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Nairobi to Mombassa by road

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Nairobi to Mombassa by road


Any insights into if it is even worthwhile to attempt to take a road trip from Nairobi to Mombassa? I hear it is about 300 miles and can take 6-8 hrs. Last time we just flew but this time we are considering taking a road trip to save on airline tickets but only if the journey is ok (roads are decent, enough things to do along the way so we can have a break etc). I am travelling with 2 kids (4 and 8) and 2 elderly parents.

Also suggestions for good hotels in Mombassa would be great. I think we stayed in the Sands (?) last time and i want something on par or better.

Thanks again..

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21. Re: Nairobi to Mombassa by road

Are you kidding?

Kids LOVE bunks beds on a train, it doesn't get any better than that for them, and this is an overnight train ride across Africa. Wow, something to write home about.

Of course, if all you want is a bag of nuts on a plane then you could experience this anywhere, without the hassle of going all the way to Africa. Just eat a bag of nuts on a flight near you. Exactly the same boring non-experience, exactly the same airprots and Boeings, but cheaper and closer, gets you back home sitting in front of the TV all the sooner... ;0)

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22. Re: Nairobi to Mombassa by road

Absolutely take your point, and definitely intend to do the train sometime, just for the experience. I love rail travel.

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23. Re: Nairobi to Mombassa by road

I took the train to MBA long, long time ago (when KR was under management of local authority), it was fun, also b'cz we were in a group of friends.

Even under new management, long delays (for upto 12 hrs) is'nt unheard of !!

24. Re: Nairobi to Mombassa by road

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