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Day 5: Koobi Fora

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).

Guys took a walk to the lake where there was a parade of baby crocs, also enjoying the early morning sunrays. These are the crocs that migrate to the Nile growing to several feet long. We were at the cradle of Nat Geo! There were also huge hippo tracks which reminded us that we were not alone. They come out of the lake to graze on some really spiky grass that grown along the lake. It’s good to have enclosed shoes since this grass pricks.

The place is serene and peaceful. It’s wonderful how nature untouched by humans is so appealing to the eye. There was a display of lightening and storms, the previous night, at a distance and we were told that that was in the highlands of Ethiopia. That’s when I realized how far north of Kenya we’d gone. However, we didn’t go to Ethiopia.

At 11:30 am, we headed out to Koobi Fora Museum. It parades archeological findings. This would be a great visit for history lessons and people interested in archeology. I think that includes all, humans?

We later visited Fossils excavated by researchers of the National Museum in 1974. These include The Fossil Elephant, The Crocodile and The Tortoise dating 2 to 200 million years old! The excavation sites are on different locations. The one that fascinated me the most was The Tortoise that seemed to have died on its back and probably didn’t manage to flip over. The Elephant is almost twice the size of a modern elephant. Definitely worth a visit. Koobi Fora lived up to its name, ‘World’s leading archeological site

One particular short, stout plant is likely to catch your eye. The Desert Rose. It has pink flowers, rich in color and very appealing green leaves but Do Not Touch! It’s a poisonous plant and it’s sap can kill an elephant. However tempted you might get to pluck a rose for a loved one, it’s never that serious.. not unless you literally love her to death. Here’s a pic of the killer..

Late afternoon, we made our war back to the camp, dramatically as usual, since there were light showers that brought Laggas back to life. Give the roads up north a small opportunity and they’ll show you how much they are in charge. It was all so much fun, regularly jumping out of the cruisers to capture the thrills on camera. I give much emphasis on the choice of cars to use. A tough 4X4 with huge reserve fuel tanks is important. Carry extra fuel as well.

We relaxed that evening as it drizzled, each one of us contributing to our humorous and animated conversations. Bonding and making lifetime friends and awesome moments is inevitable.

Right after sunset, the blue hour checked in and I got to capture one of my best pics of the trip. Below are silhouettes of my friends having a chat by the lake. Day 6, we head to Marsabit.

Citizen TV is Running a 4-day feature on Adventure In The North. The below video aired on Monday, 7th May. Be sure to watch the rest, every day, at 9pm. Enjoy!

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Special thanks to Koobi Fora’s Museum Curator, Mr. @AbdikadirQurewa

  1. May 8, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Desert Rose….huh? How now? Last I checked a rose wafted a wonderful small………..this one reeks off death…………!!


    • eGichomo
      May 10, 2012 at 12:34 PM

      I was also amused. I really kept off and continued collecting rocks 🙂

  2. Karue
    May 11, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    ha ha ha !!! trust me to play with everything on my path. I’m literally living my second life!!!

    • eGichomo
      May 15, 2012 at 10:09 AM

      Lol!! Very true, Watch out. That was a knock on heaven’s door!!!

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