Family Fun: 5 Places to Check Out in Mombasa

Article by Maureen Kasuku
Posted: September 01, 2020  

As COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease, families drained by cabin fever are venturing out and looking for an escape from the rigors of life amid the pandemic. If you’re adventurous enough and you have the coins to spare, Mombasa offers plenty of family-friendly spots you and the kids can indulge in. 

Here are 5 places you can check out:

Mama Ngina Waterfront

The 26-acre waterfront public space features a cultural centre, a natural amphitheatre and a 2 km promenade with a space for food vendors who offer an array of delicious street food. You can picnic here whilst enjoying the sea breeze.

Haller Park

Formerly known as Bamburi Nature Trail, the park consists of a game sanctuary, reptile park, small demonstration fish farm, palm garden, crocodile pens and a giraffe viewing platform, offering a variety of attractions at the various points to educate and entertain you and the kids. Entry to the park is Ksh 500 for adults and Ksh 200 for kids. The park opens at 10:00AM and closes at 5:00PM.

Mombasa Go- Kart

A great place for the kids to unleash all that pent-up energy and indulge their speed demons. Open Tuesdays-Sundays from noon to 7:00PM. A one hour zoom around the smooth concrete track in go-karts will set you back Ksh 1300 per kid and 2300 for adults.

Mombasa Marine National Park & Reserve

The park lies between the Mtwapa and Tudor Creeks and its blue, inviting waters are ideal for wind surfing, water skiing, snorkelling and diving. This marine park is also home to a variety of marine species including crabs, starfish, stone fish, sea urchins, corals, turtles, sea grasses and interesting migratory birds.  Access to the park is Ksh 100 for both adults and kids. You can view these amazing sea creatures through privately owned glass-bottom boats.

Fort Jesus 

This 400+ year old fort in Old Town Mombasa is rich in history and Portuguese aesthetics. Now a museum and UNESCO world heritage site, Fort Jesus has exhibits consisting of finds from archaeological excavations at Fort Jesus, Gede, Manda, Ungwana and other sites. Your kids will get to immerse themselves in rich history and beautiful aesthetics. Entry to the fort is Ksh 200 for adults and Ksh 100 for kids.

About the author

Maureen Kasuku

Maureen is our resident cat lady and Beyoncé stan. She writes about spas, brunch and ballet recitals but has never been to any. Moonlights as a social justice activist in her spare time. She knows things and is obnoxiously opinionated on the internet but not in real life


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