Known as "the white and blue city" in Kenya, Mombasa is a beautiful coastal
area situated along the Indian ocean. As Kenya's oldest and second-largest city,
it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country and is a must-see
location for travel lovers. Here is the ultimate travel guide for Mombasa city,
brought to you by Flightlink.
1. When to Visit
The city has a tropical wet season first from March to May and then from October
to December. Tourists should avoid this, and should instead visit during July to
October, when the skies are spotless, weather is ideal, and days are brightest.
2. Getting There
Mombasa has its own international airport, which is 12 kilometers from the city
center. Tourists can directly land here so they can easily reach the coastal city
without any hassle. They can book their flights through FlightLink at
www.flightlink.co.tz/airports/mombasa/. An alternative option is to take a train
from Nairobi, but the fastest way to reach Mombasa is by air. Cabs and shuttle
services are also available to facilitate tourists.
3. What to Do
Numerous stunning beaches dot Mombasa’s shorelines, such as Diani, Bamburi,
and Tiwi beach. These beaches are lined by countless hotels, bars, and eateries,
which offer numerous food options. tourists can enjoy activities such as camel
rides, snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming, and exploring the stunning coral reefs.
If they want to relax, they can sunbathe on the white sands and enjoy the
mesmerizing sights of the calm turquoise ocean.
Mombasa has a rich history, so tourists can go to the old town. Covering an area
of 180 acres, it offers tapered streets and ancient architecture and allows visitors
an insight into the lives of a diverse community residing in Mombasa. Tourists
can appreciate the architecture of the ancient buildings, go on a walking tour, or
visit a souvenir shop to buy silver jewelry, perfumes, beaded sandals, small
furniture, and cute little trinkets.
4. What to Eat
Mombasa is located on the coast of Kenya, and the local cuisine is heavily
influenced by the city's history as a major port and trading hub. The city has a
diverse population, and this is reflected in the wide range of food options
available, as the cuisine is a rich blend of Swahili, Indian, Portuguese, and Arab
flavores. Some mouth watering traditional dishes include biryani, chapati,
mandazi, chipsi mayai, uji, nyama choma, mogo, ugali, samosa, curry, rice,
vibibi, kebabs, mtori, mshikaki, kuku paka, and samaki.
5. Other tips
In addition to these, there are some other tips that tourists must always keep in
● Mosquitoes are common in Kenya, so tourists should carry preventative
medicine, and get themselves vaccinated. It is a good idea to pack
mosquito and insect repellant, and wear full sleeves to avoid getting bitten.
● The tap water that is readily available is not of good quality and is
therefore, unfit for drinking. Thus, tourists should always carry and drink
bottled water. It is also recommended to use it while brushing teeth.
● English and Swahili are the two official languages of Mombasa. Visitors
should try to learn some common daily-use phrases in Swahili, such as
Jambo (Hello), Ahsante (Thank you), and Poa (okay).
With this guide, we hope that tourists will be able to have an amazing trip to