Mombasa – Stunning Beach Destination
Location: The island city
Located on the eastern coast of Kenya, Mombasa is a sprawling metropolis that extends from the island all the way to the mainland by a pair of creeks. The city has long been an important one in Kenya, as it is home to the largest port. Historically, Kilindi Harbor has been a trading centre through Indian Ocean trade routes.
Business: A historic trade route
Mombasa is very diverse with many different Kenyan communities within the area. The city is also home to many immigrants who have settled from the Middle East, other parts of Africa, and all over the world. The city’s main industry is tourism, with many travellers coming to enjoy the beaches. To cater to this industry many entertainment centres have been built including movie theatres, waterparks, and extensive nightlife. In addition to tourism, there is also a major oil refinery.
Culture: Listen to the beat of Kenya
Music is a predominant aspect of Kenyan culture, including traditional Mwanzele and Bango styles. Contemporary music, such as hip-hop, has become more popular, and there is a strong influence from other regions of Africa, including Zanzibar. Concerts and musical performances can be enjoyed in clubs, bars, and hotel discos. A variety of sports is popular among locals, including football, cricket, and rugby. Learn about the town’s history in the Old Town area, where visitors can see the influence of Mombasa’s previous colonizers. Visit Fort Jesus, an old Portuguese fort, to learn about Portugal’s’ impact on Mombasa.
Activities: Gorgeous beaches
Mombasa’s biggest draw for tourists, and its greatest natural attraction, are its beaches. Little wonder considering the pearl-white sands as dreamy turquoise waters. Along the north coast are a variety of luxurious hotels, resorts, and beachfront bars and restaurants, whereas the south coast is lower, so you can enjoy the beautiful white sands at Diani Beach or the quieter Tiwi Beach. Those interested in witnessing some of the local wildlife first hand, can visit one of Mombasa’s wildlife reserves or the Haller Park zoo to see giraffes and monkeys. Adventurous travellers can take a safari to catch a glimpse of the native species, including hippos in their natural habitat.