Monday the 22nd I left the Bwatherongi public campsite without regret because in the morning there is no water to take a shower. On the way I stopped in Isolo to publish the weekly pages of my website. I settled close to a pylon of telecommunications, alas I had neither connection 3/4G for the Smartphone nor Wi-Fi connection for the router. Disappointed I left for Samburu NR, here, on the way the Smartphone found a connection to send a message to my family. I arrived at Samburu Archers Post Ranger Station around 17:15. It was too late to enter the park due to the highest price for foreigners. I asked for the authorization of bivouac in front of the gate. The ranger authorized me to enter and to bivouac in the secure enclosure of the park, I thanked it cordially. At 853 m the temperature was of 37°C at 19:00.
|At the Archers Post Ranger Station|
Tuesday, April 23 after the entrance formalities I left on a tour into the park and its animals; of course without road map because it is painted on the wall. On the way I noted that there were numbered road signs but not being reproduced on the mural map! I observed the blue-legged Somali ostrich, endangered Grevy's zebra, beisa oryx and reticulated giraffe. I have the privilege to see a horde of more than twenty elephants to the tail-the-leu framing their offspring while going towards Ewaso Ngiro River. For the lunch pause I settled with what was to be my bivouac; the site overhangs the river, but the installations, dirty toilets and showers without apple-of-showers, encouraged me not to use it. The afternoon I continued my exploration of the park; but the heat was too intense for animals and I. I left the park to install me in Camels' Gate Lodge; clean but the site of bivouac is small and showers is in the bungalow of the owner! (speaking some French words having worked in Montreal, Canada).
|Camels' Gate Lodge|
Wednesday, April 24 I moved towards Meru - for supply in diesel and food, then towards Castle Forest Lodge where I spent two nights at 2072m at the bottom of Mont Kenya. The site is dramatic and the sanitary facilities are clean but rudimentary. I had chosen this spot for it situation in altitude to have rest after the heat.
Friday, April 26 I left the mountain pasture of Castle Forest Lodge for Nairobi where I had an appointment at Bolloré Logistics to finalize the shipping of my truck from Mombasa to Fos-sur-Mer , France. I installed my bivouac at the Jungle Junction Camping for six days to regulate the details with Bolloré as well as with the AA of Kenya and the AA of France for the extension of the validity of the carnet de passage en douane until May 20th.