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Mombasa serves as Kenya's welcoming entry from the sea. The Mombasa harbour facilitates the traders and incoming visitors going into the mainland and neighboring countries. Kenya is bounded by Uganda to the west, Somalia to the east, Tanzania to the south-western part, and Ethiopia to the north. The country touches with the Indian Ocean to the south-eastern part, and the Lake Victoria to the west.

Kenya's land rises from low plains to the highlands. The peaks of the mountains form an icy glacier in The Kenyan Highlands, which is an abundant agricultural success. Kenya's wildlife is diverse and the national parks are home to significant wild animals.

City Grounds

The city is located on Mombasa Island, which extends to the mainland. It is surrounded by two creeks, the Port Reitz and the Kilindini Harbour, which separate it from mainland Kenya. It can be reached by Nyali Bridge to the north, the Likoni Ferry to the south, and the Makupa Causeway to the west.

The people of Mombasa are a diverse concoction of craftsmen, skilled workers, professionals, traders and immigrants from various countries. The main occupants are mostly Swahili and Muslim Mijikenda people.

Being the second largest city of Kenya, Mombasa houses many of the country's modern institutions and facilities, and often visited by tourists. The coastal scene makes for a laid back lifestyle for the locals, and beach bumming is a popular activity.


Mombasa is a tropical city. It is warm most of the year, and the winter months give a warmer temperature than summer. April and May are usually the rainy months, while January to February experience minimal rainfall.