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ECONOMY OF MOMBASA

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The main economic activity in Mombasa is tourism which contributes more than half of the total gross income of the region. It is the most visited place along east Africa and continues to be a magnet for visitors because of its fantastic beaches, rich cultural history and natural sights among others. The following are some of the activities which form the backbone of Mombasa’s economy.

TOURISM

Tourism plays an important role in the economy of Mombasa. It is the main source of income and contributes more than half of the total gross income. The main tourist attraction features in Mombasa include pristine coasts which host several world class beaches, Marine national parks that are rich in aquatic life, historical sights like fort Jesus, Gedi ruins and the famous Vasco Da Gama pillar and lots of culture and history. These fascinating sceneries have vast qualities which make them highly attractive. They are easily accessible as a result of modern infrastructures which have been developed in the area. Tourism has long been viewed as an effective method of development  and indeed is playing an important role in development and growth of of Mombasa’s economy.

TRADE

As early as 15th century Mombasa was a leading center for long distance trade. Its trade links went as far as India and modern day china. The main items of trade included spices, gold and ivory. Slave trade was also dominant but the main source of income was ivory trade. The strategic location of city was a key node in trading networks across India ,Persia and Yemen. Mombasa today remains trading center where traders from all parts of the world meet to transact business. The presence of a good harbor has also boosted trade in the region which facilitates much of export and import trade. It is also characterized by presence of many markets which offer a bright, fun, and unforgettable shopping experience to many visitors. There are also a large number of vendors in the open air markets who sell hand made crafts, jewelry, carvings and traditional clothing.

DEEP SEA FISHING

Mombasa is also a center for deep sea fishing. It is not commercially practiced activity but plans are underway to make use of this underwater treasure by provision of modern fishing facilities. This will in turn create employment to the locals who can now earn a living from this activity thus improving there living standards. Although fishing is not a new activity in Mombasa, it is yet to take root in this region.

FARMING

This is another economic activity practiced in Mombasa. It is the third largest economic activity in Mombasa after tourism and trade. The climate along the coastal region is very conducive for agriculture .There are two main rain seasons; during March and October. The main crops which are grown in this area include coconuts, palm trees, cashew nuts and sisal among others. A sisal plantation is a common feature in the area and is the main cash crop which is exported to Canada.

Mombasa has recorded a slight, progressive, Economic growth over the last five years. This can be directly linked to growth in the tourism sector as a result of modern hotels being developed daily in the area and efficient transport system. It is becoming a fascinating and cosmopolitan coastal city.

MOMBASA’S HISTORY AND CULTURE

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Majestic Mombasa as some call, it is one of the oldest cities in east Africa. It is a prolific city situated on the Indian Ocean that has lots of history and culture to offer. Mombasa city is easily accessible having an international airport, a port and a modern road transport system to cater for the large number of visitors who flock the area to experience this diverse cultural history.

Mombasa is a result of a series of invasions by many trading nations who sought to impose their dominance on it and has switched hands several times all through its history. This brought about a significant influence on its culture and religion but the Arab influence has been prominent in the town for a number of years. Its strategic location along the Indian Ocean made it a center of long distance trade .Arab traders could sail around the Kenya coast as early as 13th century and this boosted the trade greatly along the coast. The city today is covered by markets that have been in existence for as many as hundred years back. These markets are very charming attractions sights and give travelers a true taste of Mombasa.

It is also a place widely known among visitors as the ideal place to buy traditional Kenyan crafts like sculptures, handmade wooden furniture and tools. Visitors are also attracted to the unique traditional kanga clothes of coastal residents which are common items in the markets. Kitenges are a colorful clothes designed specifically for women while kikois are for men. These are common in east Africa coast and are worn as a wrap around a garment. They are best suited for beaches where they are used as beach towels. They are traditionally produced from local fabrics and sold cheaply to the market. Jewelry is also common in the markets and is very popular with tourists. The markets are mainly dominated by Indian traders although there are other smaller traders like Arabs. There are also numerous boutique shops which deal with paintings, modern art items and traditional clothing.

