If you take a safari trip to Kenya, it is ideal to combine the safari with a fantastic beach holiday by the wonderful beaches of Mombasa.
To make sure that you are well prepared for your trip, we advise you to read the information about Mombasa below before departure. In addition, you can find more information about our hotels in Mombasa here.
Terms and conditions
We recommend reading our terms & conditions prior to booking.
Flight tickets and itinerary
When the offer is accepted, we will send you the documents regarding your flight tickets, including your itinerary.
It is very important that your name(s) on the flight tickets is 100 % identical with the name(s) in the passport. Once the tickets have been issued, this cannot be changed.
In some cases, it might be necessary for the airline to change the flight times; therefore, it is very important that you – on the day of your departure – check the updated information regarding your trip via ViewTrip. Just enter your booking number from the flight ticket and your last name and press enter.
We recommend that you always arrive at the airport in good time before departure.
Even though we would love to help, unfortunately we cannot reserve seats on the plane. If you have special wishes regarding your seat, or if you are travelling as a group and would like to make sure that you sit together, we recommend that you enter the homepage of the airline company and pre-book seats for the flight.
On the airline homepage you will find a button saying, “manage my booking” (or likewise) – this is where you need to click in order for you to pre-book seats. Please note that many airline companies will charge a small fee for pre-booking. Therefore, it is a good idea to have your credit card ready. For a small fee, many airline companies also offer seats with extra leg space or upgrades for better comfort.
Each airline company has its own rules on how soon you can pre-book seats on the flight. Usually it is between 72 and 24 hours prior to departure.
Therefore, it might be a good idea to try to complete the pre-booking as soon as possible after having received your e-ticket. If it is not yet possible to pre-book the seats, you will be notified of this, including a notification about when this pre-booking can be done.
Most larger airline companies have an app for your smart phone in which you can usually chose/pre-book seats and also get immediate notifications about time changes.
Welcoming you at the airport
Our local guides will be waiting at the airport ready to welcome you and take you to the hotel.
Checked-in luggage and hand luggage
On your itinerary, you will find information on how much weight you are allowed to bring in your suitcase and hand luggage, respectively. It is important that you pack your bags in such a way that you can still “manage” for a few days, in case the luggage is delayed.
Therefore; remember to pack your passport, money, visa, medicine and maybe a change of clothes in your hand luggage. When luggage gets delayed, it always takes some time for it to arrive.
Meals and beverages
Our trips include the meals mentioned in the program. Beverages are always at your own cost unless, of course, you have upgraded to All Inclusive.
Excursions in Mombasa
La Marinas Dhow: USD 145 per person*
Boat trip from Marine Island down Mtwapa River. Experience mangrove and exotic flowers, entertainment on board and visit the snake park and aquarium.
Pili pipa Dhow excursion: USD 140 per person*
Boat trip from the port of Shimoni. Experience whale sharks, humpback whales, snorkeling at the coral reef, dolphins and a nice lunch on the island.
Mombasa tour + lunch on board a Tamarind dhow + Haller Park: USD 165 per person*
Experience Mombasa, lunch on a Tamarind dhow and excursion to Haller Park.
Tamarind night dhow: USD 135 per person*
Boat trip and dinner. See Mombasa from the “other side”, the water side, see the amazing starlit sky and get an idyllic experience with dinner, entertainment and dancing.
*Subject to change of prices.
We recommend all our customers to have a travel insurance in addition to a cancellation insurance. Make sure that your insurance covers traveling to Africa.
Please be aware that a cancellation insurance needs to be booked before paying the deposit.
When travelling to Kenya you need to have a visa. You can either apply for visa prior to departure or you can apply for visa when arriving at the airport.
The price for obtaining a visa at the airport is 51 USD which must be paid in cash.
We recommend that you apply for an electronic e-visa online, so you don’t need to stand in line when you arrive at the airport. To apply, you use this link www.ecitizen.go.ke, create an account and sign in. Fill out the application and pay right away with Visa or Mastercard. Remember to print the confirmation and bring it with you when you leave for Kenya
We recommend that you apply for visa for Kenya in good time before departure; however, no earlier than 3 months before.
You should also be aware that your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months after entry to Kenya and that there should be at least two blank pages in the passport.
If you are not an Indian citizen, we recommend that you contact the Kenyan embassy to learn what rules apply to you.
If you have been on a safari in Kenya before going to Mombasa, you don’t need a new visa, as this is also valid in Mombasa.
We recommend that you talk to your doctor regarding vaccinations for Kenya.
Don’t forget to bring documentation that your vaccinations have been given; you might need to show this on arrival.
If you are travelling through another African country before arriving to Kenya, you should be aware of the rules about yellow fever. Also talk to your doctor about this.
We recommend that you pack the following items in your hand luggage:
Credit card and cash
Mobile phone, charger, and other electronic devices
Clothes for a couple of days in case the suitcase is delayed
Pills against diarrhoea
Plastic ban in Mombasa (Kenya)
When travelling to Kenya, you must take notice of the ban on plastic that has been effective since August 2017.
In an attempt to limit the amount of environmentally harmful plastic, a law has been passed, which illegalizes all sorts of use, import, and manufacturing of non-degradable plastic. The ban regards all sorts of plastic bags, including those zip-lock bags used for packing toiletries in the hand luggage during the journey.
Generally, the rules apply to everyone, but the rules are more lenient for tourists. As a tourist you might get a warning from the authorities – and will probably have your plastic bag(s) confiscated. We encourage you to respect the rules; think of how you pack and what you pack things in. When arriving in Kenya, you can leave all plastic bags in the plane when leaving it.
Currency in Kenya
In Kenya, the local currency is Kenyan Schilling. We recommend that you bring USD for paying tips and drinks etc. Make sure to bring small notes: 20, 10, 5 and1 dollar bills. Please, note that in Kenya, you cannot pay with dollar bills older than 2003.
Also be aware, that in some accommodations in Mombasa you might not be able to pay with credit card. If you can, however, there might be a relatively high fee for paying with credit card – which is why cash is the preferred method of paying.
In many places around the world, tips are a common part of the salary. This is also the case in Mombasa.
It is a good idea to make sure that you have small bills. As a guideline for tips, we recommend 1 USD per bag that the porter carries or 1 USD per day for the housekeeper.
Of course, tips are voluntary and should be given personally to the porter/housekeeper.
Kenya is 2:30 hours behind India.
Remember to bring mosquito spray for your trip to Mombasa and make sure to spray your body – particularly legs and hands – to keep the mosquitos at a distance. Most accommodations also have mosquito net in the rooms.
Electricity and charging of e.g. mobile phones
Many hotels in Mombasa get electricity from their own generators, which are usually turned off during night-time. Therefore, it is a good idea to bring a flashlight or mobile phone with light.
In Mombasa, they use three-legged sockets with 240 volts (English sockets).
Swahili is the official language of Kenya. English is also a main language and is spoken primarily in the bigger cities and in areas with many tourists, including Mombasa.
Children in Kenya learn English in school from first grade.