A typical example of a traditional Swahili house at the south coast of Kenya. Building materials consisting of mangrove rafters, makuti roofing and walls made out of old coral stones. Beautiful light on a clear warm morning. Swahili houses are unique in that they are constructed using traditional methods and materials. The most common type of Swahili house is found on the south coast of Kenya, where mangrove rafters are used to create a makuti roofing. This type of construction is very sturdy and can withstand the harsh coastal climate.