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Practical information about Mombasa

On this page you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Mombasa. You can read more, for example, about the weather conditions, visas and what to pack.

Practical information about Mombasa

Practical information about Mombasa

On this page you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Mombasa. You can read more, for example, about the weather conditions, visas and what to pack.

1. When is the best time to travel to Mombasa?

As a coastal city, Mombasa is characterised by a flat landscape. Mombasa enjoys a central location on Mombasa Island, but extends all the way to the mainland. The island is separated from the mainland by two bays, Port Reitz in the south and Tudor Creek in the north.

Mombasa has a hot, tropical climate and the amount of rainfall depends on the season. The rainiest months are April and May, with minimal rain in January and February.

Weather statistics
JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC
Rainfall (mm)
34
14
56
154
236
88
72
68
67
103
105
76
Rainfall (days)
3
1
5
10
14
10
10
8
9
9
8
7
Daytime temperature
33
34
34
33
31
29
29
29
30
31
32
33
Night-time temp.
22
23
23
23
22
20
19
19
20
21
22
22
Hours of sunshine
270
255
270
225
205
207
211
245
246
273
264
260
2. Travel terms and conditions

Please read our general travel terms and conditions carefully, as these are part of the agreement terms for tours purchased at Africasafari.co.uk. Mombasa tours purchased from us are covered under the “Package Travel Act”. Click here to read our travel terms and conditions.

3. Help with taking out travel insurance

On our insurance page, you will find all the information you need. Click here to proceed to our insurance page.

4. Vaccination

We always advise that you contact a specialist, your GP or an authorized vaccination clinic. You can also read more about the rules for travel & vaccinations at the central NHS Fit for Travel website: here

Please note that you must bring your vaccination certificate and produce it on entry into Tanzania.

Please be aware of the rules about yellow fever – especially if you are entering via another African country.

5. Visa

British citizens need a valid visa to travel to Kenya. NB. Your passport must be valid for 6 months after entering Kenya.

From 1 July, Kenya introduced the electronic tourist visa, eVisa. However, you can still apply for a visa manually upon your arrival at the airport in Kenya.
The Kenyan authorities are working on the new eVisa replacing the manual application process upon arrival at the airport. The transition is taking longer than expected.
You can therefore apply for a visa to Kenya either manually upon your arrival at the airport in Kenya or online before departure.

Manual visa application upon arrival in Kenya:
Upon your arrival at the airport in Kenya, you must complete an application form and pay 50 USD. It usually goes relatively quickly. Remember to bring a pen with you! Under the section where you have to fill in your address in Kenya, you should write the name of the first hotel/lodge where you will be staying.

Electronic application for a visa before entering Kenya:
On the website www.evisa.go.ke, you can apply for an electronic eVisa and pay by credit card. The visa costs 50 USD plus a service fee of 1 USD.
You can apply for a visa for Kenya up to 3 months before departure.

When applying for a visa, you are required to upload a photo of your passport and a passport photo (max. 500 × 500 pixels). After registration on the website, it takes about five days before the visa is issued. The electronic visa still has to be printed out and presented with your passport on your arrival in Kenya.

If you have any problems or questions regarding the electronic eVisa, please contact the Kenyan Embassy in Stockholm on tel. +46 (0) 8 21 83 009.
If you need help with the application, please contact the Kenyan Tourist Board’s Representative in Denmark: Hanna Johansson, haj@related.dk or tel. +45 6155 7489.

Other visa-related things to be aware of:

  • When entering Kenya, an entry card must be completed and handed in on the aircraft, otherwise at the visa desk
  • When departing Kenya, an exit card must be completed, which is available in the departure terminal

The visa regulations can be checked on the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s website.

If you are a British citizen and you have booked a combination tour with a safari in Kenya and a beach holiday in Zanzibar (Tanzania), you are required to have a visa for both Kenya and Tanzania. Visas to Tanzania can be arranged upon entry to Zanzibar; remember to have 50 USD in cash ready for this.

6. Flight reservations and airline tickets

We will send you your flight reservation as soon as you book your holiday. You can see times and routes on the itinerary. It is important to check for any spelling mistakes in your name. The name on the reservation must be exactly as in your passport. If you find any mistakes in the names, please contact us immediately.

Today, there are only electronic airline tickets (e-ticket). So you will not receive a physical ticket for use at the airport check-in. When you check in at the airport, you use your passport and a booking reference. The booking reference is on your itinerary.

7. Service letter

Once you have purchased a tour through us, you will receive our service letter before your departure. The service letter contains important information about online check-in, what to do in the event of a delay, and our agreed guidelines on tips, etc. In addition, you will find important telephone numbers for our local agents as well as our emergency telephone number.

So it is important that you print out the service letter and bring it with you.

8. Seat reservation, upgrades and extra legroom

The airline will assign you a seat on board the aircraft upon check-in. If you have specific wishes, you can make a seat reservation via the airline’s website. Most airlines have an area on their website named “manage my booking” or similar. Please note that most airlines require payment for a seat reservation, so it’s a good idea to have your payment card ready when starting a seat reservation. Airline seat reservations vary from company to company, but as a general rule, you can book seats from around 48 hours before departure.

Many airlines also offer upgrades with extra legroom or comfort seating, such as Economy Comfort with KLM and Premium Voyageur with Air France. You can check these details through the airline’s own website, along with payment information.

Please kindly note that airlines have full access to all seats on the aircraft and therefore always reserve the right to alter a reservation.

If you do not make a seat reservation before departure, the airline will issues your seating upon check-in at the airport.

9. Transfers to and from the airport

On your arrival at the airport in Mombasa, you will be picked up by our local representative.
On departure, you will be driven back to the airport.

10. Time difference on holidays to Mombasa

When it’s winter in the UK, Mombasa is 3 hours ahead.
When it’s summer in the UK, Mombasa is 2 hours ahead.

11. Use of mobile phones

You can call home from Mombasa on your own mobile phone. If you call a lot and wish to save money, it may be worth buying local SIM cards and pre-paid cards. Please note that your phone SIM must not be locked. You can remove the SIM card lock from your mobile phone by contacting the phone company where you purchased the phone.

12. Mosquitos

There are mosquito nets in the rooms, but it is a good idea to bring mosquito spray, such as AUTAN and antipruritic agents with you from home.

13. Tipping

In Mombasa, it is customary to tip guides, waiters and other service personnel.
Tips are therefore expected, but it is, of course, up to you how much you wish to pay.
Give your tips personally and always have a little change in your pocket for tipping.

As a rule of thumb, you can reckon on the following:

  • 10-15 USD  / approximately £4-7 per person per night or day to the guide
  • 2 USD / approximately £1 for the porter who carries your baggage
  • 10% in bars and restaurants
  • 2 USD / approximately £1 per day for the maid

We recommend that you tip your guide/driver at the end of your tour – preferably in a sealed envelope.

14. Public holidays

It is always special to experience the traditions and celebrations of other countries. Below is a list of public holidays, important festivals and other special occasions.

Please note that some museums and attractions may be closed on these days.

15. Travellers with impaired mobility

Please note, our tours are generally not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Please contact us for information about the possibilities according any specific needs.

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