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Mombasa

Africa
25+

Rank in Kenya

2

Rank in Africa

160+

World Rank

Currency
Kenyan Shilling(KES)
Weather
Some clouds 23℃
Time
06:17 AM (GMT +03:00)
Electric Socket
Type G ( 230 V 50 Hz)... Read more


About Mombasa

Mombasa is the second largest city in Kenya. The city is a gateway to Kenya’s coast and is situated on a coralline island bordering the Indian Ocean. From the 8th century to the 16th century, the city was the center of Arabic trade for ivory and slaves. Due to its legacy as the largest port in East Africa, Mombasa is a cultural melting pot. British, Arabic, Indian, and Chinese immigrants have enriched the city's architecture and cuisine. Today Mombasa is a bustling city with a major port, an international airport, and is an economic hub in the region. The main attractions are the pleasant atmosphere, excellent hotels, white sandy beaches, and unique marine wildlife. Mombasa offers a wide range of attractions on its travel itinerary that are well spread across the city. The coastline south of Mombasa is a world of natural beauty. Turquoise seas lap at sun-kissed beaches, where tourists sprawl under rustling palms. Rainforests consisting of lots of wildlife, birds frequent this idyllic stretch of the coastline, and coral reefs protect the swimming areas from larger waves. Explore Shelly Beach, Tiwi Beach and Diani Beach, the Jewels of Mombasa. Kenya is endowed with rich historical sites that are now top tourist destinations. 

Continent Country
Africa Kenya
Airport Name / IATA Code
Moi International Airport MBA
Alternate Airport Name / IATA Code
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Mombasa
  • Time To Visit

Best time to visit
January, February, July, August, September, October are the most pleasant months to visit. The water temperature is quite comfortable during these months. One can enjoy many outdoor activities in sunny weather during this time.
Moderate time to visit
November, December, and March are hot months and one can obtain better offers on transportation and hotels compared to the peak tourist season.
Worst time to visit
April, May, and June are months of heavy rainfall that could ruin tourist plans and hence are worst the months to visit.
Weather
Month January February March April May June July August September October November December
Minimum temprature (℃) 24 24 24 24 24 24 21 21 21 22 23 24
Maximum temprature (℃) 32 32 32 31 30 28 28 28 29 30 31 31
Rain fall (mm) 28 15 61 199 302 110 85 72 71 95 101 62
Population
1.3 (Millions)
Official Language
Kiswahili, English
Spoken Language
Mainly Swahili and E... Read more
Other Language
Kikuyu, Luhya
Police
999
Ambulance
999
Taxi
Start Tariff: KES 50... Read more

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Public Transport
Basic Items And Cost
Name Price
Water Bottle USD 0.47
Cup of Coffee USD 2.35
Milk Carton Pack USD 0.88
Rice/Kg USD 1.22
White Bread USD 0.47
Eggs (12) USD 1.49
Combo Meal USD 6.80
Fine Dining USD 15.95
Bottle of Coke or Pepsi USD 0.38
Domestic Beer USD 1.88
Imported Beer USD 2.35
Bottle of Wine USD 3.75
Cigarettes (20 Pack) USD 1.88
Taxi ( 1 km ) USD 0.94
Ticket in local transport (Single way). USD 0.47
Rent ( One Bed Room) USD 173.54
Do's And Don'ts
Night Life
Must See
Experiences
  • Try snorkeling, sailing, or sky diving at Diani beach.
  • Get a feel of African wildlife at Haller Park.
  • Enjoy African nightlife at one of the Mombasa Casinoes.
  • Feed the crocodiles at the Mamba Village, East Africa's largest crocodile park.
  • Take full day boat safari to swim with the fishes 
  • Visit water amusement parks. On hot days, this is a good place to cool yourself. 
  • The Mombasa Marine National Park and Marine Reserve is a must-see. Including reef crest habitats of the Bamburi-Nyali fringing reef and a part of the lagoon, this is Kenya's most popular marine park.
  • Join the thrilling place the Mombasa Go-Kart, which is super popular with speedsters and kids of all ages. Zoom around the smooth concrete track in go-karts, bounce around on the off-road buggies or learn to dig in a Bobcat excavator. 
  • Experience deep sea fishing and Walter Brun-Mtwapa fishing.
Shopping
Nyali Centre
Links Road, Nyali Centre, Mombasa, Kenya
Distance From City Center
8.3km
Kongowea Market
Junction, Links Rd, Mombasa, Kenya
Distance From City Center
2.1 Km
Akamba Handicraft Cooperative Society Limited
Akamba Handicraft Cooperative Society Limited, Off Port-Reitz Road, Changamwe. P.O Box 85315 - 80100 Mombasa, Kenya
Distance From City Center
7.4km
Old Town Mombasa
Old Town Mombasa
Distance From City Center
2.2Km
Biashara Street
Biashara Street Mombasa
Distance From City Center
1.9 kms
Bombolulu Workshops and Cultural Centre Gift Shop
Mombasa 80100, Kenya
Distance From City Center
1.4 kms
Marikiti Market
Mombasa, Kenya
Distance From City Center
2 km
Meat Market
Nehru Road,Mombasa,Kenya
Distance From City Center
10.6 Kms
Prates Beach Shopping
Pirates Beach,Mombasa, Kenya
Distance From City Center
2.9 Kms
Souvenir Suggestions
  • Kiondo is a handmade handbag made of sisal. They are water resistant and can be used for multiple purposes.
  • Kikory and Masai shukas is a rectangular piece of cotton cloth, made locally and available throughout Mombasa. 
  • African jewelry made of seeds, bones, shells and elephant hair. Many shops in the Mombasa old town have these African accessories at great prices. . You can find them in local Kenyan markets. 
  • Tsavorite gemstones were discovered near the Tsavo National Park near Mombasa. They can be found in a number of shops along Moi Avenue in Mombasa. 
  • Kenyan sculptures made of ebony wood by the tribals of Kamba. They are made into a number of abstract shapes and are great for home decor. 
  • Crafted masks made of different types of wood. These are made as face shapes and expressions to depict African people and their culture. These can be bought from shops in the old town of Mombasa, Biashara street and Moi Avenue. 
  • Kangas(also known as lesos) are traditional Swahili garments which are used as scarves and come with printed Swahili sayings or proverbs. The vendor can translate these sayings and you can whatever suits you. 
  • Akala footwear made out of recycled tyres with small nails and a piece of cloth, You can find them in many shops in Mombasa market. 
  • Bombolulu Workshops and cultural center located in Mombasa, employing men and women artisans with differential abilities. They produce and sell items of gems, jewelry, leather, etc. 

Tourist attractions in Mombasa

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