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Mombasa Marine National Park

Mombasa Marine National Park is a national reserve and a marine park situated in Mombasa in Kenya. Spread over an area of 2500 acres or 10 km square, the reserve of the park spans over 49.400 acres.

Highlights: Established in the year 1986, the Mombasa Marine National Park encloses within it a part of the back reef, lagoon as well as the reef crest habitats of the Bamburi Nyali fringing reef. Both the park and the reserve are usually utilized amongst the marine protected areas. This is one of the most visited marine parks of Kenya. You can easily spot the coral reefs in the waters here. The coastline of the park is incredibly facilitated with innumerable tourist activities. Most prominent activities here include diving, snorkelling, etc.

Location: The Mombasa Marine National Park is located on the coast in proximity to the tourist area. It lies on the Nyali Road in Mombasa, Kenya.

Timings: Monday to Friday: 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM. The park remains shut on weekends.

Price: For the citizens of Kenya Adults: KSH 130 Children: KSH 125 For the residents of Kenya Adults: KSH 300 Child: KSH 170 For the non residents Adults: USD 17 Child: USD 13
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Mamba Village Centre

Mamba Village Centre lies in Nyali. It is indeed the largest crocodile farm of East Africa.

Highlights: At the Mamba Village Centre you can learn a lot about the behaviour and the life cycle of the world’s most fascinating amphibians – crocodiles. Besides, several horseback riding facilities can also be availed here. Prominent attractions of the village centre include the botanical garden and an aquarium. The specialty here are the aquatic plants and orchids. Besides this, the gardens here also display the carnivorous species. One major highlight for the visitors coming here is watching the crocodiles fight for the morsels during their feeding Timings. Definitely a favourite attraction in Kenya.

Location: Mamba Village Centre is located on the Beach Road Round About, Off Links Road, Nyali, Mombasa, Kenya

Timings: Open all round the year from 9 in the morning to 6 in the evening.

Price: 700 KES or 10 USD
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Menengai Crater

Menengai Crater is a huge shield volcano that is largest calderas of the Kenya and the second largest in the Africa. Naturally, it is also one of the biggest volcano caldera of the world.

Highlights: Nestled on the floor of the Great Rift Valley, the volcano was formed some 200,000 years ago. On the other hand, the prominent 12 x 8 km caldera was formed 8000 years ago. The entire caldera floor is enveloped with several post caldera lava flows. It is definitely one of the best preserved Krakatau-style calderas of the world. Hiking through the beautiful crater makes for a great vacation.

Location: Menengai Crater is located 10 km north of Nakuru which is the 4th biggest city of Kenya.

Timings: 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Price: You’ll have to pay KSH 200 to enter the Menengai Crater.
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Lord Egerton Castle



Highlights: The Lord Egerton Castle is fascinatingly known as the castle without a prince. Fort of the castle stands proudly like a pendant in the ravishing countryside of Nakuru. This is one of the most widely known tourist attraction. The inviting and marvelous mansion of the castle has expansive lush lawns and alluring colourful gardens on each of its side. Many even refer to the castle as the last remaining memorabilia of the Lord and his patronage. This archaic architecture which is a symbol of Timingsless beauty will teleport you back to a different era.

Location: The Lord Egerton Castle is located Off Nakuru-Kisumu Highway inNakuru.

Price: Adults are supported to pay Sh 150 to enter the castle. While the children are charged somewhere between Sh 50 to Sh 75 to take a tour to the 53 rooms of the castle.
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Fort Jesus

Fort Jesus is a Portugese Fort that was built between the period spanning from 1593 to 1596 by the order of King Philip I of Portugal.

Highlights: The Fort Jesus was built with an object of protecting the Old Port of Mombasa in Kenya. Between the period from 1631 to 1875, the fort was won and lost some 9 Timingss by the nations who were fighting to acquire control over Kenya. It was only in the year 1958 that the Fort Jesus was regarded as the historical monument. Built in the shape of a man, the fort was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 2011. It is also regarded as one of the most phenomenal and well preserved examples of the 16th-century Portuguese military fortifications. At present, it also houses a museum.

