Fly To Mombasa, Kenya
Mombasa is Kenya’s main beach destination, and its coastal location and diverse marine life attracts travellers from all corner of the globe. The tropical climate means the beaches, water sports, nature trails and bird-watching are excellent all year round. On the occasional cool or wet days, there are also temples and theatres to visit.
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Visa Requirements and SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do not need a Visa to visit Mombasa, Kenya, for up to 30 days. You’ll just need to make sure your SA passport is valid for at least 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available 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.
See and do
There are several beaches worth visiting in Mombasa, but Diani Beach is prime water-sport territory. The long white beach is also visited by troupes of local primates on occasion, so keep an eye out for beach combers of the furry variety. Tiwi Beach is less touristy, and you won’t find the bars and restaurants that Diani offers, but the tidal pools filled with tropical fish are gorgeous at low tide and great for a swim if you watch out for the sea urchins.
For bird-watching, mountain biking and hikes, visit Mtwapa Creek on the North Coast. The Indian Ocean inlet features small marinas and tropical vegetation, and is the starting point for most deep sea fishing trips. Dhow safaris to Funzi Island are also great, as are the canoe trips through the Ramisi River Mangroves, where you’ll see crocs and birdlife galore.
Old Town is best explored on a Sunday, when the rest of Mombasa closes down. You’ll find several souvenir shops in this historic part of town. Handmade Mombasa sandals, made from leather and old tires, are a popular keepsake, as are the colourful shawls and Kikois made from printed African fabrics.
The main form of public transport in Mombasa is Matatu – a fleet of 14-seater minibus taxis. They are the easiest way to get around town, and are both cheap and numerous. They are also subject to extensive regulation, so safety is not a concern. There are buses and trains as well, but these only run between Mombasa and other towns, and don’t do local routes.
Mombasa Moi International Airport – MBA
Food and beverage: There are no listed restaurants at Moi Airport in Mombasa, but there should be a kiosk or café offering coffee and snacks.
Currency Exchange: There is no foreign exchange office at Moi Airport, but there are ATMs where you can draw cash if necessary.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Items lost within the airport can be reported to security.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: Castle Royal Hotel.
Car Hire: Avis.