Flights to Mombasa
Kenya’s second largest city, Mombasa, has plenty of attractions for tourists. Mombasa’s coastal location, on the Indian Ocean, provides beaches, but the city is more than just a beach resort, it has history and culture to explore too.
Flights to Mombasa come to the Moi International Airport (airport code: MBA) which is the second largest and busiest airport in Kenya. You will be able to get a flight to Mombasa with several airlines flying from Johannesburg. South African Airways and Precision Air Services have the only 1-stop routes that both have connections in Dar Es Salaam. With Kenya Airways, you’ll have two stops instead. Their flight to Mombasa will go through Gaborone and Nairobi.
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The Tourist Attractions of Mombasa:
Central Mombasa is situated on Mombasa Island, just off the mainland, and connected via bridges and a ferry service. For the city attractions this is where you’ll be spending most of your time.
Mombasa Old Town
One of the main landmarks of the city, Fort Jesus, can be found within the Old Town, though this is not the only attraction. There are numerous buildings that are several hundred years old, and the architecture reflects the different cultures that have lived here. From the 18th century you’ll find Arabic, Portuguese, Asian, and also some British influences.
Fort Jesus pre-dates most of those buildings mentioned above though, as this was built by the Portuguese in 1593, with the purpose of protecting the Mombasa’s original port. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and interestingly was built in the shape of a man and given the name Jesus. Added to the World Heritage List in 2011, Fort Jesus was cited as one of the best preserved and most impressive examples of a 16th century Portuguese fortification. You can visit most parts of the fort and also the museum that is now housed here.
Ruins of Gedi
Another popular tourist attraction, but this one outside of the city on the way to Malindi, is the Ruins of Gedi. This former town has a certain amount of mystery surrounding it as there is no written record of the place, yet it was a sizeable settlement that traded with civilisations from around the world. It was a town from either the 13th or 14th century to the 17th century and there are ruins of a mosque and numerous other buildings to see. Gedi was really quite advanced for its time as houses included bathrooms and even primitive forms of flushing toilets!
If you’re coming to Mombasa to enjoy the beaches you’ll probably be heading for Nyali Beach. Again this is outside of the city centre, along the coast a little way, but still close enough to enjoy the beaches and to spend some days in Mombasa itself. Nyali is a long beach that’s lined with a number of resorts and beachside hotels, and is popular for sunbathing, swimming and some water sports.
When Should You Visit?:
Mombasa is hot year round so there’s no escaping the heat, though you should plan for avoiding the rainy months, which are particularly April and May. Hotter weather occurs between December and April, with temperatures around 32C, while after those rainy months the temperature goes down by a few degrees and there’s less rain around July and August.