Location: It is located on the Mombasa Island in Kenya.

Timings: The fort remains shut on Sundays. Rest of the days, it is open from 8 in the morning to 6 in the evening.

Price: Entry fee USD$ 10.00 for non residents and for residents KSH 200 for adults KSH 100 for children.
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Mombasa Tusks

Mombasa Tusks is one of the most prominent landmarks of the Mombasa city of Kenya. These metal tusks though a prominent landmark have no specific attraction here.

Highlights: The tusks were built n the year 1952 to commemorate the Queen Elizabeth's visit to the country. Symbolizing the entry way to the city of Mombasa, here you can spot a number of shops, markets, banks and attraction. The intersecting Mombasa tusks form an M which is the initial letter of the port city – Mombasa.

Location: Mombasa Tusks are located in the Moi avenue of Mombasa, Kenya

Timings: These tusks can be visited all round the year.

Price: There is no entry fee to view the majestic metal Mombasa Tusks.
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Bamburi Beach

Bamburi Beach is an incredibly calm beach that boasts of fine soft sand and calm waters. It is definitely one of the most ideal places to go in order to experience a fantastic vacation with family.

Highlights: Ideal destination for sun lovers and sand seekers, the Bamburi Beach is a must visit for anyone who enjoys walking or swimming or unwinding on the beach. It offers everything you expect from a beach. The beach is also widely known for its nightclubs, restaurants and the modern hotels that are found in abundant here. You can enjoy water sports like scuba diving and snorkelling here. Camel rides are also a prominent activity here. Visit the beach to find some relaxing peace Timings with self.

Location: Bamburi Beach is located on the Northern Coast of Mombasa in Kenya.

Timings: The beach is open for public all round the year.

Price: Entry to the beach is free.
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Kraftyartz

Kraftyartz works with a small yet extremely talented team of local Kenyan artisans. The team takes immense pride in hand painting and hand crafting a beautiful array of gift products. The products found here range from coasters to beautiful tablemats, tea towels, tea pots and mugs.

Highlights: Kraftyartz is a small workshop that serves as an impeccable platform for the local artists of Kenya who offer a vast output in the gift and homeware items. It is a must visit for every art lover. The workshop is your one fine chance to personally explore the skills of the young and talented artists. If you are lucky enough, you may actually get a chance to work with these artists. To best explore the place, you can take a 2 hour long guided tour.

Location: Kraftyartz is located on Harvester Road, Nakuru, Kenya

Timings: Kraftyartz remains closed on Saturday and Sunday while on the other days of the week you can make a visit between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Price: The Price usually starts from INR 2650 per person.

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  • Q. Travel Advice

    ·         Do not get involved in physical or verbal fights with anyone.

    ·         Gather sufficient information before you go to a new place or destination.

    ·         Do not let anyone deceive or mislead you.

    ·         Be wary of the touts.

    ·         If you come across any individual who seems suspicious, there is a possibility that, such an individual is a drug peddler. It is better that you get away from such a situation at the earliest.

    ·         Do not leave your important documents in the hotel room.

    ·         Always carry with you a photocopy of your passport.

    ·         Do not carry with you excess cash.

    ·         Do not go in a crowded place with excessive cash in your pockets.

    ·         Never get involved in drugs of any form.

    ·         It is a good idea to learn a few words from the local language. This is necessary not just to help you interact with the locals but also gives the locals a hint that you cherish their culture and tradition.

    ·         If you indulge in any adventure activity, make sure you keep a check on the safety gear and the harness.    

    ·         Eat only at the restaurants that serve quality food.

    ·         Do not click a photograph in a place which has a banner saying, ‘No Photography.’

    ·         Do not click a picture in the religious place without taking a permission from the in charge there. 

