Trip Start Apr 11, 2009
38Trip End Jan 08, 2010
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The next stop was Naivasha, where we stopped for a couple of days by a pretty lake. On the first night we held another raucous truck party in which most dressed as an African - there were many nationalities and characters represented - and much vodka punch enjoyed! Needless to say, there were also many sore heads the next day. Some went on a safari/boat trip around the lake and surrounds, whilst many more recovered from the night before (myself included).
After Naivasha, we drove to Nairobi, where we said a sad farewell to John Holland, whom had been a great travel companion since Ghana (over 5 months ago). The next day, myself and 5 others caught an overnight train to Mombasa, on which we enjoyed dinner and a few too many drinks...finally I was told to go to sleep by my cabin mates over 10 years younger than me...I dont know these young ones!!
The next morning we made our way to Diani Beach, a stunning stretch of beach not far from Mombasa. Kira's parents came to visit from South Africa and organised a rustic villa overlooking the beach, with its magical white sand and crystal blue water....it was even better than the beach in Zanzibar! We stayed for 6 days, enjoying some amazing seafood meals, relaxing beers by the beach and just simply hanging out with good company. We reluctantly headed back to Nairobi on a dreadful 13-hour bus journey, and found out upon our arrival that the new truck we were transferring onto still required repairs and our driver was waiting for his passport to be renewed.
Another sad farewell, as Gary, our adored tour leader, also left to head back to Kiwiland. His positive energy and willing smile will be missed dearly for the remaining 12 weeks!
With another couple of days to kill in Nairobi, I went ice-skating (twisted both knees, but had great fun), enjoyed some amazing Japanese lunches (great break from local & truck food) and basically hung out at the campsite in Karen (outer satellite centre)....was glad for the rest, but many started to get quite bored so Chris decided to move everyone to a nice campsite near Mt Kenya while awaiting his passport
Northern Kenya was a great surprise. We were back to rough dirt roads and areas less traveled, which lead us through some amazing desert landscape, reminding me of Mauritania in its endless plains of rock, sand or trees. The local tribes people were colourful and interesting - most women wearing hundreds of beaded necklaces and bright cloth. Our interest in them was reciprocated....given the limited number of tourists heading this far north.
Our crossing into Ethopia was delayed due to further truck repairs - the rough roads took their toll and the rear spring required replacing...more repairs on other springs and shock absorbers were also required, but will have to wait til Addis Ababa.
Overall, our time in Kenya was longer than expected and I couldn't wait to leave to head north to more exciting destinations. However Diani Beach and the northern tribe areas were certainly memorable and worthy destinations.