Mombasa is the second largest town in Kenya, built on an Island composed of solid coral reef. It was once referred to as the gateway to the black continent (Africa) by slave traders and European missionaries. It is a major port and is the centre of the coastal tourism industry. The awe-inspiring landscapes, numerous attractions and pleasant weather have given a boost to the flow of the tourists here. The Arabic influence can be very much felt all around inside the city. The dress, the architecture and the food of Mombasa all have Arabic touch. Mombasa is an excellent place if you are planning a holiday for a break from your monotonous life.
|Area||:||The total area is 295 Km2.|
|Population||:||According to 1999 census the total population is 707,400.|
|State||:||Province is Coast Province.|
|Languages||:||Swahili is the official language.|
|Currency||:||Kenya Shilling is the currency.|
|Geographic Coordination||:||4°03'S 39°40'E.|
Climate and Geography
It enjoys a tropical climate.
Mombasa has one of the most proficient public transport systems in Kenya. The city has an extensive and well developed local travel network with plenty of good options to suit any traveler's needs. Some of the means to travel around are :
- âˆš By Bus :
Several buses run daily from morning till midnight, inside the city that travels to almost every corner of the city. They are the main means of transport for the locals as traveling by bus is cheap and comfortable.
- âˆš By Taxi :
Mombasa is a place where you can find taxis easily. The taxis are widely available and the most convenient option for touring the city.
- âˆš By Cycling :
Long distance cycling is very popular here as the roads are smooth and inexpensive mode of transport.
- âˆš By Matatu :
The most popular form of public transport in Mombasa is the Matatu, which has now become a national icon and a large part of Kenyan modern culture.
Shopping and Entertainment
Mombasa is also home to many unique boutique shops selling modern art objects, paintings, clothing and jewelry. It is an ideal place to shop for well priced coastal handicrafts. The shopping in Mombasa is heavily dependent on African art and culture. Here you will find that the tourists are keen on buying the local handcrafted items, ornately carved furniture, souvenirs etc. You shouldn't miss visiting the Old Town where numerous markets and expensive boutiques are located. You can bargain a lot and buy the items at reasonable prices. Lastly the city offers you a comprehensive shopping experience.
There are many excellent beach activities for individuals, couples and families that will keep you occupied throughout your stay. The safe and guided boat tours will take you out to the reef where you can watch the sharks swim at the lower depths. There are countless things offered by Mombasa to invigorate your sense to the core. . But if still your energy reserves are not completely exhausted then there are several clubs for you to have a rocking time for example the New Florida Casino and the Nightclub and many more.