  • Q. Drinking Law

    The legal age for drinking in Mombasa is 18 years. 

  • Q. Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Fort Jesus

    Fort Jesus is one of the top tourist places in Mombasa which is visited by a large crowd of visitors. The Portuguese built this fort in a period spanning from 1593 to 1596. You will be amazed to know that, Fort Jesus is tagged as a UNESCO World Heritage site that makes it even more popular. The marvelous Italian architect is the prime attraction of this structure. The fort is created in the shape of a man and was given the name ‘Jesus’ due to religious significance. At present, the fort is partially ruined but it houses a museum which is very alluring. Tourists can check out exhibits such as ceramics and pottery which resembles the various cultures dwelled along the coast. Fort Jesus has several ruined buildings within the boundaries, including the Omani house that was built in the late 18th century. You can examine Omani jewelry and different displays based on Swahili life. 


    Mombasa Marine National Park


    This destination is totally dedicated to adventure and that too underwater! Mombasa Marine National Park is Kenya's busiest offshore reserves. Tourists can observe that this marine park protects mangroves, sandy beaches, sea grass beds and coral reef. A large number tourists visit this place for accessing diving and snorkeling. These activities are majorly operational in Mtwapa Creek, leading to the starting point of Likoni. This marine reserve is home to aquatic animals such as seahorses, eels, and stingrays. The MV Dania is a famous wreck dive in this region. A glass bottom boat is available for visitors who want to stay dry and wish to examine the diverse marine life. There are a number of beaches in the vicinity such as Bamburi, Nyali, and Shanzu; all of these offer a perfect access to the marine national park. It is the best tourist attraction of Mombasa.


    South Coast Beaches


    One should plan a longer stay in Mombasa so as to explore its different shades.  The south coast of Mombasa is filled with natural beauty. You can visit the turquoise seas which are located close to the shiny beaches. The palm trees are indeed the main attraction here. Tourists also love visiting the rainforests which are full of wildlife and birds along with a superb view of the coral reefs that safeguard the swimming sections from offshore swells. Shelly Beach is the closest beach to Mombasa present on the south coast. Tiwi Beach has located 17 km away from Likoni Ferry on the south side. It is known to be a popular spot for snorkelers and sunbathers. You cannot miss a chance to visit Diani Beach, which is quite developed and offers interesting beachscapes. European tourists are quite regular in these areas who wish to enjoy different sports such as windsurfing, snorkeling, sailing, water-skiing and even parasailing.


    Mamba Village Centre


    Mamba Village Centre is one of East Africa's biggest crocodile farms. This centre is situated in Nyali and should be on your list of places to see. You can learn about the life cycle along with other interesting facts related to various amphibians preserved at this destination. One can also access horseback riding and a visit to the botanical garden that houses an aquarium. There are orchids and aquatic plants in the garden, but there are also displays of different carnivorous species which are quite fascinating. The main highlight is watching the crocodiles fight during their feeding time. You can visit the restaurant which specializes in a variety of meat such as ostrich, zebra, and even crocodile. This a great sightseeing attraction.


    Old Town


    As you travel to the southeast side of Mombasa Island, you will get to visit the "Old Town". This destination is reminiscent of the days when the area was ruled by the Portuguese. The prime inhabitants in the town include Arab, European and Asian people whose architectural effects as well as cultures are evident in the area. Tourists prefer Old Town as an alluring sightseeing spot as there are artistic structures and buildings which possess magnificently carved doors and balconies present along the narrow streets. History lovers can spend hours examining the atmospheric alleys in Old Town. Do not forget to skip shopping for fragrant oils, antiques, souvenirs, and spices.


    Mombasa Tusks


    This is one of the popular places to see in Mombasa that was built to commemorate the visit of Queen Elizabeth in 1952. The Mombasa Tusks are made out of aluminum and form the entrance to the town which is filled with shops, markets, and banks. One of the amusing aspects is that the intersecting tusks resemble the letter "M" which stands for Mombasa. 

