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Mombasa is a coastal city in Kenya, located on the country’s eastern shore along the Indian Ocean. It is the country’s second-largest city after the capital of Nairobi, and is an important port city as well as a popular tourist destination.

The city is situated on a natural harbour, and is the centre of a metropolitan area that includes the nearby towns of Mtwapa, Changamwe, and Nyali. It is bordered to the north by Kilifi County and to the south by Kwale County.

The city is home to a variety of cultures, including the Swahili people, Arabs, and Asians. This mix of cultures is visible in the city’s architecture, which is a blend of traditional Swahili and Islamic styles.

Mombasa has a long and storied history, having been an important trading port since the 12th century. It was an important centre of the East African slave trade, and was later colonized by the Portuguese in the 16th century. The city was then taken by the Sultan of Oman, who ruled it until the 19th century.

In 1895, Mombasa became part of the British East Africa Protectorate, and was the capital of the British Kenya Colony from 1920 to 1963. During this period, the city was a major port and railway hub, and was the site of the historic Mombasa Conference in 1960, which was attended by Kenyan leaders and representatives from the United Kingdom.

In 1963, Mombasa became part of the newly independent nation of Kenya. Today, the city is a major industrial and commercial centre, and is the gateway to the country’s tourism industry. It is also home to a vibrant art and music scene, and is a popular destination for beachgoers and water sports enthusiasts.

Excursion tips for a day in Mombasa

As a tourist in Mombasa, Kenya, there are plenty of activities to enjoy in just one day. Here are some of the top things to do:

1. Visit Fort Jesus, a 16th century Portuguese fort that is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

2. Take a stroll along the Old Town and explore the narrow, winding streets and the historic buildings.

3. Enjoy a boat ride along the Mombasa Creek and marvel at the stunning views.

4. Visit the Haller Park and get up close to the wildlife, including giraffes, zebras, and antelopes.

5. Spend a day at the beach and take a dip in the Indian Ocean.

6. Visit the Mamba Village, an educational and entertainment center dedicated to reptiles.

7. Visit the Mombasa Marine National Park and explore the coral reefs and marine life.

8. Take a tour of the Jumba la Mtwana ruins and learn about the history of the area.

9. Take a guided tour of the Mombasa old harbor and learn about the city’s maritime history.

10. Go shopping at the local markets and pick up some souvenirs to take home.

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The climate in Mombasa

Mombasa, Kenya has a tropical climate with hot and humid weather year-round. During the rainy season from April to June, the temperature is hot and humid with heavy rainfall, while the dry season from July to October is hot and dry. The short rainy season from November to December brings light showers and a cooler climate, while the hot season from January to March brings hot and humid weather with occasional showers. Overall, Mombasa has hot and humid weather year-round with two rainy seasons and two dry seasons.

Cruise weather for Mombasa

Our weather forecast for Mombasa helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 26.3 °C
min: 24.2 °C
25.9 m/s
33.5 m/s
57.1 %
23.1 m
77.5 %
1,015 hPa
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 26.6 °C
min: 24 °C
28.4 m/s
37.1 m/s
38.5 %
20.6 m
78.8 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 26.4 °C
min: 23.5 °C
27.0 m/s
32.4 m/s
61.0 %
24.1 m
70.9 %
1,017 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 26.5 °C
min: 22.7 °C
27.7 m/s
31.3 m/s
87.4 %
23.7 m
79.0 %
1,018 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 26.5 °C
min: 24.1 °C
29.5 m/s
40.0 m/s
69.5 %
23.9 m
76.5 %
1,017 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 26.2 °C
min: 23.7 °C
27.0 m/s
34.9 m/s
44.3 %
24.1 m
71.5 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 26.1 °C
min: 23.7 °C
24.8 m/s
30.8 m/s
76.4 %
24.1 m
71.4 %
1,015 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 26.4 °C
min: 23.5 °C
27.0 m/s
31.7 m/s
35.6 %
24.1 m
74.6 %
1,015 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 26.4 °C
min: 23.2 °C
22.3 m/s
30.2 m/s
17.7 %
24.1 m
76.9 %
1,015 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 26.7 °C
min: 24 °C
30.2 m/s
38.9 m/s
41.5 %
24.1 m
77.0 %
1,015 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 26.4 °C
min: 23.8 °C
32.4 m/s
40.7 m/s
83.7 %
24.1 m
74.4 %
1,017 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 26.4 °C
min: 24.4 °C
33.5 m/s
45.4 m/s
26.4 %
24.0 m
74.6 %
1,017 hPa
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 26.2 °C
min: 24.2 °C
31.3 m/s
40.7 m/s
45.4 %
23.3 m
71.9 %
1,019 hPa
Aug. 2nd 2024 Aug. 2nd 2024 max: 25.9 °C
min: 23.2 °C
34.6 m/s
43.6 m/s
74.3 %
21.7 m
75.9 %
1,020 hPa

Cruises to Mombasa

Would you like to travel to Mombasa on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Mombasa.

Scheduled ship calls in Mombasa, Kenya
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Feb. 17th 2025 Monday, 17th of Feb. 2025 MS Europa 08:15 am 08:00 pm
Feb. 21st 2025 Friday, 21st of Feb. 2025 Emerald Azzurra 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 23rd 2025 Sunday, 23rd of Feb. 2025 Norwegian Dawn 07:00 am 07:00 pm
Oct. 29th 2025 Wednesday, 29th of Oct. 2025 MS Amera 01:00 pm 12:00 am
Oct. 30th 2025 Thursday, 30th of Oct. 2025 MS Amera 12:00 am 08:00 pm
Dec. 11th 2025 Thursday, 11th of Dec. 2025 Norwegian Dawn 05:30 am 08:00 pm
Dec. 31st 2025 Wednesday, 31st of Dec. 2025 Norwegian Dawn 03:30 am 08:00 pm
Jan. 13th 2026 Tuesday, 13th of Jan. 2026 MS Europa 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 27th 2026 Tuesday, 27th of Jan. 2026 Emerald Azzurra 12:00 am 12:00 am

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