Trip Start Nov 01, 2012
11Trip End Nov 13, 2012
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Real Africa Eco Tour (Bush Tour, lunch & Ngomongo Cultural tour – already paid for)
Had a fairly good sleep on a rather firm mattress. A/C makes everything better in hot humid weather. (You can probably guess that this is Kathy speaking. Jack revels in this kind of weather.) The power went out at 4 am…I woke up when the A/C stopped. But came back on fairly quickly. Hotel breakfast outside with very elaborate selection. Temperature and humidity is already very high at just 8 am. We are about to leave on an excursion to an Eco-Village. Another traveler got sick last night
I got bit by a mosquito this morning and we have seen more of them here in Mombasa than in the interior, I suppose due to the tropical environment. We have had mosquito netting around our bed at each of the hotels we've stayed in. But prior to Mombasa, they have thankfully not presented much of a problem for us. However, I can smell the insect spray and it burns my eyes here in the hotel room. I’ll be glad to get away from it.
Today Jack and I participated in an optional excursion that proved to be another highlight. A visit to a living history demonstration project here in Mombasa. It was just a few minutes from our hotel and it was very worthwhile. The thing of it is…living history in America is a reenactment of a how our forefathers lived a couple hundred years ago, eg Williamsburg Virginia settlement. Here in Kenya, it is also a reenactment of how the people lived many years ago, but the astounding thing is that it also depicts CURRENT living conditions for many of the tribes who live away from the towns and cities. Cynic that I am, I would not have believed that had we not seen it for ourselves in the interior. The tiny dung huts, acacia brush rings around the village to keep out wild animals, fires started by hand, not matches, no electricity, traps to catch animals, and limited education
Anyway, back to the demonstration project. The location is an abandoned rock quarry near the city. A local pediatrician got the idea that Mombasa needed a living history project. In 1991, local citizens cleaned up all the garbage that had been tossed into the quarry over the years, and began planting native trees and grasses. The project was to represent 5 of the major tribes in Kenya. They built one-hut village replicas for each of the 5 tribes. Our timing was excellent. The only guests were our party of 8. Down the forest path we followed our guide, a young man maybe 20, who spoke excellent English. We came upon the first village and were greeted by a man, about 40 (J…I thought he looked more like 60+), dressed in tribal attire. He greeted us in his mother tongue, our guide interpreted for us, and taught us how to return the greeting. Then the villager took us into his hut, explained various functions typically performed within, and demonstrated trapping, gardening, bow and arrow shooting, blacksmithing, and finished up with music using instruments made of natural materials
Next we had lunch on the deck of a lovely marina restaurant on a canal. Tropical flowers, sea breeze, small yachts and Dhows (local boats) docked nearby
Bummer, we heard that OSU lost their football game by a field goal!