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is a section of the central Kenyan Coast
The city of Mombasa is centred on an historic fort and a maze of small streets set on an island in a tidal estuary. The southern half of the island is dominated by a large commercial port and associated industry, whilst the mainland either side is packed with busy modern suburbs.
The coastal areas to the north of the city have historically been the more upmarket areas, with colonial houses, golf courses and lovely white sand beaches. More modern developments have certainly detracted from the appeal of the area, but it remains a pleasant enough place to visit, especially if for those are looking to largely remain within the confines their chosen resort.Serena Mombasa
... is a very large and reliable resort, the best in this area.
There is no bridge linking the city of Mombasa with the southern coastline, it is necessary to connect by ferry. Around the landing lies the substantial shanty settlement of Likoni, after which there is around 10km of coastline which remains relatively undeveloped due to the lack of prime beaches. There is only one accommodation option of note along this stretch ...
Tijara Beach ... is a small and reasonably high quality guesthouse.
We tend to recommend Mombasa for inclusion in trips relatively rarely, however there are occasions when the area is right for guests, particularly for people wanting to access the city for some reason.
Generally our guests tend to be looking for a rather more idyllic beach paradise, such as those found in the Msambweni
areas to the south, Lamu Island
and Tana Delta
to the north, or further afield on the Tanzania Coast
or the Seychelles