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Mombasa is said to be founded at around 900 A.D. as a trading centre between East Africa and the Middle East. It is the second-largest city in Kenya, with a population of about one million. A regional cultural and economic hub, Mombasa has a large port and an international airport, and is an important regional tourism centre. Administratively, Mombasa is the capital of, and is coincident with, Mombasa County.

Mombasa is a major trade centre and home to Kenya's only large seaport, the Kilindini Harbour. Kilindini is an old Swahili term meaning "deep". The port is so-called because the channel is naturally very deep. Kilindini Harbour is an example of a natural geographic phenomenon called a ria, formed millions of years ago when the sea level rose and engulfed a river that was flowing from the mainland.

Mombasa is a centre of coastal tourism in Kenya. Mombasa Island itself is not a main attraction, although many people visit the Old Town and Fort Jesus. The Nyali, Bamburi, and Shanzu beaches are located north of the city. The Shelly, Tiwi, and Diani beaches are located south of Mombasa. Several luxury hotels exist on these beaches, while the less expensive hotels are located further away.

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Mombasa is the largest urban centre in Kenya's coastal region and the 2nd largest city in the country it also hosts East and Central Africa's Largest port.
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Moi International Airport

Moi International Airport (IATA: MBAICAO: HKMO), also called Mombasa Airport, is airport located in Mombasa, Mombasa County, in a township called Port Reitz, in southeastern Kenya, along the Indian Ocean coast.

Its location lies approximately 425 kilometres (264 mi), by air, southeast of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, the largest and busiest airport in the country.

Moi International Airport serves the city of Mombasa and surrounding communities. It is the second-largest and second-busiest airport in Kenya, behind Jomo Kenyatta International Airport located in the capital city of Nairobi. Mombasa Airport is operated by Kenya Airports Authority. (Read more...)

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Michael Werikhe (25 May 1956 – 9 August 1999), also known as “the Rhino Man” was a Kenyan conservationist. He became famous through his long fundraising walks in the African Great Lakes region and overseas. He started his campaign after learning how drastically Black Rhinos had decreased in Africa. Wherever he walked, his arrival was greeted with much public fanfare and media attention. This helped to raise funds for conservation of Rhinos and other endangered African mammals.

Werikhe first walk began on December 27, 1982. His walk from his hometown of Mombasa to Nairobi, lasted 27 days. In March 1985, he started his first international walk, from Kampala to Dar es Salaam, and eventually Mombasa, where he arrived on May 25.

Three years later in 1988, Werikhe started walking through several countries in Europe, including Italy, Switzerland, West Germany. His 3000 kilometres walk finished at the stairs of the Natural History Museum in London on September 14, 1988.

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Sunrise in Mombasa

Sunrise in Mombasa, Kenya over the Indian Ocean. Mombasa is currently 2nd largest city in Kenya. It is located in Mombasa County.

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  • ... Mombasa, was founded at about 900 A.D.
  • ... Mombasa is approximately 500 Kilometres away from Nairobi.
  • ... Mombasa's Swahili dialect is different from the one in Nairobi.
  • ... Mombasa, is home to East and Central Africa's busiest port, the Mombasa Port with the main part of the port being Kilindini Harbour.
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