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How to Spend 1 Day in Mombasa

How to Spend 1 Day in Mombasa

From the UNESCO-listed Old Town to beaches and a suburban ecopark, there’s a great deal to explore in Mombasa. Checking off the coastal city’s highlights in one day is possible, but planning is essential. Here are our top tips for making the most of your time.

Morning: City Sightseeing

Orient yourself in Mombasa on a half- or full-day city tour, taking advantage of packages that include private round-trip transport to get around the island city with ease. Departing early to beat the crowds, check out central landmarks such as Fort Jesus, Mandhry Mosque, and the iconic elephant tusks that tower over Moi Avenue.

Afternoon: Suburban Parks and Beaches

Full-day tours generally continue into the afternoon, though lunch isn’t always included. Fortunately, Mombasa’s street food is considered some of the best in the region, and you can’t go far without finding mogo (fried cassava), makai (corn on the cob), or fresh seafood. If you find yourself with some free time, head north to Haller Park, a repurposed wildlife sanctuary that’s home to species such as giraffes, hippos, and crocodiles. Alternatively, Wild Waters water park boasts slides, pools, and play areas ideal for entertaining visitors of all ages, while Jomo Kenyatta Public Beach (Pirates Beach) is a top spot for swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling.

Night: Coastal Cruises and Beach Bars

After a busy day, unwind on a sunset cruise. Absorb dusk views as you sip an aperitif, opting for a dinner package to immerse yourself fully in the after-dark ambiance. Once back on dry land, travelers reluctant to retire to bed can stroll along the Bamburi beachfront to discover a wealth of bars catering to both local and international crowds.

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Full-Day Tour of Mombasa

Full-Day Tour of Mombasa

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Explore Mombasa’s colonial history, old town, and nature on a full-day private tour that includes entrance fees, all activities, and round-trip hotel transport. Get the perfect introduction to the city by visiting with a local guide, who will share stories about Mombasa culture and heritage, and introduce you to local cuisine in the old town market.
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  • 1 day
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US$126.93
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Tamarind Evening Dhow in Mombasa

Tamarind Evening Dhow in Mombasa

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See the Mombasa coast from the deck of a dhow sailboat on a sunset cruise that includes a seafood dinner and dancing on deck. Since the sail goes from sunset until the stars appear above the Indian Ocean, this Mombasa sailing trip is ideal for a romantic evening out, and the roomy dhow is an authentic taste of traditional culture on the Kenya coast.
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  • 4 hours 10 minutes
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US$146.00
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Half day Mombasa City Tour with Fort Jesus and More

Half day Mombasa City Tour with Fort Jesus and More

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Part ancient city, part busy port, part sprawling metropolis, Mombasa is a thoroughly unique destination. Visit some of the city's top attractions, including the Fort Jesus Historical Museum and the bazaar, on this guided tour of Mombasa, which includes round-trip transportation from your hotel and guided commentary about the attractions.
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  • 5 hours
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US$45.00
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Haller Park Half-Day Tour from Mombasa

Haller Park Half-Day Tour from Mombasa

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See an animal sanctuary that’s home to giraffes, crocodiles, tortoises, and more on a half-day trip from Mombasa to Haller Park. Pre-booking transport and tickets to Haller Park make this a convenient way to explore an inspiring space that’s been converted from abandoned limestone quarries. This afternoon trip to Haller Park includes pickup and drop-off at both South Coast and North Coast hotels, and it’s an ideal choice for families.
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  • 4 hours
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US$65.00
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Mombasa Full-Day Guided City Tour

Mombasa Full-Day Guided City Tour

Immerse yourself in Mombasa’s diverse cultures and history on a full-day tour that explores cobblestone streets, vibrant markets, and local cuisine. With an experienced guide to introduce the best of the city, you’ll see the Fort Jesus Museum, old town’s Old Dhow Harbor, the Mombasa bazaar and market, and more, pausing to shop for handmade souvenirs along the way. This guided Mombasa tour includes lunch at Tamarind Mombasa, a seaside restaurant that’s beloved for great seafood and views of the water.
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  • 10 hours
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US$141.00
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