  • Q. What you will like there?

    Mombasa Safari

    African holidays are incomplete without accessing a wildlife safari.  Mombasa is known to possess a number of trusted organizations which host land as well as water safaris for the tourists. You can check out pre-planned packages along with exclusive customized packages which are excellent to fulfill all your needs.


    Nightlife


    Mombasa is also the hub for a vibrant nightlife that keeps the tourist population charged up. The beach areas are stalled up with bars, night clubs and fancy restaurants which are decorated in a beautiful manner. You will cherish the bonfire parties which are full of live music and exquisite delicacies.


    Boat Ride


    If you need to learn about the top interesting activities in Mombasa, then do access a boat ride. It is not at all complicated or expensive which makes it so much interesting. You can hit Kenya Boats, which is located close to Moorings bar and restaurant in Mtwapa. There is another boatyard which can be reached after a drive of 30 minutes to Kilifi. These boatyards house plenty of boats and is a huge benefit for the visitors.  The hiring cost of a boat depends on its size and type. Group travels are available which will help you split the cost without any hassle. Grab few beers and sail through the waters hunting the sunset.


    Coastal Cuisines


    The coastal cuisines available close to the sea-facing locations are quite exquisite. They are interesting and ‘different’ which surely attracts tourists to have a bite. Octopus might not be that appealing in terms of looks, but the taste is totally the opposite. Barbeque dishes are very relishing which will fill your heart with joy.  Do not skip to taste the pilau at Tarboush; even the biryani offered at Barka restaurant is quite popular among the locals and tourists. Travel to Makadara road for checking out impressive street food resorts. 

  • Q. Recommended reads for destination

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  • Q. When is the best time to visit Mombasa?

    The ideal time to visit Mombasa is as follows:

    •   December to March - The summer months of December to March are the ideal months to visit Mombasa. You will get to experience cooler evenings and getting indulged into water activities in summers are more fun.
    •   July to September - The months of July to September are also considered as the perfect months to visit Mombasa as the days are just warm and the humidity s quite low. If you plan to visit the city during these months then you must be pre-prepared for meeting slightly lower temperatures at night. However, these months are also ideal for the visit the city as activities are equally fun-filled.

  • Q. How to reach Mombasa?

    Mombasa can be reached in various convenient ways. The various ways are listed below:

    •   By Plane - Mombasa's airport has been lately renovated and the frequency of incoming as well as outgoing flights from various European cities have also been increased. An airline called Kenya Airways offers most options to travel to and from Mombasa.
    •   By Train - Train facilities are available from Mombasa to Nairobi. There is an advantage for travelers who plan to travel via rails. They can have an opportunity to admire wildlife from close vicinity. This is a thirteen-hour adventurous journey that one can indulge into.
    •   By Bus -  Buses are majorly used by tourists to travel outside the city.

  • Q. What are the things to do in Mombasa?

    Various activities to be done in Mombasa are as follows:

    •   Explore the popular historic district called Old Town that has been changes to restaurants as well as souvenir shops.
    •   Admire nature along Diani Beach.
    •   Visit Mtwapa Creek on the northern coast of Mombasa. Adore the tiny marinas, beautiful birds, and the lush vegetation. You can also take biking tours here and enjoy angling.
    •   Watch any of the popular new releases in Nyali Theatre.
    •   Visit the beautiful Funzi Island and explore the mangroves by canoeing.
    •   Bathe on one of the sandbanks.
    •   Feast on delicious edible offerings of Mombasa.
    •   Visit Haller Park and adore the animals including monkeys, reptiles, giraffes, hippos etc. with extreme closeness.
    •   Enjoy the popular and lively nightlife of Mombasa.
    •   Indulge in Mombasa's Go-Karting activity and experience the thrill.
    •   Visit the National Park of Shimba Hills.

