Mombasa Tours
Half-Day Scenic Bike Tour
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Half-Day Scenic Bike Tour

By Bike the Coast
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Explore Mombasa by bike on a half-day guided tour that goes beyond tourist sites to explore villages, forests, and beaches. Choose from four fascinating bike tours that range from laid-back coastal jaunts to village rides. See daily life in traditional communities and hop between diverse climate zones, all while following quiet unpaved roads and paths.
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Duration: 4h
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Highlights
  • Half-day bike tour of Mombasa and local towns
  • Choose the route and difficulty level that suits you
  • Pause along the way for cool drinks
  • Morning and afternoon departures available to fit your schedule

  • Use of bicycle
  • Use of helmet
  • Local guide
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup
  • Hotel drop-off

Make your way to a meeting point in Mombasa, where you get suited up for a half day of riding. Choose between four classic rides that cover between 14 miles (23 kilometers) and 19 miles (31 kilometers), with difficulties that range from one to four (see Additional Info for details). Select Along the Coast for a leisurely ride through traditional African villages, palm trees, and mango forests, earning beautiful views of the Indian Ocean along the way. Opt for Three Coastal Areas, and cover beach, palm forests, and semiarid terrain—the three climate zones that define the coast. The Along the Creek tour sets out from the lively town of Mtwapa to a series of inland Giriama settlements, while The Bike Adventure route tackles more challenging, steeper terrain between arms of the Mtwapa Creek. All rides include bike rental and refreshments, and conclude at the original departure point.

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  • Mombasa Go-Kart and Adventure Park, Shanzu, Mombasa, Kenya
    Departure Point: Mombasa Go-Kart Directions: You find us along Mombasa-Malindi Road, 1.5 km after hotel Whitesands, just next to the Petrocity station. There is a big signboard with two flags on the mainroad. Dates: See Availability
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 52140P1

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Along The Coast Scenery: Start and end in Mtwapa, an upcoming lively town. We ride leisurely through traditional African villages in palm-tree and mango forests. About a third of the tour follows the coast and at some places we can enjoy the view on the Indian Ocean. Distance: about 40 km, short cut possible Time needed: 4 to 5 hours Altitude: total ca. 50 m Difficulty: 1 Three Coastal Areas Scenery: Three typical climate zones along the Coast: beach - palm-tree forest - semiarid area. Along the hotel area to some few upper class plots at the creek, local village, traditional Giriama village in a typical palm-tree-forest along the creek - crossing an arm of the creek. Spectacular view over the Mombasa North Coast. Distance: 24 km, 2 km tarmac with no traffic short cut possible Time needed: 3 to 4 hours Altitude: total ca. 150 m Difficulty: 1..2, two short but steep uphill stretches Along The Creek Scenery: Start and end in Mtwapa, an upcoming lively town. We follow the Creek inland and ride leisurely through traditional Giriama settlements in palm-tree forests and farms, here called shamba. Spectacular views of Mtwapa Creek and almost untouched bush-land. Distance: 31 km, short cut possible Time needed: 3 ½ to 4 ½ hours Altitude: total ca. 150 m Difficulty: 2 The Bike Adventure Scenery: First we ride through palm- and mango tree forests with traditional African villages. Then we reach the semi arid area where we climb some hilltops and cross arms of the Mtwapa Creek. From a high hill we have an fantastic sight over the North Coast Area and different Creeks around Mombasa. Distance: 24 km Time needed: 3 to 4 hours Altitude: ca. 350 m Difficulty: 3..4, about 8 km single trail, short but steep up/down hill stretches
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 52140P1

