Kenya's Historic Coast


Kenya has an incredible coastline with soft sands leading into a warm Indian Ocean. It has a more Arabic than African because right back in the 8th century AD, Arabs initiated trade from here between Asia, Arabia and Africa.

Kenya's Historic Coast

Kenya has an incredible coastline with soft sands leading into a warm Indian Ocean. It has a more Arabic than African feel because right back in the 8th century AD, Arabs initiated trade from here between Asia, Arabia and Africa. Many Arabs settled on Kenya's coast and married Africans. This mixture of race and reglion produced the melodic Swahili language and a strong Afro-Arabic culture.

Trade:

Well into the 19th century, trade in ivory, slaves and spices dominated the East African coast, and its influence reached far inland. Inevitably the Europeans (British and Germans), wanted a part of the trading and in the early-twentieth century they took over the land, but not the hearts and minds of East Africa.

Mombasa

Kenya's main port and second largest city is Mombasa and chanting from the minarets announce it to be a strongly Muslim area. The historic old town charming and fascinating, but the heart of the new city is of little interest. At the coastal beach resorts, Muslim influence is fairly absent, except perhaps in the architecture and food.