Mombasa on the east coast of Kenya, has pristine white sandy beaches and the warm waters of the India Ocean. Diana beach is the most popular, with a range of watersports, but Tiwi beach south of Mombasa is a much quieter beach.
In addition to its beautiful beaches, Mombasa offers a diverse cultural history. The city traces many of its cultural traditions to former Portuguese, Arab and British settlers – all of which have left a lasting influence on the City’s food, architecture, and people.
There is a range of languages spoken and a range of cuisine as well, traditional Kenya dishes as well as Indian, Chinese and Italian. Seafood is high on the menu, with an abundance of fresh fish readily available.
Sightseeing in Mombasa includes Fort Jesus, which displays artifacts from when Mombasa was a transit port for the slave trade. There are torture rooms, cells, and many other displays from the 16th century. The Bombolulu Workshops was founded in 1969 and is a Project of the Association for the Physically Disables in Kenya (APDK). This centre has 150 disabled employees who create jewelry, textiles, wood and leather crafts. The Mombasa tusks were built in 1952 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth\'s visit to Mombasa town. They are located at the entrance to the city, they are not made of ivory as is sometimes thought, but in steel.
If you are planning a Mombasa holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Leopard Beach Resort and Spa Mombasa
Leopard Beach is an elegant resort. There are a range of rooms available, with garden or sea views, all of which are dotted throughout the vast 25 acres of magnificent tropical gardens
Maweni Beach Cottages Mombasa
The Maweni has elegant cottages & hotel suites. The cottages range from one bedroom to spacious four bedroom cottages. Some of the units are sea facing while others are built amidst attractive gardens of exotic flowering trees & shrubs.
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
Mombasa Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Mombasa.