Top 6 Things To Do in Mombasa, Coastal Kenya Experience

Top things to do in Mombasa, Coastal Kenya.
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Mombasa City is the second largest city in Kenya after the capital Nairobi. Filled with great history, Mombasa harbors great connections between the past and present times at the Kenyan coast. Mombasa offers vast opportunities for visitors and locals to enjoy both the historic richness of the city and the beautiful sandy beaches by the Indian Ocean. Mombasa offers a look into the history of the bantu inhabitants, the Portuguese invasion, the Oman occupation and the British colonial times all in one island. 

The weather is amazing all year round offering visitors a chance to enjoy the vast activities and the great ambience in the city. With so much to offer, it can be overwhelming to narrow down on what to do when on the beautiful island. Worry not, we have compiled a list of six unique and enjoyable activities for you to do when in Mombasa Raha. 

1.Mombasa City Tour

Mombasa City Tour - Enjoy The Day Trip in Mombasa - Travel4PurposeNow would you be in Mombasa if you did not enjoy a look into the streets, paths and culture of Mombasa? A Mombasa city tour while riding on a TukTuk gives you a chance to see the famous Mombasa Tusks, the beautiful old town and the amazing markets in the town. This tour will allow you to understand the local life, the history of the town and enjoy a wonderful breeze while you drink Swahili coffee famously known as “kahawa chungu”.

2.Fort Jesus

Fort Jesus is one of the main landmarks associated with Mombasa. This standing castle-like fort shows the history of the town through the various conquerors who controlled the island at different times. The fort still has many of the ancient artifacts making an interesting walk through and great learning opportunities. Not to mention the amazing photo opportunities for you on your vacation. 

3.Mombasa Food Tour 

Mombasa Food Tour in Kenya - Travel4Purpose

Now this is a tour you do not want to miss. Great food and a great company adds up to a great time. Mombasa is famous for its amazing street food. The Swahili pride themselves with the ability to make unique flavourful meals and snacks. In addition, Mombasa is a melting pot of different cultures and this shows in the different foods available. The experience offers you the best of all food worlds.

4.Picnic with the Giraffes

Nature Walk With Giraffes - Travel4Purpose

An afternoon in the sun while enjoying nature’s most graceful animals right next to you, how magical. This nature walk allows you to not only experience and dine with the animals, but gives you a quiet environment and a chance to positively impact the community around you. 

5.Mombasa Sunset Dhow

This magical experience  gives you a perfect view of the sunset and the amazing view of the city as it lights up in the dark. This is a view you do not want to pass up. Perfect for a group or even that romantic feel with your spouse, this dhow ride will remain in your mind for a long time. Dhow Trip Mombasa

6.Kayaking/ Water Sports 

It would be impossible to mention this island town without mentioning water sports. The Tudor Water Sports offers a great opportunity for you to enjoy kayaking in the calm waters. If you are not feeling courageous enough, they offer pedal boats and other less adventurous ways for you to enjoy the Indian Ocean at a very affordable fee. Nothing feels better than floating on the waters meditating with the view of the island on the horizon.

Now you are ready to enjoy the hidden gems in Mombasa, getting the best of both worlds offered. We have a special gift for you to further help you enjoy your time in Mombasa available in your inbox as soon as you join our Rafiki List. Any places you visited in Mombasa that you enjoyed? Please share with us in the comments and let us know how you enjoy the places we have mentioned. Stay Joyful!

