Meeting the most amazing turtle in Haller Park Mombasa


Alice in Haller Park

After our trip to Nigeria, we flew back to Kenya, to visit our dear friends Alice and Jonas. They were getting married, and their wedding was the reason for our month long African adventure.

The day after we arrived they took us to an amazing park right around the corner. The park is called Haller Park, and is a huge area which has been brought back to the “rainforest state” which used to dominate the whole coastline of Kenya. Since early 1800 locals gradually cut down the forest to make space for farmland. Im not a fan of “killing” the rainforest, but in this area it seemed more like a natural development like in many other counties.

Anyways the park was fascinating, the not-dangerous animals were walking around freely, and I had to take a second look when I saw a huge giraffe just walking around on its own. My first thought was that it escaped from some were.. but no:)

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Meeting Mr. Turtle

Apart from the surreal experience of walking in a “small” area of rain-forrest, I really enjoyed meeting Mr. turtle. turtle in Haller Park

I have never seen such a big old turtle before. We had lots of fun playing with him, rubbing his neck so he would stick his head out.

The turtle was about 125 years old which is mind gobbling in itself, but my head immediately goes on… ”125 years, means it would be born around 1890. Wow, back then ladies were wearing dresses with big tournure and they hadn’t even started building the flatiron building in New York yet!”

… that’s were my mind wanders, probably not normal:)

Kenya is a country of beautiful natural colours

Fun Historical fact: In 1890 (approximate birth year of our turtle) the US edition of Sherlock Holmes (Study in Scarlet) was published and Ellis Island opened as a US immigration depot:)

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Kenyan graffiti, they carve words in the big cactus leaves. This one means something like -ate/eat:)

I got to feed giraffes again, just as fun the second time by the way:) We also watched the feeding of hippos, monkeys and crocodiles. We had a great time exploring and just hanging out with Jonas and Alice again. Experiencing were Alice comes from and how they are going to live here was precious.

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  1. I loved your video – so amazing to see the animals in motion, especially the tortoise and giraffe. It makes me think there really is something like racial memory, that we somehow know the things our ancestors saw.

    1. I love that it is possible for me to travel, but I really wish it was possible to do some serious time traveling as well.. so many historic moments I would have loved to be part of:) But grateful for the present as well:)

  2. Haller Park is a magnificent place. I was there around January this year. This is a must see attraction of Mombasa. A marvellous collection of Flora and Fauna I would like to visit it again and again.

    1. Have you been to the park many times? I always love visiting some “original” nature where ever I travel.

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