Feb 15. Start for Port Florence at 4:00 A.M. Arrived at 5:00 P.M. Feb 16. Got aboard the train on the return journey to Mombasa at 7:30 A.M. AFrom the Port a long level valley six to eight miles wide looks like a filled-in part of the Port Florence arm of the lake, extending twenty or thirty miles to the southward, bounded on the west by a range of bold bluffs, separated by wide cirques here and there; and on the east by smooth terraces, extending lakeward parallel to the bluffs. Native villages and fields along the valley. Water lilies at Port Florence and papyrus. Kigelia trees in fruit here and magnificent figs. One near Port Florence, green with dark green foliage, had fruit a half inch in diameter. The trunk about eight feet in diameter, with a dense dome-shaped broad head something like the great banyan of India.
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 17 cm.
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