Another great idea for green decor on Mumbo is the painting of the large snail shells found on the island. Marzi Callender began this tradition fifteen years ago when Kayak Africa first won the concessions to Mumbo and Domwe Islands.

Recently we collected about fifty more shells and spent a day painting them in as many shades of blue, green and turquoise as we could mix, in as many patterns as we could invent. Some of our guests offered to help, and found the experience very therapeutic. The shells are placed around the camp as little hand-made objects of beauty to lift the spirits.