Mangrove

by Monicah Wangari
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Friday the 23rd of Feb, the first time I used the latest transport machine in Kenya. That’s the SGR. Yaas! I bet av done it before you hehe, the smile on my face rynow.

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We agreed to meet at the station by 640 which really means 7am for a really early African.
The check up is on another level. Dogs actually sniff your bags, not quite sure for what. Pretty tight search there and fast too.
In time, we were on board and at exactly 8am the train starts moving.
We went from playing cards to sleeping, drinking, eating, chatting, laughing, taking photos, being amazed by how engine quiet and stable the train is, i mean you could balance an egg on a spoon while on it (not that i tried). The train is super clean with 12 coaches and carrying capacity of 1,200 people. I know you’re wondering so let me just put it out there, yes, there’s a toilet. Very neat and courteous attendants too.
Here’s a picture story of the experience. A slideshow of the journey, enjoy…
With the train moving at speeds of upto 118kph, at exactly 1355hrs as stated in the schedule on the website http://krc.co.ke/madaraka-express-rates/ we were in Mombasa County.
Took a bus from there to malindi via the kaloleni route as the msa town route tends to have major traffic, you could get stuck for 1.5 hours as i was told by a fellow traveller.
Amazing view it was with all the windows open coz of the heat that gets to 34 degrees whilst we are used to around 23 degrees in Nairobi on a normal day.
Our destination was http://kibalivillasresort.co.ke/ in Malindi. Malindi is known as the old town; has a low population and foreigners love to settle down there.
Kibali Villas is one of the most affordable, chilled, exclusive location i have visited, you choose whether to cook for yourself or pay for the same, can carry your own drinks and definately the perfect place to unwind.
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As dead beat tired as we were, we couldn’t afford long hours of sleep on a short vacay so, a quick shower then off to the pool we were.
Dinner was served then clubbing went down at Club Fermento
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Mangrove

Now the main reason we visited Malindi was for mangrove planting.
Allow me to educate you a bit; mangrove are a plant breed which grow in the coastal region. Residents informed us their main purposes include;
  • Reduce the excess heat around the ocean area, that is, cool down the temperatures
  • Suck carbon dioxide and other gases (up to three times more than other plants) leaving oxygen which is necessary for survival
  • Support aquatic life
  • Protect the coastline from tsunami
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the mangrove seedlings are those in her hands and that surrounding is a mangrove forest (they do get bigger than that)

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here’s how to plant mangroves; just stick it in the ground

But what is a Rotaract trip without charity; we visited the school run by Mama Guddy on Robinson Island going by the name “Fridays Summer Readers Nursery School“, having planted the mangrove (10,000 mangroves) along with the kids and left them a few items.

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Later on, lunch was served at Swahili Dishes in Malindi Town where i had ugali and fish dipped in coconut. After that, we toured the town, bought some deras, had madafu which is the water inside an unripe coconut, went to a mnazi base,got some which i hardly drank since it has an amazingly strong smell which is not so pleasant.
Mnazi is white in color and the way its fetched is quite interesting. A person goes up the tree with a container and fixes it somewhere up there such that mnazi water drips directly into it. In a day it is full, and now he can climb back up to go get it. Mnazi is totally natural, no additives. This is a way of making income here. Another interesting fact is when you take mnazi, your sweat, urine will smell that until it’s completely out of your system.
The Rotaract Club of Malindi later had an event dubbed Koroga Festival where they cooked together and invited guests to come enjoy the meal with them.
 In attendance was not just the Rotaract club of Karura and Malindi but also 19 others. The unity of purpose is just admirable.
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Being the last day in coast, a night out was a priority then swimming later in the morning for those who probably slept the night or were high on energy levels after a night out.
Sunday, well, was the return day and i couldn’t help but feel fulfilled. No regrets from the trip. I let everything flow as nature depicted best, had the time of my life, and all i can do is smile at the memories made.
The most exciting part for me about travel article writing is adding the pictures. It’s indeed true, pictures speak a thousand words. Thank you for making it happen team Rotaract.
Btw dear reader, if you’ve been looking for a group/family with whom to travel with and make a change in the community along with, then look no further. Join any Rotaract Club near you or hala at me to hook you up. I have had my best travel experiences while with the Rotaract club.
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Adios for now.
Mkare.

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7 comments

rcmalindi March 3, 2018 - 12:09 pm

nice one thanks for sharing. we look forward to working with you guys.

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rcmalindi March 3, 2018 - 12:09 pm

Reblogged this on Rotaract club Malindi.

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Eddie Two Hawks March 26, 2018 - 11:17 pm

It’s a pleasure meeting all of you. You guys work hard and I’m sure there is plenty somewhere for you to do. Be patient and the right job will certainly come your way soon.

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mkareblog March 27, 2018 - 9:20 am

Hey Eddie, am not quite sure i remember you, i would like to.
Also, you have an amazing blog!

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edwin Njoroge February 26, 2019 - 8:01 am

wooooooow…this is awesome….an awesome piece

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Monicah Wangari February 26, 2019 - 1:05 pm

Thank you dear

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