Bamburi Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Kenya
Bamburi Beach Hotel
Fantastic hotel, in a fantastic location
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Bamburi Beach one of the favorite beach resorts in Kenya
Sunrise on Bamburi Beach in Kenya
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You can scuba dive on the reefs off Bamburi Beach
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Bamburi Beach & Bamburi Beach Hotel in Kenya
About 12 Kilometers north of Mombasa, you will find Bamburi beach, one of the best beaches on the Kenyan coast. The beach lies within the protected coral reefs of the Mombasa Marine National Park and Reserve.
- The Beach
- Bamburi Beach Accommodation
- Places to Eat
- Nightlife in Bamburi
- Bamburi Beach Hotel
- Travellers Beach Hotel
- Places of Interest in the Area
- Where to Book a Bamburi Beach Holiday
The beach at Bamburi consists of fine white sand, with a large area of shallow water in front of you. The beach is protected by a reef, which is a popular scuba diving location. Behind the beach it is pretty well forested with palm trees and then the hotels that line it. In some places beach can be quite narrow, especially at high tide. On the beach you will find people selling you curios and paintings, at first this can get a little annoying, but once you have either made it clear that you do not want anything, or you buy from them, they will generally leave you in peace. One unique aspect that I found on the beach were camels, which you can choose to go for a ride on for a small fee.
Bamburi Beach: Popular Watersports Location
This part of the coast is popular with watersports enthusiasts, great sailing, snorkeling and diving opportunities locations as well as places to go sailing and seas fishing. You can also try snorkelling, water-skiing, jet-skiing, sea kayaking as well as go on glass-bottomed boat trips into the Mombasa Marine National Park and Reserve from here.
Bamburi beach is pretty well developed with plenty of hotels, cottages and private beach villas to choose from.
Amongst the hotels, there is a mix of mid priced hotels aimed at the package holiday market, as well as some top end luxury beach resorts. Overall the beach has a relaxed atmosphere and is a great place to kick back and relax. Because of the calm waters, it also make a great location for the whole family. Recommended hotels include the Bamburi Beach Hotel and the Travellers Beach Hotel.
The cheapest way, and a method that I used many times is to go on the shared mini busses known as matatu's, there are plenty that will take you into Mombasa or further up the coast to Malindi and beyond. The matatus do however get really crowded, but on the whole the people were friendly and always ready to help with what buss to catch and with directions. If you prefer you can also arrange for a private taxi that can be booked from the hotel.
Outside of the hotels restaurants, there are plenty of restaurants on the road into Mombasa. I doubt you are going to find Michelin quality food, but most are friendly and are used to tourists eating at them. Look out for local foods like nyama choma which is basically barbecued goat or beef, or as you are by the sea various types of grilled fish. A few restaurants around Bamburi beach specialise in Swahili dishes like snapper with coconut, cloves and cinnamon, which tastes fantastic. There are also places where you can get Chinese, Indian as well as Italian dishes.
Apart from your hotels, that often lay on entertainment for their guests there are a few places to go out and enjoy the evenings in Bamburi beach. Some are great like the family-friendly Pirates located at Kenyatta Beach not far away. Then there is the Bora Bora Club located at the Ocean View Shopping Plaza, that can be fun. However there are also some pretty rowdy places that you probably want to avoid. My suggestion would be to ask the front desk at the hotel, where they recommend as things change and what was once a great place to enjoy an evening could now be a dive.
For the best shopping, it is probably better to go into Mombasa. Most of the hotels in Bamburi have curio shops where you'll find local arts and crafts, like soapstone sculptures, shell and bead necklaces, sisal baskets and wood carvings, but you will be paying "hotel" prices for the pleasure.
There are also plenty of people selling brightly coloured paintings, bracelets, kangas (sarongs), kikois (stripy cotton wraps) and shukas (red Maasai-style blankets). Just be prepaired to haggle to get the best deals.
The Arabic-style architecture of the Bamburi Beach could at first trick you into thinking that you have taken a wrong turn and wound up in Tunisia or Morocco. But don't worry, you are at the Bamburi Beach Hotel, on Bamburi Beach, just outside of Mombasa.
The hotel is perfect for those travelling on a budget and looking for a lively beach resort.
The Bamburi Beach Hotel has 150 rooms on three floors and are furnished in an Arabian style in keeping with the artichecture of the hotel. Most of the rooms come with air-conditioning, private bathroom, a balcony or Terrace (most of which have a full or partial sea view), minibar, safe, telephone and television. The standard rooms sleep up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children and come with 1 queen-size bed or twin beds plus a single bed. Interconnecting rooms can be organised for you should you need.
