Mombasa Island is the core of Mombasa, and the largest port in East Africa. The historic gateway to the region – it’s docks are still the main landing point for cargo destined for Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and further afield.
Mombasa Island was founded in the 16th Century and was ruled by a series of kingdoms. The culture and history of this island still exhibits the influence by Portuguese, the British as well as Arabs. Mombasa Island is a 5km by 3km coral outcrop on the South East of Indian Ocean.
The island is connected to the mainland by Nyali Bridge and Makupa Causeway. Likoni Ferry connects to the South Coast. The island is a port that serves the coastal towns of Kenya as well as the rest of East Africa.
Mombasa Island is a bustling, busy town – although it has kept it’s character, especially in the old town. There is a distinct Arabic feel to the island – although there are also strong Indian, and Swahili influences, as well as regular reminders of the Portugese in the older parts of the city.
Mombasa Island is connected to the mainland to the east via a causeway, to the north via the Nyali Bridge, and to the south by the Likoni Ferry.
The northern harbour is known as Mombasa Harbour which leads in to Tudor Creek. This is the traditional, natural deep water harbour, where the old port still exists – and operates, mainly serving dhows, and smaller coastal vessels that ply their trade alng the East African coast.
The southern harbour is known as Kilindini harbour – which experiences busy shipping traffic to the new, modern port of Mombasa. The port is home to a wide range of modern ocean going vessels including container ships, tankers, warships, reefers, and cruise ships.
Mombasa has a key commercial and business district centred around Digo Road. It also has a variety of other districts ranging from residential to industrial. There are a number of sports clubs with playing fields, public parks, and a golf course on the island.