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Africa » Kenya » Coast Province » Mombasa March 7th 2019

Es ist eine Weile her, seitdem ich die Altstadt von Mombasa besucht habe. Aber es ist immer wieder ein Besuch wert. Da die Gegend als gefährlich eingestuft wird, müssen gewisse Vorkehrungen getroffen werden. Die Altstadt sollte nur in Begleitung eines Tourguides besucht werden. Somit starten wir bei Fort Jesus. Diese Festung wurde im Jahre 1593 von den Portugiesen gebaut. Die Kontrolle der Festung wechselte von den Portugiesen zu den Arabern und später zu den Briten. Die Festung selber gehört inzwischen zum Unesco Kulturerbe. Von Fort Jesus gehts durch die Altstadt. Die Altstadt befindet sich auf dem südöstlichen Teil der Insel und gehört ebenfalls zum Unesco Kulturerbe. Di Caprio hat hier sogar einen Teil des Films "Inception" aus dem Jahre 2010 gedreht. Mir gefällt es jedes Mal durch diese teilweise engen Strassen zu schlendern. Überall trifft man ... read more
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Africa » Kenya » Coast Province » Mombasa February 28th 2019

Nach ein paar Jahren, ist es wieder Zeit, den Haller Park zu besuchen. Es ist immer wieder überraschend, so einen Park in unmittelbarer Nähe einer Hauptstrasse (Mombasa Malindi Road) anzutreffen. Im Park selber merkt man überhaupt nicht, dass sich in der Nähe eine vielbefahrene Strasse befindet. Dadurch, dass wir den Park in der ersten Tageshälfte besucht haben, war es nicht möglich, alle Tiere zu sehen (die Hippos waren nur aus der Ferne zu sehen). Trotz allem hat sich der Besuch gelohnt.... read more
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Africa » Kenya » Coast Province September 19th 2018

A 4 am wake up, found us packing to leave Mombasa, grabbing a quick cup of java, a cupcake and off we go -on safari into the tsvao west safari African park. A beautiful sunrise greeted us as we said goodbye to Mombasa and began our four hour trip to the west border of Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro. At last we arrived at the entrance to the park and headed onto the trail. Our journey slowly began with a few animal greeters and as we progressed apparently the game received the word that the Gingles expedition had arrived, and boy did they come out for a real African Howdy or Jambo . Zebras, giraffes, and many more of the animal kingdom turned out including a couple of cool lions who just couldn’t figure us out but ... read more
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Africa » Kenya » Coast Province September 19th 2018

Morning appears with monkey shenanigans outside our tent, vocal arguments between hippos, and a croc’s sleepy, lethargic body across the nearby waters. Breakfast at the Voyager Safari Camp was located at the main dining area nearby our overnight accommodations which were tents that included running water, toilets -yea! - under thatched shelters . We immediately had our breakfast of eggs, bacon/sausage, pancake (flat African style) and juice and coffee... and we were off to make the trek back to rural Mombasa to check the progress of the water drill . On our way, we were able to see other animals who crossed our path. And as we got closer to the city we found out the drillers had hit rock and it would be perhaps another day before they would be able to drill through it. ... read more
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Africa » Kenya » Coast Province » Mombasa September 16th 2018

I woke up this morning feeling refreshed, nothing like staying at a beach hotel for a little respite. I had hoped to walk along the beach this morning; however the tide was in and there was practically no beach. We all met for breakfast and then headed to a part of town that had a type of ”assembly line”. There was a finished products area with jewelry, sculptures and African handmade items, if one ventured outside of the shopping area, there was a village of shanties and within each structure was a laborer carving or staining or chopping an item - a manufacturing hub - African style. Once we did a little shopping, we stopped at a local restaurant for Teresa Gingles’ comfort food which equals cheeseburger! Seriously. The restaurant had great shakes, burgers and an ... read more
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Africa » Kenya » Coast Province September 12th 2018

