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Mombasa

Mombasa is the second largest city in Kenya, lying on the Indian Ocean and is the centre of the Coastal tourism industry. The city is also a cultural and sports centre.

The original Arabic name is manbasa

The original Arabic name is manbasa, in Swahili it is called Kisiwa cha mvita meaning Island of War. The city has a rich history because of the many immigrants and traders who came to conquer and settle in Mombasa particularly from Iran, Middle East and Indian Subcontinent and then intermarried. The town is occupied by Muslim Mijikenda / Swahili people.

Mombasa is the centre of coastal tourism in Kenya

It is a major trade centre and home to the only large sea port. Mombasa is the centre of coastal tourism in Kenya. There is the Old Fort Jesus as a tourist attraction and the many beaches. Several luxury hotels exist on these beaches and a few cheaper hotels located far away from town.

Mombasa is served by Moi International Airport receiving both domestic and international flights. Cruise ships too dock in the port of Mombasa allowing sea travelers a chance to visit Mombasa and Kenya in general.

Kenya Railways runs a passenger train from Nairobi to Mombasa. In Mombasa, you can move around by the matatus, buses, tuk-tuk and boda-bodas.

Short Overview

It is the second largest city in Kenya, lying on the Indian Ocean and is the centre of the Coastal tourism industry. The original Arabic name is manbasa, in Swahili it is called Kisiwa cha mvita meaning Island of War.

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