Kenya Travel Stories, Page 7

Map Isiolo to Nanyuki Kenya

Map Isiolo to Nanyuki Kenya
I paid 200 Shillings for a small van to take me from Isiolo to Nanyuki, Kenya, a quick trip even though there was lots of road construction. Nanyuki is a city people use as a base to climb Mount Kenya, a small mountain of 5199 Meters or 17,057 Feet.

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Isiolo, Kenya
East Africa
Monday, April 6, 2009
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I have been debating with myself now for weeks,
“Is there a reason to go to Nairobi?”

If you seen one big city, you seen them all, however I do know on the coast of Kenya is the city of Mombasa, and this area could be nice.

As of today, I am planning on working my way slowly over to Nakuru, where I think the road leads to Uganda. I am planning to make a big circle into the countries of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania and then back to Nairobi for a flight out of Africa.

If the transportation and the path is great in Tanzania, it is possible I just keep going south to and fly out of South Africa.

Map Isiolo to Nanyuki Kenya


Isiolo Kenya

Isiolo Kenya
Isiolo, Kenya feels like a large bus stop, everyone in the city is either coming or going somewhere different. I could just hear someone saying,
“I am in Transit; I will leave for Nairobi tomorrow.”

A few Hotels even go as far as to call themselves the “Transit Hotel” or “Transit Lodge.”

I also was in Isiolo, I also was in transit, however I had no idea where I was going, most tourist know where they are going, they want to say they are nomadic or wanders, however I wonder if they know they are using these words incorrectly.

It took me three nights before I made up my mind, and I was feeling pressure, there was nothing to photograph in Isiolo, I tend to want to leave when there is nothing that demands a photo.

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Isiolo, Kenya
East Africa
Sunday, April 5, 2009
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I finally in photo desperation left the chaotic Hotel center of Isiolo and walked past a big Mosque towards the market hoping to find something. On my third walk down to the market area I discovered a “Tum Tum.”



I walked towards this Islamic Mosque, the design here in Kenya has changed, I saw the same design in Moyale, Kenya. These Mosque look more like Forts and less like buildings, I consider it a little dangerous to take photos around Mosque, so this one photos was as far as I went, I stepped between two large trucks, pulled, shot and was gone in less than five seconds.



Mohamed Abdullahi and Godana Hassan Tour Guides in Isiolo, Kenya.

“Tum Tum,” or workshop for Metal, there are men are making nice knives, spearheads, and farm equipment in Isiolo, Kenya.

This was my third trip to the market, however as I was again turning a corner in the market I heard the familiar sound of men working steel forges. I stuck my head down a path and all of a suddenly a man says,
“Welcome, come.”

Coming is not always a good idea; normally “coming” is a conversations trap. If I “come,” then I must be willing to listen to their sales pitch or their desire to be tourists. Meeting locals is a two way street, I want to meet them, and they want to meet me. If there is a group of locals they can demand I sit there and explain who I am so they can enjoy the tour, this takes time, and happens continuously, I am the tourist attraction.

Mohamed Abdullahi and Godana Hassan were great, they explained in good English how they made the Knives, how the different tribes used the knives to cut thorns from the hooves of animals because the are “pastoral people.”

It was interesting; there is still a need for spearheads for spears. They need the spear to be married, and there is a need also to kill crazy lions, that sometimes come and eat their farm animals.

They will explain how they make both steel and brass knives, how they take camel leather and make a sheave for the knives, it was truly a good experiences.



Either inside the Isiolo, Kenya market you can also and up close look at some of the tribal women who come to the market to buy or sell. I am not sure the tribe, all the tribes of Kenya tend to blend together in the larger cities of Kenya.

I think the tour guides want to take you to smaller village areas close to Isiolo to show you special tourist shows. I avoid these types of functions; they turn into “faked authenticity” shows and give the tourist what they are expecting, not what is real.

Isiolo Kenya


Truck Ride From Moyale to Isiolo Kenya

Truck Ride from Moyale to Isiolo Kenya
The night before we left it rained, therefore the road was sometimes muddy. We had two flat tires and needed to stop to repair them, this was a common problem.


