Wow. WOW. WOW!!!!
Ahead of us, down a small grassy hill, a white coral beach stretches for kilometres each way. The ocean glimmers between the many palm trees and is a light, inviting turquoise. Marvin and I both exhale the breath we had been holding – this is pure paradise. I am moving here! We scan the beach and finally decide on the palm tree that will be home for the next couple of days. Minutes later we are running towards the water and dive into the waves
. Ahhhhhh….warm, heavenly! Being used to the hypothermia-inducing temperatures of the Cape Atlantic, this warm bathtub swim is a sheer surprise and pleasure. We walk the few meters to our private palm tree and plonk into our respective camp chairs. Now, what should we make for dinner? Not to despair, because here at Tiwi life seems to be a series of answers. A fisherman is already approaching us and opens up his wicker basket-type bag….fresh calamari (the contents of his basket varied pleasantly each day…fish, prawns, crayfish…to ensure a wide selection of daily feasting)! Perfect. Next an elderly gentleman comes pushing his bicycle through the sand…this is the Mango Man…Fruit&Veg on wheels. Limes for the calamari, some salad to go with them and pineapple for dessert are quickly purchased. That would be dinner sorted…..Time for sundowners…..As we prepare our seafood delicacy the sky turns a deep pink and the huge gold-silver full moon rises over the calm water in front of us. Life could really not be more perfect.
So the planned three nights turn to four, then six and finally after ten blissful days we sadly leave this slow moving piece of peace and drive back to Nairobi. Within three days we are able to service the car (8 hours), receive the Ethiopian visa (4 hours) and pocket the Sudan visa (27 hours). The next leg of the trip is going to take us through the northern part of Kenya. The stretch up to the border has been said to be tough and rough. The road is bad and often the trip is interrupted by bandits…I'm already missing the beach……
'Marsabit-Road’ here we come!
We are travelling down a bumpy, winding road. To our left and right dense green bush creates a tunnel for us to drive through. Bertha slowly crawls over the uneven surface towards our destination. We have heard plenty about Tiwi Beach, both positive and not, and are now excitedly waiting for our first glimpse of this beach campsite.