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Ruth I
Ruth I
2024-07-09
Beautiful and peaceful experience We had such a beautiful peaceful experience on the canoe tour, and our guide was informative but also let us enjoy the sounds of nature and the quiet moments. The sunset was beautiful too ❤️
PhilippeS1707
PhilippeS1707
2024-05-23
The magic moment of our holidays Magic, Romantic and Fantastic trip! Travel4Purpose gives you this feeling to be unique! I warmly recommend!!Thanks to the T4P Rafiki!!!
Basheer S
Basheer S
2024-04-09
Trip of a lifetime T4P/Shanmi was incredible. Helpful, supportive and kind. T4P played a major role in me and friends having one of the best trips of our lives. Immensely grateful for the support, organising and friendliness throughout.
Sahdi
Sahdi
2024-02-21
Mombasa City Tour The Mombasa city tour was great! A wonderful way to see the city in action and get to know more about the area. Was able to pay by card/link which was good! Tyson was a great guide who made the experience more enjoyable for us 👍
Georgia M
Georgia M
2024-02-18
Loved it! The view was was great and I have loads of nice photos! The guide was also lovely and chatty, making us feel very comfortable. We overall loved the experience. Definitely on the pricier side of other options but the ride was longer and more catered to our interests. It’s worth noting the coconuts at the end are not included and expensive for tourists (probably obvious but not to us!)
Shamija J
Shamija J
2024-02-04
Cultural, Relevant, Impactful Experiences Sham of Travel4Purpose is thee absolute best. From the first contact up to the day we landed in Nairobi, she makes sure everything is organized well, so that we could enjoy each day to the fullest. And when she wasn’t available, she had someone there checking on us. From our drivers, to the tours, to the experiences even help with lodging everything was amazing. We wanted this trip to be a cultural, fun learning experience and we got that plus more with help from Sham. We just had to show up and all the rest was taken care of. Can’t wait to do it all again!
Shamija J
Shamija J
2024-02-04
Amazing Tour and Animals Shams is absolutely amazing. Our itinerary for this trip was carefully arranged down to the simplest details. The tour was amazing and we got to see so much up close and personal.
Thill D
Thill D
2024-02-04
A must for Naturelovers We had a very nice morning, saw a lot of plants, insects and animals. Our guide Omar was very helpful and patient. He explained very well and answered all our questions. All in all it was a very satisfying experience. Dany
postikortti
postikortti
2024-01-28
Interesting Mombasa City and Food Tour We requested a private city tour of Mombasa combined with the food tour. Travel4Purpose were very quick with the inquiry and were very flexible with arranging the pickup and return to our hotel. So if you don't see exactly what you want on their website, don't be afraid to reach out and inquire about the changes. We were picked up from our hotel in a car and then had an enjoyable day exploring the old town of Mombasa in a tuk-tuk, visiting the markets and some shops. We especially enjoyed visiting Imani Collective, where local women make different items (soft toys, bags, home accessories, etc.). You can be very specific with the places you want to visit and they are happy to accommodate your requests. We also enjoyed different snacks and drinks bought from the local vendors. At the end of the day we were returned back to our hotel in a car. Do take some cash with you if you want to buy something and also for tips to the local guides.
Hannah B
Hannah B
2023-12-22
Great day organised by Travel4Purpose Sham of Travel4Purpose is the best. From the first contact upto the day after she makes sure everything is organised well, so that we could enjoy the day to the fullest. We started with a Nature Walk with the Giraffes. It was hot, but very impressive. Not only giraffes, but there were also other animals. To have a break before our next activity, we took lunch at Yuls. A very enjoyable place and good food. Then we went ahead for the Dhow tour. It was a great way to end the day: seeing the sunset from the boat and sipping coconot water from a coconut. We had a great time. The driver, the guide at Nguuni Sanctuary and the 3 sailmen were incredibly friendly. Thank you for a wonderful day.

Annabelle Waghorn
Annabelle Waghorn
2024-06-08
We went on the boat trip with T4P, it was the most relaxing journey! The crew went above and beyond, even climbing the mast to the get the best group selfie! We also did a bracelet workshop with such lovely men by the Fort Jesus, they shared their stories and skills with us, we will be forever grateful for the insight they gave us on Mombasa! Thank you Sham and everyone!
Philippe Sarzi
Philippe Sarzi
2024-05-23
Magic, Romantic and Fantastic trip! Travel4Purpose gives you this feeling to be unique! Thanks to the T4P Rafiki!!!
Jenny Cusack
Jenny Cusack
2024-05-08
I loved my experience on the street food tour! Qamili quickly became a friend, we explored areas of Mombasa I haven’t been to, and enjoyed some delicious street eat. Sham & Qamili communicated well and everything was smooth pre and post tour. I highly recommend it 🩵
Vicky Stroud
Vicky Stroud
2024-04-30
We had a wonderful afternoon walking through the Old Town and then seeing Mombasa from a tuk tuk! Our guide was informative and interesting. Highly recommended!
Basheer Shonuga
Basheer Shonuga
2024-04-09
T4P/Shanmi was incredible. Helpful, supportive and kind. T4P played a major role in me and friends having one of the best trips of our lives. Immensely grateful for the support, organising and friendliness throughout.
Varun Lahoti
Varun Lahoti
2024-03-23
Travel4purpose's Mombasa city tour exceeded expectations! Hillary and Tyson, our guides, were exceptional. Their knowledge and enthusiasm brought the city's rich history and culture to life. From iconic landmarks to hidden gems, every corner of Mombasa was explored with thoroughness and passion. Their attention to detail ensured we didn't miss a thing. The tour seamlessly blended historical insights with local anecdotes, offering a comprehensive experience. Whether you're a history buff or simply seeking adventure, this tour is a must. Thanks to Travel4purpose and their outstanding guides, Hillary and Tyson, for an unforgettable journey through Mombasa!
Roxanne Braganza
Roxanne Braganza
2024-03-19
We had a great time! The trip was peaceful and calm. Omari was a fantastic guide 👏
Gemma
Gemma
2024-03-08
Thank you Tyson for an incredible Mombasa City Tour! We had a great time and learnt so much. Tyson went out of his way to assist us. Dogo in Fort Jesus was a powerhouse of information! We were really impressed with Travel4Purpose! 👍👍👍
Mihret Haile
Mihret Haile
2024-03-08
We had an amazing food tour in Mombasa organized by T4P, we loved all the food we tried and learning about the history of old town. Tyson was a great guide.