Look left-and-right, and left again for good measure when crossing the road. A simple rule we’re taught for road-safety. However, in Mainland Mombasa, the rule apply’s more than twice – you better look left and right over and over because you’ll be competing with tuk-tuk’s, matatu’s, personal vehicles and pedestrian’s crossing from the opposite direction. Sounds also like a typical weekday during rush-hour in Nairobi. But all things considered, Mombasa is a favorite holiday destination for many.
Mombasa’s pristine beaches rival many, with Diani beach having been ranked seventh best beach in Africa by TripAdvisor. When I step on to the beach I like to clench the sand between my toes (like confirmation that I truly made it down to the ocean). The best part is that I can leave my phone behind and wade into the salty water. The ocean waves caress you and make you feel like they’re taking you away from everything – it’s comforting.
If swimming is not your thing, and maybe touring Mombasa is something you’d rather do, then you can take a walk down Old Town. Its architecture is influenced by a blend of local, Portuguese, Arab, Asian and British culture. And here you can sample great Swahili cuisine and get great views of the Indian Ocean.
What’s your favorite part about Mombasa?