We drove back to Voi along the infamous Mombasa road….another interesting experience coming out of Mombasa which is like a complete bomb site, construction everywhere. We crossed the Tsavo West National Park keeping pace with a herd of elephants moving in the same direction
and reached Taveta in the early evening to find the Eco camp we were aiming for long closed and abandoned. We decided to push on to the border which was wonderfully efficient on both sides and we sailed across both borders in the pouring rain in a record time of just under 2 hours. Believe me that’s fast for Africa, but even with that efficiency we were still forced to drive in the dark for about an hour to reach the Merangu Hotel campsite in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. The next day we set off up into the foothills through the coffee plantations to find an extraordinary Catholic cathedral and seminary way up in the cloud line. Although the mountain has lost a reputed 80% of its ice cap since it was first measured in 1912 it still looked majestic poking through the clouds.
Kilimanjaro is in the background…if you look carefully.
We decided to have a couple of weeks off (after nearly 7 months on the road!) so nipped back to England for an Easter break, Pippa’s 21st Birthday and a wedding invitation we couldn’t refuse ….thank you IM’s… the weather was beautiful and it coincided with a very wet patch in Kenya.
The van was serviced whilst we were away and is now looking and sounding perfect. Thank you Chris at Jungle Junction, who is quite simply superb and I cant recommend the camp too highly either. Next stop the coast near Malindi
We had a wonderful couple of days at Kangoni camp in Nanyuki at the foot of Mount Kenya
and tried without success to get our van sorted. So set off with soggy shocks ( we really should have had bigger ones fitted before leaving England) to Jungle Junction a well known overlanders camp site in Nairobi.
We crossed the equator just south of Nanyuki
The road was great until about 10k’s out when it turned to hell….they are digging up all the approaches from the north so traffic is horrendous and road conditions unbelievable.
The recent rain made matters worse. Jungle Junction was brilliant and the team at Ndovo said they could sort out the van, we made plans to get new “Robs Magic shocks for Africa” fitted, it was only afterwards that we heard all the jokes, tragic magic and of being robbed by Rob ( lets hope its just a pun on the name). We also had a new leaf spring made so hopefully all set for the next leg!
Lovely phone call on our first day from an old army friend, Stan, who invited us to the Muthega club for supper. I wore a tie for the first time in 6 months we drank and ate too much and had a great evening!
We did the tourist trail of the Elephant orphanage,
David Sheldrick Elephant orphanage
the giraffe sanctuary.
and then Melanie gave us a couple of “must do’s” Matts bronze and Kazuri beads we bought some wonderful things including a huge bronze tobacco leaf.
On Friday night we moved from “the junction” to stay with Melanie and Robert on Redhill for the weekend, they invited us racing at Ngong for the Kenya Derby and to have lunch in the Muthega Club tent
we had a wonderful weekend and were overwhelmed by how friendly everyone was. Mary, who had lunch with us, had several horses running and had two winners, which made the day even more special. Lucy who looked the part was invited into the enclosure with the owners before one of the races and the horse “Woodlands” won quite comfortably.
Melanie and Rory
A very tall Lucy with Mary in the paddock
Yes we did have a flutter!