Mombasa youth plan photo excursion to showcase Coastal Kenya

Mombasa youth plan photo excursion to showcase Coastal Kenya

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Fort Jesus in Mombasa (left) and Vasco da Gama pillar in Malindi. PHOTO/FILE.

Mombasa, KENYA: One of a kind trip is expected to take place this Sunday, 2nd of October as a way of showcasing the wonders of the Coastal Kenya through photography.

The trip dubbed as Explore Kenya 1st edition is conducted by youths from the Swahili Pot Hub Mombasa; which is a Tech Hub aimed for growing the young talent in the region.

More than 20 photographers have already set themselves for this great tour which is the first to happen in the Coast, and is going to cover the North Coast, Malindi.

Speaking to Baraka FM on Saturday , Juma Rasheed one of the organizers said that their aim is to show the world about the beauty found in the nature through photography.

“The aim of this trip is to showcase the wonders of Kenya in terms of natural landscape, marine life, cultural diversity through the lenses of our cameras.” He said.

Each and every person is required to carry a camera, and the photos taken will be analyzed then uploaded to different channels one of them being the newly SwahiliPot Website.

The exercise is also expected to improve the tourism sector by showing the best tourist attractions site.

Major attraction.

Since the Swahilipot hub is located few meters from the old Fort Jesus Museum, the group will spend few minutes taking photos of the great historic building before starting their journey to Malindi.

The second stop over will be at Kilifi Sisal plantation which was established in 1920 and which now remains an ongoing agricultural business in the area.

Then they will proceed up to Arabuko Sokoke forest, a fascinating forest  which is nestled beside the beach, few minutes from the Indian Ocean.

Here, they will try to get the fine shots of butterflies and birds, the different species of monkeys and other mammals before they proceed to Mida Creek and Mangroove Boardwalk in the afternoon.

Other destinations will be Watamu Marine Park, Gede Ruins, Malindi Marine Park before they end the trip at Silversands Malindi Beach.

According to Rasheed, this is the first edition but they are planning to travel to other coastal destinations in order to explore what seems to hidden beauty.

Kevin Barasa, director of innovations and learning at the Swahilipot Hub says that apart from showcasing the wonders of nature, the photo trip also aims to improve NMK visitors influx through the young photography talents found at the Hub.

“The idea of the trip was partly inspired by a talk from National Museum of Kenya chairman Dr. Mzalendo Kibunjia when he visited Swahilipot and encouraged us to come up with ideas to help boost tourism sector.

“We will visit Gede Ruins, Vasco Da Gama and Fort Jesus and take conceptualized photos to intrigue a spark of interest to our wide online audience,” he said.