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Coast Province

Coordinates: 3°0′S 39°30′E / 3.000°S 39.500°E / -3.000; 39.500
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Coast Province
Mkoa wa Pwani
Location in Kenya.
Location in Kenya.
Coordinates: 3°0′S 39°30′E / 3.000°S 39.500°E / -3.000; 39.500
No. of Counties:6
 • Total79,686.1 km2 (30,767.0 sq mi)
 • Total3,325,307
 • Density42/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)
A map of Kenya showing its provinces

The Coast Province (Swahili: Mkoa wa Pwani) was one of Kenya's eight provinces. It contained all of the country's coastline on the Indian Ocean. Its capital city was Mombasa. It was inhabited by the Mijikenda and Swahili peoples, among others. The province covered an area of 79,686.1 km2 .[1]

Tourist attraction[edit]

Some of the province's important towns included Kilifi, Malindi, Watamu and Lamu in the north, and Mwandimu and Magunda in the south. Some of the coastal population was located in resort and beach settlements such as Kiongwe and Kipini.

Diani Beach was one of the province's major tourist centres, with palm trees and white sandy beaches like Mombasa.

Malindi is where Vasco da Gama picked up his pilot to navigate with the monsoon winds to India; Mambrui appears to be the site where contact occurred with the Chinese during the era of the Yongle Emperor and the expeditions of Zheng He.[2]

Watamu is a small fishing community and contains East Africa's first marine national park, the Watamu Marine National Park.

Population data[edit]

The Coast Provinces had a population of 3,325,307 in 2009.[1]


The climate is designated as Aw in the Köppen climate classification system.[3]




In 1999, the Mombasa Republican Council was formed, with the goal of engineering the Coast Province's secession from Kenya.[4][5]


In 2010, a new constitution came into effect which divided Kenya's 8 provinces into 47 counties. The Coast Province was divided into six: Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi, Tana River, Lamu, and Taita–Taveta counties.

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  1. ^ a b "Kenya Census 2009 | Census | Waste Management". Scribd. Retrieved 2021-01-20.
  2. ^ "Could a rusty coin re-write Chinese-African history?". BBC News. 17 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-18.
  3. ^ "Figure 4. Köppen-Geiger climate type map of Africa". ResearchGate. Retrieved 2022-05-28.
  4. ^ Insight - Separatist storm brewing on Kenya's coast
  5. ^ Kantai, Parselelo (17 Mar 2012). "Kenya's Mombasa Republican Council: The Coast calls for freedom". The Africa Report. Archived from the original on 2 July 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2012.