We had a nice early start. Our first stop was at the Equator. There are Maasai shops with Maasai material on show next to the road. They stormed us with directions to their shops. It was very irritating and we had to tell them to give us time to do our photos first. I would love to look at the cloth but they were so demanding that we left as quickly as possible after taking the pics!
The Lake Turkana route is not for the faint hearted and is the ultimate Kenyan adventure. It is not easy! The road conditions are bad, very bad or how the hell did the bakkie survive!! . We were rewarded though by driving through beautiful scenery and lots of wildlife. We saw elephant, giraffes with short legs and long necks, 3 different species of Zebra, Topi, and lots of Dik-Dik, Eland, Thomson’s gazelle and our first Camels!
After this little Eden, the fun of driving and surviving really started! We were warned via an email from our Austrian friends with the big truck, that they had rain on this part of the road and that there is a huge mud hole. So it was not a big surprise when we saw it.
We came through fine but then it was Fanie’s turn
and then it started raining…………
making driving a real challenge!
with this result!!
The bakkies got a little bit of clean up before we could pitch our tent.
Our camp at the Yare Camel Club, Maralal. We camped fee was R135 per night
The shower…..with hot water and yes our children……we actually used it! Although we assisted each other and I could not close the door. To be enclosed in that was too much to handle
But then you make your kitchen beautiful and everything is fine
It was cold and wet at Maralal. We call our outfit “downtown” and Fanie’s “upper town”We blend in perfectly with the locals since the plastic drums with the extra petrol were put on top. We filled up with petrol where the cost for petrol was 133KS at exhange rate R1 to 8.5KS
The local Maasai blacksmith that still makes his weapons in the traditional way
See the ancient bellows (blaasbalk) he is pumping to make heat
His house and working place