Lunch at the Thomson falls hotel, Nyahururu, reminds us of the valley of a thousand hills.
In fact most of the highlands remind me of natal. Further along its more like Baviaans in the E. Cape, before merging into the more karoo-like laikipia plains.
The road after Rumuruthi was pretty dire, and just got worse. The just started new road to Maralal looks a good few years away.
Had read about Bobong campsite – the only affordable place in Laikipia. Heart sank a bit as we arrived; run down kids play area ( read death trap, which of course Leah ran towards and loved), duckpond pool; not entirely confidence inducing security staff. But wrong; its actually lovely; superb view, mown lawn flat sites, weatherproof prep area with rickety but workable furniture.
Heard hyenas in the night, and some elephant nearby. Went tracking them the next morning but only dung. Recent lion prints very close to the campsite. Only KS500. Great value, and fun chatting to John Perret; 30000 acres he ranches; ” sounds big now, but in the dry season …”
Woke up to the view of the trip; ground-cling mist, then crystal views across the laikipia plains to Mount Kenya. Another 20mins lie-in, and wdd have missed it altogether. Clouds shrouded mt kenya for the rest of the day.
Next the road to Maralal. Slow, but stunning. Lots of samburu, then intermingled with ranches /consrvancies with dry stone walls running for dozens of kilometres.
Serious big- sky country…
Good game viewing driving through Mugie ranch; wish they had a campsite.
Glad to get to Maralal safari lodge. We’d only met Jack at JJs, but its nice to re-meet someone…. Leah was waiting for the cheetahs…