Day 7: Marsabit – Isiolo
Sunday the 29th, 9AM breakfast was served in Marsabit. The weight of the journey was already being felt and I had my eye allergy (dust) to show while others had Nairobi Fly marks. We were 422 km from Nairobi and 222 km from our day’s destination, Isiolo.
Marsabit is very green and it had rained the previous night. The soil is red and fertile. The morning had heavy cloud cover. We were off to Isiolo, driving through patches of dry, dusty land.
12:34 pm we made a stop at Merille town. Most dwellers are Samburu and Rendille people. They sell beautiful beadwork and we had lunch at a very welcoming hotel. The tarmac was a couple of meters away, in Samburu County. We had last seen tarmac 6 days ago and this was a perfect moment to give tribute to the Land Cruisers and Nissan Patrols. They are cars built for tough terrain. They are capable and comfortable. The best cars to use for the Northern Circuit. Respect. At exactly 1:20pm, we touched tarmac. We could finally take a nap, let go of the handles and laugh/talk in a less shaky voice. A kilometer later, I somehow missed the laggas!
There was a continuous display of breathtaking landscapes as we approached Isiolo. We passed River Ewaso Nyiro which derives its name from the local community’s language. It means the river of brown or muddy water. Thompson’s Falls near Nyahururu town are located along the river.
5pm: Arrival at the 5 star hotel, Sarova Shaba. This was more than bliss. Civilization. We were assisted with our luggage, greeted with smiles and soon after check in we headed to the riverbed for a refreshing sundowner. This was a perfect bonding session for the family full of smiles, stories and memories.
We retired to our rooms for magical baths that rejuvenated us. A five course dinner and a game of pool followed. Guys were up past midnight, having a really good time. Next stop, Home.