Mombasa is Kenya’s main tourist destination. It is located on the Eastern coastline of Kenya bordering the Indian Ocean which has made it a popular destination for its beaches. Mombasa offers diverse marine life, world-class hotels and a friendly atmosphere. There is a tropical climate all year; it is a great destination filled with activities for all ages.
Mombasa was ruled by the Portuguese, Arabs and British and originated back in the 16th century. Mombasa’s culture today still exhibits that of its past. Historical ruins like Forte Jesus de Mombaça (AKA Fort Jesus), an historic Portugese fort, and the Old Town are attractions influenced by Mombasa’s trade culture, with many examples of Portuguese and Islamic architecture.
The port city of Mombasa, which is the second largest in Kenya, is supposedly its one of the major center of tourism. Being Kenya’s chief port, Mombasa is the commercial and industrial hub lying on the Indian Ocean and is connected to the mainland by bridges and ferries.
Separated by two creeks, Viz-: Tudor Creek and Kilindini Harbor, the port serves Kenya and countries as well by linking them to the Ocean by means of the Moi International Airport.
The original Arabic name is Manbasa which is called as ‘Kisiwa Cha Mvita’ in Swahili that means ‘Island of War’. The reason behind this is the many changes in its possession that has got a great impact in its long history.
Majority of the Mombasa population comprise of Muslims or Swahili people, wherein the majority is constitute the migrants and merchants from countries like Iran, Middle East, Somalia and the Indian sub-continent who came and settled there.
The town overlooks a large harbor, where commercial shipping blends with long-established sailing dhows. What actually attract people from distant land to this island is the striking old town and its splendid Arab architecture. The narrow snaky streets, the air often filled with the scent of spices, the local Men & women wrapped in bright colored coastal wears ‘khanga’ and ‘kikoy & women wearing the traditional outfit-‘bui bui’ and the active markets flooded with fresh fish of the coast is the normal scene that a foreigner get to see on his/her first visit.
Capitalizing on coastal tourism, the city is well known for its exotic beach resorts and luxurious hotels. Water activities like kite surfing, scuba diving and much more are also a common site on these beaches. The city caters efficiently to a numbers of schools, shopping districts, restaurants, a lively nightlife and residential areas.
Makadara is part of the Old Town that houses many Baluchi settlers. Kibokoni is another part of the Old Town with obvious Swahili architecture, and where the famous Fort Jesus is located. Ganjoni and Tudor are residential districts with occasional shops. Kizingo is where the State House, Mombasa Golf Club and the Aga Khan Academy are established.
|Languages spoken||English, Kiswahili|
|Currency used||Kenya Shillings|
|Area (km2)||294.7 km²|