Flights to Mombasa

Looking for cheap flights to Mombasa? Skyward Express offers 2 daily flights from Nairobi's Wilson airport to Mombasa International airport. Popularly known as 'Mombasa Raha', Mombasa is situated on Mombasa Island on the coast of Kenya and is connected to the mainland to the north by the Nyali Bridge, to the south by the Likoni Ferry, and to the west by the Makupa Causeway. 

Mombasa is the second largest and oldest city in Kenya. Administratively, Mombasa is the county seat of Mombasa County. Mombasa as the major sea port of Kenya has two ports, Mombasa Old Port and Kilindini harbor. Rated one of Africa’s international ports, Kilindini harbor is Mombasa’s commercial port as it handles most shipping activities

With an average temperature of 27°C, Mombasa offers travelers an exotic taste of the African tropic and is the centre of coastal tourism. Mombasa is a cosmopolitan city with people from various tribes residing in it, although majority of them have a rich Arabic influence. This cosmopolitan tourist hub steeped in centuries of seafaring history offers a wide range of tourist attraction sites and beaches making Mombasa one of the popular beach destinations. Lapped by the Indian Ocean, Mombasa has an amazing shoreline with white sandy beaches stretched out from the South to the North Coast, readily accessible to all.  Popular beaches in Mombasa include; Nyali, Bamburi and Shanzu to the north, and to the south, Shelly, Tiwi and Diani. 

Tourists from Europe and beyond flock here to enjoy the many things to do - from dolphin spotting trips on traditional dhows and deep-sea fishing to diving and snorkeling the wrecks and reefs and basking on the sun-splashed shores. But in the city itself, on the bustling island, a world of history and culture awaits. 

Skyward Express flies to Mombasa  and offers direct flights from Nairobi to Mombasa International Airport. Fly directly from Nairobi to Mombasa twice daily with flights out of Wilson airport to Mombasa International airport. Daily flights from Mombasa to Nairobi also available.


Things to do in Mombasa

1. Explore Mombasa Old Town

Mombasa Old Town is one of the historical tourist attractions on Mombasa Island. Known for its heavy historical Arabic influence,  its ancient buildings, amazing architecture with extravagant art designs. The architecture recaptures a bygone era influenced by the African, Arabic and European cultures, from the narrow streets to the high ornamental balconies. There are many curio shops that sell arts and crafts, antiques and popular Kenyan souvenirs. One can get amazing antiques at affordable prices, not to mention unique ornaments, fabrics, fruits and vegetables at such an affordable price.

2. Visit Fort Jesus

Fort Jesus was built by the the Portuguese between 1593 and 1598 but later was used by the Arabs as torture rooms, prison cells where slaves were kept in captivity before being shipped away. Today, it is one of the finest examples of 16th century Portuguese military fortification. UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in 2011 and it is now used as a museum, as a conservation laboratory, an education department and a primate research center.

3. Enjoy a Nature Walk at Haller Park

Apart from the beach, Mombasa has amazing scenery and attractions that will take your breath away. Haller Park is a nature park in Bamburi, Mombasa, on the Kenyan coast. Formerly known as Bamburi Nature Trail, the park is located South of the Bamburi cement plant along the Mombasa Malindi highway. A product of the company’s efforts, since 1971, to convert barren landscape of disused limestone quarries into vibrant and diverse ecosystem of forest, grasslands and ponds. Currently, Haller Park plays host to a variety of wildlife including hippos, antelopes, giraffes and buffaloes as well as smaller mammals and birds. Haller Park was the first recipient to be honoured with the United Nations Environmental Program Global 500 Roll of Honour award for the unique, ecologically sound and successful rehabilitation undertaken. Haller Park consists of a Game Sanctuary, Reptile Park, small demonstration Fish Farm area, Palm Garden, Crocodile pens and a giraffe viewing platform, offering a variety of attractions at the various points to educate and entertain the over 160,000 visitors who visit the park every year.

About a 15-minute drive from Haller Park, Nguuni Wildlife Sanctuary, with giraffes, ostriches, eland, oryx, and many species of birds, offers more wildlife-viewing opportunities. It's also one of the most popular picnic sites in Mombasa.

4. Mombasa Marine National Park

Mombasa Marine National Park is one of the busiest of Kenya's offshore reserves and protects mangroves, sea grass beds, sandy beaches, and coral reef. Diving and snorkeling are popular activities - especially north of Mombasa, from Mtwapa Creek south to the entrance of Likoni. Seahorses, stingrays, and eels are among the marine creatures inhabiting the reserve, and the MV Dania is a popular wreck dive here. Those wishing to remain dry can view the diverse marine life from a glass-bottom boat. The popular beaches of Nyali, Bamburi, and Shanzu all provide access to the marine park.

5. Mamba Village Centre

Mamba Village Centre in Nyali is East Africa's largest crocodile farm. With daily tours along the farm and a separate playground for kids to enjoy when they get bored with the tour, visitors can learn about the life cycle and behavior of these fascinating amphibians. The center also offers horseback riding and a botanical garden with an aquarium. Orchids and aquatic plants are the specialty, but the gardens also display carnivorous species. A highlight for many visitors is watching the crocodiles fight for tasty morsels during feeding time. Carnivores will love the restaurant, which specializes in game meat such as crocodile, ostrich, and zebra. 

6. Explore the Marikiti Market

Situated in town, Marikiti market is the best place to get spices, rich Kenyan coffee, Fruit Tea, explore the busy narrow streets, while you shop for quality khangas and fabrics. Quench your thirst with a glass of sugarcane juice that’s freshly made with the vendors on the streets.

Where to Eat in Mombasa

7. Tamarind Dhow

The exotic ambiance of Tamarind’s floating restaurant, as you watch the sun set while sailing down Tudor Creek. Known for their steak and seafood, The Tamarind offers one quite the dining experience as you sail past the moonlit. Nothing is as flavourful and delicious as seafood, and what better place to indulge in fresh food than in Mombasa. With various restaurants serving fresh seafood, or if you opt to buy it fresh from the market, seafood in Mombasa is always mouth-watering.

8. Stop at Jahazi Coffee House and Have Coffee

Located in the heart of Mombasa Old Town, this charming coffee house is ideal for one to savour snacks, while having a cuppa on a cool afternoon and enjoying the Swahili influence that this little coffee house has to offer for very affordable prices.

9. Eat at Moorings 

The Moorings is a floating restaurant located  on Mtwapa Creek with a fantastic setting. Enjoy excellent and delicious food, great scenery with chilly sea atmosphere. You will definitely enjoy yourself if you love seafood. 

Where to Stay in Mombasa for Sightseeing

For first-time visitors to Mombasa, the best area to stay is along the northern beaches: Nyali, Mombasa, Bamburi, and Shanzu. From here, visitors can snorkel the coral reefs of Mombasa Marine National Park, which fringes this stretch of coast. Here are some highly-rated hotels in these areas:

  • Luxury Hotels: PrideInn Hotel Shanzu, Sarova Whitesands, Serena Beach Resort & Spa, Voyager Beach resort.
  • Mid-Range Hotels: Severin Sea lodge, Travellers Beach Hotel & Club, Bahari Beach Hotel. 
  • Budget Hotels: Kenya Bay Beach Hotel, Kahama Hotel

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