Magical Mombasa – East Africa’s coastal heaven | Private jet charter
Kenya’s coastal paradise – and the country’s second largest city – Mombasa offers idyllic palm-fringed beaches, live coral reefs, deep sea fishing, snorkelling and scuba diving, as well as eclectic architecture and cuisine thanks to its multicultural legacy. Combine a visit to East Africa’s largest sea port with a safari and you’ll experience the very best of what Kenya has to offer.
Mombasa Old Town
Inhabited by a melting pot of Arab, Asian and European cultures, Mombasa Old Town is a fascinating area of living history that dates back to when Kenya was a Portuguese colony. Walk among the shabby-chic ornamental doorways and carved balconies and peruse the many shops selling antiques, oils, perfumes and souvenirs.
Haller Park and Ngunni Wildlife Sanctuary
Visit this inspired vision of Dr Rene Haller who transformed a former limestone quarry into an incredible wildlife park complete with its own fish farm. Visitors will see giraffes, zebras, hippos, buffalo and waterbucks, plus more than 160 bird species.
Mombasa Marine National Park
Snorkel and scuba enthusiasts will love Mombasa Marine National Park. This offshore reserve protects the local coral reef, sandy beaches, seagrass beds and mangroves. Dive on the wreck of the MV Dania which supports much marine life including octopus, lobsters and cornet fish. Alternatively, gaze upon this beautiful ecosystem from the comfort of a glass-bottomed boat.
South Coast Mombasa Beaches
Mombasa boasts truly stunning white-sand, palm-fringed beaches, replete with a lush rainforest backdrop along much of its beautiful southern coastline. The closest beach to Mombasa on this stretch is Shelly Beach near Likoni Ferry. Tiwi Beach is a little farther south and a popular snorkelling spot, while Diani Beach, although well developed is still a beautiful beach escape.
Built by the Portuguese in 1596, enigmatic and partially ruined Fort Jesus enjoys an impressive position on the coast at Ndia Kuu and is a UNESCO protected site. Built in the shape of a man, the fort contains a museum which has been constructed over the ancient barracks. Inside the compound are ruined buildings alongside the late 18th-century Omani House which showcases Omani jewellery and Swahili displays.
Shimba Hills National Reserve
Drive 33km from Mombasa and you’ll be in another country: Shimba Hills coastal forest is home to the highest number of African elephants in Kenya, as well as antelope, shrew, mongoose and plentiful birdlife. Visitors can camp here and make the most of the stunning Sheldrick Falls and Mwaluganie Forest.