Undeniable beauty lurking in the depths of Mombasa

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When its thrill and adventure that you’re after, ensure that you will have the rough city of Mombasa on your list as it will definitely satisfy your insatiable cravings. Dotted with a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the daily lives of inhabitants going about their errands, the smell of burning greens on a nearby forest and the sound of strong winds from the opposite horizon.

Mombasa is a box full of surprises, and it is through this city that Kenya’s cultural, historical and societal tapestries can be observed at its finest. With all the landmarks and areas of attraction scattered all over the town, you’d never find it difficult to enjoy the grazing sun and the heat of the day as you scampered all over town.

Truthfully, Mombasa has lived up to its descriptions on poems and write-ups regarding the beauty that can be found within its unmistakable chaos which makes it more interesting and more worthy to visit.

Location

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Mombasa is facing a body of water and is identified as a coastal town. It is specifically perched in the middle of Mombasa Island, which then extends some of its hemisphere in Kenya’s mainland.

The creeks of Port Reitz and Tudor borders Mombasa on the southern edge and northern tip respectively. Dubbed to be Kenya’s second largest city, the area is currently being resided by a whopping 1.3 million in populace and scopes a vast land area of 114-square miles.

Climate

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With its primary location within the African continent, Mombasa is under the tropical wet and dry climate as according to expert climate classifications.

Rainfall is not much of an observer in this town with May being the rainiest month in a record of 14 precipitation days. Rainfall starts in April and ends in the last weeks of June with an all-time high of 9.45 inches of precipitation recorded.

In an annual measure, the temperature of Mombasa is playing at 30-31-degrees Celsius while the lowest mean is graded at 22.4-degrees.

Transportation

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Though not a full-blown developed city, Mombasa still has the capacity to serve inland and domestic flights to European and Middle Eastern neighbors via the Moi International Airport.

Railway systems are also available in Mombasa via the Kenyan Railways, which then connects the former to Nairobi. As a coastal city, Mombasa’s port is highly used for commercial and trade and is dubbed to be Kenya’s largest and widest waterfront.

Cruise ships pass by Mombasa’s port, but there hadn’t been any updates on as to when passenger lines can use the water ducts for public transport.

What to See

Lord Shiva Temple

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Hinduism is one of the most common religions in Mombasa, hence, the erection of Lord Shiva Temple as their main place of worship and devotion.

There have been a couple of reasons on as to why this landmark has been frequented by tourists—the laid back ambience and vibes, the well-manicured and sculptured gardens and the wide open place to pray and believe if you have a Hindu religion.

Spice Market

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Based on how it was named, the Spice Market is your best stop if you wanted to take advantage of locally-grown and processed variety of spices used for cooking.

The normal bargaining, purchasing, yelling and bustle of a Sunday market is sure to be observed within the confines of the complex, and it’s just an exhilarating feeling to have become part of a day in their market life.

Old Law Courts

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Formerly a place where justice is served, the Old Law Courts is now encapsulating some of Kenyan relics and artworks as a miniature museum.

Dating back and erected in 1902, this place is witness to numerous Mombasa events and is now a place where locals display their works and crafts. Some tribal stuff can also be seen in this informal gallery.

Fort Jesus

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Tagged as Mombasa’s most seen site, Fort Jesus is a UNESCO World Heritage site, which has been known as a fortress bordered by thick and strong walls.

The whole compound features a museum displaying Swahili and Arabian art forms, some room’s features legacies and history via the very structures, jewelries and artifacts, and an audience hall.

Images
(1) www.allworldtowns.com
(2) www.afritramp.eu
(3) www.reddit.com
(4) www.en.wikipedia.org
(5) www.commons.wikimedia.org
(6) www.blogs.gonomad.com
(7) www.acommins.wordpress.com
(8) www.benser.com.cn

See more:

Mombasa
https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Mombasa

Mombasa, Kenya
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/kenya/the-coast/mombasa

Paul Intalan

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