  • Q. What is the local food of Mombasa? Which are the best places to taste this food?

    Mombasa's local dishes include the following. These are must to be tasted while touring Mombasa.

    •   Viazi Karanga or Viazi Karai
    •   Achari
    •   Kashata
    •   Mahamri
    •   Haluwa
    •   Mabuyu
    •   Sea food
    •   Mkate wa sinia
    •   Kaimati/Mitai

    Places to try out these food items in Mombasa are listed below:

    •   Mikaye Restaurant
    •   Tamarind
    •   Blue Room
    •   Chinese Galaxy
    •   POA Restaurant and Grill

    Various bars worth visiting are listed below:

    •   Bob's Bar
    •   Club Lambada in Mtwapa
    •   Tulia House and Camp
    •   Fontanella Beer Garden
    •   Sheba Lounge
    •   Mikaye Restaurant Nyali

  • Q. What is the best public transport to commute around Mombasa?

    There are various modes of transportation that one can use to commute all around the city. Some of them are as follows:

    •   By Bus-Taxis - The bus-taxis also known as Matatus that are found in Mombasa are the mini-buses that help people travel around. These are quite affordable. These are quite a much in number and are spread all over.
    •   By Autorickshaws - These are also popularly known as tuk-tuks. These are three-wheeled taxis and cost quite similar to Matatus. Using these modes for traveling are extremely quick.

  • Q. What is the local language in Mombasa and which are the most commonly used greetings?

    Swahili is the local language of Mombasa and is majorly spoken by most of its people. English, although is widely spoken all over the city. Some of the translations in Swahili are as follows:

    •   Hello - Jambo
    •   Fine - Nzuri
    •   Night - Salama
    •   Goodbye - Kwa heri

  • Q. Which are the best shopping places in Mombasa and what are they famous for?

    The following can be shopped for in Mombasa:

    •   Mombasa Sandals - You can purchase these from souvenir shops located on streets via merchants. One can buy stylish shoes from Mombasa with quality leather as well as colored beads.
    •   African Fabric - You can purchase African fabrics from curio shops all across the city. Mombasa is one of the best places in Kenya to buy Kikois as well as Lesos.
    •   Mombasa's Old Town offers a collection of tourist-friendly stores, outlets as well as souvenir shops. Here you will find various shops offering spices, fragrances, artwork, jewelry etc.  
    •   Downtown Mombasa located on Biashara Street gives you a collection of various shops of clothes, crafts, footwear, textile etc.
    •   Akamba Wood Carvers offers various art pieces with excellent wood carvings. Here you will get to purchase brilliant decoration pieces for your home.

  • Q. Which are the famous beaches to visit in Mombasa?

    Mombasa is a proud owner of marvelous beaches. Some of the best beaches of Mombasa are as follows:

    •   Diani Beach
    •   Bamburi Beach
    •   Tiwi Beach
    •   Nyali Beach
    •   Shanzu Beach
    •   Copacabana Beach in Mtwapa

  • Q. Which are the best places to visit for a wildlife experience in Mombasa?

    Places to visit in Mombasa to witness wildlife are as follows:

    •   Haller Park - This is a tiny zoo much like a beautiful park. You can witness various animals here including hippos, giraffes, monkeys as well as a reptile house. You can hire guides who speak various languages such as English, French as well as Spanish.
    •   Shimba Hills National Park - This national park is situated around 30 kilometers south of Mombasa. This park is a huge mountainous region with lush green vegetation and a wide variety of flora and fauna. The major attractions to be found here are elephant habitat, Mwaluganje forest, antelopes, fabulous landscapes as well as various animals.

  • Q. How is the nightlife in Mombasa?

    Mombasa offers a unique nightlife to the people around. You will get an opportunity to embrace the beautiful darkness of the nights of Mombasa with excellent music, chilled drinks as well as a friendly atmosphere. There are numerous nightclubs present in Mombasa.