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The Coast Province (Swahili: Mkoa wa Pwani) of Kenya, along the Indian Ocean, was one of Kenya's eight provinces. It comprises the Indian Ocean coastal strip with the capital city at Mombasa and was inhabited by the Mijikenda and Swahili, among others. The province covered an area of 79,686.1 km² and would have had a population of 3,325,307[1] in 2009.

Coast Province

Mkoa wa Pwani
Outrigger canoe in Kenya.jpg
Location in Kenya.
Location in Kenya.
Coordinates: 3°0′S 39°30′E / 3.000°S 39.500°E / -3.000; 39.500Coordinates: 3°0′S 39°30′E / 3.000°S 39.500°E / -3.000; 39.500
Country Kenya
No. of Counties:6
CapitalMombasa
Area
 • Total79,686.1 km2 (30,767.0 sq mi)
Population
 (2009)
 • Total3,325,307
 • Density42/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)
The capital of the Coast Province of Kenya, along the Indian Ocean, is Mombasa (click to enlarge map).

Tourist attractionEdit

Other important towns on the coastal strip include Diani in the South, and Kilifi, Malindi, Watamu and Lamu in the North. Part of the coastal population is located in resort and beach settlements as Kiongwe and Kipini.

Diani Beach is now also a tourist center, with palm trees and the white sandy beaches like Mombasa.

Malindi is where Vasco da Gama picked up his pilot to navigate with the monsoon winds to India; Mambrui appears to be the site where contact occurred with the Chinese during the era of the Yongle Emperor and the expeditions of Zheng He.[2]

Watamu is a small fishing community and East Africa's first Marine National Park.

Mwandimu and Magunda are settlements in the south of the province.

Population dataEdit

Code County Former Province Area (km2) Population
Census 2009
Capital
1 Mombasa Coast 212.5 939,370 Mombasa (City)
2 Kwale Coast 8,270.3 649,931 Kwale
3 Kilifi Coast 12,245.9 1,109,735 Kilifi
4 Tana River Coast 35,375.8 240,075 Hola
5 Lamu Coast 6,497.7 101,539 Lamu
6 Taita-Taveta Coast 17,083.9 284,657 Voi
Totals 79,686.1 3,325,307 -

ClimateEdit

The climate is tropical humid.

SeparatismEdit

Since 2012, an organisation calling itself the Mombasa Republican Council had been active to secede the province from the rest of Kenya.[3]

Villages and settlements (A-L)Edit

Villages and settlements (M-Z)Edit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.scribd.com/doc/36672705/Kenya-Census-2009
  2. ^ "Could a rusty coin re-write Chinese-African history?". BBC News. 17 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-18.
  3. ^ Insight - Separatist storm brewing on Kenya's coast