Sept. 11, 2018... A stop in Paris brought some needed walking after the first leg of the Gingles Expedition. Once we arrived in France, David checked into an airport hotel for some needed rest, and Teresa and I took a taxi into Paris. Teresa’s request was to see the Eiffel Tower and have a pastry so off we went landing at the exquisite tea room the Angelina where we had brunch including chocolate croissants from heaven. The two mile hike from there to the ET was an adventure in itself. We took off on the Champs de Elise, rambled through flower gardens, walked down pathways that paralleled the Seine and met up with a band of gypsies. As we were walking along, a woman we came across seemed to have lost or found a gold band. ... read more
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Africa » Kenya » Coast Province » Malindi July 18th 2018

I was about to board the matatu to Malindi I had got up early to avoid any trouble but because of the early hour the matatu was taking time to fill up. I decided to sit down and have a cup of kahawa chungu at the roadside stall next to the matatu stage. Around the table a few Swahili wazee were drinking their coffee and talking about the election and post-election violence they looked up with surprise to see a tourist as I moved to sit by them. Life was beginning to get back near normal some shops were opening and a lot more matatus were moving on the roads. A phrase the old men kept repeating that reflected the return to normality was “kazi iendelea” (work continues), it was also an election slogan used by ... read more
Ethiopia bar, Haile Salassie avenue, Mombasa
Salambo, Mombasa
Royal court Hotel pool, Mombasa

Africa » Kenya » Coast Province » Tsavo NP April 14th 2018

Do you recall the movie – “The Ghost and the Darkness?” Some like it some don’t. It’s about the man-eating lions in Tsavo. I know, I know, - the movie was not made in Kenya…probably in South Africa or somewhere else. Like many others. But that’s not my point. The movie was made to tell the story of the vast sub-Saharan Tsavo plain that was once famous for the notorious man-eating lions. When the Mombasa-Uganda railway line was being built in the early 1900, the line passed through the vast Tsavo plain. Many Indian and sub-continental workers were killed by the man-eaters. Many years have passed since then, but I wanted to witness the historic Tsavo National Park, hoping to see some of the lions, may not be man-eaters like their predecessors, but at least they ... read more
Sikh temple in Makindu- anotehr view
Overnight stay in Gurdwara
Driving through Tsavo

Africa » Kenya » Coast Province April 7th 2018

5 school terms since we left Kenya. My dear colleague and friend, Batty, was getting married at the beach and we were not going to miss it! We managed a quick catch up with a few friends in Nairobi over the Easter long weekend. Celebrating with LVC on the 4th anniversary of the church plant we helped out with. Tears of joy flowed during the service, mainly from me :) In Nairobi we stayed with 2 friends who have both recently relocated back to Kenya. The Phayres and Aubreys. We enjoyed spending time with both families and managed to see a few others who were around. Strangely enough I didn't take many photos. We spent a lovely morning with the Florah, Osean, Mildred, Hayley, Lillian and Charlotte. These ladies are family and it was lovely to ... read more
Burtie and Batty reunited!
We found the star fish!
Beautiful starfish

Africa » Kenya » Coast Province » Mombasa February 21st 2018

Makaawani Village ist ein kleines Dörfchen, welches irgendwo im Busch zwischen Bamburi und Shanzu liegt. Zusammen mit einem niederländischen Kollegen und Paul, der uns führt, geht es mit einem Tuk Tuk zum Dorf. Der Weg ist, nachdem wir die Hauptstrasse verlassen haben, sehr holprig. Wie immer, grüssen uns Scharen von Kindern, welche sofort auf die Wazungu (Mehrzahl von Mzungu), reagieren. Nach ca. 30min Fahrt, erreichen wir das Dörfchen und beginnen mit dem Verteilen von Kleidern, Spielsachen und Süssigkeiten. Es ist immer ein Freude, Kinder zu sehen, welche sich an einfachen Sachen erfreuen können (es muss ja nicht immer eine XBOX oder ein iPad sein ;-)).... read more
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