Located on the shores of the Indian Ocean, with limit-much less stretches of sugar-white sands and spice-scented breezes enjoying by way of the fronds of coconut palms, Mombasa is one escape that you're going to be glad you made!
Between world-class luxury resorts and price range accommodation, take your choose. The solar, sand and ocean are free!
Apart from lounging on the beach, Mombasa provides wealthy cultural treats as properly. A visit to the sixteenth Century Old City at Fort Jesus will take you again to the Portuguese era in Kenya. The Gedi Ruins situated some distance away are worth a visit to get a glimpse of East African buying and selling routes in medieval occasions.
Shimoni is a close-by fishing village near the Tanzania border and is attention-grabbing for its colonial buildings from the British Era and the notorious slave caves which evoke the tragic previous of the area. Guests can avail of a sundown cruise on a dhow from right here.
Should you're traveling to Mombasa in November, this is the season of the Mombasa Carnival with its vibrant and vigorous atmosphere, fantastically embellished floats and exciting parades which showcase the totally different ethnic groups and nationalities here. The primary parades which converge on Moi Avenue are a blend of music, dance, fabulous costumes and artistic artwork. Stalls selling delicious local cuisines and handicrafts are arrange all alongside the parade route. This is a massive event and is legendary all over the world.
The Bombolulu workshop is a good place to pick up souvenirs and in addition fulfill your social duty – the center is run by the Association for the Bodily Disabled and options handmade textiles, weaves, wooden-carving and traditional bead-work.
Native markets are actually where you can really feel the heartbeat of a country and a visit to the Metropolis Market in Mombasa offers you a glimpse of the local produce, procuring habits and daily lifetime of the locals. So additionally a visit to the picturesque Floating Market within the ocean-front, which shares conventional goods and recent produce. The Nakumatt Nyali middle is for a more refined expertise of eating places, boutiques and malls.
Water-sports and the ocean are inseparable – Mombasa provides world-class activities like scuba-diving, snorkeling, jet-ski, dolphin-viewing and windsurfing. You can also have enjoyable rides on banana boats and kayaks.
Mombasa is a foodie paradise. Fresh-caught native seafood, tropical fruits and native vegetables are ample. Apart from the local Swahili delicacies and sport-meats, a wide range of worldwide cuisines like Japanese, TexMex, Indian and European can be found. South African wines, Kenyan espresso and scrumptious fresh coconut water and milk are great thirst-quenchers.
For a welcome break from the same old dusty safari-trails and arid savannah landscapes, hop across to Mombasa!