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When I visited Kenya for the first time, back in 2006., I had alot of predjudices regarding matatus like; overcrowded by passengers, not very clean, uncomfortable and dangerous ride. Fact is, riding in matatu isn't that comfortable as it is in a taxi but also, some taxi cars are much more dirthy inside than most of the mataus are. Not to mentioning the prices for a ride, the lowest ride in the taxi cost about 100 kes for approximately one kilometer while for the same amount of money one can get from Mombasa to Mtwapa and back, and it is distance of 30 to 40 kilometres.
In case your hotel is located at Bamburi, meaning Malindi Highway, it is very convinient to take matatu wherever you need to go, either it is Mombasa, Shanzu or Mtwapa. But there is something you need to know, pay in coins because if white, you will never get a change if paying in banknotes of 50 or 100 kes. If short drive, 10 or 20 kes is good enough while 30 or 40 to get to Mombasa.
Written Sep 13, 2008
Favorite thing: Actually, Bamburi is name of the village situated north of Mombasa and known for its Bamburi Cement factory. On the other side of the road, called Malindi Highway, arised numeber of hotels in a row alongside several kilometres long sandy beach known as Bamburi Beach Resorts. It is probably the biggest and the most significant tourist area in whole of Kenya. In case you travel to Kenya in your own arangment, as I am usually doing it, Bamburi is the place where to go and search for the accomodation while in Mombasa.
Updated Sep 11, 2008