Mombasa Things to Do

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    Walking along the beach

    by croisbeauty Written Aug 5, 2013

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    The moment you step on a public beach, you run the risk of being attacked by a bunch of very annoying types. Each of them will have "endlessly interesting" proposal that has only one goal, to "steal" any amount of money from you. Or they will offer something for sale, or will try to persuade you to meet the agent that offers the best and cheapest safari in all of Kenya. Dullest, however, are those who will ask money and they will be the most difficult to solve. Such a guys will haunt and follow you all the way and the only way to get rid of them is to be extremely rude and arrogant, and it works really good.

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    Coral Palm Beach early in the morning

    by croisbeauty Updated Aug 5, 2013

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    Coral Beach is touristy resort with huge sandy beach over one kilometer long. The sand is of a very characteristic white color, same as the all other beach resorts I saw in Kenya. The water is skin-deep and you have to pass over coral riff, several hundreds of meters far from the seashore, to get to the deep water.
    This is the look of the beach, very early in the morning, soon after the sun rising and it appears to be really spectacular. I made this pics on a very first day in Mombasa, we arrived by over night flight and came to the hotel resort at first dawn.

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    Coral Palm Beach - hotel's beach resort

    by croisbeauty Updated Aug 5, 2013

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    Inside the hotel beach resort, which is marked by the rope, you'll be safe of any local intruders. The beach vendors never cross the line because they might be fined. There are security guys, all along the beach, who prevent the locals in annoying tourists inside the protected area. Moreover, there are also police officers hidden inside the hotel's beach area, armed with the K47.
    Because of its liberal attitude towards western tourists, Kenya is exposed to a constant threats from various islamic terrorist groups.

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    Mombasa Old Town - culturally beautiful!

    by nubiansoul Updated Mar 4, 2012

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    I am a sucker for beautiful buildings; especially old, frail pieces of history falling into centuries and modernisation. How beautiful to stand out against the New, and slightly boring architecture Mombasa is slowly becoming replaced by. The carvings on the doors throughout the walk through old town, rich in it's heavy, historical Arab influence, captures me time and time again. Walking through to the inside circuit of the Old town markets from Fort Jesus -(which is a great spooky experience if you go late and to the far side gated, unfortunately locked door - if you're into freaking yourself out anyway) - encaptures the Swahili peoples and Muslims of the Kenyan coast plodding on with their daily lives, lifting their hands and hi's to you as you walk passed and admire their life-space. Sometimes hassle, but once they've seen you a couple of times, the novelty passes, and herein is just simplicity, history, culture at its best. Women selling beads, ear rings, some tourist shops. Men selling sugar cane, with some kind of device to crush it into sweet flavored juice for twenty shillings. Both selling fruits, khanga's, fabrics, old coastal music, old and worn books, Somali shops, Ayurvedic herbal medicine kiosks, and beautiful sari's advertised through the many shop windows of local business peoples. The walk lasts maximum half an hour, but you don't have to be that quick. Engross yourself in its beauty, the historical point of Arabic and Portuguese settlements, farm animals flapping about, children smiling whilst insanely curious about you shop to shop. It can be fun, so make it fun and do some shopping. Love this place!

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    Great place for a party, celebration or a BBQ

    by Doffcocker Updated Nov 11, 2011

    Nguuni Nature Sanctuary

    What a great place for a party, celebration or just a sundowner BBQ, who would have thought you could sit having a drink by a camp fire and feel like you were in the bush just a mile or so from Bamburi township and around 3 from Bamburi Cement Works.

    Up on the Nguu Tatu Hills (3 hills), you are in completely natural surroundings, and can see virtually nothing but unspoilt bush around you, (except in one direction where Bamburi Township is below you and quite close by). The reserve itself has giraffes, elands, oryx, waterbucks, ostriches and bird watching bandas. There was a one week old giraffe calf lurking nearby in the long grass and bush.

    You can book one of the big fixed tables for 2,000 bob, then its 300 bob per person, bring your own food, and drink, they provide the fire and the big charcoal grill, and a guy to man it. We missed out because of some low clouds but it is one of the few places on this east facing coast you can see a sunset.

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    Pirathes Beach

    by croisbeauty Written Aug 31, 2011

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    Pirathes Beach is part of Bamburi Beach Resort which is several kilometres long. It is favourite beach for the locals and so many school excursions which coming here daily, from all of Kenya. While at the other parts water is pretty much very shallow and almost useless for the bathing, water at Pirathes enabling at least some basic swimmings.
    I bet you didnt know that only small number of Kenyans know how to swimm, even those who was born and live in Bamburi or its close surroundings.

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    Kenya Safari's (Tsavo East Park)

    by jaycee1401 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    tsavo lions and the giant flying dung beetle!

    Ok first of all facts....Tsavo East National Park covers an area of about 12,000 km2, 40% of Kenya's parks' total area. This vast park lies in low semi arid country at the eastern edge of the inland plateau, north of the main Mombasa-Nairobi road and railway. Much of the park is level, open country with scattered rocky ridges and outcrops. Due to its size, the park is one of the world's wildlife and biodiversity strongholds.

    We arranged a 3 day Safari from our hotel. It took about 2 hours to get to the park from Shelley Beach, Mombasa. This was the most powerful experience of my life. We were 6 feet away from one of the worlds most dangerous animals, lions, elephants, hippos, giraffes, etc. at sunrise on the second day were were fortunate enough to see Lions, we went to a waterhole were the lions wait for the buffalo because they know they have to drink sometime, so they pick them off.

