Samburu Game Reserve Transportation

  • road from Marsabit to Isiolo
    road from Marsabit to Isiolo
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    Local transport

    by sachara Updated Oct 18, 2004

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    On the road from Marsabit to Samburu National Reserve we hardly see any local transport. There must be some buses on this route. In one of the few small villages along the track we saw this open truck.

    In many countries in Africa people travel at the top of open trucks. In Nigeria and Chad we saw very heavily loaded trucks with dozens of passengers, sometimes hanging above the transported cows.

    In the 80s in Ghana I have travelled sometimes myself this way in open trucks.

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    Changing truckdrivers

    by sachara Updated Oct 18, 2004

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    truckdriver from Nairobi

    In the north of Kenya we travelled again with our own truck, hired in Arusha this time, after we had to leave our first truck in N'Djamena in Chad. Because of the problems in Darfur in Sudan, we couldn't travel overland ans had to fly from Chad to Ethiopia.

    In the south of Ethiopia this truck from Tamzania came to pick us up and to bring us to Dar es Salam at the end of our trip. The Tanzanian driver of the truck from Arusha couldn't enter Ethiopia without visa. So a Kenyan driver from Nairobi, who didn't need a visa, was needed to cross the Ethiopian border to pick us up in Turmi in South Ethiopia with the Tanzanian truck.

    In Samburu National Reserve we had to say goodbye to this nice guy, because we should made a detour to the west and at this point he travelled straight to Nairobi, only 250 KM from here.

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    Soldier for safety reasons

    by sachara Updated Oct 18, 2004

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    From Moyale at the Ethiopian border to Marsabit and from Marsabit to the Samburu National Reserve all the vehicles mostly travel in convoy to minimise the danger of attacks. Travelling in convoy means you have to leave very early or wait for hours.

    In Marsabit we decided to hire our own safety guard. We had to pay him 1000 shilling for food, drinks and transport back. The other costs for the soldier were paid by the state.

    The soldier was sitting with us in the back of the open truck. Most of the time he was relaxed and chatted with us. At only one peculiar part of the route he was very alert.

    It was about 4 pm. He loaded his gun and and aimed its barrel somewheree at the bushes at the rightside of the truck. ''Don't worry'' he said ''I have allready shot before you even noticed that somebody is around to attack us''.

    After about 20 minutes we passed and survived the most dangerous part of the track. At this part of the route the soldier told us, the Samburu warriors mostly attack the vehicles.

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    Road from Marsabit to Samburu Game Reserve

    by sachara Updated Oct 18, 2004

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    road from Marsabit to Isiolo

    We didn't reach the Samburu National Reserve at the easy way from Nairobi from the south along mainly tarred roads. We came from the north from Marsabit and the Ethiopian border.

    From Marsabit it was a long and rough ride of about 10 hours, though it was only 260 KMs. En route it was extremely hot and dusty. Most of the time the area was rather flat and we hardly saw any traffic. Only a few hours before we reached Archers Post, we saw scenic rocks and mountains at the background.

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