FIVE REASONS WHY KISUMU CITY’S FUTURE IS BRIGHT

Kisumu for the last couple of years has been doing well development wise. With the expansion of Kisumu international airport, the glory of Kisumu has continued to shine and now is a town which enjoys a city status. World class roads are being built, water and sanitation infrastructures are being developed and investment by local investors is steadily rising. Kisumu city’s future seems to be bright mainly because of the following reasons;

Infrastructure
This is an element which plays a very vital role in economic development. Kisumu has witnessed Infrastructure development with expansion of roads, sewerage and water lines. The government has also taken steps to redevelop the Kisumu port to make it a commercial port which will significantly improve local trade in the area. The Kenya railway corporation is also planning to build a standard and modern gauge railway network from Mombasa through Nairobi and Kisumu. All these plans spell good tidings and prosperity to Kisumu city which was once old and shaggy town.

Housing Sector
Kisumu city is currently enjoying a property boom in the housing sector as a result of ongoing infrastructural projects. The expansion of Kisumu airport and the planned development of modern gauge railway have opened up the region and more investors are flocking to the city to take advantage of increased housing demand. Growth in education as well as banking sector has lead to increased demand for housing as a result of increased number of workers who have migrated to the city to make a living. According to statistics released recently by the ministry of land and housing, Kisumu is likely to record a greater demand for housing amenities in future. This is because of strategic position of the city which has promoted it to a major business hub in East Africa region.

The East Africa Community
The East African Community has contributed greatly to the growth of Kisumu town mainly through trade. Kisumu enjoys a special location within East Africa region. It is linked to other countries like Tanzania and Uganda by a modern network of roads ,efficient water transport as well a railway line which runs from Mombasa through Nairobi and Kisumu and finally in Uganda. With the recently signed treaty which is targeted to eliminate unnecessary trade barriers among the three east African countries, Kisumu will experience a new rebirth as a center for commerce and trade.

Devolved Government
This will give a new face to Kisumu since Devolution will bring government services closer and eliminate corruption which is a common scenario in Kenya. Devolution will ensure that measures are put in place to leverage Kisumu against its economical, social as well as political challenges .Implementation of devolution will also guarantee a conducive environment to local investors. It will give Kisumu a new path to growth by opening up this region which has a huge potential of becoming a major tourism player not only in Kenya alone but also in East Africa region generally .

Rich Hinterland
Kisumu has an interesting hinterland which spreads into Uganda and Tanzania. It is also bigger than that of Nairobi and accommodates more than 30million people. Kisumu has a responsibility to protect its hinterland against other emerging cities in the country as well as helping it to develop and actualize its hope sometime in future.

With quality leadership and right policies in place I don’t see why Kisumu cannot become a key city in Kenya and East Africa region as a whole in terms of economic development.

CLIMATE OF MOMBASA

Mombasa town enjoys a favorable climate all the time. It has a warm tropical climate which is typical along the coastal region of East Africa. The climate is moderate as compared to other countries within the tropical belt which experience a milder climate. This kind of climate has been a very crucial element in the growth of Mombasa tourism sector. Although the climate of Mombasa is very conducive, Mombasa is prone to climate related disasters like floods due to its proximity to the Indian Ocean.

As soon as you enter Mombasa, you are greeted by pleasant hot and humid atmosphere which characterize Mombasa weather. The weather is very consistent and does not vary much over the year. Like any other city located in the equatorial region, Mombasa experiences four seasons .i.e. winter, summer, autumn and spring. The hottest months are December and April with temperatures going as high as 31°C in a given day. The coolest months are August and July with temperatures of 27°C.This shows a small variance in temperatures which means the weather is stable and hence reliable.

The climate of Mombasa is mainly influenced by monsoon winds which blow across the Indian Ocean. This wind brings about the four seasons. There are two types of monsoon winds mainly the kaskazi wind and kusi wind. The kaskazi is north-easterly and is experienced from the month of October to march .It gives rise to the summer season which is records the highest temperatures. The kusi wind is a cold wind which brings about light and occasional rains starting from May until June. Monsoon winds also bring about a cool breeze that flows from the Indian Ocean all the time giving tourists a wonderful experience.

