This week I’m featuring a superb photography of a camel. Taken by Milene van Arendonk from Milgrations Blog in Mombasa! This Girl has an amazing Bucket List! And some of the things are so much on mine as well :)
Picture Story: Camel on the beach in Mombasa, Kenya
In 2013 I lived in Luwero, Uganda for 8 months due to the fact that I was there on a tourist-visa I needed to cross the border every 3 months and pay the 50 US Dollar visa fee. What better way to obtain a new visa with a week holiday in sunny Mombasa? So for a week I traded the Ugandan village for a white sandy beach with blue clear water in Mombasa, Kenya.
There I was lying on the beach with my eyes closed listening to the sound of the water hitting the shore when a small sandstorm hit me. Of course I had my mouth open, why do I always have my mouth open when I sleep? So I immediately sat up straight to get the sand of my tongue when I saw what had caused the small sand storm.
A cute camel was the reason. His boss was walking in front of him and I’m sure the camel winked at me, or was it his boss? I can’t remember. It was such a beautiful sight to see the camel on the beach with the clear blue water and sky behind him. I never had thought to see a camel on the beach in Mombasa but here he was and here I was astonished by this wonderful view, I just had to take a picture.
Now I’m not fond of using animals for human pleasure, thus I didn’t ride him and I don’t support the camel riding. But when I walked to the village for some shopping I happen to arrive at the camel farm. When I looked over the fence a young boy told me to come in. He showed me around and honestly? I have never seen animals being treated this good. The camels had loads of grass to eat, had a big place where they could rest in the shadow, the boy made sure they had enough water and even brushed them. I think wild camels would be jealous.
I helped him a bit and even got licked by one of the camels – I’m sure it was the one that winked at me earlier. So when I look back at the picture I see a perfectly happy and healthy camel walking the beach of Mombasa like a true model.