Day 1: Nairobi – Nyahururu – Maralal
Today was a typical Monday morning in Nairobi. Heavy traffic, gloomy weather.. We met at Kenya National Museum, a team of 30 travelers who were excited and in a lively mood to leave the Nairobi routine.
10:30AM: Converged at Mountain view petrol station, along Waiyaki Way. The cars are in great shape, ready to tackle the rough terrain. 3 Nissans (one Navara, two 4.2D Patrols) and 3 Land Cruisers head out of Nairobi along Waiyaki Way towards the great Rift Valley, Northern Kenya.
12:30PM: We made a stop at Delamare Farm and later headed for Nyahururu, through Gilgil and Oljoroorok.
2:20PM: Reached Nyahururu for lunch.
The town is quite busy. It also gets really cold but while here it was pretty cool and sunny with some cloud cover. Food was, well, interesting. Let’s just say repercussions were felt later.
Next stop is Maralal. It’s a 6hr drive.
10:00PM: This was a long day’s drive on tarmac up until Rumuruti and off-road henceforth. We’ve covered 350km from Nairobi to Maralal! After leaving Nyahururu at 2:20pm we went through Rumuruti (4:20pm), Subuta and through a couple of Game Ranches and conservancies.
At sunset we got a chance to see so many wild animals (among them elephants, zebras, bustard (a very unique bird – look it up) thompson gazelles, guinea fowls etc.) as well as some spectacular scenery.