The sunshine town of Mombasa is a hub of activities for all ages. All are welcomed into its abyss of never-ending fun. It isn’t dubbed “Mombasa raha” for nothing.
- Wild Waters
For the young souls, Mombasa has countless places to visit that promise to be worth their time. One particular place is the amazing Wild Waters in Nyali. It boasts a wide range of fun and exhilarating entertainment facilities for all ages. With several adult and kids water slides, a unique rain dance disco arena, a gaming arcade, bumper cars and a number of theme rides, Wild Waters is the complete entertainment facility tailor-made to show the kids what real fun is all about. When you get hungry, there is a large food court to ensure that you are well fed, and it has local and international cuisines. All pools have been carefully categorized. Wild Waters is a kid’s haven.
2. Haller Park
If water slides and pools aren’t your forte, then you should probably check out Haller Park. Formerly known as Bamburi Nature Trail, this place has always been the one-stop point for all animal lovers. Let the children run wild and be one with nature. Heller Park is home to a very flourishing ecosystem. Wildlife found here includes giraffes, Cape buffalo, zebras, waterbucks, and hippos. There are more than 160 species in the area including weaver birds, cranes, pelicans, and storks. Walking and cycling paths wind through the groves of casuarinas. A reptile park, palm garden, and crocodile pens are other attractions. A highlight is the giraffe feeding; but be sure to check the times before visiting. Nature trails lead to a butterfly pavilion.
3. Mombasa Marine Park
Children who love sea animals also have a chance to see the animals up close. Mombasa Marine Park is one place children of all ages will love. Seahorses, Stingrays, and Eels are among the marine creatures inhabiting the reserve; Those wishing to remain dry can view the diverse marine life from a glass-bottom boat. The popular beaches of Nyali, Bamburi, and Shanzu all provide access to the marine park.
4. Mamba Village
When in Mombasa you can’t forget to visit the Mamba Village Centre in Nyali. It’s the biggest crocodile farm where children can learn about the life cycle and behavior of these fascinating beasts. They also offer horseback riding and a botanical garden with an aquarium to enlighten kids about biology. The main highlight is watching the crocodiles fight for meat during feeding time.
5. Mombasa Go-Kart
Mombasa Go-Kart is a hit with speedsters and kids of all ages. Zoom around the smooth concrete track in go-karts and bounce around on the off-road buggies. After all the excitement, visitors can enjoy a snack at the family-friendly restaurant with computer games, a large playground, and a big screen showing sporting events. The Go-Kart track is what all adrenaline-driven kids need.
6. Mama Ngina Drive
If all the fun and games is not enough, be sure to check out Mama Ngina Drive. The place is always a buzz of kids activities from bouncing castles, face-painting, horseback riding to roller skating. All that happens as the cold sea breeze embraces you. There are hundreds of food stalls with tantalizing Swahili cuisines and street food.
Article by Davis Mwandawiro and Jamila El-Jabry (@Mombasa_gal)