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With an incredible palm-fringed coastline that stretches as far as the eye can see, studded with pristine beaches, clear waters and a wealth of marine life, Mombasa holidays offer the perfect place for a relaxing break or a romantic getaway.

Mombasa is a melting pot of cultures with its winding cobblestone streets, lined with stunning architecture influenced by the city’s Portuguese and Arab settlers. Leave the heat of the city for the shore, and you'll discover the stunning East African coastline. Mama Ngina Drive is a popular spot for relaxing wander along the seafront and offers fantastic views out to the ocean. Take your time soaking up the stunning natural beauty that surrounds this location, whilst sampling local food such as Mombassa’s favourite, cassava crisps with chilli and lime.

Beach-based paradise

Sail the beautiful waters off the coast of Mombasa and you can go in search of dolphins, humpback whales, turtles and more. East Africa boasts the second longest barrier reef in the world, stretching from the coast of Somalia along Kenya to southern Tanzania. Explore Africa’s underwater world with a diving and snorkelling expedition out to Mombasa Marine Park. Wildlife lovers may also enjoy a visit to the unspoiled shores of Watamu, a popular nesting place for the local population of sea turtles..

The trade winds of the Indian Ocean brings forth the beauty that empowers the South-Eastern part of Kenya, bringing the beautiful stellar beaches of this region to life, with serene waters and plenty of heartwarming sunshine. Idyllic coastal Mombasa provides a relaxing contrast to the thrills of a busy safari, call and speak to one of our Destination Specialists today and we'll help you put together the perfect Mombasa holiday itinerary.

Destination Highlights

  • Discover some of the most beautiful beaches in Kenya
  • Visit Heller Park and check out the Game Sanctuary, Reptile Park, Fish Farm, Crocodile Pens, and giraffe viewing platform
  • Explore the rich culture of the city. Mombasa’s tiny streets, old buildings and architecture is unlike anywhere else in Africa
  • Combine with a night or two in Tsavo and embark on an exciting safari adventure in search of it's 'Red' elephants

Great sample itineraries


Here's a selection of popular itineraries to give you some ideas – almost anything is possible so call us now and we'll create an amazing holiday just for you.

Mombasa Rendezvous Safari

  • 4 Days
  • Guide Price £799 PP
Your Mombasa Rendezvous Safari is a chance to explore eastern Kenya’s astonishingly diverse wildlife and majestic landscapes – from the snow-capped...
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Safari holidays
a cheetah standing on a dry grass field

Luxury Kenya Safari And Beach Holidays

  • 10 Days
  • Guide Price £2,799 PP
Discover the best this country of contrasts has to offer with our exciting multi-centre holiday in Kenya. Spanning ten days,...
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Wildlife holidays

Our favorite hotels


From luxury all-inclusive resorts to quaint boutique getaways, the Kenya Coast has it all. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help you find what you’re looking for.

Kole Kole Swimming pool
Kenya

Baobab Beach Resort and Spa

Experience an authentic taste of Africa with a stay at the exotic Baobab Beach Resort and Spa. See breath taking...
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Guide Price £1,399
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Kenya

Voyager Beach Resort

Seven kilometres from Mombasa lies the Voyager Beach Resort. Set on the soft sands of Nyali Beach, everything at the...
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Guide Price £1,499
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Serena Beach Hotel
Kenya

Serena Beach Hotel and Spa

Designed in the style of a 13th century Swahili town, this resort is situated on the beautiful white sands of...
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Guide Price £1,599
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Kenya

Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort and Spa

Set in 23 acres of naturally landscaped gardens on the pristine sands of Bamburi Beach, the Sarova Whitesands truly reflects...
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Guide Price £1,599
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Explore Mombasa

Time Zone

GMT +3

Flight Time

Approximately 12 hours, there are no direct flights from the UK. Mombasa is a 1 hour flight from Nairobi, which is served directly by Kenya Airways and British Airways.

Currency

KES - Kenyan shilling

Visa Information

British citizens need to obtain a visa for Kenya. This can be booked online before travel or bought on arrival.

Language

English is widely spoken.

Health Info

Special vaccines are required for travel to Kenya. Speak to your GP about the latest medical advice.

Best time to visit Mombasa

The coast of Mombasa is quite hot and dry during the summer period between October to April. The best time for a Mombasa holiday is between January to April, although the coast of Mombasa can be enjoyed all year round. Whale watching season is between July and September.

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Average Weather in January

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Mombasa
27° C
37 mm

Average Weather in February

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Mombasa
27° C
15 mm

Average Weather in March

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28° C
49 mm

Average Weather in April

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27° C
124 mm

Average Weather in May

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26° C
238 mm

Average Weather in June

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24° C
85 mm

Average Weather in July

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24° C
61 mm

Average Weather in August

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24° C
60 mm

Average Weather in September

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25° C
54 mm

Average Weather in October

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26° C
113 mm

Average Weather in November

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Mombasa
26° C
118 mm

Average Weather in December

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Mombasa
27° C
69 mm
Natalie, Destination Specialist

“Whilst staying on the coast, take the time to explore Mombasa, one of the oldest ports in Africa, it’s history goes beyond the arrival of the Portuguese explorers, back to when Arab dhows used to dock in the Port to trade spices. Close by you’ll find Fort Jesus, an intriguing example of Mombasa’s Renaissance military architecture.”

Natalie
Destination Specialist
George, Destination Specialist

“The best decision I made during my trip was to visit Mombasa town – take a stroll down the streets of the Old Town, rich in history and filled with a mixture of Arabic, Portuguese, British and Asian culture. If you are visiting Mombasa city, take a locally guided trip. Women may feel more comfortable if dressed conservatively.

George
Destination Specialist
Nick, Senior Destination Manager

“If you’re a foodie, plan a visit to The Moorings in Mtwapa. It's a fabulous floating restaurant that serves great seafood.”

Nick
Senior Destination Manager

Local Cuisine

Kenya cuisine takes on its own unique personality through the use of native spices and local ingredients. Many traditional dishes such as curries and stews, are colourful and packed full of flavour, sure to excite even the most cultured palate. Mombasa’s coastline brings an abundance of fresh fish to the region and thanks to the inland tropical plantations, delicious flavoursome fresh fruit is readily available.

Ugali

Ugali is a staple starch cornmeal made with maize flour, usually served as a white stiff porridge, good for dipping in stews or making into a makeshift spoon when you eat with your hands.

Nyama Choma

Nyama Choma, Swahili for ‘roast meat’, is usually beef, goat or occasionally chicken cooked on a flavoursome Swahili barbeque. Enjoy with a beer, and slowly dig in, piece by piece.

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