• The ocean is locals' lifeblood. It gives food, jobs, and a connection to their heritage
For as long as I can remember, Mombasa had been a dream destination for my friend Joan and me. So when we finally stepped off the plane and felt the warm, humid air of the coastal city, it was like a dream come true.
Our first stop was the old town of Mombasa. As we wandered through the narrow streets, we were greeted with warm smiles and friendly chatter from the locals. One shopkeeper, Ali, welcomed us to his store and shared his passion for the city: "Mombasa is a city of history, culture, and beauty. You will find it all here. Welcome!"
Next, we visited Fort Jesus, where we met a guide named Hassan. He regaled us with stories of the fort's past, including tales of battles, pirates, and explorers. As we walked through the courtyard, Hassan pointed out the various architectural styles and told us how they reflected the city's diverse heritage. "Mombasa has a rich history, and it is our duty to preserve and share it with the world," he said.
After a morning of sightseeing, we headed to the beach. As we lounged in the sun, sipping coconut water and listening to the sound of the waves, we struck up a conversation with a local fisherman named Juma. He told us about his life on the coast and the importance of the ocean to his community. "The ocean is our lifeblood. It gives us food, jobs, and a connection to our heritage. It is our duty to protect it for future generations."
Our final adventure in Mombasa was a safari tour through the Shimba Hills National Reserve. Our guide, Kip, was an expert on the local flora and fauna, and he shared his knowledge with us as we spotted elephants, giraffes, and other wildlife. "Nature is a gift, and we must do our part to preserve it. Tourism can help us do that by providing jobs and resources for conservation efforts," Kip said.
As we boarded our plane back home, Joan and I felt grateful for the experience. Mombasa had exceeded our wildest dreams, and we knew we would always cherish the memories and the lessons we learned from the people we met along the way. As Juma had told us, "Mombasa is more than just a place. It is a way of life, and we are happy to share it with you."
From the uncrowded, white-sand beach to the luxurious Swahili villa #DhowHouse, #DiscoverWatamu in this short, funky trip with #TeamSasa in Oct 2018. "Tamu" is Kiswahili for "Sweet", and Watamu is a resort town in the coast of Kenya. The song is ‘Together’ by Martin Garrix. Video edit by Douglas Okiddy (@daggyraxx). #TembeaKenya #JalioTales. Please like, subscribe and share. Follow me on social media via: Twitter: @tjalio Facebook: Tom Kip Jalio Or read my stories on Muck Rack at: http://bit.ly/JalioTales