Kenya travel guide


Mombasa Travel Guide

Moving On From Mombasa

Mombasa has many bus companies, Matatus, taxis, tuk-tuks to get around the town. The old part of the city and Fort Jesus can be easily explored on foot.

Taxis are quite cheap and widely available in Mombasa, taxis are frequently parked in the street around tourist areas and hotels, many are decrepit but there is also a large fleet of London "black cab" taxis operating within the city. Always agree the fare before departure, there are several companies operating Dial Taxi services and many of them have booking offices at the airport.

A good way to explore Mombasa is by renting a car with a driver, this can be expensive but rates can vary, companies recommend that only 4-wheel-drive vehicles should be hired.

For short journeys, try a 3 wheel bajaj auto-rickshaw or tuk tuk, they are fun and cheap.

You can drive in Kenya using an international driverís license, driving is on the left hand side. Route conditions are variable and can be very poor in some areas.

From Moi International Airport there is a good network of domestic flights, with carriers including East African Safari Air, Fly 540, Kenya Airways, Mombasa Air Safari, and Safari Link. Kenya Airways operates flights to Eldoret, Kisumu, Lamu Island, Lockichogio, Malindi among other cities.

Air Kenya offers scheduled flights to Amboseli, Kilimanjaro, Kiwayu, Lamu, Malindi, Nairobi, Masai Mara, Nanyuki, Samburu and all of Kenya's game parks. Other airlines service the coast, major game parks and western Kenya.

There are also many charter companies in Mombasa operating light aircraft to small airstrips, air charter is an ideal way of visiting remote areas and game parks.

The town of Mombasa is located on an island surrounded by the river and the sea. From Mombasa, Lamu and Malindi you can take or hire traditional Kenyan dhow for a trip along the coast. This is a basic way of sea travel, travelers should take their own food and drinking water.

The only way to get the coastline situated south of Mombasa, is by taking an almost always full ferry across the Likoni River, it is a great experience. Local ferries run also between Mombasa, Malindi and Lamu.

The most popular form of public transport in Kenya is Matatu, within Mombasa, most local people uses this service to move between villages and Mombasa Island. Matatu is the bargain-priced way of traveling around, matatu is overcrowded and extremely uncomfortable but take your chance and try it, itís a fascinating experience. The vehicles are stunningly decorated with designs based on Sports logos and Western album covers.

Mombasa has an efficient bus system with several bus companies, trips in buses are an inexpensive way to travel around Mombasa. Buses can be boarded at any stop and single tickets sold on board, therefore monthly bus passes are also available from the Kenya Bus Offices in the city centre. Buses also run across borders into Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia.

Kenya Railways Corporation has a railway connection between Mombasa and Nairobi. The overnight Mombasa-Nairobi rail trip, one of Africa's last remaining great rail journeys, is the most popular rail route for visitors. Trains usually leave in the evening, arriving the next morning after a trip of around 13 to 14 hours. The service is modern and comfortable, and most trains have restaurant cars.

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