How to get to Mwamba
Travelling from Nairobi
By public means:
By train: A great way to travel! Trains from Nairobi to Mombasa run twice a day, leaving at 8:20am and 2:35pm (book here). The journey takes 5 to 6 hours, depending on whether you get an express train or not. It’s also a great way to see the country and maybe even spot some wildlife along the way!
You would then need to get public transport from Mombasa to Watamu. To do so, you have several options:
- we can organize a taxi ride for you (January 2020 cost was approximately 70$ for a small car)
- if you’re travelling on the cheaper side, you can get a matatu from the train station to Timboni, which takes 2 to 2½ hrs (January 2020 cost: Ksh 1000). You’ll then need to get a tuk-tuk from Timboni to Plt 28 – Mwamba (15 mins, approx Ksh 300)
By bus: Modern Coast and Mash companies both have direct busses from Nairobi that you do not have to change in Mombasa with. Alight at Gede junction at the OilLibya petrol station which is about 20 mins before Malindi (ask the conductor to tell you if you are unfamiliar with the area). From here take a matatu to Watamu and alight at Turtle Bay. You can then either take a motorbike taxi (Ksh 50), tuk-tuk (Ksh 250) or a taxi (Ksh 300) to Plot 28 – Mwamba / A Rocha Kenya.
Book your seat at least 24 hrs in advance to avoid getting lumped with a back row seat – very uncomfortable (from experience!). This is also good for getting back to Nairobi. You can book Modern Coast online if you have Mpesa on your phone.
If you want to visit some of the places en route, it is best to either take an organized safari or hire a car since the National Parks can only be entered by private vehicle. Amboseli is beautiful but a little off-course unless you have your own car / personalized safari. Tsavo West is easier and Tsavo East even more – but again you’ll need your own vehicle. Options for good local freelance guides who could organize your trip and accompany you if you wanted are:
By plane: Companies flying to Malindi & Mombasa:
- Kenya Airways: Daily, from & to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nbi; sometimes have special rates but otherwise sometimes the cheaper option.
- Fly540.com: flies daily in high season, sometimes twice daily, somewhat randomly in low season; out of International Airport, Nbi and at some times of the year out of Wilson Airport, Nbi (nearer to town than International Airport as well).
- Air Kenya: Daily in high season, only a few days a week at other times – best to check the website for options. Flies out of Wilson Airport Nairobi.
We recommend that you fly to Malindi airport as it is only 20-30 minutes away. The simplest way to get from there to Mwamba is by taxi. If you are on a budget though, you can get up to Turtle Bay Beach Club using a matatu (ksh 80) and then take a taxi (ksh 200-300) or a tuk-tuk (ksh 100) the final 2 km to Mwamba (Plot 28).
From Mombasa, the best option is to use a taxi (January 2020 price: 70$), or hop on a matatu (see details in the “By train” section).
By private vehicle via Mombasa:
Pass Kilifi and after about 30-40 km reach a junction on your right beside a Oil Libya petrol station at a place called Gede. Turn right here and follow road for about 7 km to a T-junction just after passing through a village with speed bumps. Turn right. Pass Turtle Bay Beach Club on the left (also with speed bumps) and continue for about.2.5 km till you see a sign on the left for ‘Plot 28 A Rocha Kenya’. Turn in here and go to the end – the centre is the property on the left at the end.