About Mombasa Kenya
Mombasa is the coastal city of Kenya along the Indian Ocean. It is the country’s oldest and second-largest city after Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city. The city is located on Mombasa Island, which extends to the mainland. It is surrounded by two creeks, Tudor Creek 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.
Administratively, Mombasa is the county seat of Mombasa County, formerly Coast Province. The city has an estimated population of about 1.5 million people.
Mombasa serves as Kenya’s welcoming entry from the sea; it has an extra-large sea port, the Kilindini Harbor and an international Airport. The seaport, a multi-purpose port capable of handling all types of cargo including containers, general cargo, liquid and dry cargo, and passengers, 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.
Being the primary coastal city, Mombasa caters for a mixture of businesses, traders, laborers and cultures. An active coastal tourism adds to the city’s profit, but the main source of income originates from its port related duties. The city also gains revenue from a local cement factory and an oil refinery.
The Port of Mombasa
Mombasa is the principal seaport of Kenya and is one of the most modern ports in Africa, serving landlocked neighboring countries. The deep-water port with 21 berths, 2 bulk oil jetties and dry bulk wharves, handles all size of ships and all types of cargo. In addition, the port has specialized facilities including cold storage and warehousing, and its container terminal is one of the best equipped in the region. Movement of containers is further facilitated through new inland depots in Nairobi, Kisumu and Eldoret. The port of Mombasa is linked with all the world’s major ports with over 200 sailings per week to ports in Europe, North and South America, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, and the rest of Africa.
Specialized bulk handling facilities
Mombasa is also home to a modern bulk-handling grain facility owned and operated by Grain Bulk Handling Limited, one of the esteemed members of EAGC. The company owns and operates a specialized terminal for the handling of bulk grain imports. A key feature of the GBHL facility is that the storage silos are located outside the port area allowing for easy port access for trucks with minimum road congestion.Total storage capacity is 245,000 Metric Tons. It serves grain cargo transported within East & Central Africa including Great Lakes, Southern Sudan and Somalia. The terminal was in fact designed to handle a wide range of agricultural produce including those which have traditionally been imported bagged as well as in containers such as rice, sorghum, and soya beans and even malt and barley. To date only wheat, maize, soya beans and sorghum have been handled due to market demand. The potential annual throughput capacity is above three million tones.
With the existence of the Grain Bulk Handlers the Port of Mombasa has made Kenya a ‘hub’ to relief agencies, millers and traders to stock sufficient grains in order to provide a rapid response to regional food trade and emergencies.
Mombasa is Kenya’s main tourist destination. It is located on the Eastern coastline of Kenya bordering the Indian Ocean which has made it a popular destination for its beaches. Mombasa offers diverse marine life, world-class hotels and a friendly atmosphere. The coastal scene makes for a laid back lifestyle for the locals, and beach bumming is a popular activity. The beaches near and beyond the city environs offer water activities and hotel accommodations. The incredible years of culture mix and tradition offers delicious cuisine which overtime has been perfected into mouth-watering dishes. Within 48 hours, visit unique scenery and diverse attractions in Mombasa.
Mombasa is a regional cultural hub with a cosmopolitan population .The people of Mombasa are a diverse concoction of craftsmen, skilled workers, professionals, traders and immigrants from various countries
Mombasa is a tropical city with a tropical climate all year; it is a great destination filled with activities for all ages. The weather in October has average highs of 30 degrees Celsius and lows of 22 degrees Celsius. It may also rain during the month of October.
Mombasa’s Transport and Communication
The Moi International Airport in Mombasa is located in Port Reitz area, Changamwe and serves the city of Mombasa. It is the second most important airport in Kenya after Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. The airport is essential in the promotion of tourism and investment opportunities in Mombasa county and in the entire coast regions.
Standard Gauge Railway:
The Mombasa–Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) connects the large Indian Ocean city of Mombasa to Nairobi, the country’s capital and largest city. Located in Miritini, Mombasa, the SGR terminal is a built as concentric circles and a central tower representing a ripple in the ocean. The SGR passenger train will take an estimated 4.5hrs from Mombasa to Nairobi.
Tarmacked Road Network:
Highways connect Mombasa to the capital city of Kenya, Nairobi and other parts of the country. Buses, while not a major mode of transportation within the city, are mostly used for traveling outside the city. The northward road links to the coastal resort town of Malindi and Lamu. Within Mombasa, most local people use Matatus (minibuses/minivans carrying a maximum of 14 passengers) to move between residential areas and Mombasa Island and Tuk-tuks – Vespa vans are used for commuting within the town with each one carrying a maximum of 3 passengers.
Taxis are reliable and readily available in Mombasa. You can access taxis via mobile applications such as Uber. You can also find taxis parked on every other street in the city center. At night, taxis wait outside restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
Kenya Ferry Services:
There is no bridge between Mombasa Island and south coast, for this reason, the distance is served by ferries from Kilindini and Mtongwe to Likoni in south coast.
Mobile telephone services are efficient in Kenya. The main mobile service providers include Safaricom, AirTel and Telkom. They provide internet access using 3G and 4G. SIM cards for cell phones are readily available and cost about $1 US. Registration is required to activate the SIM cards. Landline telephone services are also available at hotels and other facilities.
Banking in Mombasa
International banks include Barclays Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Citibank and Bank of Africa. Banking hours are from 09:00 to 16:00 on weekdays and from 09:00 to 12:00 on Saturdays. Most banks have Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) that accept various international debit and credit cards. Different Banks and Foreign Exchange Bureaus have been set up at various points of the airport’s arrival and departure terminals and are also readily available within the Mombasa Central Business District and within the city of Mombasa.
The 8th AGTS will look to find solutions for the missing pieces of the grain trade puzzle and attempt to come up with an action plan to deliver more and better grain trade on the continent.
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