We decided that a fun accompaniment to our trip to Masai Mara would be a trip to one of Kenya’s beaches. To get there from Nairobi we took an overnight bus to Mombasa, then a matatu (minivan going along a set route) to a free ferry, then another matatu, then another matatu. It sounds a little complicated, but from Mombasa it cost us both 250 shillings as opposed to 2000-3000 by taxi – probably worth a little complication. We stayed at a really fun place called Stilts – so named because most of its rooms are treehouses on concrete stilts. The rooms were very basic and with shared bathrooms but it was amazing staying in the trees, seeing monkeys just casually staring at you! We saw other wildlife around too – bush babies, which are a cross between a monkey and a possum, and the most massive snails I have ever seen.
We had three nights at the beach – it was low season, so not many people around but unfortunately a fair amount of rain and wind. The water was still warm and the beach was still beautiful though! Each day we took a picnic to the beach and one night we roasted sausages and marshmallows over an open fire back at Stilts – delicious! The only downside apart from the weather was still having to be safety conscious – once again it was not safe to walk after dark, and there was a security guard posted on the main road to walk people up the driveway and back from the bar across the road. This was because recently there had been a few people who were robbed at machete point! Happily we were fine throughout our trip to Kenya, but I definitely felt less safe and relaxed than I had at other beach towns on our adventure.