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The city is polluted and traffic-filled, but some of the beaches further south are popular for mass tourism
Mombasa today is Islamic, and so is most of the East African coastline and the Indian Ocean islands. The once bustling coastal city and its beaches are no longer so frequently visited, a result of the recent conflict with Somalia and Al Shabaab. Like Dar es Salaam, Mombasa has infrastructure problems, and pollution and traffic add to its lack of appeal. There are still daily flights from Europe, and flights to all-inclusive beach resorts from Italy in particular.
If you do find yourself in Mombasa, you can visit the Portuguese Fort Jesus, Tiwi Beach and old town Mombasa. Explore north Mombasa via Mtwapa Creek or venture to the more famous beaches south of Mombasa. Diani Beach is well known, but we recommend going even further south if you want to enjoy your time in peace and quiet.
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Mombasa has a rich historical history and has been Kenya's economic hub for generations. The Arabs used Mombasa as a trading port and it was controlled by either the Sultans of Oman or Portuguese traders between the 1400s and 1800s before the British took control of this important trading link to the coast.
We try to avoid Mombasa these days, but will use the Serena and Lotus hotels if needed. The coast south of Mombasa still has busy beach resorts that appeal to the mass tourism market. We would recommend a few selected private villas or smaller boutique lodges, but as a rule there are better places than Mombasa to relax after your safari.
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