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Mombasa County

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Adorned with pearl-white sandy beaches stretching as far as the eyes can see, Mombasa is well known for its historical significance and glorious weather. Not only is Mombasa county the most multicultural region in Kenya, but it’s also one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

Quick facts

Population: 1.2 million as of 2019

Size: 229.7 km2

Capital city: Mombasa

Weather: Tropical with an average of temperatures 32°C

Seasons: Main rainy season between mid-April  

                Short rains in late May, October, and November

Location

Situated in the southeastern part of the former Coast Province, Mombasa county borders Kilifi County to the north, Kwale County to the southwest, and the Indian Ocean to the east. Covering an area of 229.7 km2 ( excluding 65 km2 of water mass) Mombasa county is the smallest county.

Regions in Mombasa County

Mombasa county consists of four regions

  • Mvita- The island where the city was founded home to the old town and Fort Jesus
  • Changamwe- The gateway to Mombasa city, this is where the airport and the railway station are situated.
  • Kisauni- Fondly known as the ‘north coast’ home to luxurious beach resorts and shopping mall most popular areas Nyali 
  • Likoni: home to Shelly beach and often called the south coast

Transportation In Mombasa County

Mombasa county is connected through its capital city Mombasa. Mombasa is a node to several modes of transportation including an international airport, Moi Airport, Mombasa SGR railway station, and one of Eastern Africa’s most important ports, Kilindini, which is also the main port for goods to Uganda, Burundi, and Rwanda.

Getting here 

By Air.

  • Mombasa is a popular route with more than five local airlines flying at various times of the day. A flight from Nairobi to Mombasa takes 45min. Airlines flying to Mombasa include Kenya airways, blue Panorama, Condor, Ethiopian Airlines. Fly540, Fly-Sax, Jambojet, Kenya Airways, Mombasa Air Safari, Neos, Qatar Airways, RwandAir, TUI, Turkish Airlines, Uganda Airlines, KLM, and Precision air.

By Train 

A 530-km-long (SGR) railway line connects Mombasa to Nairobi. Operating several trips per day ‘Mandarak express’ takes less than five hours and a ticket on the economy class costs Ksh 1000 or Ksh 3000 for first class.

Train schedule

Mombasa to Nairobi:

  1. Departure 08:00, arrival: 13:42
  2. Departure 15:15, arrival 20:14

Nairobi to Mombasa:

  1. Departure 08:20, arrival: 14:18
  2. Departure 14:35, arrival: 19:18

By Road

Both buses and minibus run daily from Mombasa to Nairobi and a ticket costs around 1200 off-season. The journey takes about 12 hours.

Bus Companies operating this route include Mash Poa, Coast bus, Dreamliner, Spanish Coach, and Modern Coast Express.

Getting Around

A matatu (minibusses) is the most popular way for the locals to get around. Though not comfortable, these brightly colored minibusses are in plentitude. They also transport people and commodities to other counties from Mombasa.

Tuk-tuk and Boda-Boda

For the more adventurous and seasoned tourists, the tuk-tuks and Boda Bodas (motorbike taxis) are other popular options for getting around. A typical journey will cost you anywhere between 50-100 Ksh. 

Taxi

International mobile hailing apps like Uber are available. Although much more expensive taxis are the safer and the most recommended mode of transportation for tourists. Other apps include bolt and the little cab

Attractions In Mombasa County

  • Mombasa Old Town 
  • Fort Jesus
  • Spice Market
  • Haller Park
  • Butterfly Pavilion
  • Nguuni Conservancy
  • The tusks of Moi Avenue
  •  Holy Ghost Cathedral
  • Wild Waters
  • Mangrove of Tudor Creek
  • Mamba Village & Lunar Park
  • Commonwealth War Cemetery Mbaraki
  • Commonwealth War Cemetery Manyimbo

Experiences and sports

  • Mombasa Yacht Club
  • Mombasa Sports Club
  • Nyali Golf Club
  • Mombasa Florida Golf Club
  • The Beaches
  • Water Sports
  • Nyali Cinemax
  • Nyali Golf Club

Shopping

Shopping malls & supermarkets

  • City Mall Nyali, 9AM-10PM
  • Carrefour Hypermarket
  • Nyali Center
  • Naivas Supermarkets. 6:45AM-8:30PM
  • Chandarana Food Plus Supermarket 8AM-8PM
  • Nawal Centre Department store 8:30AM-7PM. A 7-floor department store mainly displaying household items and clothing.
  • Ratna shopping mall

Restaurants & Bars

Ranging from budget eateries by the road to high-end restaurants offering various cuisines, Mombasa county has enough options to suit all diets and budgets. Head over to our Dining section to find the best restaurant for you.

