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Mombasa City

Mombasa is the second largest city in Kenya. It has a major port and an international airport. The city is the centre of the coastal tourism industry. North of Mombasa island are Nyali, Kenyatta, Bamburi and Shanzu beaches. South of the town there are Shelly, Tiwi and Diani beaches.


Location: Co-ordinates
4° 03 ′ ″S 39° 49′ ″E

About Mombasa
The original Arabic name is Manbasa; in Kiswahili it is called Kisiwa Cha Mvita (or Mvita for short), which means "Island of War", due to the many changes in its ownership. The town is also the headquarters of Mombasa District which, like most other districts in Kenya, is named after its chief town.

Mombasa has a warm, tropical climate. Winter months are slightly warmer than summer. The amount of rainfall depends essentially on season. The rainiest months are April and May, while in January to February the rainfall is minimal.

Mombasa and the Coastal towns have exquisite beaches considered "heaven on earth!" There are innumerable fun activities on the beach like beach sports such as beach football, volleyball, or even running wild! There are a number of beach hotels conveniently located next to these beaches. Have fun! more

The airport of the city is the Moi International Airport. Mombasa has a railway station and Kenya Railways runs overnight passenger trains from Mombasa to Nairobi, though the service is less extensive than it used to be. Highways connect Mombasa to capital Nairobi, former Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam while northward road link to Malindi and Lamu. Within Mombasa, most local people use Matatus (minibuses) to move between villages and Mombasa Island. Mombasa port is the largest in Kenya but there is little or no scheduled passenger service. International cruise ships frequent the port.

There is no bridge between Mombasa Island and south coast; instead the distance is served by ferries from Kilindini and Mtongwe to Likoni in south coast. Operating ferries are aged and somewhat unreliable.

Outside Mombasa Island

Nyali -
Also considered a prime and up-market residential area, it is on the mainland north of the island & is linked by the Nyali bridge. It has numerous beachfront hotels in the area known as the "North Coast". Nyali has two distinct sections - the posh Old Nyali and the upcoming New Nyali.

Mikindani - is an outlying township 10 minutes northwest of Mombasa Island, situated on the Nairobi road.

Magongo - Small town that serves as a link between the city and Moi International Airport. Magongo is also home to the Akamba Handicraft Cooperative.

Changamwe - Industrial

Bamburi - also an outlying township (fifteen minutes drive)on the way to the town of Malindi. This is area where a cement factory Bamburi is located. Other notable features in the area is Mijikenda public beach, Haller Pack- wildlife conservatory (tourist attraction site).

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