Day Trips in Mombasa

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Striking out from Mombasa on a day trip can be a rewarding change from the city’s bustling atmosphere. Explore the area’s tranquil beaches and historical ruins or enjoy a safari to really experience all that Kenya has to offer. Here are some fun day trip ideas when staying in Mombasa.

Safari Day Trips from Mombasa

Located just 56 km from Mombasa, the Shimba Hills National Reserve features a breathtaking view of the Indian Ocean, over 500 elephants and a community of elusive leopards that are rarely seen but frequently heard. Set apart by a distinctive herd of rare Sable antelope, the Shimba Hills National Reserve is easily reachable on many tours departing from Mombasa.

Situated halfway between Nairobi and Mombasa is the Tsavo East and West National Park, one of the largest game sanctuaries in the world. Covering 20,812 square kilometers, the park features the full gamut of African wildlife, including lions, leopards, cheetahs, giraffes, elephants, zebras and more.  

Beach Day Trips from Mombasa

Though there are several beaches in the direct vicinity of Mombasa, to experience some great marine wildlife a day trip to a more distant beach is definitely in order. The Watamu Marine National Park features an excellent coral reef for diving and snorkeling with very few tourists.

Kisite – Mpunguti Marine Park and National Reserve, located 75 km south of Mombasa, is also a great place to scuba dive. Here you can see manta ray, turtles, dolphins and reef sharks, as well as a large variety of pristine corals.  

Located near Nyali Beach is the Nyali Crocodile Reserve that is a great day trip for both children and adults. You can tour the beautiful gardens of the farm, learn all about these large reptiles and their life cycles, and witness their feeding at 5 p.m. to cap off the adventure.

Cultural Day Trips from Mombasa

Take a quick flight from Mombasa or Malinda Beach or ride the bus from Mombasa to Lamu Island where you can explore the ancient Muslim culture of the area. With no cars and only donkeys as the main source of transport, this island is a great place to unwind. Featuring seashores strewn with beautiful white sand, as well as a quaint city with winding narrow streets and intricately carved doors and shutters, this is a great escape from the bustle of Mombasa.

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