Kenya: Goal achieved. Nairobi to Naivasha

The ride into Nairobi is easier than expected. First goal, get our Kenya entry stamp for our passports. (a little late I know.. )

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Cycling along the main highway approaching Nairobi from the east. If you stop here you get pounced on by the fruit sellers (on the left) balancing bananas and all sorts on your handlebars..

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Campsite in Nairobi, tiered camping!! It poured with rain turning the bottom into a mud bath.. (my tents on top)

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Making friends at the Giraffe centre..

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The slums of Nairobi. A no go area after dark. Stark contrast to the modern steel and glass city centre.

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Nairobi museum. Looks real.. But it’s a bronze copy of a famous elephant I’d never heard of. It’s was a good place to escape the rain.
Railway Museum

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I just love railway museums for their quirkiness and this was no exception..

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From this carriage the man who tasked himself to rid the area of Man eating lions that were eating railway workers and employees was himself dragged of and eaten by a lion from this very carriage. He fell asleep with the door open. Twit.
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Familiar names and places..

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Decaying grandeur

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Rift Valley on the road from Nairobi to Naivasha

Mission Accomplished

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Institute director, Simon (left) and headmaster, Joseph (right)

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Computer labs where I did some tutoring

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The hardest job they have is teaching a class of 30 all with different levels and abilities

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Anita and Margaret, now top class Web developers..

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Nice comfortable little cottage on the grounds where I stayed

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Attached to the institute is the Sunshine Rehabilitation Centre who support street children. I was invited along for a visit by its founder members. They are doing something right as the children are polite, grown up and very well behaved

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Followed by a meal at their hotel. Martin, on my left and Anne (seated near Martin) Fun time for all..

Hells Gate National park in Naivasha
One of the few parks that let you walk or cycle. It not only has animals, there are also views of mountains, steam vents,  hot springs and a spectacular gorge.
Taking advantage of one of the few dry days I packed a day bag and set off..

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Fortunate to arrive at the same time as Gennys from Italy, we explored the park together.. She was much better at spotting the wildlife than I was, without her I would have have missed loads.

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Not sure what these are called.. Lion food maybe??

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Zebras love sniffing each other’s bums

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Buffalo, giraffe and zebra all playing nicely together

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Spotted

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Giraffes run in slow motion, it peculiar to watch

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Apparently more people are killed by buffalo than any other creature in Africa. If looks could kill..

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The gorge

Around Naivasha

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Famous for its lake and hippos. The hotels on the waterside have to have electric fences.

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Naivasha railways station on the Mombasa to Uganda railway. Sadly recently no longer running. It’s much faster by road now. The trains in the railway museum had seats on the front of the engine so the passenger’s could sit and watch the wildlife – and take pot shots at it.

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2 thoughts on “Kenya: Goal achieved. Nairobi to Naivasha

  1. Anonymous

    this is awesome John , keep going and look after yourself

  2. Chris & Rose Kent-Jones

    Great effort Jonathan! An epic journey, I guess you’ll be resting up before riding back.
    All the best from Chris & Rose

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