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September 2015

Kenya, Eluai Public Campsite, Masai Mara Conservancy (Mara Triangle). Sunday 13 September,Week 21, day 153.

 

 

"The longing for Africa, is an incurable condition, once contracted, like malaria, recurs again and again". 

 

This was another of the really big events of our trip, we were finally heading for the Masai Mara. We had last visited a savannah type conservation area at Kidepo NP in Uganda a long  3 weeks previously. Seeing the animals of East Africa and experiencing the classic game conservation areas was the centerpoint of our trip and the Masai Mara was certainly, with Serengeti, at the top of our list.

GEEKS: Kenya, Kembu Campsite, Njoro (near Nakuru). Saturday 12 September,Week 20, day 152.

ROUTE.

Little Figtree Campsite (Lake Bogoria) - Esmos Gate - Mogotio - Nakuru - Kembu Campsite (near Njoro).

Distance covered and time taken.

92km, 2hr 10min. But we spent about 4hr in Nakuru,mainly sorting out internet and sim cards.

Route detail and breakdown.

GEEKS: Kenya, Lake Bogoria, “Little” Figtree Camp. Friday 11 September 2015. Week 20, day 151.

ROUTE.

Roberts Camp at Lake Baringo – Marigat – Loboi Gate Lake Bogoria National Reserve – Little Figtree Camp .

Distance travelled and time taken.

40km, 50min (to Loboi Gate).

Within Lake Bogoria National Reserve, 26km and about 3hrs with game viewing and photos.

Route details and conditions.

• From Roberts – the turnoff to Bogoria, mostly deteriorated tar.

• 18km and 25min to Marigat, then turn left here after new Shell Garage 3km further on. Not well signposted.

Kenya, Lake Bogoria, “Little” Figtree Camp. Friday 11 September 2015. Week 20, day 151.

 

 

"I see my path, but I don't know where it leads. Not knowing where I'm going is what inspires me to travel it".

 

Well, was the change of plan and the decision to spend a night camped in Lake Bogorio worth it?

GEEKS: Kenya, Lake Baringo, Roberts Camp. Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 September 2015. Week 20, day 149 and 150.

I would really like to encourage others to do this Marich Pass, Kerio Valley and Kito Pass route through the land of the Pokot people. If, perhaps as a result of this report you do so, please mail me and let me know how you found it to be.

ROUTE. (From Barnleys).

Barnleys – Makutano – Chipareria village – Sebit – Ortum – Akeriemet - Marich Pass – Marich Field Studies Center (overnight).

Marich Field Studies Center – Sigor – Lomut – Tot – Kolowa – Kerio Valley – Kito Pass – Nginyang – Loruk (B4) – Lake Baringo and Roberts Camp.

Kenya, Lake Baringo, Roberts Camp. Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 September 2015. Week 20, days 149 and 150.

 

 

Swahili proverb. “Mwenda mbio hujikwa kidole”. A person who is in too much of a hurry stubs his toe.

 

Today we were testing our limits a little. Where is the adventure in exploring Africa if one does not venture off the normal tourist circuit into the relatively raw and untamed? We had been well briefed on the rather audacious route before us and accepted that the theme for the day was "pole pole"!

GEEKS: Kenya, Barnley’s Guesthouse (Aka Sirikwa Safaris) . Sunday 6 September and Monday 7th, 2015. Week 20, days 146 and 147.

Firstly the route to Barnleys from Mt Elgon.

ROUTE.

Mt Elgon NP (Chorlim Gate) – direct route to A1 (Webuye to Kitale road) – Kitale – Barnleys.

Distance covered and time taken.

229km, 1hr 20min.

Route breakdown and details.

• The first 7km are on the same road we used from the south.

• At the crossroads N01 02,299 E34 50,877, continue straight (east) instead of turning south on the route in. From now onwards the dirt road is superior to the one from the south. (60km/hr).

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