Saturday, April 6 I left Tanzania after four days of rest in Tembo Beach in Musoma at the edge of Lake Victoria to enter Kenya at the border post of Sirari/Isebania. In Sirari the building of the offices of immigration and customs is in a baffle. I stationed my truck to go to make the formalities of exit which were quickly made being alone. The exit of the zone was carried out by presenting my passport duly stamped. In Kenya, here, the offices are in one building, no waiting at the two counters of immigration and of the customs, I was alone. Obtaining the visa of entry is US$50 with the photograph of my portrait without glasses. The procedure lasted a long time, the employees discussing between them! At the customs the filling of the carnet de passage en customs, the inscription on a register then in the computer took time there too. Finally I leave the zone by presenting my passport and the carnet de passage en customs.
I had decided to bivouac in Migori Mission at approximately 20 km away from the border to take the usual steps while entering a country, seeks office of the leading vendor of Internet access for the purchase of a SIM card then to find a supermarket for food, alas I did not find it. On the other hand the purchase of the SIM card was the occasion once more of a long wait with a numbered ticket due to the queue. Left at 7:00 from Musoma I arrived at the bivouac around 15:00 in a huge heat 37°C in my truck.
Sunday, April 7 I started from Migori Mission to Oloololo Gate to enter Mara Triangle, here, for two days. It was my first park in Kenya. The entrance fees are similar to those in Tanzania; the foreigners are strangled. The park is a vast plain skirting northwards the border with Tanzania in continuity of Serengeti NP. Contrary to human, animals know neither the borders nor the restrictions on the migrations. I began my exploration around 9:00, hour to which I should leave in two days! In this torrid season, there are fires burning the plains. The animals are hidden under the trees and in the forests. For this first day I did not see any predator. Eluai Camp is a headland overhanging the plain, without conveniences, neither water, nor toilet & showers, nothing!
Monday, April 8 at the day break I left in search of predatory along the Mara River. Alas I wasn't lucky, nothing neither lion, nor cheetah & leopard. I returned to Eluai Camp at the beginning of afternoon.
Tuesday, April 9 I gave up without regret Eluai Camp as of the daybreak to arrive at Mara Bridge Gate at 9:00 at the latest, hour to which I had entered Mara Triangle on April 6th; moreover I once again wished to try my chance to see the predatory. On the way I flushed out an hyena and other animals at the rising sun in low-angled light. Bingo, I saw a group of lionesses faraway which I photographed with much chance. I arrived at 9:00 O'clock at the Gate. Then it was a rocky track during 1:50 up to Sekenani Gate and Oldarpoi Camp.
Before leaving Oldarpoi Camp I decided to take my dash to organize the transfer of my truck into a container from Mombasa to Fos-sur-Mer in France; consequently I went to Nairobi at Bolloré Transport & Logistics. The receptionist put to me in relation to a French speaking person who dealt with my request and was used as interpreter with the pricing analyst. Moreover he dealt with the extension of the Carnet de Passage en Douane with Automobile Association of Kenya, indeed the validity of the CPD fell the 4/18/2019. In end of the afternoon I installed my bivouac for two nights at Jungle Junction (at1835 high), very popular with overlanders.
|Great Rift Valley, here, with the lake Naivasha, here|
Friday, April 12 I left the Junction Jungle in Nairobi for the Lake Naivasha. The road goes up to +2700 meters of altitude overhanging the Great Rift Valley where the first hominids appeared more than three million years ago. I yielded to the dithyrambic comments by Lonely-Planet to visit the Hell's Gate National Park, here, which is not worth the sorrow of it because there are few wild animals. In end of the afternoon I found a bivouac at the edge of the lake Oloidien (1907 m).
Saturday, April 13 I was to make the trip around the Lake Nakuru in the eponymous park, but the obstructions of road 104 made me modify my plan to go directly to Nakuru and to make supply in food at the local supermarket then establish my bivouac for two nights in Kivu Resort Campsite (1817 m).
Sunday, April 14 as of 7:00 I was at the entrance of Lake Nakuru National Park, here, in search of wild animals and more particularly, as usual, the predatory ones. I was lucky to discover under a tree a lion and lionesses on the table in front of the carcass of a warthog. Then a horde of buffaloes arrived with a scout in avant-garde which was propelled under the tree of the lions which fled quickly away from a hundred meters. The horde passed, the lions returned prudently to finish their reunions. I spent eight hours to furrow the tracks of the park. I returned in Kivu Resort having decided to prolong my stay until Tuesday morning