Mombasa- Beautiful North Coast

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Mombasa is one of the oldest coastal towns. It has long beaches, exquisite restaurants and lavish lodges along the shoreline.

Idyllic Coast

As Kenya’s second largest city, Mombasa is king of holiday destinations in Kenya.   The city is popular for a number of reasons from its diverse marine life to the game park safaris, world-class hotels and most importantly, its friendly and hospitable people.

This city’s port is one of the major ports on the eastern side of Africa, thus making it the centre of the coastal tourism industry.  Moi International Airport, named after one on Kenya’s presidents, is also a major airport in the country that so often acts as the point of departure or arrival for Kenya/Tanzania flights. The original Swahili name for this city is Kisiwa Cha Mvita, which means island of war.

This name was probably given due to the changes in ownership from the Portuguese, Arabs to the British, with Vasco da Gama being the first European to Mombasa, in 1498.  The foreign influence of settlers has stayed on. It is reflective in the cuisine offered in restaurants with Italian, Chinese, Indian dishes being common delicacies.  Although this may be the case, local food is still the first and main choice for both locals and tourists.

Undoubtedly, this town has one of the best white sandy beaches in Africa. The warm waters of the Indian Ocean cater for all, with a diverse range of water-sports on offer.  Whether you want to take a nice quiet swim in the cool waters, or if you are looking to do some surfing, this town has everything a coastal city needs.

This city caters to visitors of a diverse nature.  Whether you are here on a family vacation, religious retreat, business conference, romantic getaway or simply to party the nights away, this city is definitely the place to do it. With large beachfront hotels and white sandy beaches filled with an assortment of people of different colour and age, coupled with its large selection of beachfront hotels, this city becomes an ideal place for a holiday.

In addition to its beautiful beaches, this region offers a diverse cultural history. The city traces many of its cultural traditions to former Portuguese, Arab and British settlers – all of which have left a lasting influence on the city’s food, architecture and people. Tours of the town, safaris in game parks and camping trips can be included in your vacation plan.

Now, if you are looking for a well rounded exciting night out, Mombasa’s dance clubs, casinos, bowling alleys and cinemas. It is common Kenyan tradition for people to go to the coast during holidays. In December, this town is manic with festivities and celebrations.

Fort Jesus is one of the most popular tourist attractions due to what may be described by some as a monumental piece of architecture that was built by the Portuguese in the 16th Century. The Gede Ruins -Dated back to the late 13th century and was abandoned in the early 17th century. The exact reason for abandonment is not actually known though it is assumed that the town was plundered and destroyed by unknown invaders in the 17th century.

In 1952, Queen Elizabeth visited this town.  Due to her auspicious visit, tusks were laid directly on the path from the port to the town. Ivory like, it is now is viewed as a high quality commodity. The tusks are quite a sight and are a reflection of the cultural background of this city.  This city’s largest animal sanctuary is called Haller Park, which boasts animals like crocodiles, snakes and other reptiles, in addition to a wide range of smaller insects that may also be found in the park’s botanical gardens. With so much to offer, it’s no wonder Mombasa is one of the leading coastal tourist destinations in the world.

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