Hakuna Matata

Trip Start Jan 04, 2012
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Trip End Jul 18, 2012


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Monday, January 9, 2012

Our next stops were further north up the coast firstly at a place called Watamu which we reached after a 3 hour matatu ride! We found a great guesthouse called the Marijani in the local village. The village is a small working fishing village with a handful of guesthouses, a lovely atmosphere and of course a stunning beach. People in the village are poor and with the heat and dust life looked pretty hard but they were very friendly and so open to tourism and welcoming visitors it made our stay fantastic. Watamu actually means sweet people in Swahilli. There were alot less people on the beach trying to sell you pineapples but alot more just wanting a chat, they love the British! The guesthouse was great and rather than monkeys wandering around like in Mombassa this time there were Turtles. We ate most nights in the village beer garden (it is safe to walk around in the dark in Watamu, Hakuna Matata!) and discovered the local dish of Nyama Choma, basically roast meet with rice, what's not to like!

This was followed with a few days at a creek inland called mida creek where we stayed at an eco camp. It had been set up to support the local village and has funded a local school - really impressive project and again the local guys who ran the place were really great. We spent one day doing a tour of the local village, they showed us the new schools and how village life worked, including the local coconut wine tapped from the trees - interesting! The next day we visited Gede ruins a local settlement from the 13th Century that was then left abandoned for years and has been restored, very interesting historical site giving us some good background on the Swahilli language and people and the arabic influence in the region.

Nights at the ecocamp were spent by lantern eating the local fish, drinking tusker and sitting around the bonfire - I am sorry but yes this was as magical as it sounded!! (SMUG)

Apart from the fantastic people and amazing scenery in Watamu and Mida creek (both of which we would reccommend to anyone) the other thing that will stick with us is the Jambo Jambo song, taught to us by Eric a guy who works at the camp in a canoe while we were out on the creek.

Please google it - FANTASTIC!
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All sounds truly magical!

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