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Best Places to Visit in Mombasa of 2017

  • 01 South Coast Beaches

    South Coast Beaches
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    The south coast of Kenya has a far more rustic appeal in comparison to Nyali or the other suburb beaches that are located immediately north of the Mombasa. This can be largely attributed to the logistical dislocation from the island-bound city which is connected by the steady but slow Likoni ferry service and not the road bridge.

    Highlights: The three most prominent destinations here include the Diani Beach, Shimba Hills National Reserve and Kisite-Mpunguti Marine Park. In the Southern edge of the ferry, the surfaced A14 sticks that go up to 1 to 2 miles of the sea shore for a major chunk of its length, veering the further inland just as it heads to the Lunga Lunga border with Tanzania that lies some 72 miles south of Mombasa.

    Location: These lie over 30 km south of Mombasa.

    Timings: Open round the year.

    Price: Entry is free.


  • 02 Old Town

    Old Town
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    Old Town is a prominent area located in the Mombasa region of Kenya. Spread over an area of 72 hectares of the land, the Old Town is inhabited by a blend of local British, Asian, Arab and Portuguese settlers.

    Highlights: In the year 1997, the Old Town and Fort Jesus were nominated by the National museums of Kenya for finding a place in the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. Buildings that you spot in the Old Town are largely inspired by the trade culture of Mombasa with several references from the Islamic and Portuguese architecture. One prominent tourist attraction here is the Portuguese Fort Jesus.

    Location: Old Town lies on the south east end of the Mombasa Island adjacent to the Tudor Creek in Kenya.

    Timings: Open all round the year.

    Price: Entry to the Old Town is free. You may however have to pay specific prices for visiting the attractions in the Old Town.


  • 03 North Coast Beaches

    North Coast Beaches
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    The coastline lying north of Mombasa is in itself a world of fascinating natural beauty and history.

    Highlights: Lined with pristine beaches filled with palm trees and the calm waters of the Indian Ocean, the beaches are broken by a huge mouth of the Kilifi Creek whose blue waters are a prominent port of call when it comes to the international yachting circuit. Kikambala, Vipingo, Shanzu and Nyali are a home to a vivid range of top rated resorts that serve fine cuisines and assure authentic services. On the other hand, the peaceful and quiet beach havens of Takaungu and Mtwapa offer the perfect escape from the outside world with its endless deserted beaches.

    Location: The gateway of the North Coast Beaches is Mombasa. So, to get there, you can directly fly to Malindi.

    Timings: Open round the year

    Price: Entry to the North Coast Beaches is free.


  • 04 Haller Park

    Haller Park
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    Haller Park is a nature park that comprises of Fish Farm area, small demonstration, giraffe viewing platform, Game Sanctuary, Palm Garden, Crocodile pens and a Reptile Park. Together these provide the visitors with an umpteen variety of options to educate and entertain themselves.

    Highlights: At present, Haller Park is a home to a vivid range of wildlife such as buffaloes, giraffes, hippos and antelopes. Several smaller mammals and birds can also be found in the park. It has been lauded with several awards and recognitions. The park is also the first recipient to be lauded with the United Nations Environmental Program Global 500 Roll of Honour award. This award was given to acknowledge the successful and unique rehabilitation undertaken by the park. A must visit for the nature lovers, the park is visited by over 160,000 people round the year.

    Location: It is located Off Mombasa- Malindi Road in Bamburi.

    Timings: Open from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

    Price: Entry fee is KES 1400.


  • 05 Lake Nakuru

    Lake Nakuru
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    Lake Nakuru is a beautiful lake of Kenya that is largely known for its humongous variety of pink flamingos. A large number of birds’ throng on the lake every day.

    Highlights: Lake Nakuru is one of the Rift Valley soda lakes which comprises of almost one third of the Lake Nakuru National Park area. The park here was established in the year 1961 and houses more than 450 species of birds that live here. It also has a rich wildlife diversity. Some of the animals that can regularly be seen near the lake include the warthogs, lions, pythons, waterbucks, leopards and white rhinos. The landscape here elevates from the rocky cliffs to the sweeping grasslands and the woodlands.

    Location: Lake Nakuru is located in Central Kenya

    Timings: Open 24 hours.

    Price: To visit the park Kenyans will have to pay Sh1,000 and visitors will have to pay Sh6,960.


  • 06 Kariandusi Museum

    Kariandusi Museum
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    Kariandusi Museum is an early stone age site that has been in existence for some 1 million years ago. In the year 1928, the site of the museum was discovered by Louis Leakey when he was here on an exploration.

    Highlights: Kariandusi is a home to an exquisite archaeological site. It is also one amongst the first discoveries of the Lower Paleolithic sites of the East Africa. This is indeed the first Acheulean site to have been explored in the Situ of East Africa. You can find several hundreds of Acheulean hand axes as well as stone Artifacts that are housed here.

    Location: It is located on the Lake Elmenteita in the south eastern end of the Great Rift Valley.

    Timings: The museum can be visited between 8:30 AM in the morning to 5:30 PM in the evening.

    Price: KSH 500 for non residents KSH 250 for others


  • 07 Kraftyartz

    Kraftyartz
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    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.


  • 08 Bamburi Beach

    Bamburi Beach
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    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.


  • 09 Mombasa Tusks

    Mombasa Tusks
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    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.


  • 10 Fort Jesus

    Fort Jesus
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    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.


  • 11 Lord Egerton Castle

    Lord Egerton Castle
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    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.


  • 12 Menengai Crater

    Menengai Crater
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    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.


  • 13 Mamba Village Centre

    Mamba Village Centre
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    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


  • 14 Mombasa Marine National Park

    Mombasa Marine National Park
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    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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