The Coastal Phase saw an expedition team, the ‘Red Team’, revisit Baobab Farm Nature Reserve, where good relations had been established with the director on the 1989 expedition. Aldabra Tortoises, weighed in 1989, were re-weighed, an observation platform was renovated and extended (under the supervision of Les Corfield), and an ornithological survey incorporating bird ringing was carried out (using the equipment and expertise of Geoff Carr).
The ‘Blue Team’, based at Vipingo and led by Mike Peck and Richard Norton, carried out a reef project, this time at a site a few kilometres south of the 1989 site. Snorkeling along the reef enabled expeditioners to survey the sea-life on the reef, the results being compared in due course with those of future expeditions (including the 1999 YSES expedition), to indicate the changes occurring in the reef-life.
Gazi Bay, south of Mombassa, was home to the ‘Green Team’ which worked with a local research scientist, James Kairo, on a project, working in the coastal mangroves. Enjoying local hospitality and spending some time in the local school, (a donation for the repair of its roof was made by the expedition), the team surveyed the flora and fauna of the mangrove and participated in a replanting project.
The fourth team, ‘Yellow Team’, spent its coastal time in the Shimba Hills National Reserve, working with the Kenya Wildlife Service. Assisted by Dick Snailham, Roger Hemming and ‘Moses the gun’, the team helped the KWS in the surveying of the elephant population of Shimba, to help in the provision of information which would be used to reduce problems caused by the over-population of the area by elephants. A butterfly survey supplemented the elephant work.
After 10 days on the coast, the parties returned to Nairobi, and, after a day spent preparing for the Camel Trek Phase, 2 days were spent traveling north, to the deserts south-east of Lake Turkana.
Four treks were completed, the expedition split into teams as it was on the coast. One team trekked through the Suguta, across the Black Death, one team trekked along the eastern side of the Suguta after climbing Ol Doinyo Nyiru, a third team trekked further east, north of Ol Doinyo Nyiru, and the fourth team followed a similar path to the third, after taking in the summit of Ol Doinyo Nyiru. Camels were used as pack animals, hired from the ranch of Jasper Evans and tended by local camel handlers. Water was carried by the camels, and was carefully rationed to avoid dehydration in later stages of the trek. On top of the physical demands of the treks, which ended by walking along the shores of Lake Turkana, project work was carried out, expeditioners surveying the Aloe species seen along the route, the environment being recorded, and ticks found on camels being counted.
Finally, as the treks concluded and the expedition returned to Nairobi, two days were spent watching wildlife in the Masai Mara National Reserve, before the expedition came to an end with shopping in Nairobi.