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About Mombasa

Mombasa is the coastal city of Kenya. With over 1.2 million residents, it is the second largest city in the country. Mombasa is the grand opportunity to encounter amazing marine life and a hospitable atmosphere. Touristic attractions worth seeing in this lively city, includes Holy Ghost Cathedral, Bombolulu Workshops, Nguuni Nature Sanctuary Adventures and Mombasa Marine National Park Reserve.

Cheap flights to Mombasa are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to explore this incredible city. Mombasa is the home of Moi International Airport(MBA), which is located a short 20-minute drive from the city centre. Moi International Airport serves a multitude of airlines – including Kenya Airways and RwandAir. Popular flights depart from Cape Town and Johannesburg. The flight duration from O.R. Tambo International Airport to Mombasa is 6 hours and 20 minutes.

Why visit Mombasa

african music instrument

Music

Music is a main feature of Mombasa’s culture. Tourists can move to the sounds of smooth and mellow sounds of Bango, traditional Mwanzele and fast-paced Chakacha.

old dilapidated building

Old Town

Strolling through the “Old Town”, tourists are transported to the era when the Portuguese ruled this instrumental port. The old buildings are adorned with remnants of the colonial past.

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Kenyan Cuisine

Kenyan food throughout Mombasa is a mix of its tribes, history and landscapes. Each tribe presents its own speciality: try sensational mishkaki (BBQ’d skewered meat pieces) or mabuyu (Baobab seeds).

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Kenya
Currency Kenyan Shilling
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 7.91 KES
Language English and Swahili
Hub Airport Moi International Airport
Airline Kenyan Airways
Time Zone GMT +3
Travel Adaptor Type G

Best time to visit Mombasa

Mombasa has a tropical wet and dry climate. Summer (December to March) temperatures ranges between 30 to 32 degrees Celsius. This is the peak-tourist season, ideal for most water sports and sunbathing on the Mombasa beaches. Winter (July to September) temperatures fall to an average of 27 degrees Celsius. The city experiences the rainy months in between summer and winter, namely April to June, and October to November. The Mombasa Carnival takes place in November, a multi-cultural fiesta which features music, art dance - a great event to get a taste of the authentic Kenyan culture. Besides the month of May, when it rains for up to 20 days of the month, anytime is ideal for visiting this coastal destination.

Weather & Climate in Mombasa

Average temp7erature (°C) & rainfall level (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 22°C 23°C 23°C 23°C 22°C 20°C 19°C 19°C 20°C 21°C 22°C 22°C
High °C 33°C 34°C 34°C 33°C 31°C 29°C 29°C 29°C 31°C 32°C 32°C 33°C
Rainfall (mm) 34 14 56 154 235 88 72 68 67 103 105 76

The island-bound town is an exquisite destination to find absolute pleasure in resting and relaxation. Mombasa is home to a rich and diverse mix of indigenous and exotic cultures such as the Mijikenda, Swahili and upcountry migrants from the Maasai.

There are so many wonderful attractions to explore in this African seaport city. Take a trip to the Old Town, where a maze of alleys, traditional craftsmen and antique shops waits to be perused by travellers. This vibrant utopia nestled along the Indian Ocean is sure to live up to your expectations. Encounter incredible sights and mingle with the beautiful people, who inhabit this bountiful land for a life changing experience!

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South African passport holders do not need a visa to visit Mombasa, Kenya, for up to 30 days. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your return date. Ensure that your passport has at least 3 blank pages for entry stamps.

The South African High Commission to Kenya is situated in Nairobi. 3rd Floor, Roshanmaer Place 00100 Lenana Road Nairobi

Phone: + 254 20 282 7100.

All travellers should be up to date on their routine vaccinations before travelling to Kenya. These vaccinations include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and yearly flu shot. Most travellers are advised to get vaccinations for hepatitis A and typhoid, because there is the chance of contracting the above mentioned diseases through contaminated food or water.

Travellers should take appropriate caution when visiting Mombasa. Below are some tips for staying safe during your visit:

• Ladies are advised to not walk around with handbags.

• Carry small amounts of money around with you.

• Do not go to the local villages on your own.

• Make a copy of your passport and keep it in your luggage.

• Do not walk alone at night or on isolated beaches.

• Avoid wearing flashy jewellery.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Mombasa
Meal, inexpensive restaurant R100.00 R100.00 R63.07
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R25.00 R25.00 R27.75
Cappuccino (regular) R23.04 R22.57 R27.75
Taxi 1km (normal tarriff) R10.00 R10.00 R12.61
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R39.00 R40.00 R25.23
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