Mombasa - Kenya's coral island
Mombasa is located on Kenya’s southern coast. It is effectively an island separated from the mainland by two waterways, Tudor creek and Kilindini Harbour. It is the second largest city of Kenya, with a population of 1.2 million. It is a large sea port leading to it being an important trading hub to serve the regions close by, as well as those further inland. It has a well developed business environment.
Mombasa region is extended to the mainland and is connected via bridges, ferries and a causeway.
Close to the equator, Mombasa features a tropical climate throughout the year. The driest months are from August - March.
With its centuries of trading history, and numerous changes in domination from the Arabs, the Portuguese, Ottomans to the British, the region has a strong cultural mix.This is a region well known for its diverse culture and languages, and the benefits this brings for visitors, not least in the array of cuisines available. It is also a main tourist hub in Kenya with energetic and dynamic nightlife, beaches, restaurants, hotels and resorts.
Mombasa island itself is visited for the Old Town and Fort Jesus. There are numerous attractive beaches in the northern and southern part of the city leading to the establishment of a vibrant beach holiday economy.
Mombasa airport is known as Moi International Airport (ICAO - HKMO; IATA - MBA), located in Mombasa county. It is the second biggest airport in Kenya, catering to a number of international, regional and domestic arrivals and departures daily. Transfer time to Mombasa city is about 20 mins, traffic dependant.
Flightlink air charters has recently started flying out of and into Mombasa for Tanzanian destinations. See the flight schedules pages for more information.