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Africa » Kenya » Coast Province October 1st 2011

White sand, sky blue and warm water make this place to a tourist paradise. Diani Beach is placed just few kilometers from Mombasa but the atmosphere is completely different. It isn’t hard to understand why this place is common among the tourists. Actually this place contains many nice and friendly resorts, and you can choose between low and high budget accommodation which makes a bigger flexibility and more visitors every year. Still Diani Beach is really popular in the weekends and the locals are coming for a great party and a dip in the clear blue water. If you want avoid crowded beach and hassling, let’s come under the working days and enjoy this wonderful and calm surrounding. But still it isn’t really easy to avoid the beach boys who are offering you a snorkeling, boat ... read more
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Africa » Kenya » Coast Province » Mombasa September 29th 2011

Jambo, where are you from? This question you hear many times per day from the locals here. It sounds quite friendly and welcoming but you have to be careful with you answer. They are waiting that you’ll say that you are from USA, Australia, Canada, England, Scandinavia and all other richer countries in the world, and then the prices are increasing at least five times than to the locals. People are trying to figure out and guessing there are you from all the time and after our six nights here we were quickly got tired of this and tried to figure out which country we would like to belong to and have tried with South Africa, Sweden, Australia and Lithuania. We did understand that Lithuania influence them best because they don’t know where it is and ... read more
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Africa » Kenya » Coast Province » Mombasa August 20th 2011

Next morning we had brekky then packed and checked out. We got a tuk tuk to the highway and waited about 5 mins for a big bus to turn up. We didn’t want to take a matatu, more risky than a big bus in an accident. And went to Mombasa. It took about 3 hours since we stopped a lot to drop off and let on passengers. Our bag was shoved up front next to the driver, it was so full its funny! We got off in Mombasa, and the bus guy took us to the Modern Coast Express office so we could buy tickets for the 26th. We did that then got a taxi to take us to Diani Beach, via an atm. This means crossing the Likoni Ferry, we were in line for ... read more
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Africa » Kenya » Coast Province » Mombasa August 14th 2011

Next morning we were up early as we had prearranged the shuttle to Nairobi that was to pick us up at 7.30ish. We had breakfast (included) and then raced downstairs. We got on the shuttle and it took us to the actual shuttle that was just out of central Arusha, thank goodness because the first shuttle wasn’t very nice. We got seats and our big bags were secured on top of the bus and we waited until it was full before leaving just after 8.30. We got to the border and it took a long while to get stamped out of Tanzania, almost everyone had to get their finger prints taken and a photo of them taken before the stamp was given. The process into Kenya was much easier including having to get a visa. It ... read more
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Africa » Kenya » Coast Province » Watamu August 8th 2011

On Tuesday 26th July I headed off to Watamu for 2 weeks voluntary work on the coast. Decided to take the overnight train 'the iron snake' from Nairobi to Mombasa. Departure time was 7pm and due to arrive in Mombasa at 9am the next day. Had booked a taxi to pick me up at 5:30 to get me to the station at 6pm but due to a great thunderstorm just before I was to set of all traffic in Nairobi came to a standstill. Didn't get to the station till 6:45pm. Was starting to panic that I might miss the train, needn't of panic as true to form the train left 30 mins late. I decided to book a first class compartment as it was only £25. This got you a 2 berth compartment, dinner and ... read more
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Africa » Kenya » Coast Province » Watamu July 20th 2011

Ein Höhepunkt besonders für die Kinder ist ein Meeresschildkrötenprojekt in Watamu. In dem professionell geführten Schildkrötenheim werden kranke Tiere wieder gesund gepflegt und schließlich wieder im Meer ausgesetzt. Eine Pflegerin erklärt uns die Leidensgeschichte jeder einzelnen Schildkröte, und wir haben sogar das Glück, mitdabeizusein, wie eine noch recht kleine Schildkröte, die erfolgreich wieder gesundgepflegt wurde, unter Jubel wieder in die Freiheit entlassen wird. ... read more
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Africa » Kenya » Coast Province » Watamu July 19th 2011

Die Ruinen, die sich im küstennahen Wald verbergen, stammen aus dem 13.-17. Jahrhundert und zeugen von einer traditionsreichen Swahili - Kultur. Sogar den Kindern gefällt der mystische Eindruck, den die Bauten inmitten des Dschungels hinterlassen.... read more
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Africa » Kenya » Coast Province » Watamu July 18th 2011

Etwas nördlich von Mombasa in der Nähe des Ortes Watamu, am Meeresarm Mida Creek, gibt es ein von der lokalen Bevölkerung, den Giriamas, geführtes Eco-Camp. Wir übernachten in einer geräumigen Giriama-Strohhütte, mit einem Doppelbett auf einem Podest unter einem Moskitonetz. Es gibt zwar nur begrenzte Auswahl an Essen, doch der Fisch und das Hühnchen mit Reis sind sehr lecker. Das Essen wird in dem erhöht gebauten Restaurant serviert, sehr gemütlich und mit tollem Ausblick in die tropische Umgebung. Bei der Kanufahrt durch den Meeresarm und die Mangroven, erweist sich, dass wir in einem Vogelparadies gelandet sind. Wir fahren nahe an einen Schwarm Flamingos vorbei und entdecken noch jede Menge anderer Vögel, wie Sattelstörche, Kormorane, Reiher und Ibisse. ... read more
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Africa » Kenya » Coast Province » Mombasa July 16th 2011

Erstaunlicherweise gibt es einen direkten Bus von Kamamega nach Mombasa, der über Nacht fährt. Wir sind froh, diese Fahrt gut überstanden zu haben, denn der Fahrer ist so ziemlich der schlimmste, der uns bis jetzt untergekommen ist. Mit Höllentempo rast er über die schmalen, löchrigen Straßen, ohne Rücksicht auf andere Verkehrsteilnehmer. Radfahrer und Fußgänger werden einfach in den Straßengraben gedrängt- rette sich wer kann! Wir sind erst beruhigt, als mitten in der Nacht in Nairobi ein anderer Busfahrer das Steuer übernimmt. Danach können wir alle ganz gut schlafen. Nachdem meine sehr sympathische, schwarz verschleierte Sitznachbarin, die ständig telefoniert, samt ihrem süßen Baby in Nairobi ausgestiegen ist, habe ich sogar die ganze Bank für mich, und kann mich etwas hinlegen. Mombasa ist viel weniger touristisch, als ich es mir vorgestellt habe. Hier überwiegt ... read more
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Dhow Harbour

Africa » Kenya » Coast Province » Mombasa July 2nd 2011

Den konstante susen og brisen fra det indiske ocean. Den smukke stjernehimmel og cikadernes sang. En morgentur i sandet ved den blå lagune kun med selskab af lokale fiskere. At have fået luksushytten direkte ned til havet, med en stor terrasse omkranset af blomster og palmer, tre soveværelser med store romantiske senge med moskitonet og fire toiletter (!) når vi havde betalt for den billigere hytte. Rengøringspigen Paulina, der hver dag ryder op, gør rent og lægger friske blomster på sengen. Morgenmaden serveret med fire retter i laaangsomt tempo på restauranten, der også er i det fri kun med stråtag og fire tjenere og kokke stort set kun til vores service. Tony der underholder børnene med at kravle op i kokospalmer og hente friske kokosnødder ned til dem. Christopher tømte med stort velbehag tre! At gå ... read more
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