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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
"… of a Mangrove creek, here you can forget about the world and switch off. The Beach is hidden and wants to be discovered; the moments you spend here will become timeless memories. This is an unbelievable place; you just have to see it to believe it! Comfortable chill-out and Reggae music fills the air and the ocean surrounds guests as they relax while enjoying nature’s gifts. The bandas and tree houses are very cosy & comfortable...
The Beach Africa
"… one double bed incl. mosquito net, bed sheets and paraffin lamp. Karibu (Welcome) as we say here in Kenya for everyone at anytime, who wants to relax and break out normal wheel, while enjoying the true beach life as a beach bum. We 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,...
"… a reasonably priced menu. Laundry service, many outdoor/indoor chill out areas, a descent-size swimming pool, parking space for overlanders, camping area, Plasma TV, and 8 comfortable huge/spartan clean western-style bathrooms. We can help you organize/get discounts for Diving, kite-surfing, wind-surfing, safaris, climbing/Hiking, rafting, plus other activities. Find us on facebook, mombasa backpackers, to get an idea of the place....
"… fans and beds come with fresh bedding and mosquito nets, communal areas are kept clean and neat. Whilst we can provide all of your meals, you will have access to a shared kitchen area, meaning you can prepare snacks or try your hand at making your own meals with produce from the local market. Other communal areas include a dining room, tv lounge and fitness facility. The Wema compound benefits from a 24 hour manned security post at...
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,...
"… to watch while staying with us. Let it be cricket, rugby, surfing, football, baseball, etc. - A well-stocked bar, more than 30 local/imported beers plus shots, drinks, mixers. - Hookah (assorted flavors for your Shisha Pipe) - 7 toilets and 5 showers throughout the whole perimeter, in great shape for backpacker standards. - North American Tattoo Artists waiting for you to get inked (with tattoo equipment brought from the States) -...
"… all areas of the coast and central to Links Road, Nyali so you have the option of going to Mombasa town in 15 mins or City Mall (see nightlife, shopping & restaurants below) in 5 mins drive. Few minutes walking distance from Nirvana you can buy street food, fruit & veg, mobile credit etc. We are offering a budget, well-kept retreat… Many of our clients come to get peace, away from noisy, congested hostels/areas, to...
Tulia House & Camp
"… check 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 and Camp. 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...
Prime Comfort Mtwapa
"Prime Comfort Apartments is located 300 meters from the Mombasa – Malindi Road, and 10Kms from Mombasa International Airport. We are Situated in the heart of Mtwapa, with the beach only a few meters away, enyoy the ocean breeze from the comfort of your balcony. We are truely a place where passion meets Comfort" … – 8100 Mombasa, Mtwapa
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One Love Island Campsite
"… forests), and plant 10 mangroves during your stay with us. This way we can share the beauty of One Love Island with the world, and use the proceeds to maintain and protect our land and people. One Love for All! All this is included in your rate: *free transfer from ngomeni village to the island *free breakfast, lunch & dinner *free swahili tea (chai) and cold mineral water all day For a small extra fee we offer...
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...
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
"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 hotel I have been in with my family so far in the coastal region. The only missing item is a TV in the rooms." … "It's okay but I have had a better experience elsewhere." … "We stayed here for two nights in February 2006. The...
Kenya Bay Beach Hotel
"… at the Jacaranda Bar - from 9.30pm onwards (seasonal) Discover the Nomad Casuarina club in dreamy little Mtwapa town along the Mtwapa creek. Mtwapa is also home to the Aquamarine seafood restaurant and Dhow. Discover Mamba Village - Nyali, The largest crocodile farms in Africa - home to more than 10,000 crocodiles A short ride away lies the spectacular Nyali Golf and Country Club. Pirates Nightclub and Restaurant is just a...
"… 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...
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
"… 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
"… double bed rooms furnished with African carved hardwood made with exceptional attention to detail and design. The rooms are simple yet sophisticated oozing African culture and luxury. 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 bed, mosquito net and private bathroom in every bedroom. This very calm...
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...
Indiana Beach Hotel Mombasa
"… be preauthorized and charged on arrival date of the booking by Travelmed Hotels Group. For non valid credit cards you will receive an e-mail notification. We require your reply and valid credit card details within 3 working days. If you do not provide valid credit card details within 3 working days your booking may be cancelled as a result. You have up to 3 days prior to arrival to cancel the reservation without charge. If the...
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