to Mombasa

This coastal city has a good infrastructural network that connects it to Kenya’s main cities like Nairobi. You can fly from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi to Mombasa’s Moi International Airport.

Alternatively, you can drive for about 8 hours from Nairobi to Mombasa.  There is an overnight passenger train from Nairobi to Mombasa, but it is not always reliable. With these facts about Mombasa, plan your beach safari, find accommodation, book a flight/bus, and prepare for an unforgettable experience.

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  1. Martin wambua

    September 4, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    I need a 2 bedroomed cottage either in North or south coast during the month of December as from 19.12.16 to the 28.12.16 how much from different providers.

    • Leah Wang'ondu

      September 7, 2016 at 8:42 am

      Hi Wambua,
      I have forwarded your request to the customer service team. A travel advisor will contact you through email promptly.

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