Kenya Mombasa Beach Holiday Over View
Mombasa is the second-largest city in Kenya. Lying on the shore of the Indian Ocean, it has a major port and an international airport. The city also serves as the centre of the coastal tourism industry.
Mombasa has been described by many people as one of the most exotic holiday destination on the East African coast line. A vacation at the sandy white beaches and the calm blue waters of mombasa beach offers one the utmost tranquility. The ocean holds a world of spectacular coral reefs teeming with life and colour. The coast is a place with a long and exotic history that dates back to 15th century.
In addition to its beautiful beaches, Mombasa offers a diverse cultural history. The City traces many of its cultural traditions to former Portuguese, Arab and British settlers - all of which have left a lasting influence on the City's food, architecture, and people. Tours of the town, safaris in game parks, and camping trips can all be included in your vacation plan.
Nightlife in Mombasa is always exciting, Taarab music, which originates from Zanzibar, has a prominent local presence. Recently, hip hop, reggae and bhangra have become popular, especially amongst the youth. Mombasa is mainly a tourism center and populated by hundreds of entertainment spots of all categories: night clubs, bars, hotels, fancy restaurants and many more. It has the most vibrant night life in Kenya catering mainly for the tourist population.
Mombasa is also home to a variety of different languages, the most common being Swahili and English. Most visitors - particularly those who speak German, French, or Dutch - will also have no problems communicating in the City.
Similarly, there is diversity in the cuisine available to visitors, including a host of quality restaurants offering everything from British, Chinese, Indian and Italian cuisine, to a variety of local and traditional Kenyan dishes. Given its ocean-side location, seafood options are abundant and outstanding and can often be eaten within a couple of hours of being caught.
Mombasa General Information
Mombasa is Kenya's second largest city. It has a long, rich history dating back over 1500 years when it started as a trading port. The Portuguese explorer, Vasco Da Gama, landed here in 1498 and established a Portuguese colony at the coast. Arabs from Oman later took control of the city and left their mark on the region. Mombasa has a rich, vibrant Swahili culture. There are several 3, 4 and 5 star hotels just to the north and south of Mombasa, known as the north and south coast respectively. These hotels provide for excellent accommodation, rich cuisine and a host of activities for holiday makers. Day trips around the city of Mombasa and a visit to Fort Jesus, built by the Portuguese in 1593 are arranged. The town also has several nightclubs and restaurants. Airport: Mombasa's international airport is known as Moi International Airport and is served by several European and other Regional Airlines.
Kizingo is Considered the prime residential area of Mombasa as well as the administrative locality of Mombasa. The State House Mombasa, Provincial Headquarters, Law Courts, Municipal Council are located in Kizingo. Kibokoni, Makadara and Kuze are part of Old Town with Swahili architecture. Originally flourishing with Swahili people but currently becoming a more cosmopolitan neighborhood. Fort Jesus is in Baghani. Tudor is another middle class residential area with homes and shops. The Mombasa Polytechnic University College (MPUC) is situated in this neighborhood
Nyali is considered a prime and up-market residential area, it is on the mainland north of the island and is linked by Nyali Bridge. It has numerous beach front hotels in the area known as the "North Coast". Nyali has two distinct sections - the posh Old Nyali and the upcoming New Nyali. For many residents, Nyali has now become a self-contained residential area, with two Nakumatts, a multiplex cinema, shopping malls, banks, schools and post offices. This often eliminates the need for residents to cross the bridge and to go into the congested Mombasa city center. Nyali is home for the Nyali Cinemax complex, Mamba Village, the Nyali Golf Club, and some of the most prestigious academic institutions of the Coast Province.
Kongowea is a densely populated area with 15 villages, two sub-locations and an estimated population of 106,180 residents. Kongowea is a cosmopolitan settlement mainly inhabited by people from mainland who migrated into the city in search of employment, mainly in service and manufacturing sector. The area is adjacent to the rich suburb of Nyali which employs a portion of the village residents. They are mainly hired as cheap labor as watchmen, gardeners, masons for up coming houses and house help. The most well known villages inside Kongowea include Kisumu Ndogo, Shauri Yako and Mnazi Mmoja, despite being located in this prime area, many residents live under extreme conditions - poor sanitation, high crime rate and lack of basic essential amenities like schools, hospitals and tap water. Kongowea is also home to one of the largest open-air markets in Eastern Africa.
Bamburi is also an outlying township (fifteen minutes drive) on the way to the town of Malindi. Bamburi is the location of Bamburi Portland Cement Company. Other notable features in the area are the Mijikenda public beach and Haller Park, a nature trail and wildlife conservatory.
Other areas include, Shanzu, Mkomani, Bombolulu, Kisauni, Mtwapa and kilifi. The North Coast is famous for its broad entertainment industry which attracts locals and tourists as well.
Likoni is a lower income and lower middle class neighborhood connected to Mombasa Island by ferry. It is south of Mombasa Island and made up of mostly non-Swahili tribes.
