My trip to Masai Mara is going right according to schedule, at least according to African time. We were supposed to leave no later than 11:00 am, so we started out on time around noon. The trip normally takes about 6 hours, but about two hours in after hitting no less than 500 potholes , we heard a very unsettling noise coming from one of the tires. After a 30 minute pit stop at a mechanic, we realized that some part was partially broken. Joshua decided to press on, albeit at a slower pace.
A couple of hours later we stopped in a small town to get something to drink. When we got back in the car, it wouldn’t start. Apparently some combination of the potholes and the first mechanic’s “help” caused the battery connection to break. After another 30 minute pit stop with another set of mechanics, we were back on the road. At 8:30 pm, we decided to call it a night and checked into a small hotel relatively close to my host’s home. In theory, we’ll try again tomorrow morning and should get there by 8:30 am, so I fully expect to roll in no later than 11:00.
On the plus side, the hotel room has it’s own bathroom with toilet and shower, a television, and 3 electrical outlets, so I’m living in luxury right now. All this for a whopping 1,000 shillings, or $13 USD, including breakfast. Not bad.
As it turns out, there’s a small possibility that I’ll have internet access while I’m in the Masai Mara. If so, I’ll try to post at least a few pictures every day. If not, I’ll post a bunch when I return to Nairobi.