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Entertainment spots in Mombasa to check out this holiday

Mombasa Go-Kart
Written by Abraham Odhiambo

Entertainment spots in Mombasa are many. But before we look into that, let’s first have a little background information on the city. 

Mombasa is the second largest metropolitan area in Kenya after Nairobi. The vibrant city was previously known as ‘Manbasa’ – meaning an island of war. And it’s because it was the stage for several wars of occupation by Arabs, locals and the Portuguese many years ago.

Mombasa now boasts a unique blend of culture, rich history and several attractions like Fort Jesus and Nyali Beach. 

When it comes to vacation, Mombasa never disappoints. From amazing hotels, white sand beaches and architectural wonders to the bustling nightlife and vibrant shopping centres, the city has it all.  

Let’s explore the best entertainment spots in Mombasa you should visit this coming holiday. 

1. Golden Key Casino 

Golden Key Casino is one of the leading entertainment spots in Mombasa. It is located on the rooftop of The Tamarind, East Africa’s finest seafood restaurant.

Golden Key Casino

The Golden Key Casino. Photo/ Upkenya.

The casino has more than 50 gaming machines and eleven tables. Golden Key Casino opens daily from 12 pm to 5 am for slot machines and 3 pm to 5 am for table games. 

Some of the games offered at the casino include Caribbean Stud, American Roulette, Pontoon, Texas Hold’em, 3 Card Poker and Blackjack. 

Poker players participate in tournaments every weekend with a guaranteed cash prize pool of KES 2,000,000. Poker rooms are open daily from 6 pm to 5 am. 

2. Nyali Cinemax 

Nyali Cinemax is a unique apartment along Links Road convenient for evening refreshments, shopping and movie.

Nyali Cinemax

Nyali Cinemax. Photo/ Slychronicles.

The theatre has ample parking space, great support staff and pictures of actors mounted all over, giving you the movie feeling. 

Nyali Cinemax, one of the best entertainment spots in Mombasa, is surrounded by good restaurants and cafes like Big Square. 

With the motto “Providing The Ultimate Movie Experience”, Nyali Cinemax is one of the best places to watch the latest releases from Hollywood and Bollywood. It’s also a good place to come along with kids since they also show children movies. 

3. Mombasa Go-Kart 

Mombasa Go-Kart is a place for the young and old to chill with plenty of entertainment and fun activities. 

The facility offers target shooting with paintball guns, a restaurant with Computer game stations, go-karts and a kids’ playground, just to mention a few. 

All go-karts have a speed governor hence small kids can also drive on their own.

Mombasa Go-Kart

Go-Kart. Photo/ Ventes Ventures.

The one-stop entertainment zone has a large sports screen where you can watch football, rugby, and other major sporting events live. 

4. Mombasa Continental Resort 

Mombasa Continental Resort features a restaurant, a bar, a fitness centre, a golf course, a beach and a shared lounge in Shanzu. 

The resort, which is one of the best entertainment spots in Mombasa, has an outdoor swimming pool, kids’ club, indoor pool and evening entertainment. The property also has a playground where you can play darts. 

Le Club, located at the underground of Mombasa Continental Resort, is arguably the best place for partygoers in Mombasa. 

The club hosts weekly themes, and music continues until the morning’s wee hours. The club plays international music which makes tourists also feel at home. 

Well, you don’t have to worry about food because there is a restaurant section serving the best meals you will need. 

5. Mombasa Butterfly House 

Mombasa Butterfly House is one of Africa’s best butterfly parks. The unique spectacular attraction in the coastal city is a perfect garden for a picnic with family.

Mombasa Butterfly House

Mombasa Butterfly House. Photo/ NipePlace.

A visit to the Butterfly house will leave you with a feeling that you are in a magical land as you see the spectacular butterflies flying around. 

Mombasa Butterfly House, one of the leading entertainment sports in Mombasa, is a serene area with a cool sea breeze and a playground for children. It is a place to explore different attractions, relax your mind and also get some privacy. 

How Do I Spend My Day in Mombasa? 

  1. Stroll around Mombasa Old Town 
  2. Check out Mandhry Mosque
  3. Take photos with the Mombasa Tusks
  4. Spend a day by the beach 
  5. Stroll around Haller Park 
  6. Go on a game drive at one of the national parks 
  7. Learn history at Fort Jesus

What is Unique in Mombasa? 

  1. The Mombasa Carnival 
  2. The Mombasa Triathlon 
  3. Mombasa Marine National Park 
  4. Tsavo East and West National Parks 
  5. Lamu Cultural Festival 

How Much Does it Cost to Enter Fort Jesus? 

Fort Jesus entry fee is KES 200 for Kenyan citizen adults, 100 for children, 400 for East African adults, 200 for East African children, 1200 for non-resident adults and KES 600 for non-resident children. 

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Abraham Odhiambo

Abraham Odhiambo is a writer with interests in nature, travel, African safari and sports. I'm pursuing a bachelor's degree in Media and Communication at Egerton University.

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