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  • Day96

    Mombasa, Kenya

    March 23, 2015 in Kenya ⋅ ⛅ 90 °F

    Mombasa is Kenya’s most important port and is situated on an island just on the coast. Arab sea traders influenced the city’s early history as did the Portuguese, who also controlled the city at times. It was ruled by Omanis for extended periods and the result is an African city with heavy influences of Muslim and European colonial architecture and culture.

    Quite gritty, there were warnings on our ship about how best to safely visit the city. We had done a safari the first day of the stay, but wanted to explore the city itself on the second. We therefore took a ship shuttle bus into downtown and hired a local street guide to show us around for two hours for $10.

    Our guide looked official at first glance with his patches, badges, epaulets and military boots but the “Revolucion” patch above his pocket and “Che Guevara” on his back revealed otherwise. His commanding, definitive presence led us through street traffic where he boldly crossed using only his outstretched hand to stop the taxis and tuk-tuks. We scurried to keep close to him and avoid being stranded in a no-man’s-land of vehicles.

    He took us through spice markets where we bought several spices, not because we can bring them into the US, but just to be able to enjoy the colors and smells for awhile. He described historical sites and led us into a particularly bloody meat market where Ali almost threw up when a vendor pulled out a camel leg and hoof from under a table. It was a very dramatic moment!

    The Arab/Africa blend that makes up Swahili culture was evident in the ornate balconies and doors of many of the buildings. The influence of the Omanis will also be seen in Zanzibar, our next stop.
    The first photo is some of the architecture in Mombasa.
    The second photo is Ali and our guide.
    The third photo is the spice market we visited.
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  • Day7

    Taita Hills

    January 27, 2020 in Kenya ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Entlang der tansanischen Grenze fahren wir zu unserem nächsten Ziel, der Sarova Saltlick Lodge im Taita Hills Schutzgebiet. Am Anfang ist die Straße durch den Regen total aufgeweicht, Autos ohne Vierradantrieb können es kaum schaffen ohne steckenzubleiben. Dann wird es besser, und wir passieren viele kleine Dörfer. Am späten Nachmittag machen wir noch eine Pirschfahrt im Wildschutzgebiet, bei der wir viele Vögel beobachten. An den Wasserlöchern und der Salzlecke vor der Lodge können wir Kuhantilopen und Wasserböcke beobachten.Read more

  • Day8

    Tsavo Ost Nationalpark

    January 28, 2020 in Kenya ⋅ ☁️ 30 °C

    Wir unternehmen eine Frühsafari im Park, und nach dem Frühstück verlassen wir den Park. Unterwegs erwischt es uns dann doch noch: auf einer total matschigen Straße rutschen wir in den Graben. 2 Autos kommen zur Rettung und fahren sich ebenfalls fest. Dann schaufeln einige fleißige Arbeiter Kies unter unsere Reifen, und wir können aus dem Graben hinaus fahren. Dann fahren wir nach Voi und dort in den Tsavo Ost Nationalpark. Die erste Safari erleben wir auf dem Weg zur Ashnil Aruba Lodge. Auch am Nachmittag geht es noch mal auf Pirschfahrt.Read more

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