Mombasa is the second largest city in kenya. The city have four beaches namely Nyali Beach, Bamburi beach, Shanzu beach and Kikambala beach.
Its warm waters offer a good and safe opportunity for swimming and snorkeling lovers. Being public beaches when walking on the beach you will meet many different locals selling souvenirs and glass boat tours.
You can always bargain for the best price.
Looing for safari from Mombasa or Bamburi beach?
Here are several Famous Parks and reserve you can choose to visit from your Mombasa or Bamburi beach hotel.
Shimba Hills 1 Day safari
Shimba hills National reserve is approximately 2h 30 minutes’ drive from Mombasa or Bamburi beach.
We highly recommend visiting shimba for a day tour only because the park is small coastal rainforest with poor visibility due to the thick vegetation cover.
The highlights of this park is visiting the Sheldrick waterfalls and the only park where you have a chance of spotting the sable antelopes.
You can choose to walk to Sheldrick waterfalls which is about 2km walk down the hill then walk 2 km up the hill. The walk is not ideal for old customers. Please read more about shimba hills national park here
2 Days Tsavo east safari From Mombasa/Bamburu beach
Tsavo east National park from Mombasa or Bamburi beach is approximately (120 km from Mombasa or Bamburi beach).
We highly recommend visiting Tsavo east for one night or longer due to the time it takes to get to the park and the size of the park read more about Tsavo east here.
1-day Tsavo east is possible but you spend more time driving than the actual spotting of animals. In Tsavo east you will have chance of spotting the red elephants and big 4. You will not have a chance of spotting the rhinos.
3 Days Tsavo west and East safari From Mombasa/Bamburi Beach
Three days safari from Mombasa or Bamburi beach visiting both Tsavo east and Tsavo west National parks. These parks will give you a high chance of spotting the big 5 (Rhino, Leopard, Lion, Elephants and buffalos and many different species of birds).
You will also visit the Mzima springs at Tsavo west where you will have a short-guided Nature walk with an armed Ranger.
At the springs you will spot Crocodiles and hippos basking. At an underwater viewing chamber, you will get a chance of seeing different species of fish.
Part of the famous movie out of Africa was filmed here. Tsavo west is hilly and bushy.
4 Days Tsavo east, Tsavo west and Amboseli Safari
Four days safari visiting Tsavo west National park, Amboseli National park and Tsavo east National park.
For this safari you will depart from Mombasa or Bamburi beach to Tsavo west National park for game drive and spotting of animals with overnight stay at your chosen accommodation.
From Tsavo west you will proceed to Amboseli National park with a stop at the famous Shetani lava flow the most recent volcanic activity.
Amboseli Is famous for large herds of Elephants and the magical view of Kilimanjaro the highest Mountain in Africa- 5894 meters.
From Amboseli you will proceed to Tsavo east National park for game drive at the savannah and overnight stay in your chosen accommodation.
For this safari we can customize it for part of it to travel by train where you will have less driving due to part of your journey being on the train and fast
Flying Masai Mara safari from Mombasa beach
You can choose to Visit Masai Mara from Mombasa or Bamburi beach. For guests looking at visiting Masai Mara from Diani the only option is flying from Mombasa or Bamburi beach to Masai Mara National Reserve which is approximately 850 km and takes about 2 hours flying in the small 18 seaters planes.
If you prefer to go by road, we recommend you book a 7 nights safari from Diani visiting other parks and Masai Mara then it becomes possible.
For Guests opting to Fly the flight departs at 0730hrs, the 2 hours flight is very interesting because you will see different parks from air, if not clouded you will see on your right the famous snow caped Peak of Mount Kilimanjaro- The highest mountain in Africa.
Once you land in Masai Mara you will be met by a resident driver guide who will take you to your chosen accommodation.
Guest on this safari have a higher chance of spotting the big 5 among other different species of birds. Please read more about this flying safari here.
Mombasa/ Bamburi tours
Mombasa City tour
On this tour guests will be visiting Mombasa city which is the second largest city in Kenya with wealth of historical sites. You will be visiting the elephant tusk- The landmark of Mombasa built back in 1952 to commemorate a visit by princess Margret.
The Tusks are located at Moi avenue. You will visit Fort Jesus an historical site built by the Portuguese. You will also visit the old town and old port as well.
A local woodcarving factory is something you should never miss. A local Kenyan market will allow you compare with your market at home. You can opt for a full day or half day city tour visit.
Dhow snorkeling and dolphin tours
This tour is a full day tour taking you to Kisite marine park. Early pick up before breakfast then proceed to Shimoni, driving through local villages before getting to Shimoni harbor, some hours cruise on a traditional Dhow to the marine park. Spend some hours snorkeling and dolphins spotting then cruise to an island for lunch after lunch cruise back to the mainland and proceed back to your Mombasa or Bamburi beach hotels.
We have different companies offering the cruise tour, but we highly recommend Pili pipa dhow tours who have been offering this tour for years with impeccable services. We can also organize for your family a private tour to fulfill your wish
3 Tamarind Dhow Mombasa Tour
You can Sail and dine on this romantic and special evening cruise. On a colorful sunset, your traditional dhow cruises the calm shore as soft music accompanies cocktails and your gourmet dinner.
Tamarind is one of the high-end restaurants in the Mombasa Kenya and their renowned cuisine will complete a perfect evening.
Haller Park Bamburi Tour
You will be picked from your hotel after breakfast and procced to Haller Park, formerly known as Bamburi Nature Trails, is located south of the Bamburi cement plant along the Mombasa-Malindi highway.
This is Bamburi Cement Company’s effort since 1971 to convert the barren landscape of disused limestone quarries into vibrant and diverse ecosystem of forest, grasslands, and ponds.
At haller park you will have an opportunity of seeing different types of animals. If you are at the park at 1100hrs or 1500hrs you can have a unique feeling of feeding the giraffes.
Mombasa and Bamburi Bar and Restaurant
When staying around Mombasa or Bamburi beach you have many different restaurants and bars you can visit for your meals and drinks. The restaurants have friendly prices and mouth-watering meals.
A famous sea food restaurant at Nyali area overlooking the old harbor. The restaurant is open for Lunch or Diner in a quite romantic setting.
English point restaurant
In this five-star hotel you an option of having delicious meals in one of their restaurant overlooking the old town.
Yuls bamburi beach restaurant
Next to Bamburi beach hotel you will find Yuls restaurant. This restaurant offers the best pizzas and the best cocktails in Mombasa. On weekends the restaurant is mostly crowded.
The Moorings floating restaurant
Set at a bay Moorings offers excellent spot for lunch or dinner.
Sarova white sands restaurant
You can visit this four-star hotel and enjoy your dinner in their five-star restaurant.
Where to do your Shopping
During your holiday you might wish to do your personal shopping in nearby supermarkets and Malls do not worry on that Mombasa being a City offer you variety of places that you can purchase your personal belonging or even drinks here are some of Joint you can pop in.
- Nyali Center
- Mombasa Mall
- Nakumatt nyali shopping center
- City Mall