After two months on the road through Africa we decided to end our round the world trip on a beach chilling out. Jomo Kenyatta Beach is a long string of bland hotels offering your basic package holiday. The warm waters, white sands and sunshine were pleasant and it was good to recharge our batteries before returning back to the real world. We couldn’t resist fitting in a few cultural activities which included a trip to Fort Jesus, which was built by the Portuguese in 1593 to guard against the old portof Mombasa. It was built in the shape of a man (from the air) and hence why it was given the name Jesus. Another outing was to Malindi a few hours up the coast, which has been a Swahili settlement since the 14th century. It has a lot of Arabic influence as seen in the architecture and people.
Whilst staying at our beach resort in Mombasa we realised there were some dodgy going-ons here – locals walking around hand in hand with oddball tourists to form some questionable relationships. When they come into the restaurant in the morning it’s enough to put you off your breakfast.
Jomo Kenyatta beach aside we have had a wonderful year. But a word of warning for anyone considering a mouch around the world – you will not be disappointed by what you see, experience or encounter. The difficulty comes when it’s time to head home. It would have been nice to just keep going but, we have… ‘prior commitments’…
Finally, we would like to say a very big thank you to all those friends and family we met around the world. Because without your friendly faces and warm hospitality we would not have survived a year of hotel rooms, hostels and tents. It goes without saying that we would love to repay the favour by putting you up should you ever find yourselves in London or Bath!