After a few hours on the road, we passed by the Elephant migration corridor. This corridor as our guide told us is where elephants migrate from Lewa Conservancy towards Meru to give birth, and eventually die.
Elephants, as you may know, remember places where the herd has found food and water in the past. Researchers believe elephants’ good memories are a big part of how they survive and why so many live for so long (50 to 60 years or more on average).
As we proceeded with the drive, we were informed that the Ministry of Tourism, through the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) had chosen Buffalo Springs National Reserve as one of the film locations of Lion King among others.
We then had a stopover in Isiolo town for lunch and I couldn’t help but notice the town has good hotels and lodges.
Most residents of this town are Muslims but there are Christians too. Jamia Mosque and the Catholic Church’s bell towers are the landmarks of Isiolo.
We got to Marsabit as the sun was setting and headed to Jirime Hotel and Resort where we put up for the night.
As we departed from Jirime early in the morning, we got to learn that the hotel was named by the Borana after a common tree in the area.
We are now enroute to Loiyangalani and I can’t help but thank my gods that we have an off-road car because the roads are rough.
INTO THE DESERT: CHALBI DESERT
For those fond of mother nature in her diversity, Chalbi Desert, located in Marsabit County is a real gem.
Located East of the famous Lake Turkana and spreading to the Ethiopian border, the magical desert is one of the hottest and most arid places in Kenya and covers an area of about 100,000-square kilometres.
The desert is believed to have been a lake that dried up a thousand years ago, therefore, the name Chalbi, which means ‘bare and salty’ in the Gabbra dialect.
Chalbi desert is a perfect place for motorsports, camel derbies and caravans, safaris, filming and nature-treks, among other adventures.
El Molo Bay is home to Kenya’s smallest tribe. The El Molo, whose numbers have dwindled through intermarriage, linguistic and cultural practices, have been absorbed into the Turkana and Samburu communities. They are one of the last true hunter-gatherer communities, and the location is also a good place to spot crocodiles and birdlife.
One of the rooms in Malabo Resort
The dry lake b around Mount Kilimanjaro, just over the border between Kenya and Tanzania, were used to create the look of the area where Simba collapses after his desert crossing in the Lion King.
As we move towards Maralal town at this point, I can’t help but notice the hundr of kilometers that we have covered so far.
The Maralal Camel Derby is an annual event, held midyear just outside Maralal town. This is Kenya’s best known and most prestigious camel race that attracts both local and international competitors.
The event is a major attraction for spectators as well as racers, and the competition is fierce.
This is an event which attracts tourists from not only Kenya but also abroad. The experience is breathtaking.
The Camel derby attracted tourists from Nairobi County.
If you are visiting Kenya during the race period, don’t miss Maralal.
After the Camel Derby, we headed to Nyahururu which is very cold, thus making the wearing of warm clothing a necessity.
Giraffe Ark Game Lodge was our final destination during this trip and it was the icing on the cake. If you are ever around this area, this is the place to stopover.
The lodge is a serene sanctuary that graces the plains of Kieni in Nyeri County and is strategically placed between the majestic Aberdare.