We set off on an intended 4 days 3 nights safari from Nairobi to Lake Magadi, Lake Natron, Nguruman hills and an attempt to find a through way short cut to Masai Mara through the thick forest of Loita hills to Duka Moja and to Masai Mara. The drive to Magadi, Natron and Nguruman was pretty much okay apart from the many instances the local Masai herdsmen syphoned our cash whenever we went off-road on their land.
Day three: we arrived at Dr. Leakey's farm set on top of Nguruman hills and after many frantic pleas to request him permission to use the public road, we were finally allowed entry with an "interview" session in his tented house to find out who we are and what we were exactly looking for. Let me save my presumptions on the kind of business he is dealing with on the mountains. He warned us not to try the route as it is dangerous and rough. we got got the advice but made deliberate decision to try try it anyway.
30 minutes drive down the steep black soil muddy escarpment our vehicle skid dangerously landing on its side and breaking all the side windows. 3 hrs later local masai's came to our rescue and helped push the cruiser back to the road. Time 3pm.
we proceeded on towards Morijo and Narosura: the road was totally rough and very muddy. many times we got to dead ends as the road was washed away by the heavy rain. our local guide was however an expert and always found an alternative muddy route... we slept in the car with buffalos and hyenas all around us at close distance.
Day 4: we were stuck in loita hills with no food and water. what was initially a great adventure, turned out to be alot of agony for my guests. we set off the next morning on foot with my guides to find a place we can buy food as the guests were so dehydrated and in a bad shape. we found a local shop and we ordered everything in the shop: coca cola biscuits, sugar, tea bags, sweets and rice was everything in the shop: with this kind of luxurious shopping, the lady ran away to call to the husband to make the decision as they had never experienced such bulk buying and calculating the amounts (ksh 2,700) was such a big tussle. we finally were able to buy and a convoy of young energetic young men were deployed to our rescue to help we, the rich guest... we asked the shop keeper to make the rice and eggs for us and when we come back we find the food ready. After 2hrs of serious labor, We managed to push the vehicle out of the mud. Getting to the home, we found a whole community of babies around the kitchen salivating to the aroma of our Christmas menu with a million flies on their mouth and eyes.... drizzling and with the wet cow dung all over the compund plus the flies... the appetite just disappeared and it was Christmas for the community.
Day 5: we got stuck for 8hrs and spent the night in the car. mosquitos and cold with the open windows...
Day 6: we got stuck for 7 hrs and spent the night in a class room in the village.
Day 7: we finally arrived at Narosura village... we were charged ksh 15,000 to tow our cruiser for a distance of 200m and an extra ksh 10,000 to tow it for a further distance of 50m.
I could not just wait to get home.... At Duka moja we all bought new changing clothes, took a refreshing shower in a local lodging and ordered 3kgs of Nyama Choma with Kachumbari and ugali.