Photo of a large dual axel truck stuck in the mud along the road between Moyale and Marsabit, Kenya. The men in the convoy helped to push the truck out of the mud, there was no way to pass the truck until it was helped.

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Isiolo, Kenya
East Africa
Sunday, March 29, 2009
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People slept on bags of beans being shipped to Nairobi, Kenya, if you look close there is one Islamic women with her face fully covered, she removed this most of the trip except when we were near cities.



This guard with a rifle got on the truck for the trip between Marsabit and Isiolo, as I understand this is the most dangerous stretch of road.



There were many of these birds along the road and many what looked like miniature deer. On the stretch between Marsabit and Isiolo, we saw one wild Zebra; I think it walked out of a game reserve close to the path.

Truck Ride from Moyale to Isiolo Kenya


Moyale Kenya

Moyale Kenya
There is a nice internet café in Moyale, Kenya and many unfriendly and difficult people. The Transport Brokers can drive you crazy trying to convince you to get on top of a big truck so they can make a commission, not a group to be trusted under any circumstances.

It is probably better to live on Ethiopia side, cross the border in the early morning and fight you way onto a large dual axel grain truck.
There is no simple transportation from Moyale, Kenya to Marsabit or Isiolo, Kenya.

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Moyale, Kenya
East Africa
Sunday, March 29, 2009
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I needed to travel from Moyale, Kenya to either Marsabit or Isiolo, I am very lucky to finally decide on Isiolo. I am extremely happy to have this 27 hours of madness ended.

A person somehow has to fight to go with a convoy of large grain trucks that leave every morning at 9:00 am. The road is dangerous, there are robbers along the way; the locals can not explain the trip clearly other than to continuously demand money.



There are two types of trucks, grain and cattle, for sure the cattle truck are very dangerous and should not be considered for any reason.

WARNING
The truck goes under trees with large pickers on them; these trees scrape the top of the truck and can remove your eyes and cut you to pieces. If you are on a cattle truck, you cannot jump down into the trust for safety because the cattle with horns are also dangerous.



The first day I tried to get a truck I got into a grain truck and the transport brokers got into a huge argument. They made me get out of the truck and then tried to load me onto this cattle truck. While I was standing there, two other white people came up and were loaded onto the top of this cattle truck. The broker were furious with me, I said there is no way I am going to ride on a steel bar for 8 hours as they explained.

The next day I got on a truck full of large bags of beans and had a safe and enjoyable direct overnight trip to Isiolo, Kenya that took 27 hours for 1000 Shilling, this truly makes Ethiopia a dreamland for transportation.



I stayed in the Bismillahi Hotel, the Sherif Hotel recommended by the Lonely Planet had problems with door locks and was in the center of the chaos, not that the Bismillahi was much better, but the door locks were better. All in all the city is a dump; the area close to the truck loading area is outrageously primitive and tribal in behavior. A person can walk back beyond the main business area and find a market and some normal people, however best to get on the road to Isiolo and try to forget this city in Kenya.



This is the internet café in Moyale, Kenya, I am presently in Isiolo and this internet café is probably better than any of the ones in Isiolo. In addition, they have some nice greasy chips made by an English speaking and nice girl by the name of Christina. This is the only sane place I found in the city of Moyale to relax outside my room.

Strangely, the electricity seems to be better in Kenya than in Ethiopia.

Hard to say, however Ethiopia was a much friendlier and easier place so far to travel than in Kenya.

Moyale Kenya


2009 Enter Kenya Leave Ethiopia

2009 Enter Kenya leave Ethiopia
On March 29, 2009, I left Ethiopia and entered Kenya, the border crossing was easy. You can get a visa at the border without a problem for 50 US Dollars; they do not seem to issue multiple entry visas at the border though.

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Moyale, Kenya
East Africa
Sunday, March 29, 2009
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35-40 Kilos of my Backpacks in a Wheelbarrow

The walk from the Ethiopia side to the Kenya side is quite long, maybe a kilometer, I am not quite sure, there are collective taxis that will go all the way from one side to the other, however I never figured out how they worked. I ended up hiring a many with a wheelbarrow to walk haul may bags from the Ethiopia Hotel all the way to a Kenya Hotel.

For sure, the Ethiopia side is the enjoyable side of the border.

2009 Enter Kenya leave Ethiopia