Diani Beach resort area situated over the Likoni Ferry on the south coast of Mombasa. It is located some 36 km (22 mi) south of Mombasa city on the mainland coast and is a prime resort for many local and international tourists. Diani Beach has an airport at Ukunda town to cater for tourists who fly there directly from Nairobi Wilson or any other airports and airfields in the country.
Mombasa City Accommodation
Castle Royal Hotel
Castle Royal Hotel is located in Mombasa town Center, a mile away from the Old Town region. Castle Royal Hotel is centrally located, air-conditioned throughout and offers wireless Internet access in its public areas. Staff at the front desk can offer currency exchange and the use of a safe- deposit box. There is free parking nearby. Guests of Castle Royal Hotel receive a complimentary breakfast each morning. The onsite restaurant serves international and Swahili dishes. Castle Royal Hotel Guestrooms are all air-conditioned and include satellite television, complimentary bottled water, direct-dial phones, safes, and desks.
Royal Court Hotel
Royal Court Hotel is located in the city centre in Mombasa town. Royal Court Hotel is along Haile Selassie Road, Mombasa .Approximately 12km from Mombasa Moi International Airport. The Royal Court Hotel presents a stunning combination of artificial and natural elements with Coastal wood and terracotta finishing complimenting modern architecture in an aesthetic feat.
North Coast Accommodation
Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort
The Sarova Whitesands Sands Beach Resort, built in Lamu style architecture is set in 22 acres about eight miles north of Mombasa on the spectacular white sand beaches. It offers luxurious accommodation ranging from standard rooms to presidential suites. The resort was designed to cater for every kind of holiday seeker, from beach wedding, business meetings, honeymoon, a family or those with special interests. The resort has 338 rooms in ranging from Presidential Suites, Executive Suites, Palm Rooms, Sea Front Rooms and Standard Rooms.
Mombasa Serena Beach Hotel
Mombasa Serena Beach hotel is styled to resemble a 13th century Swahili town provides an oasis of tranquility whilst delivering a unique mix of high-action water sports, sybaritic sun worship, world-class cuisine and vibrant nightlife.The hotel decor blends the time-honoured intricacy of Swahili carving with the jewelled glow of Arabian lanterns, the white-gleaming splendour of a Sultan's palace and the lotus-cool of a Persian water garden -offering an exotic mix of tropical trees and bright blossoms. Mombasa International Airport is just 30km away.
Bamburi Beach Hotel
Bamburi Beach Hotel is strategically situated on the north coast of Kenya, just 12 km from the Mombasa city centre and 25km from the Moi International Airport.
The beach hotel has a private ocean front, which was recently improved with a wooden boardwalk area that offers spectacular views of the ocean.
Bamburi Beach is situated close to shopping malls, entertainment spots and the environmental-friendly Haller Park (Bamburi Nature Trail) which spans across the creek that detaches Mombasa island from the north coast of Kenya.
Voyager Beach Resort
Situated 30km from Moi International Airport and 7km north of Mombasa is the Voyager Beach Resort overlooking the sparkling white sands of Nyali Beach.
The Voyager's Cabins are built with private balconies fitted with glass floor to ceiling sliding doors to give you uninterrupted views of the spread of the ocean and the tropical gardens. For those seeking luxury accommodation the Resort offers 233 Spacious Cabins - 83 with beautiful sea views, 68 Superior Cabins, 24 Interconnected Family Cabins & 3 Junior Suites with private lounges.
South Coast Accommodation
Leisure Lodge Beach and Golf Resort
Leisure Lodge Beach & Golf Resort is a world class hotel on Kenya's south coast with a championship golf course, offering a choice of first class accommodations, entertainment and recreational facilities to suit the most discerning guests. The lodge nestles along the corals of Diani Beach - one of Kenya's holiday paradises with impressive views over the ocean; nothing short of a pleasurable and memorable experience. The Moi International Airport is just 30 km away.
Almanara Luxury Resort
Almanara Luxury Resort is situated a stones throw away from the crystal clear waters and pearly-white sands of Diani Beach, it overlooks the spectacular beach that lines the shores of the Indian Ocean. The beach is extremely clean and quiet, a perfect getaway for people who value private holidays. The resort boasts of six executive villas and a presidential villa, each with 3 en suite air-conditioned bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and a stunning dining living area. The architecture and design encompass all aspects of elegance and luxury with all the villas well positioned overlooking the ocean and the sugar white beach. The chic gardens and palm trees complete the picture of a home away from home.
Leopard Beach Resort and Spa
Leopard Beach Resort & Spa, situated about 34 km south of the busy port and city of Mombasa, enjoys a prime location on one of the world's most picturesque beaches - the Diani Beach. Leopard Beach Resort & Spa offers a variety of high quality accommodation, a choice of inviting dining and entertainment venues-including the award winning 'Chui Gril'-as well as extensive sporting and leisure facilities. Leopard Beach Resort & Spa offers a choice of upmarket accommodation in its 155 rooms that boast well thought-out and tasteful colour schemes.