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Kenya. Nairobi, Jungle Junction campsite. Saturday 12 to Tuesday 14 December. Week 31 and 32, days 238 to 241.

For once we find ourselves in the right place at the wrong time. After the weekend we visited 2 travel agents to try and arrange a quick fly-in break to the very traditional and un-spoilt Lamu Island. This is widely touted as the most authentic experience available of the traditional way of life on the ex-slaving Swahili coast with its Arabic influence and moslem traditions. There are not even any motor vehicles on the island.

Kenya. Nairobi, Jungle Junction campsite. Friday 11 December. Week 31, day 237.

Well today we were travelling a route almost completely covered on our route north so there is not too much to report, passing through the town of Timau after Meru, followed by a bypass around Nanyuki. Here we crossed the equator again, perhaps for the last time on this trip. I had the feeling that we had not managed to afford the Mt Kenya region and Laikipia the time they deserved.

Kenya. Samburu National Reserve, Riverside Campsite. Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 December. Week 31, days 233 and 234.

 

“Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard”. -Standing Bear.

 

We were long overdue for a couple of days in a decent wilderness area with proper African wildlife and had really missed this aspect during our travels north of East Africa.

GEEKS: Kenya. Marsabit, Henry’s Place Campsite. Sunday 6 December. Week 31, day 232.

ROUTE.

Wild camp 27km south of Moyale – Turbi village after 97km – Marsabit after further 119km – Karare Gate Marsabit NP after a further 24km – 22km drive through the park from Karare Gate to Ahmed Gate in Marsabit – Henry’s Place.

Total distance and time taken.

  • Wild camp to Marsabit, 216km, 3hr; (meaning border to Marsabit = 243km).
  • Circuit of Marsabit – Karare Gate – Lake Paradise – Ahmed Gate and Marsabit again, 54km taking just short of 3hr with stops.

GEEKS. Kenya. Bush camp just south of border. Saturday 5 December. Week 30, day 231.

ROUTE.

Camp at Sky Water factory near Dilla – Yinge Chefe – villages of Godem, Gerba – Hagere Maryam – Yabello – Moyale.

Distance travelled and time taken.

400km, 10hr 50 min including the almost 3hr at the border.

Border formalities.

Ethiopian side.

If possible try not to arrive on a Saturday or Sunday.

Immigration.

KENYA, KENYA, KENYA! Bush camp just south of border. Saturday 5 December. Week 30, day 231.

 

 

 

“It is a strange moment when you realize that the sounds of nature are the sound of millions of animals, birds and insects all trying to get laid”.

 

After a most gratifying good night’s sleep in the factory grounds we had an early start. We just could not wait to get into Kenya and the wilds again. Our plan was to spend some time camping amongst the animals of national parks which we had grown to love, feel comfortable in and had been missing badly. We were headed towards Samburu Game Reserve and Meru NP in the north of Kenya.

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