Desert trip

Trip Start May 03, 2011
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Trip End Jan 31, 2013


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Flag of Kenya  , Eastern,
Thursday, October 18, 2012

The road to Moyale was dusty and bumpy through 200 km of (semi)desert. And still there are people living here in small establishments surviving from their animals, unbelievable. Ofcourse the trip took longer than everybody told me and I was lucky to get to the border just in time to get stamped out of Kenya. Next step to the Ethiopian immigration and they were closed. Some convincing by me and another guy got me in and the manager checked everything and stamped my passport.

Evaluation Kenya

In almost 7 weeks Kenya I can say I saw a lot of the country and compared with other African countries I will do my evaluation.

Transport

Although the roads are generally quite good the transport is limited. I never waited so many times so long before a bus goes to the next place. Ofcourse in the rural areas but even close to Nairobi you have to wait long. I don't understand why it is? I believe that just fewer people travel than in Tanzania, Zambia or Malawi for example.

Tribes

Everywhere in Africa there are different tribes and languages but in general they are united as the same citizens. In Kenya every tribe has is unique identity and traditions. Also the food differs as in the coast they eat Viazi Karai which you can almost not get anywhere else in the country. The same accounts to some specific Kikuyu food which is widely available in Nairobi and the rift valley. Then Kenya is unique in how they eat their ugali, with knife and fork? I believe that if fellow African countries would see that they would laugh because you eat ugali with your hands.

Begging and hassling

I never had so many beggers and people who want money from me than here in Kenya. I believe it is due to the working spirit (Kenyans work harder than Tanzanians) and that they are more obsessed by money than other Africans. This however has a negative effect on travelers like me because I really don’t like this and I have seen that people do or tell you anything to make money out of you.

Although this may have a negative sound I enjoyed my time in Kenya very much and have seen a lot of nice places and met wonderful people. I had expected that Kenya would be richer than it seems to me since they are one of the biggest economies in Africa. However only Nairobi qualifies as 'developed’ and the rest of the country is just like other African countries with ‘normal’ African standards and poor areas.

Practical stuff

-          You cannot get a visa for Ethiopia at the border so if you want to go over land than you should get it at the embassy in Nairobi.

   

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