Mombasa Travel Guide

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Mombasa Things to Do

  • Walking along the beach

    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...

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  • Coral Palm Beach early in the morning

    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,...

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  • Coral Palm Beach - hotel's beach resort

    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...

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Mombasa Restaurants

  • Grilled fish is excellent

    Pirathes was our favorite restaurant, we were here couple of times eating excellent grilled fish filletes and season's salad. Since our group-friend Kruno had birthday, it was the best possible place for dinner and party in that occasion. The restaurant is situated right on the Bamburi Beach and offers very pleasant atmosphere. Most of our group...

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  • Very good seafood

    "Moorings" is fine restaurant situated in the outskirts of village of Mtwapa, about ten kilometres far from the Shanzu. Actually, it is situated in a deep gulf called Mtwapa Creek. The restaurant is constructed on the raft, floating in the river, and offers pleasant and refreshing atnosphere. During my stay in Shanzu, back in 2006, "Moorings" was...

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  • Great location and setting for a...

    La Marina has been a little up and down over the years but the last couple of times I have been it has been on the up and the food and the service were good. We were there on Valentine's Day, given its romantic location and setting, not surprisingly it was very busy, as it was getting on for 9.30 when we arrived we had to do a bit of creative...

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Mombasa Nightlife

  • Il Covo

    Il Covo is a nightclub and a restaurant with Italian and Japanese cuisine. The night club is know to be a place for tourists where you can listen to western/mzungu music. It's located in in Bamburi Beach.

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  • Cheers bar

    Cheers bar is an open air bar located in Bamburi beach. There is no entrance fee and the beer and food is cheaper here. You can sit with the locals and watch football from the flatscreen on the wall. Cheers bar is according to some local people a hangout place for prostitutes.

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  • 7 7

    7 7 is a bar cum night club. The sign outside reads 77 but everyone knows the place by its Kiswahili translation Saba saba (seven seven). This place is a bit of a throw back to a time when bars across not just Mombasa but throughout Kenya and especially down River rd in Nairobi were all like this. A large open bar area with a stage for live bands...

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Mombasa Transportation

  • Ngalawa

    Ngalawa is one of the most common boats on the Swahili Coast, it is unmistakable and charming. Most likely evolved from the raised bow and higher sides to the hull allow for the ngalawa to reach out into the open seas. A pointed stern holds the rudder. Ngalawa is usually slim hull approximately 6 meters long, essentially a dugout canoe. It is...

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  • The city taxi called "tuk - tuk"

    I wanted to try the city ride in this kind of taxi but couldn't make it. The fact is, there are not much of such a vehicles in Mombasa and they are constantly occupied. I suppose it's because the price must be more convinient than the ride in a normal taxi. Too bad because my city tour could be more attractive and exiting than one I had.Next time,...

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  • Tamarind dhow

    A nice albeit expensive way to see Mombasa from the sea is by Tamarind Dhow. A Dhow is a typical local small boat - but this one is in a much larger scale than normal. It's a lunch or dinner cruise tht takes you past the port and fort jesus in Mombasa. It's run from the Tamarind restaurant in the posh suburb of Nyali and it costs 32$ at lunchtime...

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Mombasa Shopping

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  • Halwa

    I quite often come home with some type of foods that I enjoy in Mombasa but this lat time I was only carrying hand luggage so I limited myself to bringing home only ½ a kilo of halwa. Halwa is the sweet jelly-like confectionary made on the coast in Kenya that somehow resembles lokum or Turkish delight. It is made from the starch from cassava,...

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  • Shopping in Mombasa

    Instead of buying Kenyan souvenirs on the beach, try to go to the downtown. You can buy art designs of mask, animals or other typical African stuff cheaper here.

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  • Shopping on the beach

    There are a lot of Kenyan souvenirs shops on the beach. You can buy art designs of mask, animals or other typical African stuff. Expect the price to be higher here compared to the city. It's because of all the tourists in the beach.

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Mombasa Local Customs

  • Bombolulu

    Bombolulu is suburb north of Mombasa situated along Malindi Highway. It is famous for its workshop, founded in 1969, and is Project of the Association for the Phycically Disabled Kenyans. It has 150 disabled employees who create jewelry, textiles, wood and leather crafts. Most of the products you could see in the numerous souvenir shops at Nairobi,...

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  • Camel ridings

    Kenyan camels look more friendly then those I have meet in the northern parts of Africa but still, I didn't ride it, not even here. I am not that coward but the riding doesn't look as very comfortable to me. It isn't even the question of money, in fact, I have never ask how much it could cost, not even for the curiosity.Not many adults goes for...

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  • Surviving in Mombasa

    Unemployment is the biggest problem of Kenya, according to the official statistics it is over 40%! People from all over Kenya move to Nairobi or Mombasa in searching for job, but it isn't easy because of very high rate of the corruption. Life could be really cruel to this people who don't deserving it. Can you imagine that some employees are forced...

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Mombasa Warnings and Dangers

  • Lizards

    I visited Kenya on six occasions so far but was never warned to keep an eye on lizards, so I assume that they are completely harmless to man. Nevertheless, the lizard is animal that creates some discomfort and backlash, because if its appearance. Hardly anyone like reptiles.In Kenya, there are different types of lizards, of those little that we see...

