Kenia – Mombasa – Tiwi and Diani Beach – The second largest city of Kenia is an island with about 5 square miles linked by brigdes and ferries to the mainland.
A romantic port on a coral island, the city has retained much of its 12-centuries-old-charm. It has remained virtually unchanged for about 100 years. The impact and the influence of the Islam and the Muslims is obvious in every part of the city. Old Mombasa’s heart beats in the small, exotic kitotos (streets) where you smell the odour of the oriental food and spieces. With a population of half a million, old Mombasa has a long history of conquerors and colonists. Historic Fort Jesus is guarding the Old Habour, and beyond spectacular reefs are situated only ½ mile offshore. These reefs are lined up with white, pebble-free beaches such as Tiwi and Diani, circled by dhows and schools of tropical fish. This makes for excellent snorkelling and scuba diving.
We camp about a half hour‘s drive in the South of Mombasa at beautiful Tiwi Beach. Twiga Lodge is a lovely and peaceful place out in the bush. The only sound is the curling over and breaking of the waves at the shore. Fishermen and farmers are frequently visiting us in order to supply us with fresh fish, vegetables and fruit.
Priska, Maria’s sister, and her husband Bruno visited us in the last week of July We had a good time together at Tiwi and Diani Beach. Before they had spent a week in different National Parks in Tanzania and Kenia.
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|Mombasa - ferry in the South|
|Mombasa - Fort Jesus|
|Twiga Lodge at Tiwi Beach|
|Priska, Robert, Bruno and Maria|
|Maria and Priska|
|Maria, Priska, Robert and Bruno|
|Maria, Priska, Erich, Robert and Bruno|
(preparation for the fish barbecue)
|Bruno and Priska|
(...enjoying Italian vine...)
|sea stars are echinoderms belonging to the class Asteroidea|
|fruit and vegetables, Salesman Abdhul|
(African Red Snapper - Lutjanus agennes)
|Preparation for the Big Barbeque Party|
(Do we have enough wood for the fire?)
|Erich and Robert|