Kenya beach: Leaving Diani Beach finally
Idi brought us a coconut and explained how to eat it. With the machete he opened the nut and we tasted the water of the nut. Not my taste at all, the flesh tastes nothing, so not my favorite fruit.
Tara was recovering fast, her wound has dried, still a little bit red, but she gained back her vitality. The weather got hotter and hotter and wet, so even during the night it did not cool down, so we built a kind of rain tent around the rear doors to be able to let them open during the night and not to get wet.
Tara recovered pretty well and her hunting instincts were alive again. A monitor lizard, about 1 meter 50 long, passed and Tara immediately started hunting him. I gave her the command to return just in time because a fight with a monitor lizard is not easy and they can be quite dangerous to dogs of Tara’s size.
Today would have been Alexandra’s first working day if we were not on our African trip. A colleague wrote an email, obviously he was thinking to her. Idi was having troubles. With his head down he ran around.
I asked him what the matter was. First he did not want to tell me, but finally he told me the story. He has a daughter which was sent home from school because he could not pay the school fee for this month. First I was skeptic if he was telling the truth, yes we were already a little bit Africa experienced, but after discussing this matter I got more convinced that his story might be true. So we gave him the 40 US$ and by his reaction I felt he was really happy and that the story could be true. But you never know in Africa. He earns 8000 Ksh about 100 US$ a month. The school fee for his daughter is about 3700 Ksh. So 4300 Ksh are left for a family to live. Sure he has a small farm where they can grow their veggies and have some hens for eggs. But they only can survive, extra costs are difficult for him to finance.
Tara got her stitches removed by Dr.Peter and she got her annual vaccination as well. We were lucky she had recovered properly.
In the afternoon an old Land Rover Series 3 with South African registration arrived at the campsite. I am a big fan of this car so I was curious. When I talked to this couple I learned that they were Germans from Berlin on an African trip for several years already. They had a young German shepherd dog. They started three years ago in Germany with their bicycles to cross Africa on the West side. They cycled until South Africa then found a job to earn money to continue their African trip. While they were working there, they saved the life of the Shepherd dog, because she was poisoned and so they kept her and called her Midwoch. They continued traveling by bike and a trailer where they transported the dog. But soon they realized that they cannot travel like this with a dog, so they bought this old Land Rover and continued their journey. Now they were on their way back to Germany. We had a lot of fun with them and sat together in the evening with some glasses of wine.
Today the insurance guy from Mombasa arrived at the campsite. We needed the yellow card, which is the insurance for all Africa except the countries of the South African Union. I wanted to make it for one year. When the guy came I did not like him at all, but it was a recommendation by Dr.Peter so I trusted the guy, although he did not look trustworthy at all. But he offered a good price, local insurance + yellow card for one year and all countries for about 100 US$. That was quite good because in Ethiopia we payed about 50 US$ for just one month.
In the morning we had to visit Dr.Peter again because Tara got a big cancer like something at her leg. Sven and Nadine the Germans joined us because their dog needed a vaccination. Peter assured that this thing is not harmful and old dog often get this, so no worries. The German’s dog did not want to go to the vet at all and they had to use all their power to get Midwoch into the clinic. Back at the campsite we wanted to buy prawns but one of the fishmongers tried to sell us rotten ones. That is Africa as well, you have always to be careful and bargain and check everything.
Later another came and offered very good white snapper for a reasonable price. I think he was sorry and ashamed for the other guy. In the evening we sat together with the German couple and we could test our new kerosene lamp. Our Coleman Petrol lamp (150 US$ stuff), did not work anymore, not suited for an African trip, so we bought this old fashioned Kerosene lamp, which our grand grandfathers already used. The lamp was 2 US$, one liter Kerosene is about 70 US cents, not bad and it is technically completely simple. And it spreads a warm light.
Today we wanted to continue with our journey because Tara had recovered, rainy season was almost over, but it was raining heavily, so we had to postpone our departure.
Finally, after a long stop in Tiwi Beach, the weather is sunny so we took farewell from the people in the lodge, promising that we would come again, Sven and Nadine joined us, so we started together direction Shimba Hills. Soon we left the tar road and on soft gravel we passed beautiful countryside, palm trees along the road and hilly terrain. Soon we got to Shimba Hills National Park where we wanted to stay overnight but it was so expensive so we decided against it. We continued but the gravel got worse and worse and often we had to get out of the cars to check the road condition. For us with the van without 4×4 it was quite risky, for the Land Rover it was no problem at all. The landscape was beautiful, we saw a lot of elephant droppings but unfortunately no elephants. But a spitting cobra crossed our way. At a long passage of mud and water I had to go fast not too get stuck in the mud. But suddenly a big pump and I was thinking the axle was broken. We stopped. But I could not see anything, although Nadine said it is smelling from diesel. Anyway we could not do anything at this place so we headed on to Voi to Red Elephant Lodge. Alexandra prepared delicious Goulash, a specialty from Austria which the German couple knew and wished to taste that again. Cooking on an African trip like that is a challenge because you do not have a lot of pots and pans aboard and you do not get the food which you know from home or you get it but in a very different quality. One example is milk. Fresh milk you hardly get, but you can find milk power. So you have to prepare your milk yourself that you need for cooking which is not so easy to mix, because of the different water qualities. I admire Alexandra how she adapted to this difficult conditions. Our pressure cooker also died after almost one year in Africa, all these equipment is not built for Africa’s rough conditions.
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