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Historically a hub in the Indian Ocean trading networks, Mombasa is vibrant and diverse. Swahili, Kenyan coastal, and South Asian cultures mix and mingle in Kenya's second largest city and its most important port; this is most evident in the rich, spice-filled cuisine. Have traditional Swahili snacks with chai masala tea, and for dinner, mishkaki (literally, meat on a stick, East African style shish-kebabs) grilled right in front of you. After you explore the World Heritage Site of Fort Jesus, a beautiful sixteenth-century fortress that passed through Portuguese, Arab, then British hands, walk through and shop at the charming Old Town. For in-town beaches, clubs, water sports, and skydiving (you land on the beach!) check out the expatriate neighborhood of Nyali. Hostels in Mombasa are relaxing enclaves from the chaos of the city's center and are on the Nyali or Bamburi beaches.
Mombasa is also the ideal base for exploring the beautiful, tranquil Kenyan coast, which includes beach towns like Watamu, Kilifi, and Mtwapa. Hostels in Mombasa and the area offer great service and affordable rooms to backpackers, beach-goers, and adventure-seekers alike. Go at low tide and explore island shoals, snorkel through bright coral reefs, see sea turtles at the Watamu Turtle Watch, visit fairy-tale-like ruins of the Gedi and Jumba Swahili trading towns, get a kite-surfing lesson, dine on ridiculously fresh seafood, or just relax on the beach. You generally shouldn't have difficulty booking a place, though note that the high season (also the hottest time of the year) is July to October.
Mombasa is a popular safari launch point as well. To go on safari, just ask your hostel in Mombasa about day, camping, or lodge trips. Tsavo East is known for its variety of wildlife, including lions, while Tsavo West boasts magnificent landscapes, including views of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Amboseli is especially known for close elephant sightings.
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The Beach - Bar Restaurant & Camp Lodge
"…Special Offers for Volunteers! Stay and Volunteer at the Beach Africa's Beach Turtle Conservation & Community Center! 1 Week/ 70 Euro incl. Bed & 2 meals! Participate in Tutlte Protection, T
The Beach Africa
"… are surrounded by excellent diving spots, Wind/ kite Surfing Spots and we offer fishing trips, THE BEACH AFRICA - RESTAURANT AND BACKPACKERS BEACH HOSTEL- is a very unique place at the waterfront, overseeing the Indian Ocean and it is located at the entrance of the famous Mtwapa Creek water channel. It is a perfect location for Backpackers, Wanderers, Travelers and Adventure Seekers. This is the last hidden paradise, a haven surrounded by...
"… distance to transport for all areas of the north and south coast. We offer safari packages, snorkelling, day trips, extensive knowledge on Kenya and East Africa - and last but not least, on-site massage, Healing Sessions, Palm/Tarot Readings and Counselling. Many of our clients come to get peace, away from noisy, congested hostels/areas, to recharge after long months of travelling or work, and to stay somewhere affordable, clean and very...
Tulia House Backpackers
"… in there will always be a friendly face to greet you. However long your stay is and whatever plans that you may have, the key to enjoying Mombasa to the very maximum is by staying with us at Tulia House Backpackers. Please note: Cancellation policy: 72h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay. Check in from 12:00 to 23:00 - flexible whenever possible Check out...
Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpacking
"Welcome to Distant Relatives Ecolodge – a lush and enchanting environmentally conscious beach retreat nestled along an emerald lagoon, white sand beaches & an enchanting community. Distant
Backpackers Hostel Kenya
"Mombasa\'s funkiest liveliest hostel with the best location at the Mtwapa Waterfront your budget accommodation on the Indian Ocean coast. Relax on the beautiful sandy beaches, taste the legendary n
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One Love Island Campsite
"… with a variety of beautiful shells, and many species of animals - birds, crabs and other unique sea life. There are many activities available in addition to exploring the island, such as swimming, snorkeling, canoe tours, coast walks, fishing trips, sunset sailing, mangrove forest tours, mangrove reforestation, relaxing, bird watching And much much more! As the evening sets, sit around a bonfire whilst swapping stories with fellow...
Leinmach Guest House Nyali
"…With years of experience, our staff prides themselves of our top class customer service while we strive to provide our local and international clientele with an experience that exceeds their expecta
Glory Bill Guest House
"…hotel for holiday lovers who want to spend less during their holiday trips.Its well suited where cost is the determining factor when selecting a hotel for reservation." …"More on Directions: 24 Hr
"…We have a great living room with a 40" TV to sit back and enjoy the serene Indian Ocean breeze. All our rooms are Air Conditioned and free Wi-fi (Internet). All our rooms have a private shower and
"…Air condition is available for € 8 per day, you can book it any time after arrival. Half-/Full board (€ 10,-/€ 16) is available on request. Laundry (private cloth) is available for an extra
Halgan Villas Palace
"…Halgan Villas Palace is ideally placed in a peaceful setting in Nyali, a 30 min drive from the Moi International Airport .Facilities at the property include free parking, luggage storage and a swimm
Jay's Nyali Homestay
"…Check in from 12.00 (flexible) Check out before 10.00 Breakfast included Taxes included" …"…Turn right 1.2 km Turn right Destination will be on the right 95 m" …Beach Road, Next to Oshwal Ac
Bamburi Beach Resort
"Man, Bamburi Beach rocks. They have had a new renovation done on the bridge, which overlooks the perfect view of the Indian Ocean. The Chinese restaurant in the hotel also rocks." …"This is the best
Kenya Bay Beach Hotel
"… Barclays Bank CLIMATE: Hot days (average 27degrees centigrade) Warm Nights (average 22degrees centigrade) Tropical climate with high Humidity Some rain during may/June and October/November RECEPTION: cool, breezy, clean and comfortable check in time 12 Noon check out time 10 AM ACCOMMODATION: 106 bedrooms total: 60 standard rooms 30 superior rooms 16 deluxe rooms ROOM FACILITIES: All rooms are...
"…T he rooms are remarkably beautiful and vary from single rooms to double rooms, or even our cottages which are fully furnished. T he swimming pool area is very cool and enjoyable, and time can be sp
Oceanfront Villa Annchen
"…All bedrooms have a private entrance which opens out onto stretched verandas with view of the Indian ocean inlet and the huge pool. Ceiling fan, low sound split air conditioner (Use of air condition
The Monalisa Hotel
"The Monalisa Hotel is a beautifully serene hotel with a posh contemporary character. Strategically located in Mtwapa, minutes away from the Mombasa city centre and in close proximity to leisure, beach areas and shopping locations, our intimate establishment is guaranteed to be your home away from home. Please note: Cancellation policy: 3 days advance notice Late cancellation or noshow – one night charge Payment upon arrival by...
Coastgate Hotel - Miritini
"…Coastgate Hotel boasts a roof-top restaurant, serving African, contemporary and Swahili cuisine. Special diet menus are available on request. The hotel also has a no alcohol policy. Other facilitie
New Palm Tree Hotel
"We are a bed and breakfast and a budget hotel for tourists, backpackers, business people and families. We offer our guests a warm welcome, clean rooms and nice breakfast, excellent services with personal touch and a big smile for rates that no other hotel in Mombasa can offer. Our rooms are spacious, self contained with hot shower and are built around a beautiful and classic veranda. All our rooms have A/C, TV with sports channels, mini...
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