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Mombasa,Kenya Travel Guide

Mombasa is the second largest city in Kenya. lying on the Indian Ocean,  It is an island and the major port in Kenya ans East Africa, and an international airport. The city is the centre of the coastal tourism industry.  The town is also the headquarters of Mombasa District which, like most other districts in Kenya, is named after its chief town.

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 The city has a population of 939,370, as per the 2009 census, and is located on Mombasa Island, which is separated from the mainland by two creeks: Tudor Creek and Kilindini Harbour. The island is connected to the mainland to the north by the Nyali Bridge, to the south by the Likoni Ferry and to the west by the Makupa Causeway, alongside which runs the Kenya-Uganda Railway. The port serves both Kenya and countries of the interior, linking them to the Ocean. The city is served by Moi International Airport located in the northwest mainland suburb of Chaani, northwest of Changamwe area.

Mombasa's Facts and Figures

Country Kenya
Province Coast Province
District Mombasa District
Government
 - Mayor Ahmed Abubakar Mohdhar
Area
 - City 295 km2 (113.9 sq mi)
 - Land 230 km2 (88.8 sq mi)
 - Water 65 km2 (25.1 sq mi)
Elevation 50 m (164 ft)
Population (2009)
 - City 939,370
 - Density 3,184/km2 (8,246.5/sq mi)
 - Urban 939,370
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

The city is mainly occupied by the Muslim Mijikenda/Swahili people. Over the centuries, there have been many immigrants and traders who settled in Mombasa, particularly from Iran, the Middle East, Somalia and the Indian sub-continent, who came mainly as traders and skilled craftsmen.

Traditional dress for the Swahili women is a brightly coloured, printed cotton sheet called a kanga, which may have inspirational slogans printed on it. Muslim women wear a covering known as a bui bui, that is traditionally black, along with a head covering called a hijaab, and sometimes wear a veil called a nikab. Men wear a type of sarong, which is coloured in bright bands, called a kikoi.


There are several places to visit in Mombasa, including Fort Jesus, built by the Portuguese, and the Old Town, which is by now in bad need of repair but still shows plenty of examples of the old Islamic architecture. Biashara Street in Mombasa which in Swahili means "Trade Stree"

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