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About Mombasa

Mombasa is the second-largest city in Kenya. It is the main tourist attraction of Kenya. It is in the Eastern Coastline of Kenya and is a popular destination for exotic beaches. This is a chief port of Kenya and can be accessed by ferry.

Mombasa is a diverse country with a combination of different languages and cultures. In short, this city is a blend of Eastern, Arabian, and Indian as it is connected to all sides of the Indian Ocean. The city is known for its rich heritage, scenic destinations, and historical significance.

The coastline of Mombasa is divided into two parts. One is the North coast that is famous for its four beaches: Bamburi Beach, Shanzu Beach, English Point, and Nyali Beach. The South Coast consists of two popular beaches: Diani Beach and Tiwi Beach.

“Mombasa Raha” is a popular phrase used on this coast. This is a phrase used by Kenyans to express the fun, joy, and happiness of the Mombasa lifestyle. Mombasa can be accessed by road or rail. It is an 8-hour drive by road from Nairobi and approximately 4-6 hours depending on the type of train route selected. 

The official language in Mombasa is English and Swahili. The city also has 4 major regional languages: Niger-Congo, Bantu, Nilotic, and Nilo-Saharan.

Population

The current population of Kenya is 54,607,736 as of 2021 based on the United Nations data. Mombasa has a population of 799,668.

History

The city of Mombasa dates to the 16th century. There was a lot of Arab influence on the trade mainly in ivory and slaves between the 8th and 16th centuries. Next was the Portuguese navigator Vasco Da Gama to venture onto the coast of Mombasa whose main purpose was to spread religious beliefs of Christianity amongst the inhabitants and improve the Portugal trade. 

The Portuguese had their reign over Mombasa till 1698, after which the Arabs took over till 1840. Finally, the British managed to take control of the coast in 1845, proclaiming it to be the capital of the British East African Protectorate till 1907. 

Under British rule, Mombasa was able to get a railway line connecting Mombasa to Uganda, going down to be one of the historic events for Mombasa. Mombasa later went on to become a municipality in 1928, attaining council status in 1959.

Weather

Mombasa is humid all year round. It has a tropical savanna climate comprising both wet and dry seasons. The coast experiences heavy rains for two months, bringing in relief against the humidity. Summers are hot and cloudy, whereas winters can be dry, warm, and windy.  

During summers, temperatures can shoot up to 33°C. Winters can be cooler with temperatures falling as low as 22°C.

Best Time to Visit

Mombasa can be visited all year round as the climate is consistent throughout the year. The warmest months are December to April. It becomes a bit cooler in July and August. The wettest months range between April to June and later from October to November.

Water sports enthusiasts will find October to March to be favourable as one can see plenty of aquatic life activities. December to March is the peak season wherein tourists from all over the country flock in to visit this exotic city. 

The best time to avail a cheap flight to Mombasa would be during April and May. During the off-peak seasons, prices fall considerably on flights and hotels making it economical for tourists who are on a tight budget.

Things to Do

Popular tourist attractions include:

  • Haller Park
  • Fort Jesus
  • Marikiti Market
  • Bombolulu Workshop
  • Maasai Market
  • Mamba Village Tour

Water Activities include:

  • Boat Rides at Tudor Water Sports and Restaurants
  • Cruising in a Tamarind Dhow
  • Ferry Ride
  • Just enjoy and relax at Pirates Beach

For the Food lovers:

  • Enjoy a leisure afternoon sipping coffee at Jahazi Coffee House
  • Indulge in some pizzas at Pistachios
  • Spend some quality time with loved ones at Yul’s Wine and Dine Restaurant
  • Try out Swahili Dishes at Blue Room Restaurant
  • Sip on Kenyan coffee at Cafesserie
  • Go clubbing or enjoy some cocktails at Forty Thieves Beach Bar

Kid activities include:

  • Go-karting
  • Visit Mombasa Marine Park
  • See movies or go shopping in City Mall or Nyali Cinemax
  • Explore the exotic beaches of Mombasa
  • Road trip to Kilifi or Malindi
  • Stop to see the ships docked at Mama Ngina Drive
  • Nguuni Nature Sanctuary

The city also hosts the Mombasa Carnival held in November. This is one of the biggest carnivals hosted by the Ministry of Tourism to celebrate the different cultures and ethnicity of the different tribes.  

Many stalls are put up on the streets of Mombasa offering sweet delicacies and items showcasing their rich Kenyan culture. This carnival is represented by floats, dancers, and costumes, backed by traditional religious African songs. 

You can never get tired of exploring the beautiful city of Mombasa. There are plenty of activities and attractions for people of all ages.

Airport Information

The closest airport near Mombasa is Moi International Airport (MBA) located at a distance of 8 km. The next nearest one is the Bamburi Airport located at a distance of 11 km, followed by Malindi Airport at 104 km and Tanga Airport at 132 km.

There are about 28 international airports that have direct flights to Mombasa. Currently, only 16 domestic flights are operating to Mombasa. Tickets might be a bit on the expensive side during the peak season.

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