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  • Day389

    Mud maniacs

    January 9 in Kenya ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    Another one of these days where plans don't work out as expected. Who the fuck invented plans at all? I have the impression that they actually never work out. Why do we stress ourselves with meaningless plans? Just stop making plans, for Beelzebub's sake.
    Shortly after departure from the dam I meet people in a crappy front-wheel-drive Toyota who got stuck in an impressive mud bath. While I turn my car and pull them out ... there arrives the same model of crappy car from the other side and ... gets stuck as well. Am I stupid? Why do they go here with these shitty cars? Don't they see the mud? What is there to be overseen? Unfortunately the first car's motor died and we could not get it back to life. I am the only one with a recovery rope so I agree to pull them back 10 km out of the forest onto the tarmac road where they can find a mechanic to fix this pile of crap. Oh boy, just don't look into the engine bays of these cars. Everything is improvised. It's a miracle that they manage to run at all.
    After that I drive back into the forest, fly over this mud and continue in direction of the great rift.
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  • Day389

    Gatamaiyo Forest Nature Reserve

    January 9 in Kenya ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    I spend a spontaneous night at the little frequented Theta dam in the middle of the Gatamaiyo Forest Nature Reserve. Beautiful, lonely spot with wonderful ambient noise at night and day. Signs at the reserve's gate state that entering is not allowed but the guards/rangers/soldiers at the gate tell that it is indeed possible to take the road and they even recommend to stay overnight at this dam. Strange place, surrounded by pristine forest but showing this massive human footprint. Also illegal logging is going on as I found many evidence just when entering the forest. While writing this after breakfast I hear at least two big trees falling in the distance. But it turns out that previously this has been partly used as industrial forest. Further up you find Eucalyptus plantations. It is a nature reserve for just around 20 years the locals tell me.Read more

  • Day388

    Southern Aberdare Range

    January 8 in Kenya ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Look on a topo map and you will see super interesting, banded hill formations. Crazy! And I drive on one of these ridges right now. The surroundings are densly populated and completely transformed into agricultural land with a lot of coffee and tee. Still very beautiful.Read more

  • Day3

    The Great Rift Valley

    June 11, 2017 in Kenya ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    The Great Rift Valley is part of an intra-continental ridge system that runs through Kenya from north to south. It is part of the Gregory Rift, the eastern branch of the East African Rift, which starts in Tanzania to the south and continues northward into Ethiopia. It was formed on the "Kenyan Dome" a geographical upwelling created by the interactions of three major tectonics: the Arabian, Nubian, and Somalian plates.Read more

  • Day19

    Journey back to Karen Camp, Nairobi

    December 13, 2019 in Kenya ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    We set off back to Karen Camp, passing several Masai settlements and a whole village that was apparently on the move. The look of the Masai people is very striking in their strongly coloured red, blue or orange checked robes, the men carrying long sticks which, I imagine, would once have been spears. They are often very lean and tall people with long, thin, almost gaunt, faces, often with quite large protruding front teeth which doesn't detract from their handsome and dignified appearance. We returned to the main road and more familiar African towns with their multitude of shop fronts and strange names written in English above the door. I was feeling tired and quite 'travelled out' so sat quietly writing my journal as the five hours of travel slowly passed. After a couple of stops for food and refreshments, we approached Nairobi with Mount Suswa looming impressively ahead of us, cloud shadows skating down its vertiginous, jagged sides and a huge flat plain before it, accentuating its rugged grandeur. We then climbed up a very long incline behind slow lorries up to over 2300 metres with epic views over the rift valley plains far, far below. Street sellers had built fires under small, rickety wooden shacks to roast sweetcorn which they then precariously sold to lorry drivers by jumping up onto their cabs as they drove by. Sadly, we saw the result of the road traffic, 'no rules', chaos in Kenya when a poor woman stepped out in front of a van travelling on the wrong side of the road and was hit full square in the back - the van was not travelling quickly so hopefully the woman wasn't too badly injured but we couldn't stop to find out. We eventually arrived back at Karen camp and I set up my tent. It was nice to meet some of the staff again after my arrival over two weeks ago, which now felt like six months ago with all I'd experienced since then. We will have several fellow travellers leaving at this point of the trip and they will all be missed as it's been a very nice group to travel with. I said my goodbyes to those that are leaving and said hello to one of the six people who are now joining our trip for the next stage.Read more

  • Day36

    The Great Rift Valley

    June 11, 2017 in Kenya ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    We stopped at The Great Rift Valley on our way to the Mara today. The Rift Valley spans from Lebanon to Mozambique and is a geographical trench where the Western part of Africa is rifting away from the Eastern body part.Read more

  • Day64

    Tee Fortbildung

    December 5, 2016 in Kenya ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Der Sonntag startete mit einer Fahrt in die (mit öffentlichen Verkehrsmittel) ca. 1 Stunde von Nairobi entfernten Teeplantagen. Eine sehr freundliche ältere Dame erzählte uns einiges zur Geschichte, sowie der Herstellung von Tee. Es bot sich ein toller Blick auf die ringsherum liegenden sehr hügeligen Teefelder.
    Wenn man rein nach den Zahlen geht, ist Kenia der größte Teeexporteur der Welt. China und Indien produzieren zwar mehr, jedoch bleibt der Großteil im eigenen Land. Da weite Teile des Landes eine Höhe von deutlich über 1500 Metern ü.N. aufweisen sind die wichtigsten Voraussetzungen geschaffen für ein gutes Wachstum der Teepflanzen. Vorort wurde mir erst deutlich, wie schwerwiegend mein Unwissen rund um den Ursprung und der Verarbeitung von schwarzem, grünem oder auch weißem Tee ist. All diese Sorten entspringen nämlich aus ein und der selben Teeplanze. Nur durch die unterschiedliche Verarbeitung entwickeln sie ihre teils sehr unterschiedlichen Charaktereigenschaften. Klassisch durchlaufen die, überwiegend per Hand gepflügten, Teeblätter vier Verarbeitungsschritte: Welken, Rollen, Aussieben, Oxidation und Trocknung - wobei bei grünem Tee die Oxidation möglichst vermieden werden muss.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Kiambu, Kiambu District