- Area City : 294.7 km²
- Area Codes : (+254) 41
- Currency : Kenyan Shilling (KES)
- Population City : +- 1.2 million (2016)
- Official Language : Swahili, English
- Time Zone : EAT (UTC+3)
- Airport : Moi International Airport (MBA)
MBA is the countrys second largest airport located in the area of Port Reitz and is named after former president Daniel Arap Moi. The airport is approximately 10km west of Mombasa and to get to the city passengers can hire a vehicle from Avis located at the airport, take a taxi with Kenatco taxis, an authorised taxi provider or travel via a tour or hotel shuttle. The trip takes around 20 minutes.
Travellers can take flights to MBA from Johannesburg with the following airlines:
- Kenya Airways (via Nairobi) 6h 45m+
- South African Airways (via Nairobi) 8h 20m+
- RwandAir (via Entebbe) 9h 55m+
Airlines touching down at MBA include:
- Etihad Airways
- Air France
- Fly 540
Reasons to Visit Mombasa, Kenya:
- A major and imperative trade centre, Mombasa Island is the heart of Mombasa and East Africas largest port that serves as a major outlet for cargo to Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Burundi and other places.
- Experience the energised atmosphere of the island with a noticeable Arabic ambiance, Swahili and Indian influences and the Old Town holding onto its original character with Portuguese reminders. Wander down narrow streets lined with olden buildings, elaborately carved doors and balconies. Enjoy a bite or refreshment at a café and stop into shops selling spices, souvenirs, jewellery, sandals, antiques and more. Mombasas history goes back to before 1593 after which it went through revolts, alliances and local rebellions.
- With the country producing some of the best coffee around, stop off at Jahazi Coffee House for a great cup of coffee or tea. Nights are never boring with plenty of pubs, bars and nightclubs to suit all tastes and budgets, especially in the village of Mtwapa, north of Mombase, known as the village that never sleeps or alternatively spend time gambling in a casino. Get a feeling of Africa when visiting a wildlife or nature reserve or soak up the sun on one of many fabulous beaches with plenty to do besides tanning and swimming.
- Visitors have a wide range of excellent accommodation establishments to choose from comprising posh and budget hotels, self-catering, resorts, B&Bs, guest houses, holiday homes, lodges, backpackers, a tented camp and a facility for camping and caravanning. Many of these have parking on the premises, swimming pools, restaurants, braai facilities, indoor fireplaces, room service and 15 are wheelchair friendly while six allow pets.
When to Visit Mombasa, Kenya:
The ideal time to visit this wonderful city is during summer between December and March with temperatures averaging around 30/32°C. Its also generally peak season with plenty of water and beach activities. Winter is also a good time to visit from July to September with lower humidity and temperatures around 27°C dropping slightly at night. The rainy period takes place from April to June and October to November with heavy rain from April to June but this period also provides excellent game viewing.
Places to Visit Mombasa, Kenya:
- Fort Jesus, one of the most popular attractions in the Old Town is a 16th century coastal fort constructed by the Portuguese thats a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has a museum that showcases Kenyan archaeological discoveries and an exhibition of a great collection of pottery and ceramics echoing various cultures that once traded along this coast. Also located on the site of Fort Jesus is Butterfly House thats a paradise of tropical butterflies where you can relax with a picnic in tranquillity on pristine lawns with a beautiful garden.
- Shimba Hills National Park just 33km from the city is a splendid scenic National Reserve of coastal woodlands, rainforest and grassland thats rich in fauna and flora.
- Haller Park previously called Bamburi Nature Trail is an amazing example of transformation from a quarry wasteland into a beautiful ecological area.
- Mamba Village located in the region of Nyali is the largest crocodile farm in East Africa that always leaves visitors impressed with its giant man-eating crocs to teeny baby ones.
- Located on Mombasas north coast is Mtwapa Creek, an ocean inlet with attractive tropical foliage and small marinas, ideal for bird watching, mountain biking and a great point to start your deep sea fishing adventure.
- Mombasa Marine National Park and Reserve is both a marine and national reserve with the park comprising 10km² and the reserve 200km². The marine is a popular spot for snorkelers with a variety of marine life to view.
- The Bombolulu Workshops, a project of the Association for the Physically Disabled in Kenya opened in 1969 and is the largest rehabilitation centre in the country. Its a popular tourist attraction with 150 disabled employees creating beautiful pieces of jewellery, wood and leather crafts and textiles, perfect for purchasing and taking home while supporting a worthy cause.
- Diani Beach 30km south of Mombasa is a stunning white beach with hotel accommodation thats perfect for lazing in the sun, swimming or horse riding. Additionally theres the Jomo Kenyatta Public Beach, Shelly Beach, Nyali Beach, Bumburi Beach and others.
- For fun and laughter, Go-Kart is the place for thrills with the kids where they can be viewed from the veranda while you enjoy a snack and refreshment.
- Gamblers have choices to spend time and money at the Jambo Palms Casino, Millionaires Casino, Jambo Casino or the Golden Key Casino.
- Bella Vista, a sports bar and night club is a great place for a drink or late night out.
- Moi Avenues famous Mombasa Elephant Tusks are hard to miss and were built in 1952 to celebrate the visit of Queen Elizabeth. Made from aluminium, from afar they resemble elephant ivory.
Getting Around Mombasa:
The two main modes of transport are Matatus and Tuk-tuks.
These are minibus taxis that get packed to full capacity but are cheap and licensed with stickers on their windshields. Although privately owned, theyre regulated by the government and subject to comprehensive regulations such as being pulled off the road if the drivers attire is too loud.
These auto rickshaws are called tuk-tuks by locals and are three-wheeled private taxis. Costing about the same as the Matatus, theyre ideal for short quick trips as theyre fairly noisy.
Ferries connect Mombasa Island with the southern mainland or to Diani Beach and areas south from there. They operate almost every 10 minutes from 05h00 to 00:30.
Visitors can rents vehicles in Mombasa from Sixt, Marines Car Hire Ltd or Glory Car Hire Tours & Safaris Msa Ltd.
Taxi operators include Kenatco Taxis, Universal Cabs Ltd and Voda Taxis.
Uber is also available in Mombasa.