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October 2015

GEEKS: Kenya, Jungle Junction. Friday 9 October. Week 23, day 173. Record day by day of time spent since arriving in Nairobi.


"When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable".


Kenya, Jungle Junction. 7 October. Week 23, day 171. WAYNE JOS’S INSIGHTS INTO THE SLOW DONKEY JOURNEY.



Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ― Oscar Wilde.


I have asked Anne’s surrogate son Wayne to add some comments on how, in his opinion, these 2 doddering idiots have been coping with the travails of travelling in Africa. We have had some wonderful companionship with Wayne when he is not off raiding some backpacker’s hideout for manly diversions. My appreciation of his daring exploits, both on and off the field of seduction have largely been vicarious.

GEEKS: Kenya, Nairobi, Jungle Junction (again). Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 October. Week 23, days 169 and 170.


Castle Forest Lodge (southern Mt Kenya) – Nairobi (Karen)


160km, 4hr (I have adjusted for the snafu into town).

Detailed route. (As guided by T4A).

Castle Forest Lodge – villages of Kimunye, Gatugura, Kabare and Kerugoya (on tar) – T junction (after 20km and 30min) – turn right to Kutus

– at Kutus (after a further 2km) turn right onto C73 – through village of Kagio

GEEKS: Kenya, Mt Kenya, Castle Forest Lodge. Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October. Week 22 and 23, days 167 and 168.


Reedbuck Campsite Aberdare NP – Ark Gate – Mweiga – (short cut) to A2 - Chaka village- Karatina – Kagumo – Castle Forest Lodge.

Route distance and duration.

130 km and 6hr (including 50km, 3hr 20min game drive from camp to Ark Gate).

More meaningful,

Mweiga to Castle Forest Lodge, 2hr, 73km.

Route details and breakdown.

GEEKS: Kenya, Aberdare National Park, Reedbuck Public Campsite. Thursday 1 and Friday 2 October. Week 22, days 165 and 166.

As promised the Eastern bypass route    [SEE BELOW UNDER COMMENT, WHERE WAZUNGU HAS 2 COMMENTS THAT CLARIFY OUR MUDDLED DIRECTIONS]    (Langata/Karen to the A2 north road) to the north from the Karen area of Nairobi, (where most would be likely to stay).

Many of the newer highways and bypasses were not reflected on my T4A but should be present in this year’s versions. T4A tried to direct us through the busiest part of the city center when the quickest route was sought.


Kenya, Aberdare National Park, Reedbuck Public Campsite. Thursday 1 and Friday 2 October. Week 22, days 165 and 166.



"Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down". Charles F Kettering.