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  • Day14

    Letzter Tag

    December 11, 2020 in Kenya ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Heut hatten wir ne Menge mit unserer gestrigen Aktion zu tun. Es sind sehr viele Bestellungen eingegangen, auch heute noch. Wir haben alles geliefert bekommen, gezählt und sortiert. Unser Hotelzimmer sieht aus, wie ein Souvenirladen. Hoffentlich bekommen wir alles noch in die Koffer und das Personal am Flughafen hat einen guten Tag.....😱
    Ansonsten haben wir uns noch mal mit lieben Freunden getroffen. Rehema und Kenny. Schön war's 🙂
    Am Strand wehte eine ziemlich steife Brise 🌪️.
    Und am Abend gab es noch ein kleines Showprogramm und wir genießen nochmal das Angebot an der Bar 🥂
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    Liebe Eri, lieber Andreas, Euch lieben Dank für die vielen schönen Reiseeindrücke. Ein gutes Einleben und Ankommen im Alltag wünsche ich euch ebenso noch frohe Adventstage.. Liebe Grüße Tina [Martina Rudolph]

    Erika Bulang

  • Day11

    Mombasa - Welcome to "real" Kenya

    September 16, 2019 in Kenya ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Für unseren Ausflug nach Mombasa hatten wir uns vorab einen privaten Fahrer besucht - was sich als Glücksgriff herausgestellt hat.
    Pünktlich um 7 Uhr ging es von Diani ab gen Mombasa - über die Fähre - und hinein in die Innenstadt.
    Nach kurzem schlendern durch die portugiesisch angehauchte Altstadt sind wir erst einmal in einem typischen Swahili Kaffeehaus für ein kleines Frühstück eingekehrt - nachdem wir uns auf der Strasse schon an ein paar Chapati (ähnlich wir Roti, Crepe, Pfannkuchen, Naan,..) vergriffen hatten. Nach einigen Swahilian Specialties ging es weiter mit unserem Fahrer/Guide durch die Innenstadt, auf einen Markt, an die berühmten Stoßzähne von Mombasa, zu einer Holzschnitzerei und zum Abschluss noch einmal auf einen zweiten Markt. Alles sehr busy, teils nicht wirklich super sicher aber halt um unseren Fahrer, Hotel-Mitarbeiter und weitere Tuktuk-Fahrer zu zitieren „real Africa“. Absolutely recommend it!
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  • Day13

    Vorletzter Tag

    December 10, 2020 in Kenya ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Gestern Abend haben wir einen kleinen Facebook Aufruf gestartet, um die Strandhändler hier zu unterstützen, welche seit vielen Monaten kein Einkommen mehr haben. Die Resonanz war überwältigend. Nun schleppen wir viele Souvenirs aus Kenia mit nach Bautzen und verteilen sie dann an die Auftraggeber. Ansonsten haben wir uns wieder einen schönen Tag gemacht 😇Read more

  • Day10

    The Mombasa Ferry

    September 25, 2019 in Kenya ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    A quick tale here about the Mombasa Ferry.

    Mombasa is on an island, and in order to get anywhere south of the city, you have to get on a big ferry to take you back to the mainland.

    Today, we're returning from the southern side, and trying to get back into Mombasa. Even the short trip to the ferry is difficult, as the alleyways are too busy for our tuk-tuk to navigate. We have to get out on foot and push our way through. At one corner, a lorry is trying to squeeze its way through the crowds of people, goats, motorbikes and cattle. The lorry swings around the corner just as we're passing, and pushes Chris off-balance. Fighting against the push of the massive vehicle, the tent bag rips- all things considered, we got off lightly.

    On the ferry, we sit down on the top deck. The ferry is slow to depart, then stops in the middle of the channel. We spot a military boat passing the front of our ship, making its way out to sea. Then, out of nowhere, there's a massive explosion. The sound is deafening, and everyone's first reaction is one of terror. We've seen the ship fire the cannon, but to everyone, it will have seemed like a bomb, especially in light of the recent attacks.

