79th SKÅL INTERNATIONAL WORLD CONGRESS
KENYA | 17th -21st OCTOBER 2018
Mombasa Island is a 5km by 3km coral outcrop located on Kenya’s coast and connected to the mainland by a causeway and ferry crossing. Part of the City of Mombasa is located on the Island, including the fascinating Old Town which echoes that of Lamu and Zanzibar. Dating from the 13th Century, the Old Town is a place of winding streets, magnificent carved doors, delicate filigree balconies and dimly lit emporiums.
Mombasa is made up of the Island and the Mainland. It is the second largest city in Kenya, with an estimated population of 2 million people, and is located on the Indian Ocean just south of the Equator, making it a historical trading centre. The city traces many of its cultural traditions to former Portuguese, Arab and British settlers and traders, all of which has left a lasting influence on the City’s food, architecture and people. Swahili cuisine prevails here; a glorious mix of spices, coconut, tamarind and freshly chopped herbs often mixed together with the ‘catch of the day’.
Mombasa town overlooks a wide harbor, where at the water’s edge stands Fort Jesus, an imposing Fort which holds watch over the harbor. The high gun turrets, battlements and underground passages of this 16th Century Fort were the centre of a historic struggle for control of the Kenya coast between the Portuguese army and the Shirazi Arabs.
Mombasa is the principal seaport of Kenya and is one of the most modern ports in Africa. Visitors find themselves seduced by this, East Africa’s largest and most cosmopolitan commercial Port, which also serves landlocked neighboring countries. Ferries undertake the fascinating 10 minute journey between Mombasa Island (Kilindini/Mtongwe) and the South Coast (Likoni).
Moi International Airport Mombasa serves the city of Mombasa, and is the second most important airport in Kenya after Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi. ‘Mombasa Airport’, as it’s called, has modern facilities with two adjacent passenger terminals, allowing for smooth passage. More than eighteen airlines fly directly from European countries to Mombasa, and for passengers flying into Nairobi there are 8 domestic airlines transferring passengers between Nairobi and Mombasa several times a day.
Additionally, the new and state-of-the-art Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) offers a reliable train service between Nairobi and Mombasa, and highways connect Mombasa to Nairobi and other parts of the country, as well as to neighboring Uganda and Tanzania.
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