Ngalawa is double outrigger canoe, a traditional boat of the Swahili people from eastern African coastline. It is usually around 6 meters long boat with narrow hull and has hydrodynamical shape and single triangular sail. Ngalawa canoe featuring one or two lateral support floats, known as outrigger, which are fastened to one or both sides of the main hull. The outriggers generates the stability of the boat.
It is used for short distance, along the seashore, transporting people and goods. Locals in Kenya use it also as a coastal fishing boat. There exist a variation of such canoe known as "mtumbwi".
After I tested riding on a camel, few years ago in the Sahara of Tunisia, such kind of "fun" is out of my interests. But the truth is, the desert terrain is much more demanding and uncomfortable for ride.
Anyhow, the one who want it can ride the camel along the beach but only under the guidance of a camel owner. Lovers of adrenaline such riding certainly will not like. Perhaps it is a reason why on the camel back mostly can be seen just little kids.
Actually, Bamburi is a small village situated offshore, north of Malindi highway and close to Cement factory. On the other side, Bamburi Beach is a strip of pale sand backed by palm trees and lipped by shallow turquoise water, kept calm by an long offshore reef.
As far as I know, it is the only completely public beach in the complex of Nyali-Bamburi-Shanzu riviera. The section of Pirathes Beach is in particularly popular among the locals, probably because its shallow water because most of the Kenyans aren't able to swim at all.
During a day, especially on weekends, it could be overcrowded by the locals who "swim" or just walking on a sand, curious but friendly looking at the tourists passing by. In the evenings and over nights it becoming place for a parties, with lots drinking and dancing.
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