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  • Vervet Monky in the room

    This little monkey, Vervet (Kenyans call it Cheeky too) if I remembered well his name, is very cute but also, might be a real pain in the a$$. The huge monkey pack settled on the trees in the hotel resorts, considering it as their territory. They walk around, occupaing hotel balconies and liberaly entering in the rooms if the room-door is open....

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  • MALARIA CAUSES DEATH !

    PLEASE PREPARE! Malaria can sometimes be fatal and at best may make you regret that you survived. Medicines must often be taken weeks BEFORE you come here. There are 4 different species of Malaria and humans can get them all from the bite of an infected female Anopheles mosquito. Illness and death from malaria are largely preventable - if you plan...

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Mombasa Tourist Traps

  • Conned into marriage

    Lonely female tourists beware! You will meet a handsome man with a long story about the death of his wife and how he is raising his children single-handedly. He will tell you he needs school fees for them and your help to start a business as he is unemployed. He is a smooth talker, you will fall in love with him and give him all your money. He will...

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  • Get your teeth into this %c

    The Tusks that bestride Moi Avenue are probably one of Mombasa's few tourist traps. I suppose we have all been there to take a photo or two. When you get up close the tusks are a bit disappointing (and I don't mean that they are not made of ivory) they are actually made of hollow steel tubes roughly riveted together. During one drinking session I...

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  • The black man without socks

    The locals doesn't wear socks on the beach. So some of them fool tourists about this. Imagine a man doing his trade with souvenirs for tourists on the beach. He has of course no socks, and could say he want to trade any souvenir with your socks. You might think they can't buy socks in Kenya? So you agree to follow him to his shop. In the shop he...

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Mombasa What to Pack

  • Presents for locals

    Check www.stuffyourrucksack.com. It's a website dedicated to people reporting what was needed in certain areas and people going to these areas.Don't just hand out things to strangers - especially the 'sweets for children' is a bad thing. We have seen lots of children not going to school any more, because they are more successful begging. It also...

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  • Film

    Lightweight suitcases, but sturdy. They are thrown around at the airport like nothing on earth. Keep it light. During the day it is hot, even the nights are not cold. Any brand of toiletries and medical supplies can be found in the local supermarkets. I found that the local things worked best. Make sure you take plenty of film. You can get your...

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  • Take cold medicine and maylaria tablets

    Leather belts, cotton socks, good condition gym shoes. All are good trade items Plenty of memory sticks for the digital cameras. When I visited there were no digital cameras, so I went thru almost 100 rolls of film.

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Mombasa Off The Beaten Path

  • Askari Monument

    You can easily pas by this monument dedicated to the Eat African Askaries, porters and carrier corps of the First World War.It's situated on Jomo Kenyatta Avenue in the Mwembe Tayari part of town.

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  • Commonwealth war graves

    There are two Commonwealth war grave cemeteries that I know of in Mombasa. One is at Mbaraki on the south side of the island near the sports club and the second is in Tudor north of Ronald Ngala Rd. These photos were taken at the Tudor cemetery.Only stumbled across this place as I was wandering the less visited streets of Tudor in Mombasa.

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  • Mtwapa- Big Game Fishing

    Ok, Stop! Do you love fishing for fun? if yes, Next time you are in Mombasa take some time out and go fishing at Mtwapa coastline. Its the Ideal place for Big Game Fishes! the place has two types of Boats named Centa and Delta that you can hire for this expereince.Both boats are maintained to the highest standard and include VHF Radio, GPS...

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Mombasa Sports & Outdoors

  • Scuba with professionals

    Had an amazing few days diving with Buccaneer Diving. They are a great outfit based at Whitesands (where I was) and some other hotels on the coast I think. (they picked up a couple of other divers on my last trip.They have about 20 dive sites, but some you have to have additional qualifications to dive them. NOt a problem because they offer the...

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  • Fishing

    There are number of pitoresque catamaran-boats along the Shanzu beach, offering fishing in the area. This boats didn't look very safe to me and besides the bottom is full of water which couldn't convinced me to try it. More than fishing, I was interested in taking some pictures from the water front but didn't dare it being affraid that my camera...

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  • Snorkelling

    Not to be missed is a diving or snorkelling trip. I would suggest getting a local boat instead of going on an 'organised' trip. I did both and the local knowledge wins every time. I was taken away from the rest of the snorkellers and divers and had an amazing time.The coral as rich and vibrant in colour, hasn't been spoiled by tourists yet and as...

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Mombasa Favorites

  • Fort Jesus

    I am very sensitive to any form of discrimination, especially when it comes to racial discrimination. In Kenya I realized that there is another form of discrimination that is based on greed and stupidity. I would call this discrimination with her real name, robbery.At the entrance to museum of Fort Jesus there is a price list which says:- 80 ksh...

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  • Mombasa

    Mombasa is the biggest port in the Eastern Africa and, as far as I am concerned, very unattractive place to visit. Most Europeans will find it as an ugly, dirthy and unfriendly place, one of those places you see once and forget it even sooner. I have seen only a part of the town around Main Market, Fort Jesus and old core of the town, but it was...

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  • Fort Jesus

    Fort Jesus is the most famous historic sight of Mombasa, and one of very few I have seen around. It is pretty huge fortress which dominates the whole peninsula situated in the entrance to the port of Mombasa. The fortress is pretty bad conditions now although it represents the key point of the city-tour. It was my second visit to the Fort Jesus...

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