Mombasa is a coastal town and also the second largest city in Kenya. It is the epitome of charismatic scenery with its soft white sand beaches, swaying palms and the beautiful Indian Ocean. And with a relatively warm weather throughout the year it makes it an ideal place for all the tourists to visit. This place is a pleasing result of the interesting history and tradition combined with modernity. The rich culture of the city still that remains today is as a result of the Arab, African, Portuguese, British cultures over the decades. The beautiful sandy beaches, warm waters, world class beach resorts and the incredible historical sites attract the tourists from all over the world. There are plenty of activities on the beach that one can enjoy. This place is the ultimate escape from the busy and chaotic life in the city and an ideal destination for all the holiday makers.
HOW TO GET THERE?
The airport in Mombasa has been renovated a while back making the frequency of flights in and out of Mombasa more. Most of the European cities are connected by flight too to Mombasa. The Kenya Airways offers the most number of options for travelling to and from Mombasa. The train service is also available between the capital city of Nairobi and Mombasa. The train ride takes around 13 hours. You can also travel by road over here. Matatu which are the fourteen seater mini buses are very popular in the town.
PLACES TO VISIT
Diani Beach is a major beach resort in Mombasa. It is one of the most famous places here to go to. It is a beautiful long white sand beach with many water sport activities. You can also spot primates here at a nearby Colobus Trust which is dedicated to primate rescue and its conservation. This beach is also known for its coral reefs and the black and white Colobus monkeys. This place is also a famous kite surfing location.
You can take a Matatu from the city centre to reach this place. On the North coast of Mombasa is the Mtwapa Creek. This is an Indian Ocean inlet which has small marinas and beautiful tropical vegetations. This is also the starting point for all the deep sea fishing trips. This place is famous for bird watching and there are also many mountain bike tours held around the creek. Mtwapa is also very famous for all the clubs and a very lively night life.
Shimba Hills National Reserve
The Shimba Hills National Reserve is a small reserve situated just outside of Mombasa. The reserve consists an area of coastal rainforest, woodland and grasslands. This place is also a very important one for the plant biodiversity. Most of the rare plants that exist in Kenya are to be found here in this reserve including the endangered species of orchids and cycad. It is also an important site for the birds and butterflies. Many elephants are to be found here. There are about 700 of them in the park. The reserve also has about 100 Sable Antelopes which are to be found here in the whole of Kenya.
This beach is located on the south coast of Mombasa. It is a very quiet beach and not very spoiled by mass tourism. You can get to this place by taking a Matatu from the city centre. You can swim here during the time of low tide in a tidal pool where tropical fishes are trapped in. However you need to be careful and avoid the sea urchins. This is a very quiet place and visited by very few people. There is a small cafe by the beach that serves food and drinks.
Old Town is that area of Mombasa which describes about the period when this place was under a heavy influence of the Arabs culture especially in the form of its architecture and the language. You can see the ancient buildings and the art designs here. Most of these buildings, shops, and boutiques that sell paintings are famous amongst the tourists for the antiques and souvenirs available here. The streets are narrow over here. You can just roam around the old town and get a feel of the place influenced by Arab culture.
This is one place in Mombasa that you shouldn’t miss when in this city. It was built during the 16th century by the Portuguese for protection against the invaders and all the local riots. The forst was later taken over by Arabs when they came to Mombasa. There are many canons and weapons on display in the fort. This fort also serves as a venue for the local events happening in the town and hosts many research programs too.
There are many more attractions that this place has to offer like the Mombasa Tusks which is a major landmark of the city built in the year 1952 as a tribute to Queen Elizabeth when she came on a Kenyan Safari. The tusks intersect and form a letter M. There’s another place called Mamba Village which is a crocodile farm and one can enjoy camel and horseback rides too. Thus Mombasa is a beautiful city which has so much to offer and is an ideal destination for all the tourists.