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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
"… to relax while enjoying the true beach life as a beach bum. All Lodges and the Campsite have a seaview. THE BEACH AFRICA is only 10 min away from the famous Jumba la Mtwana Ruins and other historical sites, we offer fishing & snorkeling trips, dolphin dives and safari , Diving & Windsurfing etc. bookings. TV / PC / Pool / Pizzeria / Camping facilities/ WIFI available Special Offers for Volunteers! Stay and...
The Beach Africa
"… 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 a local...
"… 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...
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...
Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpacking
"… Relatives Ecolodge – a lush and enchanting environmentally conscious beach retreat nestled along an emerald lagoon, white sand beaches & an enchanting community. Distant Relatives is a message of optimism, an experimental model of environmentally and socially conscious living. Join us on the reef and lagoon for diving, snorkeling, dhow sailing, windsurfing, deep sea fishing, or simply come relax and mingle with travelers...
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 night-life of Mtwapa [the Sunflower City], dance the night away in Mtwapa\'s famous discos or visit historical Jumba Ruins. In our hostels you will find every services you need for making a fantastic holiday.Free breakfast, bar, happy hour,...
Campsites & Camping Bungalows
One Love Island Campsite
"… Welcome! You can spend the day exploring the island and its beauty. Every day the ocean's high and low tides play with the island's shoreline, create new creeks, and ensure day-to-day explorations are always unique. One Love Island is a sand island with mangrove forests, pristine beaches that are covered with a variety of beautiful shells, and many species of animals - birds, crabs and other unique sea life. There are many...
Leinmach Guest House Nyali
"… of our top class customer service while we strive to provide our local and international clientele with an experience that exceeds their expectations. Leinmach delights our clients in love with supremely luxurious accommodations and a sparkling outdoor swimming pool. We are 15 minutes to Mombasa Beach and we offer free wi-fi At our native Swahili food Restaurant, our Chef have now added a full Chinese food in our menu. Please...
Glory Bill Guest House
"About Glory Bill Hotel Located at Mombasa town its a low budget 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 Hrs Taxi Services Available. You will receive more information with the booking confirmation email." … Haille Sellase Avenue
"Located in the tranquility of Nyali, next to Nakumatt and Naivas shopping centre. We provide a healthy continental breakfast including fruits, juices and other Kenyan delicacies to brighten your day. Our food is made fresh as per order. 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 bathroom,...
"… style salon - which includes a hand carved mahogany bar and sitting lounge - or on the veranda overlooking the pool and stunning view of the Mtwapa Creek. Villa Rebeccah Policies & Conditions: Cancellation policy: 72h before arrival. Check in from 12:00 to 22:00. Check out before 10:00. Payment upon arrival by cash. Taxes included. Breakfast included. General: No curfew. Child friendly. Please advice...
Halgan Villas Palace
"… All our rooms are air-conditioned, self contained, DSTV enabled, telephone extensions, complimentary water, free toiletries, dressing tables, Halgan Villas Palace Policies & Conditions: Cancellation policy: 72h before arrival. This property may pre-authorise your card before arrival. Check in from 07:00. Check out before 10:30 . Payment upon arrival by cash, credit cards, debit cards. Taxes included....
Jay's Nyali Homestay
"… Homestay is also popular with the locals and expats looking for a destination wedding. Various private parties are held here regularly. The place is also ideal for pre and post wedding parties. Be sure that the place is done up traditionally for various events. The place features four rooms, one is a double luxury room, two double rooms non executive and a single room. We also have tents for backpackers. Please note:...
Bamburi Beach Resort
"Can get very noisy from adjoining rooms. With people returning from the clubs and pubs around 3 a.m. and partying on until dawn, I didn't get much sleep and eventually moved out." … "We stayed here for two nights in February 2006. The location of the hotel is exelent, nice beach and easy access to shopping and bank, coral reefs. The cleaning of rooms is very poor there where no cleaning or making of rooms at all, and the management...
Kenya Bay Beach Hotel
"… renown!\' SPORTS: Water polo and aqua gym Scuba diving and deep sea fishing - Yes! We have licensed PADI diving school right next door. Jetskski\'s available on hire at Yul\'s Aquadrome adjacent to the hotel. CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED: VISA, VISA ELECTRON MASTERCARD SENATOR OTHER SUPPORT FACILITIES: 250KVA Standby Power Generator Central hot water boiler system Airport / Hotel Transfers can also be...
"… town. What's more with its beautiful structure, you are guaranteed to enjoy your vacation be it for pleasure or business. We provide excellent service and to the best highest standard. 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 spent either swimming or lounging by the pool side...
Oceanfront Villa Annchen
"… with exceptional attention to detail and design. The rooms are simple yet sophisticated oozing African culture and luxury. 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 conditioning not included in room rates. Use for extra charge of 8 EUR per room per day), mini bar fridge, king size or...
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
"… on request. The hotel also has a no alcohol policy. Other facilities offered include meeting facilities, luggage storage and a laundry. Coastgate Hotel offers free airport transfers and a courtesy van to and from Mombasa Island. Staff can assist in organizing trips and excursions to nearby attractions. Fort Jesus is about 13 km away and Moi International Airport is about 9 km from the hotel. Important information A deposit via...
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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