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Mombasa

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Mombasa Tourism

Mombasa is one of Kenyas most popular tourist destinations. From thrilling safaris to relaxing beaches, this city has it all. Its also famous for its nightlife.

Mombasa is the second largest city in Kenya and a culturally diverse one at that. Mosques, Jain temples and more can be found dotted across the city. The Mombasa Tusks are an important landmark here, built to form the letter M back in 1956, to commemorate Princess Margarets visit. Other famous spots include the Spice Market and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Fort Jesus.

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Currency in Mombasa

The currency used here is the Kenya Shilling (KES). Dollars are accepted by most places.

Exchanging Money in Mombasa

You will find currency exchange stations at airports. ATMs for your use will also be available at the airport.

Daily Budget for Mombasa

A luxurious stay in Mombasa will cost KES 9,400 excluding accomodation. A mid-range trip would come upto KES 4,375 while a budgeted trip will cost you KES 2,200.

Religion of Mombasa

Muslims are predominantly found in the city of Mombasa. There are a small amount of Catholics as well.

Mombasa Customs

Tipping is not compulsory here. As always, it is definitely considered polite if you do. Casual clothing is the norm here. However, when visiting Old Town, women should preferably not wear sleeveless tops or shorts.

Language of Mombasa

A vast majority of the locals here speak Swahili. English is also spoken to some extent.

History of Mombasa

The exact date when the city was found is debatable. But, several history books say that Mombasa was found as early as 900 A.D. It is also believed that it was a prosperous town. It was a well-to-do trade centre, dealing in spices, ivory and more. Mombasa was the capital of the Protectorate of Kenya, after 1887. Later, Kenya's capital was shifted to Nairobi, which has not changed since.

Nightlife in Mombasa

Mombasa has quite a good nightlife and a fun vibe to it. Il Covo is a famous spot which has a restaurant and a disco. Its very often frequented by the Indian locals of Mombasa. Florida Club is Mombasas most famous club. You can also head to Tapas Cielo or Tamarind Dhow for a live band and dinner aboard a cruise.

Shopping in Mombasa

Diani Beach Shopping Centre is a great place to shop for all things exclusively African. For delicate beaded jewellery, visit the Kazuri store. For an authentically Kenyan shopping experience, head to central Mombasa and stroll along streets such as Mwembe Tayari and pick up anything that catches your eye there.

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What is the best time to visit Mombasa?

This time period witnesses lots of bright sunshine and spotless skies. Needless to say, your time here will be much more enjoyable and you will be able to make the most of the safaris, if you visit during these months.
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What is the local food in Mombasa?

Mombasa has a wide variety of delicious food. Street food is your best bet if you want to indulge in the best of sea-food and coastal cuisine. Viazi Karai or fried potatoes is a specialty here, apart from prawns, octopus and other fish dishes.
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What is the best way to reach Mombasa?

You can get to Mombasa by plane, train, bus, a cab or car.
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What are the top hotels in Mombasa?

There are 519 in Mombasa which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Mombasa are Fastcare Lamarina villa c9, Time Out Art Camp, Sun Set Paradise Baringo 12, Emirates Reef Apartment, SIFA PRIVATE APARTMENT, Joe's Beach Close Studio. You can see all the hotels in Mombasa here

What are the places near Mombasa?

The top places near to Mombasa are Nairobi which is 440 km from Mombasa, London which is located 7235 km from Mombasa, Dubai which is located 3663 km from Mombasa, Amsterdam which is located 7075 km from Mombasa, New york city which is located 12286 km from Mombasa

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