CyclistsByTheSea: Malindi – Mombasa

9 May

Malindi is a relatively small, sleepy, slow town northwest of Mombasa Town along the Kenyan coast. The roads are narrow. The general culture of courtesy among the dwellers allows room for cyclists to go about without fear or incident.

It’s surprising the number of cyclists we saw in Malindi. I suppose I was fooled into thinking that Malindi is a lot like Mombasa where the most common mode of short distance travel is the three-wheeled motorcycle taxi, called a Tuk Tuk.

Unlike in Nairobi, I rarely saw the fixed gear Black Mamba, and nearly every cyclist had a mountain bike.

In pictures:

Motorcycle taxis by the roadside at a small shopping centre.

A Tuk Tuk ahead…

Cycling the wrong way on off the tarmac.

Cycling off the tarmac.

A mosque under construction. The Islamic influence is visible along the coast of Kenya since the landing of the Arabs in the 16th Century AD.

 

Three on a motorcycle taxi, helmetless and moving at over 80 km/hour. We were at 80 Km/hr in a car, and they overtook us. Yikes!!!

A partially built home on the road side.

Cycling on a flat tire…

The smaller streets in Malindi are concrete block paved and rather narrow so that only one car going one way and a cyclist or motorcyclist can fit side by side. The side walks are also quite vibrant with cane juice sellers and food sellers in the evenings.

Narrow street in Malindi.

In Mombasa, there were some mountain bikes but the Black Mamba fixed gear bike is king. Here the “Blackie” is out to some heavy-duty use due to its sturdy build. Along the narrow streets of Old Town Mombasa, only one car at a time can access, with pedestrians taking up the street as the pavements are overrun with food and other wares on sale.

In pictures:

Approaching Nyali Bridge.

I wonder how far he had come and how far he had to go…

The popular Tuk Tuk taxi are more so in Mombasa..

Old Town street, Mombasa…One car at a time please…

Old Town… This one is slightly wider and can accommodate a parked car as we go past. Tuk Tuks navigate easily.

Grand, old and dignified_The Baobab, the tree of life. Lot’s of these dotted the country side as we got onto the open road, Mombasa-Nairobi highway.

Oh Look! A she Cyclist in Voi!!!

Two Cyclists and a trach in Makindu…Yikes!!

To and from Mombasa, we stopped at the Sikh temple in Makindu to fill our stomachs for free!! Yep free. We made our donations at the alms box though.

Happy Cycling in Nairobi and beyond! ❤ Nairobi! ❤ Cycling!

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4 Responses to “CyclistsByTheSea: Malindi – Mombasa”

  1. shikomsa (@Shiko_Msa) May 9, 2012 at 7:06 am #

    Wow! Seeing my home area (Coast) through someone else’s eyes and photographs feels so good!

    • shecyclesnairobi May 9, 2012 at 7:44 am #

      Glad you liked the post :). This time I took them from a moving car. They could have been better if taken on a slower moving bike… or using a faster camera.

  2. mmnjug May 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    You did see the cabro-paved roads of Malindi………….. that is how we roll…..and mountain bikes are the norm……..besides the boda boda ones!

    • shecyclesnairobi May 9, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

      The Cabro-paving was pretty cool. I was however impressed by the great state of the Nairobi-Mombasa highway…save for sections where over loaded trucks had dented it…That railway line for long haul needs to happen already!

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