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    • Bike the Coast
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      Mombasa, Kenya
      Joined in December 2008
    • JamesMNT
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awesome, but tiring!
      My guide Julius was very friendly and helpful, and keeps a keen eye on the riders. He noticed my phone fall from my pocket as we went over some bumpy terrain, and recovered it for me. Phew! Julius must be a popular man in his community, judging from the very many greetings from passers-by. Tip: Try the shorter 12 kms route unless you're fit and not an occasional biker like me. And try out the several bikes they have and find the one that suits you before tiding out.
      Written November 23, 2022
    • yosef_joe
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      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Riding through Mombasa
      Had a great time riding the bikes through the villages of Mombasa, stunning views, great guides, the best way to take a snap of the real simple life of Mombasa villages
      Written February 23, 2019
    • Makhmary
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      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      A ride through the little villages of Mombasa.
      Generally a positive experience. Was picked up on time. The guide was a local and familiar with the villages and inhabitants. The pace was leisurely and the dirt roads of no great difficulty. This would have been a 5 star experience if not for the quality and the sorry state of the bikes and helmets. No large frame sizes to fit taller riders. Several extra stops to fix the guide's bike. Luckily, mine quite only a few hundred meters from end point.
      Written February 2, 2019
    • 265ashrafc
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awesome mountain biking !
      Thoroughly enjoyed this mountain bike ride thru The villages and up the escarpment to see the creek below. Magnificent views and enjoyable ride.
      Written November 9, 2018
    • Marcia J
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A worthy experience
      The Tour was great.Our guide was Splendid and made the journey convenient and exciting on short notice.We would be returning definitely.
      Written April 18, 2018
    • 141Darius
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Exciting tour
      Took the creek tour and was pretty exciting to move through the green landscape and peaceful villages around Bamburi. Professional and careful staff. Nice views of Mombasa from the top of the hill. The tour is suitable for medium trained people, although the guides go at your pace (even pole pole if necessary).
      Written July 24, 2017
    • Tammy C
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Scenetic trip around Mombasa
      The trip was really educating and fun. I being a local here in mombasa thought it was a really amazing experience. You really get to see the culture and beauty of mombasa rather than just the hotels and loud crazy matatus. Seeing the creek and the mangroves surrounding it was a breathtaking view. You got to go to hard to reach places around villages. Best part was you could go on your own pace, so you never really got extremely exhausted, like i thought we would. The tour guides were friendly and they were also really informative, even if you didn't ask questions.
      Written March 13, 2017
    • Lindsaylamb
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Best thing to do in Mombasa
      Hands down the best thing we did! Not exactly biking the coast, but better... biking through villages and part of the forest. We stopped to talk with the locals and some of the children ran next the bikes. It was very hot and humid so I recommend leaving as early as possible. The only thing we found difficult was biking through the sand with a worn bike. The bikes were all in OK shape but definitely showed their wear and tear from the conditions. Changing gears was difficult... but it's Africa, what else could you expect. The guides and owner were all fantastic. You even get some pictures emailed to you from your departure! Definitely a must do in Mombasa, but would recommend staying in south Mombasa for the beaches.
      Written March 3, 2017
    • 720rebecca
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Professional, fun and value for money
      Rolf and Benson provide a warm welcome and a choice of routes. I really wanted to go bike riding in Mombasa but found navigating busy streets made it almost impossible. They take you to scenic, safe routes at whichever pace suits you.
      Written June 28, 2015
    • CarolynBul
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Off the beaten track- a great way to see Africa
      A group of 4 of us did the 3 coastal trails tour and it was excellent! From seeing the village children, to the spectacular views and great tour guides it was a rewarding experience. The tour was hot and physically demanding but well worth it. I recommend to wear runners as we were all in flip flops or sandals which was manageable but not ideal. Also, a pair of bike shorts would be nice. Bring candy for the kids, or you can buy some in the villages. Overall a great tour and would recommend to anyone. Rolf and the tour guides were veryprofessional. Take your time and enjoy the scenery and culture. We took around 4 hours for the 20 km ride.
      Written February 18, 2013
    • Saris E
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      See Africa instead of tourist-ghettos!
      One of my very best experiences in the third world - and I (63) had quite a lot of them...! The trip was super: only 100 m along the main road and then always on small paths through nature and villages! What a super (and ecologically friendly!) contrast to the all-inclusive-consuming-temples along the beach!! The guide adapted the speed perfectly to the needs of the group (it was rather hot...!) and there was always water or a banana in his bag (included in the fee)! We had splending views and impressions which I'll not forget so quickly. The bikes were in perfect conditions (even better than those of my bike at home, which is also not so bad...). Regarding cost/benefit: better than anything else you can do in Kenya!
      Written November 13, 2012
    • Judy Y
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A Great Experience
      I wasn't sure what to expect but it was a great experience. Really got to see the villages and people in their everyday life. The visit to the quarry was amazing and really gives you an appreciation of how hard people work to earn a living. Would never have been able to experience this side of Kenya if we sat at the resort the whole time. The guides (Benson & Julius) were fantastic and patient making sure the pace was to our ability.
