On a recent Kenya safari we drove from the port city of Mombasa up to Malindi, a journey of approximately 120km, on perhaps one of the most scenic coastal drives in Africa. Leaving the hustle, bustle of Mombasa behind we cruised north and soon we were out in the countryside, running parallel to the sparkling Indian Ocean. Coconut plantations were abundant for as far as the eye could see, these towering palms laden with delicious coconuts, ripening in the hot sun. From coconuts to sisal plantations, these cactus like plants reached down to the roadside and were being harvested by the local farmers. Giant mango trees blossomed as we navigated the coastline, their rich burgundy/golden flowers waiting to be pollinated. Papaya trees bearing big juicy fruits were being cultivated in most homesteads and banana trees cover every square inch of rich soil. As well as the many fruits growing in abundance, nearly every village that we passed had herds of goats and cows sheltering from the hot sun under the shade of the trees.
Birds soared above the plantations sometimes swooping down and then climbing high again, circling on an overhead thermal. Brightly coloured birds sat on the telegraph poles or power lines that ran along the road, beautiful birds, and their iridescent feathers glittered in the sun. Birds of prey perched on top of the wooden poles, a great vantage point for them to scour the ground in search of a tasty morsel. Small villages ran alongside the road, traditional mud huts with thatched roofs, children playing outside in the dust. Shops straddled the highway, music blaring from massive speakers. These shops sell virtually everything that you may possibly need, including the much loved Coke and Fanta, which no matter where you travel, seems to be available everywhere. All the time that we were driving the warm wind was blowing and the hot sun was shining down on us, what a wonderful Kenya Safari to North Coast Kenya.