Some of the best and most memorable safaris I have made in Kenya were dhow safaris that took us right up a very wild part of the coast all the way to the Somali Border. These trips were all done in one small Jahazi dhow whose name was Mirfat. We had a navigator,cook and his helper along with us as well as a a capable skipper who kept them all under control and with them and about a weeks supplies we traveled from Lamu to the inside passage at Kiwayu and Sumbayamba Islands and then on to the small set of coral islands just to the south of Kiunga on the Somali border. We slept on deck and heard lions on one occasion at night as well as saw the tracks of buffalo, hyena and leopard on various beaches and mangrove inlets. As an appreciative artist, every passing minute of these journeys revealed material for potential paintings.
1/20 : Lamu: Our point of embarkation.
2/20 : The Southern tip of the Kiwayu island chain.
3/20 : Clarissa and the crew of the Mirfat
4/20 : Stop off at Kiwau village.
5/20 : The ruins at Pate.
6/20 : Shanga Rubu ruins on Pate.
7/20 : XXXXXX Town on Pate. The most interesting town I have ever visited.
8/20 : Buffalo in a Dodori clearing. In the far distance is Pate.
9/20 : These ruins are hundreds of years old.
10/20 : Buffalo in the Boni area.
11/20 : The Mangrove Baobabs on the Dodori estuary.
12/20 : One of the Baobabs overhung the mangrove inlet.
13/20 : The mangrove bed below the baobab was literally a pavement of broken pottery.
14/20 : The inside passage at Sumbayamba, in the far distance is Somalia.
15/20 : A remote anchorage on a Swahili Coast island.
16/20 : The cook at work.
17/20 : Morning swim at Kuri.
18/20 : Snorkeling on the reefs off the islands.
19/20 : Siyu Fort on Pate.
20/20 : Swahili Coast paradise. Mirfat moored off Kiwayu.