Cheap flights to Mombasa are available from Manchester Airport as well as Heathrow and Gatwick airports near London. Citizens of the UK will require a visa to enter Kenya. Check with the Kenya High Commission in London for more information. Flights to Mombasa will arrive at Moi International Airport in Mombasa. Licensed taxis can be hired from the taxi ranks in front of the terminal building. Journeys to Mombasa city centre will cost around 1200 Kenyan shillings. Public buses operated by KBS (Kenya Bus Service) also connect the airport to Mombasa city centre. The buses run every half an hour, and cost around 40 Kes. They are available from the bus stop in front of the Arrivals hall.
KBS (Kenya Bus Service) operate a small but fairly efficient network of public buses within the city. Buses can be recognised by their distinctive livery, painted in two shades of blue. Matatus are privately-owned shared taxis that ply a set of fixed routes. They can be flagged down in the street, and will stop anywhere along the route when requested. Fares are very cheap, but drivers often wait until all the seats are filled up before setting off. Taxis are easily available in Mombasa, and come in a variety of guises including London-style black cabs. They can all be recognised by the license stickers on their windshields.
Mombasa’s attractions lie in its miles of gorgeous beaches, as well as its culturally diverse history, reflected in a wealth of sites around the city centre. Visitors will be greeted by the gigantic Mombasa Tusks, erected as a tribute to Queen Elizabeth’s visit in 1952. The city’s biggest draw is undoubtedly Fort Jesus, a sprawling 16th-century stronghold built overlooking the harbour. The former Portuguese fortress has been converted into a museum, with torture cells and artillery on display, as well as exhibits on the city’s role in the slave trade. Wander through the historic Old Town, located around Fort Jesus. The district is known for its charming Middle Eastern-style architecture. Explore the Gedi Ruins, a former Swahili town abandoned around the 15th century.
Bombolulu Workshops and Cultural Centre is a non-profit organisation that employs physically disabled craftspeople to produce handmade items. Pick up handcrafted jewellery, leather goods and handprinted textiles from the showroom. More handcrafted items can be purchased from the Coast Zanzibar Curio Shop. It stocks a selection of arts and crafts made by local and regional artists. The Tamarind Restaurant - housed in an elegant Moorish mansion - serves some of the finest seafood in Mombasa. The menu features Kilifi oysters, Zanzibari seafood casserole, and Lobster Swahili. After dinner, head over to the Tembo Entertainment Complex to unwind in one of its bars or clubs. The complex also houses the Bavaria Beer Garden, a 24-hour Bavarian-style drinking spot.
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