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Introduction

Mombasa station

Mombasa station

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Mombasa is Kenya's second largest city after Nairobi and is located along the coastline of the Indian Ocean. It is a major port and has a large internationa airport where many flights arrive with tourists wanting to experience the nice nearby beaches and tropical weather conditions. The city itself has around 800,000 inhabitants and is not a particularly beautiful one, though there are some things to enjoy if you want to get away from the beaches.

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Neighbourhoods

  • Kizingo
  • Kibokoni
  • Makadara
  • Ganjoni
  • Tudor
  • Nyali
  • Likoni
  • Magongo
  • Mikindani and Miritini
  • Changanwe
  • Bamburi
  • Diani Beach

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Sights and Activities

  • Fort Jesus - a Portugese fort built in 1593

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Weather

Mombasa has a tropical climate, meaning warm and humid conditions throughout the year. The coolest month is July when average daytime temperatures are around 26 °C , the warmest months are February and March, when it's around 31 °C during the day. Nights average between 20 °C during the coolest months to 25 °C in the hottest months. Rain is possible in all months, but April and May are by far the wettest months, with 200 to 250mm a month. February is the driest month with just 5 rainy days.

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Getting There

By Plane

Moi International Airport (MBA) offers a range of flights. Destinations include Munich, Düsseldorf (both with Air Berlin, Aden, Dubai, Nairobi, Frankfurt, Zürich, Bologna, Milan, Rome, Zanzibar, Brussels, Dar es Salaam, London and Manchester.

By Train

There are regular nighttrains to and from Nairobi, on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

By Car

Roads lead towards Nairobi in the west, Dar es Salaam in the south and Malindi and Lamu in the north.

By Bus

Buses go regularly to Nairobi (6 hours during the day, 8-10 hours at night) and minibuses go to Malindi (2.5 hours). Buses to Lamu take around 7 hours and connect with the ferry the Lamu.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Kenya Bay Beach HotelBamburi Beach, Mombasa Malindi Highway P O Box 767Hotel77
The Beach - Bar Restaurant & Camp LodgeP.O. Box 256 Mtwapa Maweni BeachHostel54
Villa AnnchenMtwapa CreekGuesthouse-
Mtwapa Creek VillaMtomondoni Mtwapa West Mtwapa CreekGuesthouse-
Bamburi Beach ResortPlot No. 1532 Section 1, Mainland North Mombasa/Malindi RoadGuesthouse77
Backpackers Hostel KenyaP.O. Box 43264HOSTEL-
Mombasa BackpackersMwamba Drive, #69 NyaliHOSTEL77
Backpackers NirvanaNyali BeachHOSTEL84
Indiana Beach Hotel MombasaLarnu Rd. Mombasa-Malindi Road, BamburiHOTEL-
Milele Vipingo House115-00502 Nairobi KenyaGUESTHOUSE-
Leinmach Guest House NyaliBarracks street Nyali BeachGUESTHOUSE70
One Love Island CampsiteLamu Malindi Road via NgomeniCAMPSITE-
Jay's Nyali HomestayBeach Road, Next to Oshwal Academy PO Box 10249-1GUESTHOUSE-
Safina HostelThe Wema Centre Trust PO Box 88820Hostel-

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Keep Connected

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: -4.053054
  • Longitude: 39.672859

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