What could Part 2 possibly mean? It means there was a Part 1. Starting off beneath the Ndoto Mountains in Samburu County and through to the back shores of Lake Turkana in the shadow of Mount Kulal, the trip back home takes us east through Marsabit County. This is just a quick run-down of the journey home but there’s still loads to see…
Last look at the lake as we head North-West to Kalacha.
You can’t exactly ‘pull over to the side’ on this road.
Oasis at Kalacha Dida. Lots of goats around means lots of guns around, but nothing to fear EXCEPT if you take photos without permission. Guys get testy.
Hundreds of goats and not a BBQ in sight. Shame.
AIC Kalacha guesthouse & campsite.
‘Jomo Kenyatta detention-chic’ accommodation but after bouncing around for hours on end it might as well be a palace. Slept so well.
Kalacha Spring, pretty boring as an attraction though Marsabit county is building a new hotel here (with a pool thank goodness).
(Top) Kalacha Catholic Church, (Bottom) Church accommodation
One of the most beautiful churches I’ve been in, at least there’s a comic book on the wall if you get bored.
Interior of church with vivid Ethiopian Orthodox murals.
Fuel ‘station’ in Kalacha, also the only place with cold sodas.
You can get lost in the stars in Northern Kenya.
Leaving Maikona after passing the first part of the Chalbi Desert.
Fun in the sun.
No one here drives on the main road, much smoother to drive on the sides.
On the far Eastern edge of the Chalbi Desert. Sand, sand and more sand before rock, rock and more rock on approach to Marsabit.
Horrified by this sea of plastic trash as you enter Marsabit Town. What a shame, strangely the town itself is quite clean.
Marsabit base at Chico Hotel. Nice family run hotel a few minutes out of town in a quiet neighborhood. Breakfast good, for lunch look elsewhere.
Marsabit National Park
A tour of Marsabit National Park to wind up the trip. There are elephants somewhere in this pic looking like rocks because I cant afford a zoom lens.
Brian makes a new friend at Marsabit Lodge.
Good to see locals coming out to enjoy the park.
Coup de grace of the trip. Do you know how lucky you have to be to see a leopard in a forested park? It’s a once in a lifetime event and we were lucky enough to witness it!
I might have done some damage to the The Kenyan Camper brand as I couldn’t stop squealing with delight. What a great highlight to end this insane trip.
Loiyangalani – Gas – North Horr – Kalacha – 150km, 5hrs. From Loiyangalani to Gas road is extremely rocky and in bad condition. Track evens out slightly after. 4WD only.
Kalacha – Maikona – Marsabit – 136km, 4hrs. Sandy tracks for approx 70km from Kalacha, almost impassable if wet. After that very rocky road all the way to Marsabit. 4WD only.
Accommodation & Contacts
AIC Kalacha: Camping Ksh500pp, Room Ksh1000 Sako +254-715-253251
Catholic Church Kalacha: Ksh 1000pp Angela +254725878212
Chico Hotel: Ksh 2000pp +254692102846 http://www.chichohotel.com
Marsabit National Park: I wrote about camping here a few years ago.
Fuel in drums available in Kalacha however availability is not guaranteed. In case of car emergency there is a decent garage at the AIC Church compound.
I cannot stress how remote these areas are with very intermittent cell reception, help is a long way off. Download the offline map Maps.me to your phone. It can literally be a life saver showing you the nearest settlements, fuel ‘stations’, hospitals etc. Plus its great for navigation and finding places of interest!
An example of the mapping I did during the trip.
Items including (but not limited to) 2 spare tyres, fuses, engine oil, basic tools, towrope, compressor, first-aid kit, lots of water should be considered and can make the difference between a great trip and an unpleasant experience. DO NOT assume you will find any supplies along the way, imagine the worst and plan for it.
If you would like to read the long-form article I wrote for Nomad Magazine about this trip you can find the link here. And as always if you have any questions ask away in the comments, I always answer.
On to the next one!