Mombasa (Kenya)

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Africa - Indian Ocean Islands


-4.04280 S, 39.67439 E

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Mombasa is a port city located on the coast of Kenya. The city covers a total area of approx 294,7 km2 (113,8 ml2) and has population around 1,200,000 people (2016 census).

Mombasa cruise port

Mombasa is set on a bay of the Indian Ocean, south of the equator. It has a deep natural harbour which makes it a key port on the classic trading routes between Arabia, Africa, India and the Orient. Mombasa is Kenya's 2nd and oldest city, which serves as a port for landlocked Uganda and north-east Tanzania, includes Old Mombasa, situated on a small offshore island, and a bigger, more modern mainland metropolitan area connected to the isle by bridge, causeway and ferries.

Behind everyday bustle of contemporary Mombasa lies a long history. Don't miss the opportunity to see its intricate mosques and ornate Hindu temples, imposing Fort Jesus (created in 1593 by the Portuguese), and the maze-like lanes of the old Mombasa town, with their massive studded wooden doors and glimpses of the old harbour. Nearby are the beaches of the dazzling Indian Ocean coast of Kenya, or some may prefer to enjoy a safari to one of the renowned Game Reserves or National Parks, among them a moving 'fly-in' visit to spectacular Masai Mara.

Kilindini Harbour is a vast, natural deep-water inlet which extends inland from Mombasa. It is around 25-30 fathoms (45–55 m) at its deepest center and serves as the harbour for the city of Mombasa, with hinterland extending to Uganda. The Harbour is the main part of Port of Mombasa, Kenya's only international seaport and the largest port in east Africa. Kilindini Harbour is managed by KPA (Kenya Ports Authority). Apart from cargo handling, the city of Mombasa is visited by cruise ships.

"Kilindini" is an ancient Swahili term meaning "deep". The port is so named as the channel is naturally very deep. The Harbor is an example of natural geographic phenomenon, "a ria", formed before millions of years when sea level rose and engulfed a river flowing from mainland.

Mombasa cruise terminal

In February 2017, Kenya will host around 3000 travel agents from the USA as the government plans to attract more passengers with the construction of a new (KES 350 million / USD 3,4 million) cruise ship terminal in Mombasa.Mombasa cruise ship terminal

According to the country's Tourism Cabinet Secretary, the USA has overtaken the UK as Kenya's top tourist source market. Statistical data show that the number of tourists arriving in Mombasa (by air and sea) in the period January-October 2016 was 729,682, or an increase of 16,1% in comparison to the same period in 2015 (628,345 tourists). In October 2016, approx 1880 tourists arrived on mainly small-sized luxury cruise ships, including on Oceania Nautica (591 pax, 400 crew) and Silver Cloud (216 pax, 222 crew).

  • The new cruise terminal's construction was commissioned in December 2016. Kenya Ports Authority provides KES 250 million / USD 2,4 million) into the building project. The remainder of KES 100 million (USD 1 million) comes from TMEA (TradeMark East Africa) - a non-profit company established in 2010.

The Mombasa cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Mombasa, Kenya.

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Port Mombasa cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Mombasa, Kenya. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

Day Ships in port
25 November, 2017
Oceania Nautica(arriving at 08:00 - departing at 18:00)