How to Spend 1 Day in Mombasa
From the UNESCO-listed Old Town to beaches and a suburban ecopark, there’s a great deal to explore in Mombasa. Checking off the coastal city’s highlights in one day is possible, but planning is essential. Here are our top tips for making the most of your time.
Morning: City Sightseeing
Orient yourself in Mombasa on a half- or full-day city tour, taking advantage of packages that include private round-trip transport to get around the island city with ease. Departing early to beat the crowds, check out central landmarks such as Fort Jesus, Mandhry Mosque, and the iconic elephant tusks that tower over Moi Avenue.
Afternoon: Suburban Parks and Beaches
Full-day tours generally continue into the afternoon, though lunch isn’t always included. Fortunately, Mombasa’s street food is considered some of the best in the region, and you can’t go far without finding mogo (fried cassava), makai (corn on the cob), or fresh seafood. If you find yourself with some free time, head north to Haller Park, a repurposed wildlife sanctuary that’s home to species such as giraffes, hippos, and crocodiles. Alternatively, Wild Waters water park boasts slides, pools, and play areas ideal for entertaining visitors of all ages, while Jomo Kenyatta Public Beach (Pirates Beach) is a top spot for swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling.
Night: Coastal Cruises and Beach Bars
After a busy day, unwind on a sunset cruise. Absorb dusk views as you sip an aperitif, opting for a dinner package to immerse yourself fully in the after-dark ambiance. Once back on dry land, travelers reluctant to retire to bed can stroll along the Bamburi beachfront to discover a wealth of bars catering to both local and international crowds.