      Written April 24, 2012
    • 294207Andrea_M
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      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Not as Advertised
      Though this bike trip was fun, it was not at all as advertised. We were looking to do an easier morning ride (the costal path said 40k but was rated a 1 out of 4 leading you to believe that it easy) it was not. The ride was mostly through sand, along dirt paths and was very difficult. The short cut route that was offered was 30k, and therefore wasn't much shorter. The biggest disappointment was that it isn't a close and personal visit with Africa as the add says, it is an intrusive and deliberate ride through communities, in between houses and under their drying laundry. I do not agree with the route that they chose to take you on, it was a parade through local areas where we had no right to be disturbing households. This ride felt very exploitative of the poverty of the area, it was designed to put it on display. Overall a huge disappointment. The local guides were great, the ex pat owner was intolerable.
      Written April 5, 2012
    • mjose24
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Simply splendid!
      If there was time for only once activity while you are in Mombasa , choose Bike the Coast and rest assured that you will not be disappointed. Rolf and his crew are very very helpful and you having a nice time is their #1 priority. My friend and I loved the ride. Benson and Julius our guides were simply amazing!! Lisa
      Written November 1, 2011
    • tonyrex_01
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      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      An Ideal Complement to Your Safari
      Having seen the wildlife on a safari this is the ideal way to see the way people live in rural Kenya. Yes you are only a short distance from the city of Mombasa but the rides take you through some wonderful rural villages with pleasant and interesting scenery. No showcase Masai settlement in sight! The bikes are good quality. I did two rides and shall certainly return to do another couple next time I am there.
      Written October 14, 2011
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    Bart E
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2022 • Solo
    As a Dutchie I love to ride my bicycle anywhere possible, so i was happy i could do this in Mombasa with a scenic ride through small rural villages, up hill and by crossing small rivers. With stops on the way to get closer to local life was this a perfect event with an experienced guide. A good workout as well. Could not beat him (up hill). Highly recommended!
    Written February 4, 2022
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    Clive A
    West Drayton, UK9 contributions
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    Jan 2024 • Solo
    Ride the Coast make everything easy for you from the time you book. Maggie sends a welcoming WhatsApp and answers any questions. The only hard bit are the hills 🥵 .
    Julius was our main guide for this ride, he is very knowledgable and seems to know everyone we met along the way, which added to the experience.
    We were given plenty of water for the ride, so there's no need to bring your own with you.
    At the midway point Julius offered us the shortcut back... we took it. The heat and humidity took its toll on us I'm sorry to say, but it was a good decision.
    The views along the way are lovely, and well worth the effort.
    I'm considering a second ride later in the holiday
    Written January 18, 2024
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    Sarah B
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    May 2024 • Couples
    A great and memorable experience. We cycled through villages and spoke to locals. We cycle to the highest point in Mombassa and the views were sensational. The guides were extremely informative and professional. They really made this experience worth while.
    Written June 8, 2024
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    Philip C
    Nottingham, UK27 contributions
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    Feb 2023 • Solo
    Thoroughly enjoyed my cycle tour with Julius. I was the only participant so I had him to myself. He showed me some fascinating villages and a side of Kenyan life that I would never otherwise have accessed. Julius was friendly, considerate and interesting.
    Written February 16, 2023
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    HugoLing56
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands160 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great way to escape the tourism bubble and see some of the real Kenya. I rode with Julius and enjoyed the relaxed pace, the scenery and the chats we had along the way with people he knows. A splendid way to spend a Saturday morning.
    Written February 24, 2024
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    WWzzz1990
    Kayseri, Türkiye39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I had a great time with Bike the Coast and cycling guide Julian. We saw awesome villages, the amazing Creek, loads of local activity, small lanes, tough uphill. Overall a really special experience, don't miss it!!
    Written September 12, 2022
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    Thanks for the nice review
    Written September 18, 2022
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    Harkers69
    Stoke on Trent, England3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a fantastic time! This is a MUST DO activity for all fit-freaks. We took the easy and mostly flat 26k option (we are on holiday after all), which took us through various villages. There are about 4 different routes you can choose from with varying levels of skill. Our two guides, Benson and Anderson, were great fun and gave us a running commentary as we went along. The tour took us through the centre of a number of villages where we were dodging lying dogs, chickens, ducking under washing lines, between houses and shouting Jambo! to all the little children as we went. We saw women washing their clothes in buckets and grinding maize by hand. This is the best way to see real Kenyan life. The Kenyan people were genuinely lovely. After reaching the top of a steep hill, a little old Kenyan lady came out of her hut to bring me a stool to sit on and said that they don’t get many visitors and that I must sit!

