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Day 8 Isiolo – Nairobi [Turkana Expedition Finale]

April 30, 2012 11 comments

Turkana Expedition was a great success. 8 Days later, over 1,800 km on tarmac, rough terrain, mud, sand, bare and fertile land, sunny and rainy weather… we were concluding the Northern Circuit with a 201 km drive from Isiolo to Nairobi through Nanyuki.

We checked out of the grand Sarova Shaba Hotel at 10am. It was a smooth ride to Kongoni Camp in Nanyuki later in the afternoon for lunch. By 4:30pm we were headed to Nairobi and arrived safely at 9pm. Monday traffic welcomed us back to the city with a hug. I was already planning my next safari!

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Turkana won my heart; from its friendly people, the magical scenery, and its serene natural environment. It’s a place I’d love to go back and check up on how everyone is doing. The experience humbled me; opening up my mind and making me appreciate my surrounding, personal space, culture as well as access to basic needs. Since the trip I’ve adjusted my mentality towards comfort, enabling me look at life from a broader perspective and eliminating the lack mentality.

The trip created a buzz across social media with comments on this blog as well as numerous tweets. Below are some of them:

I’d also like to introduce to you one of the Professional Photographers that accompanied us, Dipl. Ing. Hartmut Fiebig: Chairman of The 50 Treasures of Kenya Trust. Twenty years ago, he cycled from Egypt to South Africa, through Kenya, and our magnificent country won his heart. I was honored to interview him during our stop at Merille Town and here are his wise words:

[YouTube Interview] W.I.P. Kindly check later.

The Turkana cultural festival will be held 18th-20th 2012 May at Loiyangalani. This will be a mind blowing exhibition of talent and cultures bringing all the tribes living near L. Turkana together. Don’t miss it. #TembeaKenya!

“In terms of scenery, the Northern Circuit I like it most.. because it has 
so many beautiful hills...” – Zack Kihato, Driver Guide, Gametrackers Safaris.

Special Thanks & Credits

 The Kenya Tourism Board │WebsiteTwitterFacebookYouTube

The National Museums of Kenya│WebsiteTwitterFacebook

Citizen TV Kenya and @shirogaitho for running The Northern Circuit feature│YouTube

Karuwe Wachira : Professional Photographer extraordinaire │Website

Zack Kihato (aka. Zack Bauer) – Professional Driver Guide Gametrackers Safaris

All readers and travel enthusiasts from around the world! You inspire my writing.

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Day 7: Marsabit – Isiolo

April 29, 2012 3 comments

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.

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Day 6: Koobi Fora – Marsabit

April 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Early Saturday morning, after the night spent in laughter under the display of billions of stars, we prepared for yet another day-long drive. It’s a drive through dry and arid areas. Through Chalbi and Koronia deserts. Hot, dusty, sandy and bumpy conditions. A drive “back to Kenya” as most of the locals of Northern Kenya call it. Read more…

Day 5: Koobi Fora

April 27, 2012 4 comments

Most of us had lost track of days and funny thing, the relaxing feeling of it being a Friday still kicked in. From dusk, everything was unfolding in a unique, relaxing manner.

Breakfast was served at 8:30am and the lake could be seen contrary to the previous night since we arrived at nightfall. There was no telephone network and a sudden ‘isolation’ feeling kicked in. I am not complaining though, it’s good at times to detach yourself from the usual emails and phone calls routine (especially through inevitable ways such as in this case). Read more…

Day 4:Loiyangalani – Sibiloi National Park (Koobi Fora)

April 26, 2012 2 comments

That was some good night sleep. Everyone had rested well, thanks to The Pool! A full course breakfast was served and it was time to proceed with the adventurous journey.

The most effective and accurate weather forecast used in Turkana is word of mouth. You get to know about the roads you’ll use from people coming from the opposite direction. We did that and it was confirmed that the waters had subside and laggas were not so bad but very challenging. Destination, Sibiloi National Park.

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Day 3: Loiyangalani

April 25, 2012 2 comments

After a bumpy, muddy ride full of twists, turns and skids at nightfall, we reached Loiyangalani at 8pm.

This was a long night. We had fresh fish from the lake for dinner and checked in our manyatta-like rooms. It had rained and there were lots of insects ‘welcoming’ us to their colonies. Everyone was preoccupied swatting them, scratching embarrassingly and many got marks to show. This was nothing close to leisure. This being the second night, I really didn’t know what else to expect later in the week and almost got a feeling of despair. Read more…

Day 2: Maralal – Baragoi – Loiyangalani

April 24, 2012 2 comments

Greetings from Loiyangalani!!

We covered 231km, climbing to 2,200m above sea level at the Siguta Valley view point and now at almost sea level.
After waking up at 5:30am, breakfast was served at Samburu Guest House and by 7am we were exploring Maralal town.   Most of it’s residents were asleep with notable sights of young men passing time seated at roadsides and shop corridors, unemployed. I hoped to myself that the introduction of counties will benefit them since they know where problems are and potential of success, instead of indulging in alcoholism. Read more…
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