Welcome to our new-look travel feature, #TravelTuesday. Every week we will be profiling a different African city which we strongly believe is worth visiting! In the past we’ve profiled exotic destinations such as the island of Sao Tome and Principe but we’ve made the small adjustment to now focus exclusively on cities – and exclusively on cities in Africa.
First up – we have one of the most beautiful coastal locations on the continent (we’d even argue in the world!) – a sun-soaked paradise on the east-coast of Kenya:
Mombasa is Kenya’s oldest city and is the country’s second largest city (second only to the capital, Nairobi). The Blue And White city, as it is affectionately known, is one of Africa’s most luxurious sea-side cities, graced with some of the must splendorous beaches on the continent.
What Makes It Special?
While it’s definitely an attractive holiday destination for those looking to unwind from the hustle and bustle of large metro life, Mombasa is also rich in culture. The city is an intersection of Indian, Arabic and African cultures, is rich in history and unlike many coastal cities, it still has a grimey edge to it which somehow only makes it more romantic.
What Can Tourists Do?
Have we mentioned the beach?! There are few better coastal locations in the world (let alone in Africa) but that’s not all you can expect to do in Mombasa. Travelling is easy thanks to the mixture of taxis and adorable tuk tuks. You can tour the city in a group (there are regular day tours) and also by bicycle. There are many interesting museums and local markets to enjoy as well as some of the most historic architecture in East Africa.
What Do Others Have To Say?
People are generally fond of Mombasa. Just take a look at some of the feedback from social media users:
Will Mombasa be your next holiday destination (post Covid-19 of course!)