5 Fun Things Under Kshs. 500 To Do In Mombasa

TGJO, Thank God January is Over.

Have you ever had time and little money but want to go to Mombasa for some fun. Not that fun lives in Mombasa but most people love the beach. Here is a list of 5 fun things you can do in Mombasa under 500 Kenya shillings ($5)

One secret to having “cheap” fun In Mombasa is to keep expenses to a minimum. The coast is known for having cheap fun places you can go to, especially in Mombasa. Remember though that by going for fun places in Mombasa, some may not be all that up to par and you may need to suck it in or just not partake.

Number one.

Go to the beach.

One major key to spending less but have fun in Mombasa is to go to the beach. There are public beaches like the Kenyatta Public Beach aka Pirates where swimming is free and it is pretty much fun.

Cassava crisps at Mama Ngina Street Mombasa

Another alternative to the beach is the Mama Ngina Drive in Mombasa. Here you can just chill as you watch the ships come in as they head to the docks. The breeze and the mihogo (cassava) crisps are things to enjoy as you watch the sun set. I personally learned a few things when watching  a cargo ship come at the Likoni channel.

Did you know that when a ship is headed to the docks, a smaller boat comes and meets it halfway. The Kenyan captain of the smaller boat then comes in to the vessel and is the one that leads it into the harbour. Too cool, for less than Kshs 500 i had fun in Mombasa.

There are camels and horses you can ride at the Mama Ngina Drive, it goes for around Kshs. 100 per person.

This horse was not photogenic


Tuktuk to Mama Ngina -100

Cassava crisps- 100

Soda- 100

Camel or Horse ride -100

Total cost = 400 Kshs, isn’t this the cheapest fun you can ever have in Mombasa.

2. Have a mama ‘ntilie’ breakfast!

At the coast, forget toast and eggs and tea for breakfast. Do some justice to yourself and explore the local cuisine in the roadside cafes.

We stumbled upon some kiosks at Nyali area in Mombasa and the breakfast menu came to a total of 200 kshs. You can have chapati and mbaazi, they are delicious and will leave you fuller for longer.

Mbaazi (credits: Foodies KE)

3. Camping

Wait a minute, before you throw stones at me or close the tab, yes it is possible to camp in Mombasa. All you need is a tent and a sleeping bag which you can get on Jumia kenya here for like Kshs. 2000 🙂

Tulia Backpackers offer camping grounds which is roughly 500-700 kshs depending on the season. They have a swimming pool, pool table, a bar and restaurant which you can use. They can definitely offer you the mombasa experience at an affordable price.


A Tent,I believe in having your own than hiring all the time. In Kenya a tent can be bought >>here<<

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Camping at Tulia Backpackers In Mombasa

A sleeping bag which costs a one off fee of Kshs. 2000 ($20) from Jumia. They can deliver it to you too (No, this is not a sponsored post)

I always advocate for having some mosquito repellent when you are camping in Mombasa or anywhere in Kenya. There is this wristband mosquito repellent for 300 Kshs

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The Swimming Pool and bar area at Tulia Backpackers. Aren’t we jokers?

We met several campers at the Tulia Backpackers In Mombasas and like they say, the more the merrier 🙂

4. Take The Train To A New Destination

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Another option for having relatively cheap fun in Mombasa is the Madaraka Express. The train has definitely changed travelling to Mombasa for fun or business. From Mombasa to Voi it costs less than Kshs. 250 and there are some pretty good hidden gems in Voi and its premises. Comment below if you’d want to know them and we may have a “hidden gems in Voi” piece.

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The Madaraka Express At Voi Terminus


5. Check Out Mombasa Old Town

On a Sunday afternoon, these streets are deserted and make the perfect mood for roaming around as you soak in the old town of Mombasa before it all gets lost. If you want to have some fun In Mombasa, make sure to check out the markets, eat ice cream by the road side and just enjoy the action around you.




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