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How to Spend 2 Days in Mombasa

How to Spend 2 Days in Mombasa

With two days in Kenya’s oldest city, you can visit UNESCO-listed landmarks, spend time in a nature or water park, and dance the night away—but some planning is essential. From safari tours to sunset cruises, here are some ideas for optimizing your time in and around Mombasa.

Day 1: Sightseeing and City Life

Morning: Familiarize yourself with Mombasa’s unusual layout, taking advantage of tours offering private transport and guidance to find your way among island and mainland attractions with ease. Explore the Old Town, home to landmarks such as Fort Jesus, Mandhry Mosque, and Lord Shiva Temple, before heading into the modern suburbs.

Afternoon: Full-day sightseeing packages eliminate the hassle of advanced planning and generally continue into the late afternoon or evening. Alternatively, Wild Waters park and the city’s public beaches offer water sports and entertainment, while Haller Park and Mombasa Marine National Park draw nature lovers with their wealth of flora and fauna.

Night: Head north to Mtwapa for a sunset dinner overlooking the Indian Ocean. Afterward, stay in town to drink and dance among locals, or catch a tuk-tuk or taxi to Bamburi or Kisauni, where the nightlife caters to a more touristy crowd.

Day 2: Beyond the Island

Morning: Full-day tours from Mombasa typically include round-trip transport, allowing you to take a break from the city and widen your perspective of Kenya with ease. Head out on a safari tour of Shimba Hills National Reserve, home to species such as antelope, elephants, and leopards. Or, embark on a full-day cruise, ideal for unwinding, coastal sightseeing, and spotting native marine life.

Afternoon: Lunch is generally included on day trips, along with hotel drop-off in the late afternoon. If you find yourself back in town with time to spare, visit the city’s often-overlooked galleries and museums, such as the Swahili Cultural Centre, Akamba Handicraft Industry, and Mombasa Butterfly House.

Night: After a busy couple of days, relax on a dinner cruise, with food, drinks, and live music usually included.

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Full-Day Tour of Mombasa

Full-Day Tour of Mombasa

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Explore Mombasa’s colonial history, old town, and nature on a full-day private tour that includes entrance fees, all activities, and round-trip hotel transport. Get the perfect introduction to the city by visiting with a local guide, who will share stories about Mombasa culture and heritage, and introduce you to local cuisine in the old town market.
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  • 1 day
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Tamarind Evening Dhow in Mombasa

Tamarind Evening Dhow in Mombasa

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See the Mombasa coast from the deck of a dhow sailboat on a sunset cruise that includes a seafood dinner and dancing on deck. Since the sail goes from sunset until the stars appear above the Indian Ocean, this Mombasa sailing trip is ideal for a romantic evening out, and the roomy dhow is an authentic taste of traditional culture on the Kenya coast.
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  • 4 hours 10 minutes
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Skip the Line: Wild Waters Waterpark - Slider Ticket

Skip the Line: Wild Waters Waterpark - Slider Ticket

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Pre-book your admission to Wild Waters Kenya for a day of kid-friendly fun in Mombasa. Skip the ticket line and head straight in for a full day of water rides, ranging from thrilling drops to lazy rivers. This all-inclusive entrance pass lets you arrive and leave on your own schedule so you can easily fit the water park into your schedule.
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Full-Day Shimba Hills National Reserve Tour from Mombasa

Full-Day Shimba Hills National Reserve Tour from Mombasa

Discover the wildlife, culture, and scenery of Shimba Hills National Reserve on a full-day tour from Mombasa with entrance fees and lunch included. In addition to a morning game drive, you’ll visit a Digo village, hike to a backcountry waterfall, and watch elephants from a hilltop camp.
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Half day Mombasa City Tour with Fort Jesus and More

Half day Mombasa City Tour with Fort Jesus and More

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Part ancient city, part busy port, part sprawling metropolis, Mombasa is a thoroughly unique destination. Visit some of the city's top attractions, including the Fort Jesus Historical Museum and the bazaar, on this guided tour of Mombasa, which includes round-trip transportation from your hotel and guided commentary about the attractions.
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Wasini Island Full-Day Dhow Sailing Tour from Mombasa

Wasini Island Full-Day Dhow Sailing Tour from Mombasa

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Sail the Kenya coat in a traditional dhow on a relaxing excursion from Mombasa, and spend the day watching for dolphins, swimming, and snorkeling. You can slip into the water to explore coral reefs and marine wildlife, then come to shore on Wasini Island for a fresh-cooked lunch followed by coffee, fruit, and sweets. With an afternoon on the island, you'll have time to explore mangroves, learn about a community project, or just soak up the sun at the edge of a natural lagoon before returning to Mombasa.
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  • 12 hours
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Half-Day Scenic Bike Tour

Half-Day Scenic Bike Tour

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Without a guided tour, you might miss the traditional villages, fruit forests, and stunning coastal views that make the Kenyan countryside worth a visit. This mountain bike tour offers a fun and engaging way to see a side of the Mombasa area that most visitors miss as you follow your guide through the bush, down the coast, and along unpaved roads. Choose from four routes with various ranges of difficulty.
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Haller Park Half-Day Tour from Mombasa

Haller Park Half-Day Tour from Mombasa

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See an animal sanctuary that’s home to giraffes, crocodiles, tortoises, and more on a half-day trip from Mombasa to Haller Park. Pre-booking transport and tickets to Haller Park make this a convenient way to explore an inspiring space that’s been converted from abandoned limestone quarries. This afternoon trip to Haller Park includes pickup and drop-off at both South Coast and North Coast hotels, and it’s an ideal choice for families.
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  • 4 hours
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Mombasa Full-Day Guided City Tour

Mombasa Full-Day Guided City Tour

Immerse yourself in Mombasa’s diverse cultures and history on a full-day tour that explores cobblestone streets, vibrant markets, and local cuisine. With an experienced guide to introduce the best of the city, you’ll see the Fort Jesus Museum, old town’s Old Dhow Harbor, the Mombasa bazaar and market, and more, pausing to shop for handmade souvenirs along the way. This guided Mombasa tour includes lunch at Tamarind Mombasa, a seaside restaurant that’s beloved for great seafood and views of the water.
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  • 10 hours
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