There are two Outdoor Swimming pools with Sunbeds and Pool Towels provided. The hotel has 4 Bars that include a pool bar.
Eating at the Hotel
The hotel's has three restaurants: the Fisherman's Cave seafood restaurant that serves locally caught fish, the main buffet restaurant and the Karibu Centre that serves snacks during the day and a grill in the evenings.
Video Of the Bamburi Beach Hotel
For a better of what the Bamburi Beach hotel has to offer, take a look at the video below, created by the travel agent Thomson's. (Click here to book a holiday in Bamburi Beach).
Other Hotels on Bamburi Beach
Other than the Bamburi Beach Hotel, there are also a few other excellent hotels on Bamburi beach, here are others that you may wish to take a look at:
I have actually stayed at the Travellers Beach Club Hotel on a trip in Kenya that I went on a few years ago. We were looking for somewhere comfortable without being too pricey and the Travellers Beach Hotel did not disappoint.
The 4 star Travellers Beach hotel has 5 restaurants, including the Sher-E-Punjab indian restaurant and the Suli Suli Grill next to the pool, that is perfect for taking a bite to eat at lunch.
There are 126 rooms, most of which have a view of the ocean or fantastic pool area and al have their own bath and shower, satellite TV and in house movie channels as well as a safe. The hotel also has a pool, games room and a fully equipped gym.
Severin Sea Lodge
Whether you’re staying in the main building or in one of the palm-thatched rondavels, your room’s a peaceful oasis of effortless luxury. Cue Arabian-style beds draped with mosquito nets. Floors so polished you can see your face in them. And fabulous views that’ll take your breath away. See the sun set over the Indian Ocean, watch monkeys playing in the gardens or glimpse the pool sparkling through the trees – whichever way your room faces, you get a vista to-die-for.
Other than just enjoying the beach, there is so much more to Bamburi beach and the surrounding area. Here are a few things that caught our eye:
Scuba Diving in Bamburi Beach
There is a scuba diving company located in Bamburi beach, called the Baracuda Diving Team and is in fact where I got my PADI open water diving license. Baracuda diving have daily Scuba Diving trips to Kenya's Marine National Park and also provides PADI tuition, where you can lean to dive.
Scuba Diving Courses offered include:
- PADI Openwater Course, this is a a full certification course that includes lessons in theory, pool and ocean dives.
- PADI Advanced Course a full certification course for experienced divers that includes lessons in Deep, Navigation, Wreck, Drift and Naturalist diving.
They are affiliated with all the major associations including CMAS, PADI, SSI, VDST and BARAKUDA. Check out this page for more on Scuba Diving in Kenya.
Watersports Near Bamburi Beach
In the area surrounding Bamburi beach there are the facilities for the following sports: Kitesurfing, windsurfing, glass-bottom boat, snorkelling, catamarans, waterskiing.
Haller Park Bamburi Nature Trail
Haller Park, which is also referred to as the Bamburi Nature trail is located near Bamburi beach, across the creek that separates the island of Mombasa from the north coast of Kenya, crossing the Nyali area.
Haller Park covers many acres where you will find many species of trees, grasses and a small amount of game that includes two hippo, giraffe, buffalo, zebra, waterbuck, eland and oryx and giant tortoise, crocodile. The birdlife is very good, with more than 160 bird species recorded that include the gray heron, black heron, great white egret, little egret yellow-billed egret, sacred ibis, plovers, white-faced ducks, African fish eagles, pied kingfishers and malachite kingfishers.
Once part of some land that had been carved up and used for it's resources to be in a cement factory, it has now been restored and returned back to nature.
Haller Park is named after Rene Haller who started the process of rehabilitating the quarry and was helped with the backing of the Bamburi Portland Cement Company.
Nguuni Wildlife Sanctuary
The Nguuni Wildlife Sanctuary is part of Baobab farm and the wider Nguu Tatu area. This area of Baobab Farm has only recently been opened up to the public so could be regarded as one of the best kept secrets of Mombasa
Ostrich, Eland and Oryx were introduced into into the area to be farmed as well as to help with the rehabilitation of the land through the distribution of seeds through their droppings. They have become relatively domesticated thus allow you with many fantastic photo opportunities.
Thomson Holidays offer package holidays to both the Travellers Beach Hotel and the Severin Sea Lodge in Bamburi as well as a number of other hotels on the Kenyan Coast.
Also worth Trying:
Lastminute.com are one of my favorite online travel agents. At the time of checking, they did not have any holidays available to Bamburi beach, but do have many others at different beach resorts located in Kenya
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