    The bikes, helmets and gloves provided are suitable. Put plenty of sun cream on (the waterproof variety) as mine came off with the heat and I got burnt. We were provided with water and bananas along the way. Take some money to buy a coke at a local village shop and some Balboa berries. We left at 08.00am and were back for 12.00noon but by then it is really hot! If you have padded cycling shorts it is a benefit (especially for the boys) on the bumpy tracks but not essential. Next time I would take a few sweets to give out to the children along the way.

    It was a great way to see the real Kenya life. We wished we had more time and would have done a second route.
    Written October 18, 2009
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    Ingle
    Vancouver, Canada1,093 contributions
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    Dec 2012 • Couples
    The half-day, Three Coastal Areas circle tour was the best Christmas present my husband and I could have had as we cycled through a huge diversity of scenery,  markets stalls, small mud villages, red dirt hills, posh homes, maize fields, above a large river, on a dried creek bed, up and down hills, through forest, passing cows, goats, camels, monkeys and many playful children with their exuberant cries of "jambo jambo!" and "how are you, how are you!?" all in the sweltering heat of Dec 24.  

    Such an intimate view of these fascinating areas and their peoples could only have been possible with our excellent guides Benson and Anderson.  Both young men were friendly, knowledgable, and experienced in a low-key way, and most importantly, patient with our many photo stops and questions.  This tour was a wonderful respite from the indulgences of 20 days on a luxury cruise ship and the sense of accomplishment from cycling on some rather challenging terrain, in the blazing mid-day heat, was great. As with so many rewarding experiences, the more effort you give the more you receive, and this one was no exception.  

    Tips:  wear closed toe shoes, light clothing, and sunglasses.  There is no bike carrier, and although your guides very helpfully will carry small items for you in their backpacks, I recommend you have a pocket or waist pouch for your camera, tissues, lip balm, etc.  so you will have easy access to them as needed.  Cycle shorts would be helpful to reduce butt discomfort, but assume you will sweat a lot and the padding is typically hot.  You will also get quite dirty from the dusty roads and avoid riding through puddles. They provide bananas at scheduled breaks, and a large bottle of water for each cyclist (1.5 liter bottle, I believe) so make sure to drink regularly.   Apply a good coat of high SPF sunblock. I wore 30 on all exposed parts and after a half day still managed to get sun burned.  They also helpfully provide helmet and cycle gloves.  I recommend wearing a baseball cap under the helmet for extra protection from the sun and comfort, and your own gloves if you have some.  If not, no worries, the ones they supply are clean, but just not of the quality you may be used to. The bikes are ok, as you would expect in a third world country. Not all the gears are available, but on a 21 speed bike, you have enough variety to get you both down and up hills.  The bike seats are variable in comfort - try a couple before deciding to take one that isn't comfortable.  The bike's breaks are fine. Your guides will take equipment to fix repairs on route, if the need arises, as it did with my bike when the derailer broke.  We were not bothered by this - in fact, it gave us a great opportunity to observe the brothers work calmly, quickly, and quietly together to remedy the problem.  At our guides' suggestion we stopped on route and bought a large bag of candies which I had fun giving to the village children and adults.  Had we thought of this beforehand, I would have asked Rolf what we should bring from home - perhaps pencils and paper or small toys would be preferable.  Or candies from home that they have never seen.  You are riding in very close proximity to people's homes and living spaces, so suggest that not staring and being respectful and circumspect when taking photos is in order.

    Without hesitation, we would tour again with Bike the Coast, Rolf's well-organized local operation, whose goal of ensuring your safety and well-being is second only to giving you a humbling and unforgettable glimpse into how life is lived in this slice of Kenya.  
    Written January 12, 2013
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    Akeelu
    Mombasa, Kenya41 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2015 • Friends
    I could not believe that such a tour exists in Mombasa, Kenya. Been brought up and living in Mombasa for the last 25 years I saw parts of the coast I had never seen before and it was totally worth it!! I had taken the three coasts tour and really enjoyed it!!

    The tour guide Benson was extremely friendly and patient.

    I definitely would recommend 'Bike the coast' for anyone visiting Mombasa on holiday and are looking for a fun day out full of adventure and exploration!!
    Written November 12, 2015
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    Anamombasa
    Mombasa, Kenya8 contributions
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    Oct 2014 • Friends
    I booked one of the tours (the one along the mtwapa creek) together with 3 other friends and we all loved it. Rolf was very helpful and fast answering our mails and Anderson and Berson, both the guides that came with us were great! We biked through small villages and then around the north part of mtwapa creek seeing the different landscapes and vegetation. Even though we´ve been living in kenya for a while, it is a worth experience because the tour goes through places you could never find on your own. If you like biking and pass by mombasa, you definitely should do one of the tours!
    Written October 20, 2014
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