On my last day in Kenya, I spent several hours sitting in the shade of coconut palms fringing the coastal beach south of Mombasa observing a constant stream of human and animal activity: fisherman, hawkers, acrobats and jugglers, camel drivers, and the curious local monkeys.
Three men dressed in the traditional crimson garb of the central Maasai Mara plains walking down the beach caught my attention since they were obviously far from home and quite out of place. They paused long enough for me to capture their ethereal image in the shimmering noonday light. We were literally at land’s end. I was at my journey’s end and I wondered if they were too.
It was time to go home.
I had scaled high hurdles just to get to Kenya.
Was it worth it? Heck yeah! Would I do it again? Well, . . . let me check my Wish List. The Spice Islands of Zanzibar, the Seychelles, Mauritus and Reunion – all islands off the east coast of Africa. And I know there are even more extraordinary experiences in Botswana.
By the way, watch for African Adventures 3D coming to an IMAX theater in your area this summer. It features a safari in Botswana’s Okavanga Delta.
The Kenya Gift Pack contains a Kikoy cloth made of cotton and dyed in dark, rich and vibrant tones. It may be used a wrap, a table runner or a picnic groundsheet. I have also included a 40th anniversary copy of Joy Adamson’s book Born Free (with text and photos!) that you can read while sipping “Kenyan Gold” tea produced on highland plantations (another nod to the British). A furry little monkey (key chain) will serve as a reminder to always have some light-hearted fun. The last item is a signed, dated and framed copy of the Journey’s End photo. It all comes in a handy animal print bag.
This month’s lucky winner is Misha Ahern from Tucson, Arizona.