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Malindi is a port town on Malindi Bay, in southeastern Kenya. It is known for its Swahili-inspired architecture, laid-back atmosphere, fresh seafood, pristine beaches, and sunny weather.


"These strange looking trees that only have leaves for about one month each year, were to be seen all along the coast. I found them quite fascinating. I was told that Baobab, in one of the local languages, means 'upside-down tree' which was just what they looked like.


After Malindi the tarmac runs out and continuing my journey north along the coast turned out to be pretty hard going. The dirt road, softened by the recent rains and floods, had turned into a sea of mud making progress on the crowded bus very slow. On a number of occasions we all had to get out and help push the bus out of large pot holes. Progress was further hampered by a swollen river, where again we all had to push the bus up a steep ramp to get it onto the ferry, instead of the driver being able to drive on at one level. When we did reach a better stretch of road our driver drove like he had gone mad. I was really glad when we reached a small jetty where a ferry was waiting to take the bus passengers the last few miles. The ferry made it's way through a narrow channel between what seemed an endless expanse of mangrove trees. Just as dusk approached the channel opened up and at last the island and town of Lamu appeared in the distance." - MH

Baobab trees near Malindi, 1977

  • All items are produced from original paintings by Martyn Hanks.

    Prints:Size is A4 (8.27" x 11.69"/210 x 297mm). Printed onto high quality 245gsm fine art watercolour paper to give the print an authentic look and feel. Supplied in a textured off white mount size 12" x 16" (305 x 406mm), backed and sealed in a clear cellophane wrap and delivered in a protective carton to ensure it reaches you in perfect condition.

    Cards: Size 7" X 5"/178 x 127mm. Packaged in a clear cellophane wrap with a top quality 150gsm self-seal white envelope.

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