On-Budget Tips While Travelling To Mombasa Kenya

It is only fair that you should have at least one vacation in a year. But in these tough economic times, even one can be challenging to plan and execute. Mombasa, an island located on the East coast of Kenya near the Tanzanian border, is one exotic destination you may dream to visit. After all, Mombasa has always been a popular tourism attraction due to its historical sites, white sandy beaches, humid atmosphere, coral reefs suitable for scuba diving and lively cultural mixes. There are African cultures like the Mijikenda infused with foreign influences, from Europe to India to Arabia.

The island is separated from the mainland by two creeks: Port Reitz and Tudor Creek. It is connected to the mainland by the Likoni Ferry Channel to the south, Makupa Causeway in the west and Nyali Bridge in the north.

If you take your time to draft a budget, exploring Mombasa won’t be as costly as you imagine. You can have so much fun while on a budget, so do not wait for the day you win a lottery to take this trip.

How do I know all this? Well, because I’ve been here! I went with a big group of friends and family. Actually, we’re a national organization of home construction and cleaning companies. We met and came together over the recent Texas disaster caused by the hurricane. Robert and Trevor of Colorado Springs’ water damage company, Rare Restoration, are the ones who organized this trip. Robert is insistent on traveling overseas at least once a year, and now that his carpet cleaning empire is self sustaining, he’s going for twice a year!

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The following are less costly ways you can put to use if you are traveling to Mombasa on a budget:

Do Not Overindulge In any one Activity

If you do not have enough to spend in Mombasa, do not spend too much on a particular activity It is wise to have a taste of everything than a fill of one at the expense of others. Some fun is expensive and gets more expensive the more you repeat or stay at the venue.

Use Madaraka Express Train

If you are traveling to Mombasa from Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city, consider using the newly launched Standard Gauge Railway, now officially known as Madaraka Express. Launched in June 2017, the train has two classes: First Class and Economy Class. The journey takes about six hours, with so much to see along the scenery-packed trip. Compared to flying to Mombasa, the SGR train fare is fair. Compared to public buses, it is full of adventure, fun and is less hectic.

Stroll the Old Town

Instead of an expensive safari tour by the big travel company, you can cut costs by strolling through Mombasa on your own. Walking, as you know or ought to know, is a therapy in itself. The Old Town is an exciting place to walk through, with its fantastic architecture, ancient buildings great art designs. You can visit the local markets to buy unique ornaments, antiques, fruits, and vegetable at affordable prices.

In the Old Town, you can for a small fee tour Fort Jesus. Now a museum, it was built by the Portuguese in 1593. The Arabs later turned it into a torture chamber and the human warehouse where slaves were stored before being shipped abroad.

Haller Park also is not far from the Old Town. For only $2 you can tour the park to enjoy nature trails, cycling, jogging and see animals like crocodiles, hippos monkeys.

Use Tuk-tuk

Instead of taxis, you can use tuk-tuk, the popular tri-circle motors covered to resemble a car. They are more convenient in Mombasa and less expensive.

Embrace public transport honey

If flying and driving are too expensive, why not cut your costs and take the train? It only costs Ksh 1000. Imagine how much money you’ll be saving for other expenses like food and recreational activities. Don’t go broke trying to chase pleasure. You can pursue pleasure at an affordable price and within your comfortable budget. Don’t spend too much and end up not enjoying yourself because you’re worried about money. Besides, taking the train is fun! You get to sit with your friends and have a laugh, eat, take pictures and enjoy the 5-hour ride.

Lodge in the Cheap Hotels

To cut costs, you should book the less expensive but decent hotels. Manson Hotel is one hotel you can comfortably enjoy yourself, taking Irish or English breakfast and other pleasures. One single room is Ksh 2,629. However there is no AC, but if you are on a budget, you know you can’t get everything you want.

Marigold Guest House is another affordable hotel. The rooms are well equipped with private bathrooms with bathtubs. It is 8 KM away from Moi Airport.

Visit at Off-peak Season

Mombasa is less crowded between April and June, and October and November. These are rainy months there. It is less costly to vacation at such off-peak ┬átimes. Since it won’t be raining every day, you can have your fun on a budget.

Parting Shot

The residents of Mombasa are friendly and more than ready to assist a stranger. A Good Samaritan will appear from nowhere to help you get to your destination by showing you the direction or dutifully carrying your luggage for you. Only remember to tip him. Many Good Samaritans there earn a living by the tips.

Also, learn some Swahili greetings like “Habari yako?” for “How are you?”

Meanwhile, have a great trip and enjoy the Swahili dishes.

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