Accommodation In Mombasa County

Whether you’re looking for an exclusive island getaway or a remote off-the-beaten-track beach holiday, our selection of accommodations is sure to inspire you. Browse through our accommodation section or contact us for your perfect in Mombasa County.

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Japanese cuisine

Misono Japanese Restaurant is one of the very few restaurants that give the locals and the tourists as well a true Japanese dining experience in Nyali Mombasa. It reflects the creative, simple nature of Japanese cuisine & philosophy, the diseases are both both authentic & localized.

Features;

Cuisines: Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian

Special diets: Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options

Location: Links Rd,Shanzu, Mombasa, Kenya

Phone: 0722 530204

Social Media: Instagram

Hours: Misono Japanese restaurant opens everyday from 12;00 – 21;00

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Xana’s Restaurant and Lounge is a seafront bar and restaurant located at Bamburi beach in Cowrie Shell Beach Apartments. This beautiful outdoor restaurant offers both local and international cuisine with speciality in seafood. They have a stone pizza oven and make one of the best pizzas in town.

They are a family and pet friendly establishment and hold various entertainment events each week including live music by Mombasa roots every Sunday, Karaoke Thursdays and more.

Other features

Sunbed are complementary ( remember to bring your towel)

Mini playground for the kids.

Location: Malindi road bamburi beach

Contact: +254729061000

Social Media: facebook

Hours: Mon – Friday 8;30 – 11;00

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Lobster

The Dhow House

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The Dhow House is a family-friendly hotel located in Nyali, Mombasa. They offer accommodation and an outdoor bar &restaurant where various entertainment events take place during the different days of the week. Some of the most popular events include live music, karaoke nights, and quiz nights.
The Dhow House also holds a Farmer’s market once or twice a month. It has a big garden with lush green grass, large trees, and a treehouse for the kids.
It can be a perfect location for both private and public events.

Quick Overview

  • Cuisine: Local & International
  • Cuisine Styles: Vegetarian, Seafood and pizza
  • Other services: Free Wi-Fi, Takeaway and a pool

Other Features

Pet Friendly, live music, karaoke, movie, family friendly, kidsfriendly

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a cocktail drink in a cock tail glass

Anuba Lounge

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Located at the Nyali complex Anuba lounge is a modern bar and restaurant is one of the three entertainment establishments in the complex.  It a popular party spot offering food, music and sports.

Quick Overview Of Anuba lounge

  • Cuisine: Local & International
  • Cuisine Styles: Fast food, Seafood and pizza
  • Other services: Free Wi-Fi, Takeaway
  • Location : Nyali,Links Road Mombasa Kenya Rd
  • Budget: Mid- range
  • Contact: +254707547054, Facebook
  • Hours: Mon – Mon 10:00 – 3:00
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cafesserie

Cafesserie Mombasa

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Cafesserie is a French style restaurant situated in City Mall. It’s one of the most popular restaurant in Nyali and offers a central meeting point for the locals and foreigners. They offer freshly baked breads, pastries and roasted coffee beans that can be purchased at the entrance of the coffee shop. The menu is based on the French and Italian cuisines.

Quick Overview

  • Cuisine: International
  • Cuisine Styles: Vegetarian & non vegetarian
  • Other services: Free Wi-Fi, Takeaway
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Fish and rice AT TAPAs cielo

Tapas Cielo

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Located within the Nyali center complex Tapas Cielo IS a modern cocktail bar and restaurant popular among the locals and tourists.

With a chilled atmosphere Tapas is a great place to watch football and drink. It’s décor is slate grey, stone, and chrome, enhanced by cool blue lighting and with a zap of energetic red light around the bar itself.

  • Cuisine: Local & International
  • Cuisine Styles: Seafood, fast-food and pizza
  • Other services: Free Wi-Fi, Takeaway
  • Location : Nyali Centre, Links Rd, Mombasa
  • Budget: High end
  • Contact: 0739 888888, Facebook
  • Hours: Mon – Fri 12:00 to 5:00 AM
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