After I tested riding on a camel, few years ago in the Sahara of Tunisia, such kind of "fun" is out of my interests. But the truth is, the desert terrain is much more demanding and uncomfortable for ride.Anyhow, the one who want it can ride the camel along the beach but only under the guidance of a camel owner. Lovers of adrenaline such riding...more
Actually, Bamburi is a small village situated offshore, north of Malindi highway and close to Cement factory. On the other side, Bamburi Beach is a strip of pale sand backed by palm trees and lipped by shallow turquoise water, kept calm by an long offshore reef. As far as I know, it is the only completely public beach in the complex of...more
125 Reviews and Opinions
Malindi Road, Bamburi, 80100, Kenya
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
Bamburi Beach, Malindi Road, Bamburi, 80100, Kenya
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
The hotel offers a perfect gateway location on the white sandy beach overlooking the ocean. It...more
Yul,s restaurant and pizzeria is probably the most popular place in Bamburi Beach, offering pretty good food, cold drinks and entertainment. The whole restaurant area faces the sea and is therefore very comfortable to sit on the terrace in the evenings when the breeze refreshes better than any air conditioning. Pizza is not bad but it certainly...more
After ten days of Kenyan food my stomach needed something else, more like usual food I have back home. The restaurant "Il Covo" was my logical choice since Croatian cuisine is very similar to the Italian.The restaurant is located right on the Bamburi Beach, offering magnificent view at the ocean from its huge terrace. The interiors looks alike...more
This is pure Kenyan styled bar & restaurant situated along the main road which leads from Mombasa to Malindi. It is held by my dear friend Esther Akoth, young, beautiful and ambitious woman hardly to belive that she is already mother of three. The restaurant is small but cute offering good inexpensive food and relaxing atmosphere. Do not miss it...more
Drop Inn is located inside of the hotel Fontana, which is situated right along Malindi road and cannot be missed. It is typical and very characteristic traditional Kenyan construction with roof covered by wicker reed. Such buildings were used for tribal gatherings and celebrations.On the other side of the building there is a semicircular terrace...more
Kenyans love dancing and socializing, never missing opportunity to make new contacts if any possible. There are plenty of bars along Malindi road and seashore offering good music in a very relaxing atmosphere. Most of the bars and clubs have simple ambiance, in local Kenyan style, but it makes them even more attractive for the foreign...more
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.
Few years ago, during my first visit to coastal parts of Kenya, I was in the Serena Beach hotel in Shanzu, which is located next to Bamburi Beach. There is a beach, right in front of the hotel complex, which is partly prohibited area for the locals. To be honest, I didn't like it, because the sea and its beaches are generally good and everyone should have freedom to enjoy in it.
On the other hand, long Bamburi Beach is a public resort without any prohibited area, not even the one which is situated right in front of the numerous Bamburi hotels. There is much more fun on this beach and it is far more interesting for hanging around.
This small wild camping area is situated in between two hotels, Kahama and Fontana. I found it only by chance, looking for short-cut from my hotel Kahama to Bamburi Beach. This young group of people belongs to Giriama tribe, which is known for its acrobatic skills. They moved here from their village, fighting every day to survive by earning small...more
I met this youngsters only by chance when exploring the environment of Kahama Hotel. They live in a self made camp, cultivating vegetables in order to survive, but their occupation is acrobats. It is small group, two sisters and two brothers and their a bit older friend, all of Giriama origins. Due to a bad and low season there is no job for them...more
Pirathes is the public beach resort located in Bamburi, right in front of the restaurant with the same name. The water here isn't that shallow as in most of the other beach resorts around Mombasa. The beach resort is usually overcrowded by the locals but not only, many buses from all over Kenya take school kids here for bathing.Most of the Kenyans...more
In their brochures or on the internet, travel agencies advertise that area of Bamburi Beach is ideal for water sports, such as swimming, diving, snorkeling, sailing or surfing, but none of this is true. Within the water zone to offshore reef, the water is very shallow so one cannot even swim and not to mentioning diving. On the other hand, within this zone, the wind rose has insufficient strength for sailing or surfing.
Real sailing and surfing enthusiasts know it very well, floating on the water is the most boring thing in the world!
So, as far as sports activities, remains only go-kart runway located between Bamburi and Shanzu area.
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.