Mombasa and Shimba Hills
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At 5 a.m. we had to take a matatu to Maungu and from there we drove to Mombasa, also in a matatu. We took the ferry in Likoni across the Kilindini Harbour. There we visited Mama Betty, Mama Mercy's sister and together we travelled to Shimba Hills. Betty has a farm there. We took a walk around the shamba and collected a lot of mango's and mais. We took everything back with us to Mombasa. The matatu we had to take was packed with people and we had to squeeze in between 25 other people already sitting in the matatu. About 5 guys where hanging on the outside of the matatu. As soon as we came on the tarmac-road, half of the people had to get out because there are only 14 people allowed in a matatu !That weekend we had to take the ferry 6 times and even got stuck in the middle of the night. The engines didn't work and we had to wait 1,5 hr for an other ferry. The Nairobi Chronicel wrote that week : "Frequent breakdown of ferries at the Likoni Channel in raising fears of a major disaster in the making as hundreds of thousands of people put their lives at risk with each crossing. What makes the situation dangerous is that the ferries are often overloaded with people and vehicles and panic could easily tilt a ferry leading to its sinking."