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I first came to Mombasa in September of 2008. I was on an old steamship that had a contract with the UN to deliver various types of grain and cooking oil to Africa. This old ship was the tramp steamer type and took a long time to unload because it was done the really old fashion way, not with modern containers. We stayed in Mombasa for 12 days unloading and at the last loading some other food stuffs to be delivered in Mozambique, our next stop. I was working in the engine room and my watch while in port was from midnight to 8am. I was free from 8am to midnight so I went out almost everyday. We went on an official photo safari in Tsavo East National Park and I believe that was the most exciting and enjoyable place I have ever been because of the large amount of wild animals we saw.
I made a lot of friends in Mombasa. I have two reviews also about places to visit in Mombasa, the Hindu Temple and the Akamba Handicrafts Coop. Check out both reviews.
Mombasa is the second largest city in Kenya, I am not sure what the population is but most visitors go to the very nice beaches a few miles from Mombasa. I have not included any information or photos in this blog about the beach area. Mombasa town has some nice areas and some not so nice areas but we always felt safe there and never saw any violence. I have included pictures of both the good and not so good areas of town center.
The town is very culturally diverse with Arabs, many different tribes of Africans, Europeans, East Indians, and Asias.