    We stayed in a 5 star hotel on the park, absolutely stunning and 5 course meals. On the night though giant flying dung beetles charge you, they are the size of a womens fist! My girlfriend at the time wouldn't leave the hotel room! Very funny.

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    Visit Fort Jesus

    by uglyscot Updated Oct 22, 2010

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    Vasco da Gama was the first European to come to Mombasa in 1498 but he only stayed a week.However the natural harbour attracted attention and in 1589 a Turkish expedition built a fort there. This made the Portuquese fear for their safety so they attacked and took Mombasa in 1593 and built a large fort to guard the entrance to the harbour.
    Fort Jesus has suffered murder, starvation, treachery, bombardment and siege . It has preserved the same basic shape since it was built.

    Fort Jesus is openn daily from 8.30 am to 6.00 pm
    For Non-Kenyans prices were 200;00 SHs for adults and !00k Shs for children.
    A sound and light show with dinner is organized weekly. Reservations : Tel. 472213/471895

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    Things to do (other than safari) around Mombasa

    by Doffcocker Written Jun 1, 2010

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    Some brief suggestions of things to do in the North Coast Mombasa area

    Tour of Mombasa - the old town, harbour, Fort Jesus, Moi Avenue and shops, market, Temple and Mosques.

    Haller Park - they have a variety of animals, reptiles, insects and botanical gardens - go in the afternoon and handfeed the giraffes. It was an old cement quarry which has been reclaimed and turned into a tropical forest. There is a nature trail there as well

    Glass bottomed boat trip to the reef / snorkelling

    Bombolulu cultural centre or Akamba wood co-op.

    Visit Jumba la Mtwana ruins and have lunch at the excellent Monsoons bistro in its stunning location on the beach

    Dhow cruises (Tamarind, La Marina or Moorings)

    Visit a school or orphanage

    Eat under the stars on Mtwapa Creek at either La Marina or The Moorings restaurants (both provide free pick up and drop off service)

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    My Google Map of Mombasa North Coast

    by Doffcocker Written Jun 1, 2010

    I know from the Tripadvisor forums that it is difficult to find detailed maps of where resorts, restaurants, bars, banks, etc are in the Mombasa area so I set up this Google map of the Nyali, Bamburi, Shanzu and Kikambala areas

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    Karting and Beach Buggies

    by AlexHurter Written Mar 4, 2010

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    A Go-Kart track with African charme. You drive under palm trees, and on which other Go-Kart track will you find camels and donkeys and turtles?
    But beside the African touch, the place is on top standard with well maintained and fast Swiss Hutless go-Karts, and state of the art timing system. The karts have remote controlled speed governors, so that the speed can be reduced for kids.
    There is also an Off-Road Race Track where you can hire and drive with beach buggies. Really cool!

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  • Karting, Beach Buggies, Bulldozing

    by garimeli Written Feb 22, 2010

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    Of course - you don't go for karting to Mombasa. But if you are once there - why not? ... and if your kids will discover it, you end up spending the half holiday on this thrilling place.
    A Go-Kart track with African charme. You drive under palm trees, and on which other Go-Kart track will you find camels and donkeys and turtles?
    But beside the African touch, the place is on top standard with well maintained and fast Swiss Hutless go-Karts, and a state of the art timing system. The karts have remote controlled speed governors, so that the speed can be reduced for kids.

    In most North Coast hotels you will find an information brochure and the place offers also a free shuttle service. (if you are lucky, a beautiful young african lady driver will come and pick you in an awesome red Willys Jeep ... already worth the money)

    Beside Karting, there is also an off-road track with beach buggies. The kids have to be at least 14 years to drive them. For younger kids is the excavator park, with real excavators to dig in a huge sand heap and with some challenges and competitions.

    Mombasa Go-Kart is located next to the Severin Sea Lodge Hotel and open from 4pm - 10pm Tuesday - Sunday. The center has a large sports screen where you can watch football , Rugby and any other major sprting event. There is a viewing veranda located in the bar and you can order food from the bar whilst you are having a drink and watch the action on the race track.

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    Fort Jesus

    by georeiser Updated Oct 11, 2009

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    Fort Jesus is Mombasa’s biggest attraction as it dominates the harbor entrance. This Portuguese fortress was built in 1593 to fend off local enemies and foreign warships.
    The remains of the fort provide an interesting tour back through history and a small museum features a variety of relics.

    The entrance cost 800 Kenyan shillings for white people and 200 shillings for black people of any African country (September 2008). Yes, you read correct. This was what I was told by the staff. I can understand why tourists pay more than the local people. But this is not the same. A rich black business man shall pay less than a white student. This is a kind of discriminating I don't like.

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    Bamburi beaches

    by georeiser Updated Oct 11, 2009

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    The beaches at Bamburi not far away from the city.
    Beaches at Bamburi are good places to party, with both locals and tourists.
    - Mombasa Serena Beach: One of the nicest beaches on the North Coast.
    - Whitesand Beach: A stretch of beach by the Whitesands hotel.

    All beaches around Mombasa has a big difference between low-tide and high-tide. It's more than 3 meter.

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  • Deep sea fishing

    by odiero Written Dec 11, 2008

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    I can indeed recommend deep sea fishing. If you book through any of the hotels be prepared to pay a 10-15% premium for the commission. Most of the post leave out from the The Moorings restaurant at Mtwapa creek. If you want to save of a bit, try to get old of one of the skippers from there.

    Mind the seasons though. Best billfish season is generally between August and April.

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