Mombasa experiences moderate temperature throughout the year. The hottest months are December to April with temperatures going as high as 31°C in a given day. July and August are the coolest months with temperature of 27°C .Generally; the weather is a bit hot regardless of the area you are in as compared to other parts of the country. The good news about Mombasa is that the temperatures don’t vary significantly and are fairly stable all the time.
The rainiest period in Mombasa is between April and May with heavy down pours being experienced in the afternoon. The rainfall is minimal during the month of January to February after which the normal sunny season resumes. The rain season does not mean necessary heavy rainfall and in some cases it may be just light showers. The rainfall is caused by monsoon winds which blow across the Indian Ocean.

Mombasa climate is very splendid and pretty. It supplements Mombasa tourism sector well and is a major tourism attraction element on its own. Visitors can enjoy the warm sunny weather of the coastal region on sandy beaches as the regular winds which cut across the region bring about a cool breeze which is very exciting. No matter where you choose to go for a holiday trip, climate is a key factor to consider; and Mombasa having such a spectacular climate, should top your favorites list.

MAGNIFICENT BEACHES AND HOTELS OF MOMBASA

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Mombasa is a coastal town which is famous for its popular beaches located along the Indian Ocean. It is a serene town that nestles tranquil beaches which offer umpteen water sports activities, famous marine parks and charming beach side hotel resorts which are popular coastal town get away.

Nyali beach is one of the beast beaches in Mombasa. Its proximity to the town makes it an obvious family destination. It is a breathtaking beach with a view of the ocean and provides an idyllic environment for many water sports like windsurfing, snorkeling. It is also an accredited center for diving courses. It is marked by a rich coral reef and several species of aquatic life and is probably the most exciting beach in Mombasa. It has also underwater excursion activities which draws thousands of visitors every year. Visitors in most cases are usually overwhelmed by the wealth of activities taking place in this beach. There is also a palace play land which creates an amusement park popular with kids. The long stretch of smooth and white sand exudes Nyali long history as one of the top beaches in Mombasa.

Eden beach resort is another point of interest in Mombasa. It is a luxury hotel and a premium family destination with plenty to do for all ages .It is surrounded by white beaches and lush tropical vegetation which compliment the shiny blue waters of Indian Ocean. It is a premier resort and offers exclusive accommodation to its customers, striving always to exceed their expectations. Many visitors usually comment of a wonderful experience with this hotel mainly because of its quality services and products. It has multiple swimming pools and offers activities such as shallow water interaction, deep water swims and wind surfing. Eden beach resort with its beach side water park and numerous fun activities taking place around; is the perfect holiday destination.

Mombasa Serena beach hotel is another luxurious resort located on the sun drenched angelic shansu beach. It has beautiful ocean view suites scattered along the shores. It has quite peaceful environment which is ideal for relaxation and its proximity to the large expanses of tropical forests offers you a fascinating walk through the forest as the warmth of the sun slowly beats down on your skin giving you a sheer excitement. It is a spectacular hotel which stands out because of its special geography and simply its overwhelming beauty .There are also many thrilling water activities like water skiing, wind surfing, goggling and deep sea fishing. This is a place worth a visit because it has all your holiday cravings covered.
South Palm Beach resort is a magnificent traditional resort which is found along the sandy shores of Indian Ocean. It offers world class accommodation and locals and tourist will always squeeze in a little more lounging in this resort before they return to their normal chores. It offers a variety of services which include terrace dining and beach dining directly opposite the Indian Ocean coast line. It is all inclusive with well furnished rooms, admirable African arts and crafts as well as memorable meals usually set amidst the open sand beaches.

In conclusion, Mombasa is the intimate spot to spend your time. It has a wealth of options to be enjoyed in informal yet elegant environment. It provides ample and private space for whiling your time in a peaceful surrounding.