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 atuk-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.