The possibilities for unforgettable holiday experiences are endless in fascinating Mombasa...
You can get direct flights from the UK into Mombasa's Moi International Airport (MBA). Whether you're staying in the heart of the island city, or transferring to one of the excellent resorts along the coast, the transfer is fairly swift.
Mombasa sits on the eastern coast of Africa, where the land meets the Indian Ocean, and is the second largest city in Kenya. The intriguing city is based on an island and is reached by bridges and ferries.
Follow the narrow maze of streets in old Mombasa to discover bustling markets and bazaars where food and crafts are for sale, and visit the imposing 16th-century Fort Jesus.
Most holidaymakers opt to stay in the beach resorts that can be found on the coast to the north and south of lively Mombasa. The excellent hotels are usually all-inclusive and offer everything on-site, from breakfast at dawn, through water sports during the day, until night falls and shows are put on for the entertainment of guests.
Popular resorts include Malindi, Watamu, and Lamu, which can be found north of Mombasa, and Diani Beach in the south.
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Set on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya, Mombasa enjoys a tropical climate and offers fantastic weather for much of the year...
Mombasa is hot and humid throughout the year, with rain coming and going quite quickly every now and then giving you a refreshing break form the sun. Expect daily averages of 30C year round.
Make more of your Mombasa holiday and combine your trip with one of these local events...
Diani Beach Touch Rugby Tournament; June: See the white sands of Diani Beach in a totally new light at this hotly-contested annual sports event.
Mombasa Carnival; November: This vibrant festival celebrates the multicultural nature of Mombasa and features fun-filled parades and bustling markets.
New Year's Eve; December: Kenyans take celebrations around the New Year very seriously and there are wild parties under a sky filled with fireworks. Most of the hotels will host a New Year's party.
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Shopping: Get a taste for genuine East African life in Mombasa's vibrant markets. Join the fray and haggle good-naturedly for a brightly coloured khanga cloth or a hand carved curio.
Grown-up families: History comes alive on a Mombasa night tour. Walk through the Old Town and be entertained, wined and dined at 16th century Fort Jesus.
Active types: Mombasa's coastline is perfect for underwater exploration. Whether you're snorkelling or scuba diving, the viewing is exceptional. Dive centre offerings range from beginners' courses to reef and wreck dives.
Day trips from your city or beach base in Mombasa include a visit to the Shimoni Caves, ancient limestone caves also known as the 'slave caves', as they were used to hold slaves before they were transported. You could also opt to sail the seas aboard a dhow, a traditional sailing vessel, and tuck into local cuisine as you have fun on the water. Wildlife fans can also take to the seas for a dolphin-spotting safari.
And of course the wildlife of Africa is never far away, and trips can be organised to one of the impressive national parks, including Tsavo East, Tsavo West and Amboseli. Tsavo East is good for spotting elephant, cheetah and zebra, while Tsavo West, which shares a border with neighbouring Tanzania, is home to rhinos, elephants, leopards and lions. Swampy Amboseli covers much less ground than the Tsavo parks and is a great place to see smaller animals.