“Boss where are you going?” “Interpids Camp..” I said and explained to him that am new even my co driver was also new. He was a good man and directed me to turn back and follow number 24 the way we came to the end. He cautioned us that we may be late and we needed to try and go faster.
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guests were happy to see many Elands and Ostritches on our way back and I tried
to be more lively as I realized I was getting scared and silent at the same
time. I came to a small bridge and decided to take a left to avoid a bad
section of the road. I drove on for like 30 minutes until I realized I was lost
again. The roads seemed the same everywhere. The time was moving fast. Shosho
started noticing I was disturbed and silent… I drove on round a bush only to
see another bush ahead… I came to a big river crossing (Kivuko ya balloon) and
thank God it was not passable. I turned back and drove on a road I didn’t know
where it was going… am now at a place called Vichaka za round heading towards
fig tree lodge. This is like you are at Haille Sellasie roundabout heading
towards valley road when you are supposed to go to westlands... Time was 4.30pm
and the weather was turning dull and cloudy. Fear was all over me. I felt like
going for a short call but nothing was coming. I drove on.
was a big river depression ahead; I tried to work may way around it hoping to
see a bridge or a road to cross when suddenly we came face to face with a
family of 5 cheetahs laying in open grass! What a luck! The 5 Musketeers! We
took 10 minutes watching them before I realized we had no time. I informed the
guest that’s was what I was looking for and they were really impressed by my
How are you able to do this?!!” They asked.
do you know your direction around? I can’t even tell how we came!”
“You just get used to it… we follow the sun and the hills as land marks…”
started to get dull and dark. I was so shaken and afraid of what will happen. I
was driving fast sometimes ignoring them when I hit a bump and they complain. I
went round and round the bushes again… I was feeling a bad headache… I was
thirsty… hungry… I was feeling like opening my google map for help… I finally
saw a town in a distance and I knew that was Talek center. I drove on all road
leading towards the center at some point cutting shortcuts to join the roads. I
got to the gate at 6.30pm and I was so relieved; little did I know that the
lodge I was heading was also quite a distance from here…
befriended one of the guards at the gate and took him aside as the guests used
the washrooms. He gave me the directions and I zoomed off in no minutes… The
second Van and all Kenyans exept ‘the bride’ alighted at a hotel at Talek
shopping centre and I was to take the VIPs to Interpids lodge… I was alone now
with only the 4 guests. We drove and drove through valleys and open grasslands.
Elephants and Buffalos scattered all over… Lions in a distance… It was now
getting dark and drizzling. I was so afraid of everything and I was sweating
profusely… I drove on.
first time driving in the Mara the distances will seem so far and the roads
will be so confusing as some are just paths overgrown with grass…
could no longer see far on the road and I wasn’t sure where I was going.
how far are we?” – One of the guests asked as we were now all frightened.
ignored… I drove on… Silence…
a steep muddy valley my car swerved badly and slipped in a ditch. I tried
forward, backwards, low gear, high gear… we were stuck.
guests were silent and stiff scared. I was scared the most. We couldn’t get out
of the van since we didn’t know which animal was there. There was no signal and
phones were useless. I tried and tried… I tried and tried again in Vain… I
switched off the car and took my phone hoping it will have internet and maybe
what will we do now Bernard?!”
was on sight and it was getting darker… Silence… a hyena laugh could be heard a
distance away… Zebras Neigh nearby… Flies swarming on the headlights…
was not getting any signal and I decided to try raving through the mud. After 1
million tries with the tyres smelling burnt, we were still not able to get off
the ditch and I was now very tired. All the ideas of the guest had failed and I
was also now an empty head.
now what happens?”
do they expect me to say? How should I know what will happen? Am not Houdini!!
We are in this together!
this the right way Bernard?”
it is… it’s only that the roads are so bad coz of the rains...”
rain subsided and I decided to try more times… I gave up. I informed the guests
that since the lodge wes expecting us, they should send somebody looking for us
and we should stay calm and relaxed until helps come: the reality was, if nobody
doesn’t show up, we will have to spend the night there on an empty stomach. The
shock on their faces illuminated in the dark. The Kenyan lady was really mad at
me for no reason and his fiancée was visibly shaking… but there was nothing
much I could do, was there?
switched off the van, put on the hazard light, took out my Masai Shuka, leaned
back the car seat and called it a night. The guests also covered themselves on
their seats and we were all silent… The Kenya lady kept on fumbling and fidgeting
on her phone in desperation and anger…
Crickets and frogs sung the lullaby.
is that a vehicle coming!?” I was awakened by the guests pointing towards the