Swahili Coast #2 Kenya
From Lamu to Mtwapa
From Lamu, there is only one viable route and that meant travelling back over the same hellish road I'd taken a week earlier. Nothing to report. Just another day at the office. Intense heat build up inside the bus over dusty roads, rough enough to loosen your dentures and road blocks.
Malindi, a place you've probably never heard off unless you're a Vasco da Gama buff. On his voyage to India (Colicot and Goa) he wasn't well received in Mombasa, so he kept going and stepped ashore here in 1498. A concrete pillar errected at the spot he made landfall, which the Kenyan goverment thinks it's OK to charge non Kenyans 5 bucks to get up close to. Luckily for me you can see it well enough from the beach.
Strangler tree at the 'mosque between the (inner and outer) walls' of the ancient village Gede
Ancient ruins dot the Swahili coast line. Gede, Mnarani, nr. Kilifi and Jamba La Mtwana, nr Mtwapa. All sites date from the 14th or 15th Centuries and were abandoned in the 17th or 18th Centuries after attacks from the Somalian Gallas. So really not much difference if you fast forward to 2016. Al Shabaab are doing the same.
Crossing Kilifi Creek en route to Mnarani ruins. If you zoom in you can spot a boat shed at the top of the image where I drank tea heavily laced with ginger, with an old fisherman.
A 900 year old Baobab tree amid the ruins of Mnarani. It is still used today as a place of worship. The skull of an animal, placed to ward off the spirits.
The main mosque at Mnarani with the PILLAR TOMB behind which the Imman is buried and the tomb, centre of the image, for the 3 soldiers who guarded the mosque, with their names inscribed in Arabic.
Above and below, beach at Mtwapa