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A city with many faces, Mombasa offers an alluring mix of culture, history and tropical scenery. Kenya’s second largest city is actually an island connected to the mainland by bridges, and it certainly has its own distinct character and charm. An imposing fort stands guard over the harbour, a tangle of spice-scented streets lie at the city’s historic heart and palm-fringed beaches wrap around the coastline. Holidays here can be as chilled or adventurous as you wish. Want to immerse yourself in local culture? Head to the Old Town. In need of some rest and relaxation? White-sand beaches await. Eager for some action? Try the watersports. However you choose to spend your time, we guarantee this enticing coastal city will leave you yearning for more.
Mombasa is a melting pot of African, Indian, Arabic and European culture. This rich ethnic tapestry flows throughout the city, manifesting in everything from the architecture to the cuisine. Explore the eclectic mix of forts, mosques, churches and townhouses and dine on freshly-caught seafood, crispy baijis and hearty stews.
When the sun goes down, Mombasa offers a varied and vibrant nightlife. Choose from artsy hangouts, lively nightclubs or an evening of wining and dining on a traditional dhow boat. The city’s northern coastline is known for its round-the-clock entertainment, including cinemas, restaurants, bars and clubs. In other words, you won’t struggle to find something to do after dark.
When you need an escape from the hustle and bustle, there’s a stretch of sun-kissed beaches waiting. Flanked by turquoise sea and wildlife-rich forests, these idyllic shorelines will soon have you shedding your city skin and feeling well-rested. And for those who want some action, the calm, clear water is perfect for diving and snorkeling, as well as other watersports such as windsurfing and water-skiing.
Whether you’re seeking historic landmarks or laid-back beach life, in Mombasa you can have the best of both worlds.
Mombasa is one of Kenya’s most-visited destinations - and for good reason. Whether you’re relaxing on a beach or releasing your inner history buff, you’re guaranteed a good time. Check out our blogs to see what else this exciting city has to offer.
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