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Mombasa Outdoor sports

Our most recommended Mombasa Outdoor sports

Kisite Marine Park and Wasini Island Private Tour with Lunch

1. Kisite Marine Park and Wasini Island Private Tour with Lunch

Get ready to board an exclusive private boat and sail for about one hour searching for dolphins, before snorkeling and swimming in the Kisite marine national park. Kisite Marine national park is the second most famous marine park in the world, after the Australian Marine Park. Explore 30 kilometers of turtles, marine tortoise, bearreeffs, coral reefs and different types of marine fishes. Next, sail to Wasisni Island where your lunch of sea food and Swahili dishes will be served. After lunch, you’ll have the option to stroll around the island and experience the local Swahili culture, visiting the beautiful coral garden, mangrove forest and fishing village to learn more about the Swahili people and their history. Your local guide will give you an in-depth explanation and background throughout the tour. Alternatively, you can relax at the restaurant, enjoying the sea view and the breeze.

From Mombasa: Watamu Marine Park & Sudi Island Excursion

2. From Mombasa: Watamu Marine Park & Sudi Island Excursion

Get picked up from your desired pick-up location along the Mombasa coast. Drive North towards Watamu and arrive at the Marine Park. Board a double decker boat and begin an incredible tour over the coral reefs with the opportunity to see incredible marine life. Relax in the sun on the top deck and try to spot dolphins, within the seasons between May and October. Climb back onto the boat, and continue towards the Marine Park. Only the Great Barrier Reef itself has a bigger range of species list and the marine protected area in Watamu is also recognized internationally as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Stop to snorkel and shallow dive here, where it is virtually impossible to not see a few dozen species of fish inside the main reef. On the fringe, you'll have an excellent chance of viewing the magnificent whale shark or manta rays that are seasonal visitors. The park is also home to 3 species of sea turtles that nest on the beaches. After snorkeling, head over to the white sandy beaches where you will be allowed to step off the boat for a swim in the crystal clear blue waters for a while. Then set sail for Sudi Island where you can enjoy the views of the lush green mangroves along the creek side. A t around 1 PM arrive on the island where you'll receive a warm welcome and little entertainment. Enjoy a seafood lunch then take a guided canoe ride into the mangrove forest. Depart from the island at around 4 PM and return to the marine park, where your driver will be waiting for you to return you back to your pick-up location. 

Mombasa: City Tour with Fort Jesus & Haller Park Entrance

3. Mombasa: City Tour with Fort Jesus & Haller Park Entrance

Begin the day trip with pick-up from your hotel or desired location in Mombasa at around 8 AM. Drive through the city center towards the historical old town of Kibokoni where you will find the famous Fort Jesus Museum. Find out how this building was designed by the Italian architect Giovanni Battista and was built between 1593 and 1596 by the order of King Philip of Portugal to guard the old port of Mombasa. Learn everything there is to be learned about Mombasa and how it evolved. After that, pass the Mombasa Club, Africa Hotel, Mandhry Mosque, Government Square, entering the Old Port and continuing towards the Old Spice Market. Walk past the old colonial houses and mosques as you discover the culture and origins of the city. Stop for lunch at one of the best restaurants in town, where you can enjoy 1 dish of seafood or biryani - a Swahili delicacy. After lunch, take a drive along Mama Ngina to admire the scenic views of where the Mombasa Island ends and the ocean begins. See the Likoni Ferry channel which connects the North to the South Coast, then stop at the famous Pembe za Ndovu Elephant Tusk sculpture which can be found on the back of the local currency. Find out how this sculpture represents how Mombasa historical symbolised the gateway to the Arab ivory trade. Stop here to take photos or do a little shopping. Later in the afternoon, head over to Haller Park in time to feed the giraffes. Discover how a barren landscape of disused limestone quarries was convereted into a vibrant and diverse ecosystem of forest, grasslands, and ponds. Currently, Haller Park plays host to a variety of wildlife including hippos, giraffes, buffalos, and antelopes as well as smaller mammals and birds. The Park consists of a Game Sanctuary, Reptile Park, small demonstration Fish Farm area, Palm Garden, Crocodile pens and a giraffe viewing platform.  Choose to explore Haller Park or continue on Akamba Handicraft market, which is the local association of handicraft artisans that manages the production and sale of wooden carvings and other souvenirs in Mombasa. Return to your accommodation by around 5 PM where the tour will end.

Tsavo East National Park: Overnight Safari from Mombasa

4. Tsavo East National Park: Overnight Safari from Mombasa

You will be picked early in the morning and then drive to Tsavo East National Park, which is about 150km from Mombasa. Enter the park through Bachuma gate.  Driving in the park you will have the chance to see lots of animals such as zebras, antelopes, lions, buffalos, leopards, giraffes and also a variety of different types of bird species.  The park is most famous for the “Red Elephants of Tsavo”, which have a reddish body because of the dark sand that they apply on their bodies to protect them from insects.  After your first game drive, you will check in at your accommodation and enjoy lunch. You will be staying at the Voi Safari Lodge, Zomeni Lion Hill or another similar premium-style hotel accommodation, based on availability. After lunch, head out on an afternoon game drive. In the evening, enjoy dinner back at your accommodation.  On the second day, you will have an early breakfast at 6:00 AM and then check out of your accommodation. You’ll then embark on your early morning game drive, which is a great time to see wildlife feeding. After the morning game drive, you’ll leave the park and be driven back to your beach hotel, arriving in time for lunch.

Mombasa: Tsavo East National Park Day Tour

5. Mombasa: Tsavo East National Park Day Tour

Your day will start will a 5:00AM pick-up from your hotel, before your driver takes you on the approximately 2-hour journey to Tsavo East National Park. Take the opportunity to relax and enjoy the scenery after your early start. Upon arrival at Tsavo East, you’ll enter through the Bachuma Gate and begin your game drive. Your experienced driver and guide will take you to the best places for spotting lions, elephants, giraffes and all manner of bird species.  For lunch you will be taken to the lodge or camp of your choice. Your guide can offer tips on the camps closest to watering holes, where Africa’s most majestic animals stop to drink water. Afterwards you’ll embark on your second game drive to other sections of the park, before being driven back and dropped off at your hotel in the evening.

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What people are saying about Mombasa

Our personal highlight of our Africa vacation! The safari was a dream. Our driver Gunter did a great job, provided us with a lot of information and did everything to get as much as possible out of this 1-day tour and to show us as many animals as possible. Also important to mention that we had the car to ourselves and thus had a private safari. Last but not least, they did everything they could to ensure that my partner got back his sunglasses that had been lost in the car the next day. This was taken to the hotel as a matter of course. All in all a great experience and recommended to everyone. We were thrilled and our expectations were exceeded!

A great day tour, our driver Ismail was super friendly. Breakfast can definitely be skipped that day, lunch doesn't seem to end at all! The canoe tour through the mangroves is also great. Apart from dolphins and lots of small fish we also saw baby reef sharks in the morning

Even it was very hot day (our opinion) everything went smoothly and excellently. The driver, Ismail was very helpful. We hope he'll be our quide on our trip to Kisite WaterPark and Wasini island (27.1.).

Fantastic trip. Saw dolphins off a Wasini Island and loads of different fish snorkeling g off the reef. Our guide for the day was so enthusiastic and loved showing off the local areas to us.

Our driver was amazing and our boat driver was great. They showed us everything the list of activities and including a tour of the local village.