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Mombasa Island


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Mombasa Island (Kenya)



Indian Ocean




5 km (3.1 mi)


3 km (1.9 mi)







146334 (as of 1999)

Mombasa Island is a 5 by 3 km (3.1 by 1.9 mi) coral outcrop located on Kenya's coast on the Indian Ocean, which is connected to the mainland by a causeway. The city of Mombasa is located on the island.

The old town of Mombasa is located at the eastern, seaward end of the island. Kilindini and Port Reitz, the modern deepwater harbour and port separates the island from the Kenyan mainland to the south. The old harbour, which is named Port Tudor and guarded by Fort Jesus, and Tudor Creek separate the island from the northern mainland. Modern residential sprawl and industrial areas now occupy the rest of the island.

Mombasa is linked to the mainland by the Makupa Causeway to the northwest, by the Nyali Bridge to the east and by the Likoni Ferry to the south. A road and rail bridge also serve the mainland container port near Port Reitz.

Port Tudor and Tudor Creek were named by Owen Tudor the Royal Navy captain who first surveyed the area.

Mombasa Island in one of the four divisions of Mombasa District. The division has a population of 146,334 (1999 census).[1] It is divided into six subdivisions:[2]

Above an interesting map, Island of Mombasa in the 1940’s, not many would know through time, that most of the outlets to the mainland were either by local boats or ferries along the Likoni, Mtongwe, Shanzu, Makupa (Makupa, Kupa is the word used to describe the movement of the tide out to sea. Ebbing of tide. Anyway this point is the shallowest place anywhere around the Island. One point in time, during low tide one could walk across easily).

Kenya Ports Authority (Ships in at the Port)

Kenya Ports Authority (Ships in at the Port)

Old Port

Old Town

The Ocean-Going Dhow trade to the East

The Old Post Office

Old Post Office...

This building housed the post office which opened in 1899.This post office enabled the Indians who built the railway to send news and money home to their families. Trolley tickets were also sold here, as this was one of the trolley terminals. The post office was later transferred to Treasury Square in 1941.The post boxes were on the corner and there was a covered way leading over the road like a bridge to the post manager’s office on the other side. It was also the temporary immigration office during the World War I (1914-1918).