Mombasa – Kenya
Mombasa, the city of salt and spice, seafaring stories and of intriguing traders from faraway lands has many faces. With the passionate calls to prayer, the flagstones of the Jain temples and the Zanzibar-bound dhows it shows its intoxicating blend of India, Arabia, and Africa.
Also known as the Island of War, Mombasa is East Africa’s biggest port and is actually an island connected by bridges and ferries. It is a cultural melting pot where many nationalities have enriched the city’s architecture and its cuisine. In the Old Town, fragrant spices from the local markets linger in the air and visitors step back in time to explore the ancient buildings.
Its beachfront hotels are popular for sun, sea and surf.
As with all major ports, Mombasa attracts its fair share of shady characters and occasionally ethnic tensions and security issues threaten to disturb the peace. Make sure you keep your wits with you when exploring this vibrant city.
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