    But it doesn't stop there, an entire fleet of military ships follows the first, firing cannons seemingly at random, filling the air with huge bangs. We then see fighter jets scream across the harbour, out to sea.

    When we finally disembark the ferry at the other side, there are dozens of busses, fully laden with soldiers. We literally have no idea what is going on, and nor does anyone else. We would never find out what happened.
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  • Day2

    Arrived Mombasa, Kenya

    September 16, 2018 in Kenya ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Weather was chilly with temperature at 14 degrees. By 6:30 am I was already on the Visa queue having filled the Visa application form and Entry card provided in the hall. Que for those applying for Visa was very very long and I finally had my visa pasted in my passport at 7:50 am.

    Got my lone bag from the conveyor belt and proceeded to the exit of the airport stopping to change $100 to KsH 9,800. Found a Safricom kiosk just outside the airport exit door and bought a sim with 2GB data for Ksh 1,000. After which I proceeded to the domestic terminal just across the road from the international terminal. Checked into the Kenya Airways Mombasa flight which departed at 9 am and arrived at Mombasa after a 1 hr flight.

    Hailed an Uber to Voyager Beach Resort. Scenery to the resort wasn’t spectacular. Arrived at the resort a few minutes before noon. Lovely Ship themed resort, was welcomed at the gate by a security man who blew a trumpet to announce my arrival. Paid for half board accommodation which covers breakfast and dinner but breakfast was already over when I arrived, so I ate lunch which was a buffet charged to my room.

    Took a walk round the hotel taking in the lovely sights and met two interesting ladies. Came back to the room to catch up with sleep and later had dinner
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  • Day3

    Fort Jesus & Old Mombasa Town Tour

    September 17, 2018 in Kenya ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Had breakfast then called an Uber to take me to Fort Jesus, a Portuguese fort built in the 16th century which was later captured by the Omanis. The fort is built to depict a man. It also doubles as a museum with lots of artifacts and pictures. Entrance fee for non-east Africans is Ksh 1,200 Our tour guide Aghakan offered to also do a tour of old Mombasa for us, so I extended his contract.

    Mombasa reminds me of Stone Town, Zanzibar. Same concept, narrow streets with similar doors and building design. A lot of the landmark buildings have been converted to residential houses with a wooden plaque on the wall for identification and brief history. Had Mutton Byriani, basically basmantic rice and goat meat. Was a nice meal in a restaurant by the sea overlooking English Point Hotel.

    After the tour we took a Matutu (keke) to City Mall, the largest shopping mall in Mombasa. Changed $200 at exchange rate of Ksh 98 per dollar. There was no supermarket in the mall so we strolled down to Nyali Centre which had a big supermarket called Naivas, where I bought drinks, snacks, mouth wash (the one I came with had poured in my suitcase). After buying stuff to stock up my fridge I took an Uber to the hotel, rested a bit and went to the restaurant for dinner at about 8:00 pm.

    There was a birthday cake procession by the restaurant staff. Later on some acrobats entertained us with pole climbing stunts which reminded me of a similar show by the Kenyans at last year’s Calabar carnival.
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  • Day4

    Visit to Pirate Beach

    September 18, 2018 in Kenya ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Peter the dreadlocks Uber driver responded to my taxi request, stating that he has problem receiving card payments as such would appreciate if I pay cash for the trip. I agreed with the proviso that it will be the same Uber rate. So off we went. First destination was to Mombasa SGR Terminus, the new train station for the standard guage rail. A magnificent structure built by the Chinese. I bought a 1st class ticket for Saturday to Nairobi.

    From the train station we proceeded to Uhuru Gardens location of the famous Mombasa Tusk erected in 1956 to commemorate the visit of Princess Margarete to Mombasa.

    After snapping some memorable pictures at the most famous tusk, Peter took me to Pirates Beach which is the most famous public beach in Mombasa. We went to the cordoned off Pirates Beach Restaurant & Bar for a Byriani lunch and beer and away from the numerous aggressive hustlers on the beach trying to sell me stuff.

    Pirates beach is lovely with lots of people and one can wade into the water a long distance from shore before getting to the deep part. There were camel rides for offer.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Bamburi, BMQ