Two dedicated cruise berths with water depth alongside up to 11mtrs.
Kenya Ports Authority has plans to convert berths 1 and 2 into an ultramodern cruise complex. The cruise terminal will offer a range of airport-style facilities including lounge areas, restaurants and souvenir shops as well as reception counters for cruise operators and offices for customs and immigration.
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Mombasa is a place steeped in history, yet at the same time fascinating
commercial and cosmopolitan port town.
Mombasa is an island connected to the mainland by bridges and ferries. The town over looks a wide harbor, where commercial shipping mingles with traditional sailing dhows.
The true heart of Mombasa is found in the exotic old town, among the
narrow winding streets and Arab architecture. The air here is always
heavy with the scent of spices. Women wearing the traditional bui bui
fill the narrow streets and busy markets. At the dhow docks fresh fish
and goods from all along the coast arrive daily. The streets are alive
with the bright color of the traditional coastal khanga and kikoy,
the all purpose wrap around cloth worn by both men and women.
At the waters edge is Fort Jesus, an imposing fort that stands watch over the harbor. The high gun turrets, battlements and underground passages of this 16th Century Fort were the center of a historic struggle for control of the Kenya coast between the Portuguese army and the Shirazi Arabs. This war was waged around Mombasa over hundreds of years and countless battles, and the Fort stands as a testament to this tumultuous past.
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 a diverse marine life, world-class hotels and friendly atmosphere. There is tropical climate all year and is a great destination filled with activities for all ages.
Mombasa has City buses, Matatus and Taxis to get around town. Mombasa old town and the area around Fort Jesus are easily explored on foot.
Several countries have issued warnings that the city center is not safe during the night, that car-jacking is widespread and that robberies after sunset at the beaches can occur. Use common sense and a healthy dose of scepticism for your surroundings. A ship's excursion might be your best bet.
Kenyan products are as diverse and unique as the country itself. There are traditional artefacts, fantastic jewelry, beautiful carvings, the world's best coffee, precious stones, furniture, beautiful cloth, excellent local music, wonderful modern art and so much more to be found.
For the dedicated bargain hunter, Kenya's markets are the place
to be. Markets selling all kinds of local arts and crafts can be
found all over the country. In Nairobi, there are large open air
markets held each week.
Bargaining is the expected norm in Markets and even in some shops throughout Kenya. The art of bargaining has deep roots in Kenyan culture, and is regarded as an essential business skill.
The official currency is the Kenya Shilling. The written abbreviation
is either KSh or using /= after the amount (ie 500/=)
Available Notes are 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 shillings. Available coins are 1, 5, 10, 20 and 40 shillings.
Visitors to Kenya should change foreign currency at banks, bureaux de change or authorized hotels. The easiest currencies to exchange are US Dollars, Pounds sterling and EURO.
travelers Cheques are widely accepted, and many hotels, travel agencies, safari companies and restaurants accept Credit Cards. Most Banks in Kenya are equipped to advance cash on credit cards.
There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency that can be brought into Kenya.
Kenya has good Internet Service Providers. Email and Internet services are offered by many hotels and lodges. In most towns, there are plenty of private business centers and cyber cafes offering email and internet access.
Kenyan Public holidays include:
1st January New Years Day
Idd il Fitr *
March/April Good Friday**
March/April Easter Monday**
1st May Labour Day
1st June Madaraka Day
10th October Moi Day
20th October Kenyatta Day
12th December Jamhuri Day
25th December Christmas Day
26th December Boxing Day
*The Muslim Festival of Idd il Fitr celebrates the end of Ramadhan. The date varies each year depending on the sighting of a new moon in Mecca.
** Dates for the Christian festival of Easter vary from year to year.
Most businesses in Kenya are open from Monday to Friday, though some also trade on Saturday.
Business hours are generally 9:00am to 5:00pm, closing for an hour over lunch (1:00pm – 2:00pm).
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