Bamburi Beach Kenya and Mombasa’s “Beach boys”

 

Bamburi beach Kenya and it’s beach boys and sex tourism.

Bamburi Beach Kenya is part of a beautiful stretch of coast north of Mombasa . Here one finds enchanting white sandy beaches with very warm water, restaurants, small souvenir stalls and bars. Bamburi Beach is located on the East coast of Kenya just north of Mombasa and is a part of the pacific ocean.. This popular holiday resort attracts many tourists. Most tourists come here to the beach, the Sun and the sea. Scuba diving and snorkeling  are a  popular activity here by the beautiful underwater world.   Just before the coast lies the ‘ Mombasa Marine Park ‘ where one can admire numerous sea creatures. There are a number of larger hotels at the beach most of these hotels have large pleasant swimming pools.

Bamburi Beach has a tropical monsoon climate with one clear rain period in the spring months. During these months, there is a lot of precipitation. The temperatures are around 30 degrees Celsius all year. Because Bamburi Beach, Kenya is relatively close to the equator the Sun burns bright and  a high factor sunscreen is recommended.

beach boys in Kenya

The only thing witch is a bit annoying are the constant hustle of the beach boys, they spot you from the hotel and remember you’re every move. The moment you hit the beach they are there.They can spot a ‘Mozungu’ from miles away. The thing is, it’s a bit a problem to walk freely on the beach. The Kenyan beach boy may be quite the handsome and very attractive, but the beach boys are often shadowy and ruthless ‘investors’ who are always on the look out for one of your banknotes.  They offer a range of goods and services which can not be found in the local supermarket, the price will variate wildly  depending on the good will of the buyer. You can always haggle, you will be able to pay just the amount you want. Custom-made, hand-carved ebony key-rings and name-plates ( all made in the ‘hand made’ factory) are a large and legitimate part of their trade; or tours for a safari to the Shimba Hills for a  bargain price. But their are the other more darker services they provide. When walking on the beach I was offered a ‘Bob Marley’ sigaret. Marijuana is illegal but the boys will sell it to the tourists as long as they are discreet; speed, cocaine and heroin are at your disposal, if you can only wait 60 minutes.

 

Sex tourism

Then there is the sex tourism. These young Kenyans beach boys  have two approaches: if you are male, they can provide you with their sister who will be willing to help you with all your needs ; if you are female, one of the boys themselves will be available. But then many of the women who come here are well aware of that.  Often it is their only reason for doing so.

One thing not to forget if you visit Kenya to have sex with one of the boys are girls, is to be aware of aids, using a condom is highly recommended. They are provided in the whole of the country, often for free.

For low-income women with little education, job opportunities may be severely limited. For some, prostitution may be the only way they can support themselves and their families. Women who have sexual contact with a number of men are at greater risk of contracting HIV, especially if they are unable to insist that the men use condoms.

Al tough it doesn’t always live up to there expectations. Many of them are looking for love, and sex is a part of that of course. But Kenyan boys will not always be attentive to their needs.  Touching the breast to quickly, not looking into the eyes and not kissing, not be gentle enough in general. Later they discover they are not the only ones that they have sex with, so it isn’t love but a money business. They will also try to convince you that their sister or mother is in the hospital and try to get some money to pay for her insurgence or some other tricks they might have up their sleeves to hustle more of your money.  A good movie to watch to learn more about this is ‘Paradies: Liebe’

 

Not only do the beach boys speak English, in addition to the local language, Swahili, but they also master German and Italian; languages learned by virtue of years of association with tourists. A perfect command of an European language is always an advantage. Dinners in expensive restaurants, outings, money given at the end of the trip to Bamburi Beach Kenya… this is how they make money. “If I meet a nice woman, I stay with her at her hotel and when she leaves, she gives me 70 000 shillings (1 030 US dollars ) but sometimes less than that,” a beach boys confesses. During peak seasons like Summer, they can have up to five or six different sexual partners.  Most of his partners were more than 60 years old. Even if there is no official estimation of the number of women visiting Bamburi beach Kenya every year for sex tourism, local populations believe that the figures are on the increase. In 2007, Kenya welcomed two millions tourists, most of them from the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Germany.

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