Your guide to Mombasa

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Family Holidays in Mombasa

Attractions: Mombasa has plenty of family-friendly attractions on offer, from Haller Park, the largest animal sanctuary in the city where you can get up close with animals of all kinds and even feed a snake or take a leisurely stroll through the botanical gardens, to Mamba Village where you can learn all about crocodiles at East Africa’s largest crocodile farm.

Activities: Mombasa is one of Africa’s most popular tourist destinations. Located on Kenya’s East Coast and bordering on the Indian Ocean, it boasts some of the world’s most breathtakingly stunning beaches – perfect for long, leisurely cycle rides down the coast. A trip to Mombasa wouldn’t be complete without a day excursion around the city’s ancient temples.

Nightlife: Mombasa is home to many different languages and cultures, so it is no surprise to find that its restaurants offer an impressive range of cuisines, from Swahili to Italian and Indian. Freshly caught seafood is available – and recommended – at most restaurants as are local favourites like Nyama choma.

Hotels: Given that Mombasa is a coastal city, there are many hotels on the north and south coast to choice from to suit many different budgets and tastes. Most hotels have their own unique looks and feels with many offering exclusive trips, from safaris to diving and day excursions to deep sea fishing. The City Centre also boasts a variety of hotels, many of which have their own bars and restaurants.

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Couples Holidays in Mombasa

Attractions: Get lost with your loved one at Mombasa’s galleries and museums where you can learn all about Mombasa’s rich history or search for antiques at Old Town. You may prefer to step treacherously around Mamba Village and witness feeding time at the crocodile enclosures, before settling down to a fantastic feast at the restaurant.

Activities: Couples can enjoy romantic cycle rides along the coast, days lying on exotic beaches or trips to ancient temples. Whether you choose to take it easy or throw yourself into the city’s historical heritage, Mombasa has it all.

Nightlife: The North Coast in particular has a large variety of casinos, clubs, bars and restaurants so whether you’re looking for a quick bite to eat and drink or a leisurely three-course meal, Mombasa will not leave you disappointed.

Hotels: Live it up at some of the most exclusive hotels the North Coast has to offer where the beach is just a stone’s throw from your hotel room, or hide out in the Shimba Hills in your own little lodge on the South Coast.

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Attractions in Mombasa

Surrounding Area: Heading out of the City Centre, the North Coast is generally considered to be the more up-market and residential sector of Mombasa, famed for its wide variety of entertainment, from pubs to club and casinos. The South Coast boasts Diani Beach, a huge resort that is connected to Mombasa Island by ferry.

Must Visit: Lose yourself for a day as you wind through the narrow streets of the Old Town, taking in the gorgeous, old buildings and peruse the shops for antiques and souvenirs. Those keen to delve into the ancient history of Mombasa will find that the North Coast has a lot to offer, including the Gedi Ruins that date back to the 15th Century. Gedi was a small town built entirely of rocks and stones with only a few thousand inhabitants.

Architecture: Fort Jesus is undoubtedly Mombasa’s most-visited tourist attraction. Situated near Old Town and built in the 16th century, the fort is not only beautiful but also historically significant, boasting a museum full of artefacts from the slave trade. The Hindu temples scattered over the city once again demonstrate Mombasa’s varying cultural background and no trip to the city would be complete without a visit. The Mombasa Tusks laid to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s visit in 1952 also make for a great photo opportunity.

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