Quiet Times in Kenya

Now I am in Kenya, country number 81 for Nelson and I, this is the last country of this trip as Nelson will ship from Mombasa and go into his container on the 18th June, so I have about 10 days left, four of which will be consumed on administration of shipping. My daily journal tells me this is the 186th day of the trip (not including the time I spent at home over Christmas) so I guess it is natural that a gradual feeling of “winding down” creeps into my attitude, like the marathon runner who can see the finishing line the temptation is to coast through the last week or so. I try to resist the feeling, in part to give Kenya its due, as so far it seems like a very nice place.
The heading “quiet times” refers to the simple fact that it is the end of the rainy season so often I am the only person in the camp sites, they tell me bookings start from next week, but is is only in July they really get going. Fortunately for me the rain I do see is pretty light, and only for a hour in the evening, all along the road there is evidence of the big rains that have swept through Kenya over the last month, everyone here is saying that the weather is pretty mixed up compared to historical patterns, in fact as I write this under my awning the evening rain has started.
I am starting to reflect on the trip now and have drafts of some “top tips” from my experience, and the beginnings of the next article for Land Rover Monthly, sketched out in my head, more to come on those fronts on the web site in the next few days. Photos below from Lake Nakuru National Park, which is badly flooded but I did see, at a distance, a pride of lions moving across the savanna. I am now at Lake Baringo which is also very high, flooding many of the resorts, hopefully a sunrise safari cruise in the morning will yield some good sightings.
The last flag, for this trip at least, Kenya country number 81
Kenya is actually very pretty and seems not as densely populated as Rwanda and Uganda, which from a tourist point of view is a good thing
Many of the roads are quite good, but there are sections which are back to “Africa Standard” and just off the main roads one is quickly on stone and mud roads
These guys seemed to be quite chilled about passing Land Rovers at Lake Nakuru park
Flamingos in the distance there were big groups of thousands all huddled together in clumps along the waters edge, unfortunately the water side track is about 20m out into the lake so I have to make do with a distant view
Many of the trees on the edge of the lake are now dead as they have been underwater too long
Here the river has burst its banks and swept away some of the foundations of the road
I have had to dodge sheep, goats, cattle and even zebras on the road but today was a first for a large tortoise
Looking down from the road onto the farmland the flood damage is evident in the fields
I crossed the equator again, this time a bit better marked, just after this a “swarm” of very nice ladies tried to sell me every type of tourist tat
I reach lake Baringo which has some very pretty islands in the centre
Up close the lake is very flooded, this is the all that remains of a favourite overlander camp which was previously on the lake shore
My workplace is getting a bit dusty, an afternoon clean up was overdue

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