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The East African Paradise – Mombasa

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Tired of the cold weather, added pounds during the winter season, have a wedding, honeymoon or you are a culture and history lover?

Then Mombasa is the place to be. The coastal city of Mombasa is one of Africa’s major tourist destinations, with some of the best beaches in the world. Located on Kenya’s Eastern coastline bordering the Indian Ocean, Mombasa has become popular for its exotic beaches, diverse marine life, world-class hotels and friendly people.

This historical city is believed to have been founded around 900A.D. From 1824 to 1826, Mombasa became a British protectorate and was the sea terminal for the Uganda railway that started around 1896.

Mombasa is an important port serving both Kenya and interior countries of East Afica. It was an important centre for trade between East Africa and other countries beyond the Indian Ocean including, Oman, Portugal, Yemen, India and Britain. It has a big ship harbour called the Kilindini harbour and an international airport.
It is connected to the mainland in the north by the Nyali Bridge, south by the Likoni ferry, west by the Makupa causeway.

Mombasa was originally occupied by the Mijikenda and the Swahili people that came as a result of intermarriages between Arabs and East Africans. At the moment, there are many other tribes living along the coast including the Masai. Many Europeans are settling in Mombasa because of the beautiful climate, nice white sand beaches, clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean and friendily people.

Here is one of the biggest spice markerts in East Africa known as”Marikiti.” It is in the middle of Mombasa city, and has spices from all over the world. Most of the stalls in Marikiti are owned by the Swahili people who allow interaction between tourists and the locals.It also has an old town built by Arabs and a beautiful Fort Jesus built by the Portuguese. Fort Jesus, the slave trade market and rooms where slaves were kept before being sold, still exists with a museum of old munitions, crafts, that were left behind by different conquerers.

Though there are many Muslims, the north coast is lively; there is freedom of worship, movement and dressing, lots of beach hotels, bars, night clubs and restuarants with both local and international dishes. Mtwapa is the busiest place with the higher number of beautiful young ladies that comes from near and far. Bars and restuarants are open day and night. There is an animal park (Haller Park) with a peaceful forest for walking while watching different animals and birds. You can choose to dive,fish,surf, boat race, snorkle,walk, run, ride on a camel or just lie in the sun for a great skin tan.

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