Downtown Mombasa

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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.

Kenyans are proud of Obama and several buses had his picture painted on the back.
I highly recommend it to anyone. Please take the time to read my travel blog about the park in my profile.

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.

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There are dozens of restaurants with every type of ethnic food. My goal was to learn to eat what the local people ate and the local food was very agreeable with me. The main staple the people eat is called maize. I was familiar with maize in the US which is fine grain ground up, stalk and all for cattle feed. I finally discovered that what they call maize is just white corn to us, the same as the Spanish people in North America eat except that it is ground a little more coarse. The Africans cook it several different ways, mostly as porridge or as a firm cake, called ugali. Everyone washes their hands carefully before they eat then they take a pinch of the maize cake, rolled it into a ball, made a deep indention in the ball and filled it up with whatever meat drippings was served with it and popped into their mouths.
Friends' daughter in her school uniform
It was quite good and very nurishing once I got accustomed to it. The rest of the tour of the downtown area included the newer sections and some of the old town with very narrow streets and of course the old Portugese fort, Fort Jesus. The night life in downtown is pretty good with several nicer bars like Casablanca. But if you are in the mood to go all night, go on the north shore to Tembo. It goes sometimes 24 hrs and is more of a wild village than just one open air club. Google it. It was an enjoyable tour.

aswold says:
Thanks for sharing this.
Posted on: Nov 21, 2009
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