Schools just closed and the kids are home. We all love these adorable little troublemakers but sometimes they cause too much trouble for their own good. Trying to keep them occupied can be rather difficult. With short attention spans and all the energy in the universe to burn, keeping kids indoors is not the best idea. Let them loose in a fun and safe environment full of adventure and even enjoy yourself at the same time. Does it sound too good to be true? That’s simply because you have not yet taken a family vacation to the Kenyan Coast. Here are 5 fun things to do in Mombasa with your kids this holiday.

1. Serena Beach Resort & Spa

Serena Beach Resort pool

Serena Beach Resort is a five star facility set on one of the most beautiful white-sand beaches in the Indian Ocean. The entire resort has a tranquil feel to it. As you walk on the winding lanes that crisscross the manicured oceanfront lawns the loudest noise you will hear is perhaps the whistling of the palm trees. Choose from 164 rooms all prepared to appeal to the palate of royalty. Further still, the hospitality is gracious and etched on traditional values all meant to give one a unique five star experience at the Kenyan coast. As for dining, look no further than the dhow themed Jahazi Grill restaurant and a swim-up bar overlooking the free-form swimming pool. If all this does not set the mood for a relaxing holiday the resort’s Maisha Mind, Body and Spirit Spa will.

All this is great but what about the kids? Worry not. Serena Beach Resort is family friendly and teeming with fun activities for you and the kids. Some of the kid-friendly activities at the resort include kitesurfing, windsurfing, beach volleyball, bow and arrow shooting, Giriama dance performances, nature walks to see turtles as well as coconut harvesting. Kids too enjoy fine dining with a special kids menu, a pizza parlour, and an ice cream shop. The sleeping arrangement is very convenient as the resort’s Family Suites come with separate bedrooms for kids and adults with two TVs and other rooms can be fitted with a rollaway baby cot.

Sign me up! Well, you can for 2 nights and 3 days per person sharing at only KES 29,500/-. For kids under the age of 12 enjoy a discounted rate of 50%. Start packing. Serena Beach Resort awaits you.

Offer exclusive to Starluck Travel. Call/WhatsApp +254 724 177 167 or email: info@starlucktravel.com for more information and booking.

2. Visit Malindi Marine National Park

Fish at Malindi Marine National Park

Malindi Marine National Park is also known as “The Coral Garden” and is claimed to be the oldest marine park in Africa. Visiting the park should definitely be on your itinerary for your trip to the Kenyan coast. Experience the magical ocean with activities such as swimming with zebra fish, glass-bottom boat rides, and snorkeling. The park is home to fringing reefs, coral gardens in the lagoons, seagrass beds, mangroves, mudflats, marine mammals, turtles, and species of shorebirds. Other activities to enjoy at the park include windsurfing, beach walks, and camping. Visiting Malindi Marine National Park is a sure way for kids to learn more about the ocean and the various forms of life that call it home all while having fun.

3. Visit Haller Park

Two hippos, a crane bird, and two birds

No family vacation is ever complete without a trip to an animal park. Kids get to see real wild animals they only see in funny sketches that make it to their textbooks. Haller Park is located in Bamburi, Mombasa and is the brainchild of Dr. Rene Haller. The park was previously a quarry wasteland but has since been transformed into an ecological area. Here the kids will have fun spotting waterbucks, giraffes, hippos, zebras, and Cape buffaloes. Haller Park is also famous for its heartwarming story of the 130 year old tortoise known as “Mzee” that adopted an orphaned hippo, “Owen”. Sounds like an interesting story your kids will be telling their friends.

4. Go-karting

Go kart race about to start as part of many fun things to do in Mombasa

 

 

Mombasa Go-Kart is a go-karting park on Malindi Road. Perfect for the kids and the young at heart. Enjoy thrilling rides on go-karts or off-road buggies. If that does not get your adrenaline pumping other activities in the complex include bowling, jumping on a trampoline, and playing table tennis. Mombasa Go-Kart alone provides quite a number of fun things to do in Mombasa.

5. Visit Fort Jesus

Fort Jesus Mombasa, Kenya

5. Visit Fort Jesus

Visiting Fort Jesus is probably the second thing that comes to mind when you think of fun things to do in Mombasa. The first being the beach, obviously. Well, there are good reasons why Fort Jesus is so synonymous with Mombasa. Visiting Fort Jesus is like traveling back in time to 1593 when work on the fort started. Fort Jesus was designed the Italian Giovanni Battista Cairati under orders from King Philip I of Portugal, to guard the Old Port of Mombasa. The fort not only offers insight into architectural design of centuries past but also into the weapons and strategies of war used back then. A visit to the fort will surely inspire an interest in history in the young ones.

Finally, there are plenty of things to do at the Kenyan coast. This list is no means exhaustive. A few notable mentions include visiting the Mamba Village, taking a walk around Old Town, a dhow trip to Wasini Island as well as a visit to Shimba Hills National Reserve.

 

Hopefully, those 5 fun things to do in Mombasa with your kids inspire an unforgettable family vacation to the Kenyan coast

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