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Mombasa is Kenya's second largest city after Nairobi and is located along the coastline of the Indian Ocean. It is a major port and has a large internationa airport where many flights arrive with tourists wanting to experience the nice nearby beaches and tropical weather conditions. The city itself has around 800,000 inhabitants and is not a particularly beautiful one, though there are some things to enjoy if you want to get away from the beaches.
November is when the city of Mombasa celebrates Kenyan culture with a carnival by the Indian Ocean. Artists, dancers, musicians and tribal people flock to take part in the concerts that make up one of Kenya’s largest annual events. One of the major features is the main street parade with floats that showcase the different tribal identities across the nation. There are street stalls and opportunities for eating, drinking and dancing.
Mombasa has a tropical climate, meaning warm and humid conditions throughout the year. The coolest month is July when average daytime temperatures are around 26 °C , the warmest months are February and March, when it's around 31 °C during the day. Nights average between 20 °C during the coolest months to 25 °C in the hottest months. Rain is possible in all months, but April and May are by far the wettest months, with 200 to 250mm a month. February is the driest month with just 5 rainy days.
Moi International Airport (MBA) offers a range of flights. Destinations include Munich, Düsseldorf (both with Air Berlin, Aden, Dubai, Nairobi, Frankfurt, Zürich, Bologna, Milan, Rome, Zanzibar, Brussels, Dar es Salaam, London and Manchester.
There are regular nighttrains to and from Nairobi, on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
Buses go regularly to Nairobi (6 hours during the day, 8-10 hours at night) and minibuses go to Malindi (2.5 hours). Buses to Lamu take around 7 hours and connect with the ferry the Lamu.
|Kenya Bay Beach Hotel||Bamburi Beach, Mombasa Malindi Highway P O Box 767||Hotel||77|
|The Beach - Bar Restaurant & Camp Lodge||P.O. Box 256 Mtwapa Maweni Beach||Hostel||88|
|Villa Annchen||Mtwapa Creek||Guesthouse||-|
|Mtwapa Creek Villa||Mtomondoni Mtwapa West Mtwapa Creek||Guesthouse||-|
|Bamburi Beach Resort||Plot No. 1532 Section 1, Mainland North Mombasa/Malindi Road||Guesthouse||-|
|Backpackers Hostel Kenya||P.O. Box 43264||HOSTEL||-|
|Mombasa Backpackers||Mwamba Drive, #69 Nyali||HOSTEL||-|
|Backpackers Nirvana||Nyali Beach||HOSTEL||-|
|Indiana Beach Hotel Mombasa||Larnu Rd. Mombasa-Malindi Road, Bamburi||HOTEL||-|
|Milele Vipingo House||115-00502 Nairobi Kenya||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Leinmach Guest House Nyali||Barracks street Nyali Beach||GUESTHOUSE||81|
|One Love Island Campsite||Lamu Malindi Road via Ngomeni||CAMPSITE||-|
|Jay's Nyali Homestay||Beach Road, Next to Oshwal Academy PO Box 10249-1||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Safina Hostel||The Wema Centre Trust PO Box 88820||Hostel||-|
As far as communication technology is concerned, Kenya has gone through a tremendous modernization. Nowadays visitors to Kenya can carry their portable digital devices, ease of use is guaranteed with the advent of wireless (hot spots) environments within upmarket tourisms resorts. In some restaurants, a cup of coffee can allow you the use of the free hot spot for your laptop. However in most places the bandwidth is severely limited. Internet cafés are common throughout Kenya and usually offer decent link quality. Expect prices around 1KSh per minute. Most cyber cafes now charge 0.5KES per minute.
See also International Telephone Calls
Kenya boosts a number of good mobile phone operators like Zain, Safaricom, Orange, Yu and Telekom. Roaming is easy with most European contract mobile phone tariff plans. Prices can be high though, so try and get a local SIM card or avoid data roaming.
The National Postal Company offers services throughout the country and abroad. Prices are reasonably but services, although better than in the past, are still not very good. It is pretty slow and not always reliable. If you want to send a package, you'd better use international companies like DHL, TNT, UPS or FedEx, as they are not much more expensive yet reliable and fast.
For more information have a look at the Mombasa Info website.
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