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Mombasa Holidays

Mombasa is one of Africa’s most immense cities, offering a wonderful mixture of cultures, unique wildlife, exotic cuisine, and exciting tourist attractions. This enticing Kenyan city borders the Indian Ocean, so some of Africa’s most spectacular coastlines can be found here with pristine white sands, lush palm groves, tropical flora, and turquoise waters. Mombasa is also steeped in rich culture and history which can be witnessed throughout the city’s architecture, museums, and food.

Mombasa is the epicentre of adventure travel with a plethora of wildlife safari tour opportunities within close proximity. The city also has a vibrant nightlife with boundless night spots, from live music venues to clubs, hotel lounges, and casinos. Book cheap Mombasa holidays with Brightsun and look forward to experiencing all that this amazing destination has to offer.

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PrideInn Paradise Beach Resort & Spa

80100 Serena Rd, Mombasa, Kenya

Bed and Breakfast 7 Nights
From £1399 per person View Offer

Local Information & Travel Tips


Getting around Mombasa is relatively easy, with options including taxis, matatus (minibuses), tuk-tuks (auto-rickshaws), and boda-bodas (motorcycle taxis). Negotiate fares in advance for taxis and tuk-tuks, and ensure they use a meter if available. Alternatively, consider using ride-hailing services like Uber or Bolt for convenience and safety.

Health & Safety Tips

Is Mombasa safe?

Like any other destination, safety in Mombasa can vary depending on various factors such as the area you're in, the time of day, and your behaviour as a visitor. Overall, Mombasa is generally safe for tourists, but it's essential to remain vigilant and take common-sense precautions to ensure your safety:

Stay Informed

Stay updated on the current situation in Mombasa by checking local news sources and advisories from your embassy.

Avoid High-Risk Areas

Exercise caution when venturing into unfamiliar or isolated areas, particularly at night. Avoid walking alone in poorly lit or deserted streets and be cautious in crowded places where pickpocketing and petty theft may occur.

Secure Your Belongings

Keep your belongings secure, especially in crowded areas or tourist sites. Use a money belt or hidden pouch to carry valuables like passports, cash, and electronics, and be wary of pickpockets in crowded markets or on public transportation.


Ensure you have up-to-date vaccinations before traveling to Mombasa, including routine vaccinations and those recommended for Kenya by your healthcare provider. Malaria is prevalent in the region, so take appropriate precautions such as using mosquito repellent and taking anti-malarial medication as prescribed.

Due to the hot and humid climate of Kenya, it's essential to pack suncream and stay hydrated during your time in Mombasa. Drink plenty of bottled or purified water, especially if you're spending time outdoors or engaging in physical activities.

Local Culture, Traditions, & Customs

Cultural Etiquette

Respect local customs and traditions when visiting Mombasa. Dress modestly when visiting religious sites and local communities and ask for permission before taking photographs of people.

Swahili Influences

Mombasa is a melting pot of cultures, but its predominant cultural influence is Swahili. Swahili culture is a blend of African, Arab, Indian, and European influences, resulting in a unique identity that is reflected in language, cuisine, and customs.


Hospitality is deeply ingrained in Swahili culture, and visitors to Mombasa can expect warm and welcoming treatment from locals. It's common for guests to be greeted with a handshake and a friendly "Karibu" (welcome) upon arrival.

Traditional Dress

Traditional Swahili attire for men often includes a kanzu (a long robe) worn with a kofia (cap) and a kikoi (a wrap-around cloth). Women may wear a bui bui (a long, flowing robe) or a hijab (headscarf) as part of their traditional dress.

Must-Visit Attractions & Places to See

Mombasa, Kenya's coastal city, offers a myriad of attractions that combine history, culture, and natural beauty. Here are some Mombasa must visits:

Diani Beach

Diani Beach is often ranked among the best beaches in Africa, offering a range of water sports activities including snorkelling, diving, and kite surfing.

Fort Jesus

Built by the Portuguese centuries ago, Fort Jesus is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Mombasa's most iconic landmarks. The fort has a rich history and now houses a museum showcasing artifacts related to Mombasa's maritime history and Swahili culture.

Old Town

Mombasa's Old Town is a charming district with narrow winding streets, historic buildings, and ornate balconies. You can explore the area on foot, admiring the architecture, browsing local markets, and sampling Swahili cuisine at traditional restaurants.

Haller Park

Formerly a limestone quarry, Haller Park has been transformed into a nature reserve and wildlife sanctuary. A variety of animal species are protected here, including giraffes, antelopes, hippos, and crocodiles, plus there are walking trails and botanical gardens to enjoy.

Mombasa Tusks

These iconic elephant tusks arch over Moi Avenue, symbolising Mombasa's status as a gateway to East Africa. The tusks were built to commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth II in 1952 and have since become a popular landmark and photo opportunity.

Wasini Island

Embark on a day trip to Wasini Island, a small island off the coast of Mombasa known for its pristine beaches, coral reefs, and vibrant marine life. Explore the island's mangrove forests, go snorkeling or diving in the Marine Park, or take a boat tour to see dolphins and enjoy a seafood lunch at a local restaurant.

Tsavo East National Park

Tsavo East National Park, one of Kenya's largest national parks, is located about a 2–3 hour drive from Mombasa, offering excellent wildlife viewing opportunities with a chance to see elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes, and a variety of bird species. Enjoy game drives, guided nature walks, and picnics in the park.


Weather in Mombasa

Mombasa has a tropical climate characterised by hot and humid weather throughout the year. The hottest months are from December to April, with temperatures often exceeding 30°C (86°F). The rainy season typically occurs from April to June and October to November, so it's advisable to pack lightweight clothing and rain gear if visiting during these times. 

Best Time to Visit Mombasa

The dry seasons (June to September, and December to February) are considered the best time to visit Mombasa. Expect clear skies, plenty of sunshine, and comfortable temperatures ranging from 25°C to 30°C. It's ideal for beach activities, water sports, and wildlife safaris.

If you prefer fewer crowds and lower prices, consider visiting during the rainy shoulder seasons (March to May and October to November) when tourist numbers are lower.

If you plan to combine your visit to Mombasa with a safari in nearby national parks such as Tsavo East and Tsavo West, the dry season (June to September) is an excellent time for wildlife viewing, as animals congregate around water sources.

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