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How to Spend 3 Days in Mombasa

How to Spend 3 Days in Mombasa

Three days in Mombasa is ample time to visit the city’s UNESCO-listed attractions, sunbathe and sip cocktails, and venture farther afield to hang out with elephants and giraffes. From kid-friendly water parks to multi-day safaris, here are our top tips for making the most of your time in Kenya’s oldest city.

Day 1: Discover the City

Spend your first day discovering Mombasa’s Old Town and main island. To skip the hassle of getting around on your own, join a full- or half-day city tour that includes round-trip transport—most stop by top sights such as Fort Jesus and Mandhry Mosque. If you have time in the afternoon, cool off at a water park, cycle along rural trails, or learn more about the region’s flora and fauna at an ecopark. After a busy day, unwind on an evening dinner cruise along the coastline.

Day 2: Widen Your Perspective

Mombasa is an ideal starting point for wider exploration of Kenya. Spend a day in Shimba Hills National Reserve in search of leopards, elephants, and myriad bird species. Or, head out on a multi-day adventure touring the iconic Tsavo national parks, Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, or Maasai Mara large-game reserve. Alternatively, seafarers and marine-life lovers might opt for a day away from the mainland spotting dolphins on a wildlife-watching cruise.

Day 3: Do as the Locals Do

Two-day tours continue into the following day, with accommodation and meals typically included. Otherwise, spend your final day experiencing the city like a local. Wander around a few of Mombasa’s museums, galleries, and cultural centers. Then jump in a tuk-tuk or taxi to one of the sandy beaches that line the city’s north coast, and while away the afternoon sunbathing, sipping cocktails, or taking part in water sports. Popular bars line Links Road and the surrounding streets, offering further adventures for after-dark revelers.

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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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$126.93
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$126.93
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2-Day Safari in Taita Hills from Mombasa

2-Day Safari in Taita Hills from Mombasa

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Leave Mombasa on safari to Tsavo East National Park and Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary with an overnight at Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge, where you’ll have aerial views of a watering hole that draws nocturnal wildlife. Daily game drives explore both wildlife reserves during the hours when animals are most active, packing a classic safari experience into an overnight escape from Mombasa.
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  • 2 days
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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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  • 11 hours
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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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  • 4 hours
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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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2 days safari Tsavo National parks tour

2 days safari Tsavo National parks tour

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Even if time or budget doesn’t permit a multi-day safari, explore Kenya’s game lands in style on this overnight adventure in Tsavo National Park. See elephants and maybe even black rhino, and stop for lunch at Voi Safari Lodge. Overnight at Ngulia Safari Lodge, where you can look for leopard. The next day, watch hippo at Mzima Springs, then head back to Mombasa by way of Lion Hill Safari Lodge.
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  • 2 days
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