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Nissan Kenya recently invited members of
the press and leading lights of the Kenya
rally scene to one of their ‘Ride & Drive’
outings, this time to the Great Rift Valley
Lodge and the Eburu Forest nearby. Five
identical spanking new Patrol Y62’s lined
up at the Tribe Hotel at the Village Market.
A stern safety lecture started the day, don’t
do this, don’t do that – seems no one was
paying too much attention as it turned out.
Going down the big hill on the top road to
Naivasha at some speed, in a convoy of
three, with two rally heroes and a blogger
of note at the wheels. I happily ensconced
in the back seat of the lead vehicle driven
by same blogger of note asked ‘How fast
are we going?’ 170 kph was the answer
from the front. ‘Hey guys what about
the cops at the bottom of the hill?’ ‘No
problems, with cars like this you just flash
your lights three times and they wave you
through, the cops think we are big people.’
And so it came to pass - amazing.
The next don’t do was trying to reach
200 kph on the straight after Delamere,
thwarted thankfully by lots of truck traffic. A
quick lunch at the Great Rift Valley Lodge,
which was awash with GK helicopters
and flash motors, was followed by an
interesting visit to the 87-sq. kms Eburu
Forest nearby. This is the last remnant of
a once much larger forest which reached
all the way across to the Mau. Thankfully
now completely electrically fenced thanks
mostly to Rhino Ark with help from Kenya
Wildlife Services and the Kenya Forestry
Birdlife is prolific; wildlife is in the main
restricted to the usually small and safe
kind to include amazingly 7-12 of the
highly endangered bongo. I saw buffalo
mentioned in the brochure, but was
assured by a ranger that they are only at
the bottom of the escarpment - just a word
of warning then.
All of this at about 2,500 metres above
sea level; it is densely forested with lots
of crystal clear streams. I asked about
camping and was told it was welcomed,
but you had to be accompanied by a
forest ranger the same which applies to
day visitors. The drive from Nairobi, this
time driven sensibly, would probably take
a tad over two hours – take the North Lake
Road then turn off just before the sign to
the Great Rift Valley Lodge. Then a very
dusty lumpy ascent to the forest – with
imaginative water gathering from thermal
vents along the way – interesting and very
clever. Conservancy fees are more than
reasonable and are payable at the gate.
Nature Kenya is operating a day-trip from
Nairobi to the Eburu Forest on Saturday
12th December. To include transport,
guide and conservancy fees and a bottle
of water, all for only Kshs. 3,000/-. Bring
your own picnic lunch. Click HERE to get
in touch with them.
All the above said, the Nissan Patrol is a
‘beast’ of a vehicle, with a 5.6 litre petrol
engine, it has so much get up and go that
to be honest it’s a bit scary .
It also has a problem passing service
stations. A truly luxurious barge of a 4X4
with all the bells and whistles you’d expect.
I’d buy one tomorrow without a second
thought, if I could only get around the first
thought – I can’t afford it.
I’m fed up with getting e-mails announcing
the winners of what purport to be
competitions, the best luxury this or the
best travel agency of the year and the like.
I’m also fed up with getting e-mails from
said luxury joints, camps, travel agencies
and tour operators asking me to vote for
them, so they can be voted the best of.
A thought crossed my mind, who selected
them to be in the finals of the best of in the
first place? Seems you enter by paying a
fee. Then bombard your clients, friends,
relatives and more often than not arbitrary
folk who don’t know you from Adam.
You win and you’re the best of. Rubbish!
You are perhaps just a better marketing
machine. There are so many awards out
there, that taken at face value I’d say
stick with the tried and true, awards or no
Arguably some awards might be the real
deal, and I applaud those who win these:
without entering or paying any fees and
whom their peers and customers select
and vote accordingly.
We once won an award, perhaps because
we don’t enter these types of competitions,
But there was a catch, we had to pay our
own airfare to the overseas venue, buy a
hotel package from the organiser and pay
to attend the awards ceremony. Rubbish,
this is all about making money!
They mailed it to us eventually; I guess
they didn’t know what to do with it.
Why do we all believe the hype about
award winners? If you are good - the
crème de la crème, people will know who
The holiday season beckons; if you are
travelling I wish you a safe and enjoyable
My family and I as always journey to
the Coast for both Christmas and New
Year, our destination of choice as always
Watamu. Kickback, laid-back, rustic, with
arguably the best beach in Kenya – our
friends, our kids friends all there. Hey, life
doesn’t get any better.
To those who celebrate Christmas I wish
you a merry one, may Santa deliver on all
of your wishes.
very Happy New Year. I have a feeling that
2016 is going to be Kenya’s year.
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