Firstly, Kenya in 3 minutes:) Enjoy video:)
That was probably the quietest border ever. Due to the fact that we already got our visas, we just needed stamps on them. We got our visas in Addis Ababa. It cost us 50 USD each and they were issued for next day. Nevertheless, most of the nations can get visas at the border – we just didn’t know that so we applied in advance in Ethiopia. In term of carnet the passage – the custom officer just saw the paper, stamped and he even didn’t check our car. The whole border crossing procedure took us probably less than half an hour.
Moyale – Isiolo
The road from Moyale to Isiolo (town in Kenya) is the most horrible road ever…It was even difficult to call it a road! Everybody knows that song “Highway to hell” by ACDC; to us this road was rather like: “hell to (get) highway”…That part of Africa is also one of the most dangerous places on the whole continent due to the conflict and warrior traditions of northern Kenya’s nomadic people. Because of a massive influx of cheap guns from many conflict zones outside Kenya in the 1990s, that part of the country have had major security issues. Minor problems stemming from grazing rights and cattle rustling quickly escalated into ongoing gun battles. Abundance of guns led to increase in banditry which posed a significant risk to anyone moving through the region. Moreover , due to quarrel between Ethiopian government and Oromo Liberation Front, landmines have been reported, therefore it is better to stick well-marked paths outside the town.
We were driving for two day through that horrible road. It was only 500 km, but driven in fear of being attacked and through the sand, volcanic rocks, fesh-fesh, dust. Average speed: 25km/hour. It was so scary – such a long distance and we didn’t see any women ad almost no kids. We saw only one child who was running towards us with plastic bottles asking for some water. We saw some men grazing their herds of cows/sheeps or camels. We got stopped by one group of few men,who they wanted to scare us and actually they did. They were messing with us, pretending that they would break our windscreen by a massive stone…Tears in the eyes…but Charlie somehow noticed that they were only joking and at the end we gave them a bottle of drinking water and we drove away. Nevertheless, there is some good news – the proper, tarred road has being built…We saw some machines/big vehicles working on it and Chinese people controlling the progress of work
After many hours spent on driving through the taugh road we reached Marsabit Town. When we get there it was already dark. We decided to camp at the JEY JEY Centre (a nice hotel with restaurant) and we finally had a proper HOT shower. In the morning we fuel up from our containers and we started cleaning our Rusty(Photos show you why)
Before we left Marsabit, we had spent around an hour in Marsabit National Reserve (in this free of charge part) as we didn’t see much the previous evening after sunset. We were very impressed of the size of craters! They were massive. Unfortunately, to see the most beautiful craters/ crater lakes you need to pay lots of money, therefore we gave up that time.
Second day on the horrible road was hard as well. There was more fesh-fesh and dust, however we saw some wild animals (mostly antelopes), more villages and people (women and kids).
Just before Isiolo we couldn’t believe our eyes! Finally tarmac road! Fresh and smooth without potholes! We probably behaved like little kids after trying the best ever ice-cream! That road was also such a relief for Rusty – no more noisy sounds and stones hitting the suspension.
This time we didn’t look for camping as we found a really nice spot in the bush, not that far away from the main road. We ate our late dinner watching sunset and hoping to see some elephants as when we were driving we noticed some road signs informing about those animals, but unfortunately we weren’t lucky that time…:(