Cheapest car hire in Mombasa
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*daily rates in Mombasa based on a 1 day rental (24hr period) and for guidance purposes only.
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*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for todays best prices.
Useful things to know about Mombasa
- Mombasa is Kenya’s major port.
- The name comes from the Arabic ‘Monbasa’.
- The Swahili name for it means ‘Island of War’ because of the number of times it’s been fought over.
- It was first visited by Vasco da Gama.
- It’s also the tourist centre of Kenya.
- Mombasa is the 2nd biggest city in Kenya behind Nairobi respectively.
Mombasa Mini Guide
The city of Mombasa is the second biggest in Kenya and has a combined city and urban populous of approximately 1.4 million. Mombasa is now an extremely popular tourist destination and has a well developed international airport and seaport for access. The harbour is Kenya's only seaport and is naturally formed. The city is located on Mombassa Island, the island is then connected to the mainland by Nyali Bridge and also operates a ferry transport for people and cars.
Although Mombasa is considered a central hub of tourism it does not have many developed tourist attractions. Most International visitors will arrive at Moi International Airport
. While visiting it is worth stopping at the Old Town for some souvenir shopping and also Fort Jesus. Most visitors coming to Mombasa city stay only briefly before securing their car hire Mombasa and travelling to their further destination however you can find beautiful beaches of Nyali, Bamburi, Shanzu and Kenyatta North of the island that cater for tourists and are reasonably priced.
The population of Mombasa is a combination of Muslim and Swahili. Local women can be seen wearing the colourful cotton sheet dress known as a kanga while the Muslim women can be seen wearing a Bui Bui head cover. In preparing for your visit you should pack for a warm tropical climate and depending on the season you can expect sunny days and high temperatures.