To Lake Turkana
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999 Days Around Africa: The Road Chose Me
Over the last week or two I have done a lot of research on the crossing from Kenya into Ethiopia. The main highway at Moyale has not been the safest or most stable place in recent weeks, and when I meet an overlanding couple who were caught in a full gunfight there a few days prior, I know it’s not the route for me.
Also, I have learned about a much more interesting one!
Lake Turkana is the world’s largest year-round lake in a desert area, and I have been told the routes that follow the East or West shore at simply stunning and some of the most remote places in East Africa.
The Western shore is said to be more remote and sandy, while the Eastern shore is said to be slightly more travelled, but much, much more beautiful. On the east also lies a National Park that sounds great, and so I make up my mind to cross there.
This part of Kenya is so remote there isn’t any kind of immigration or customs at the physical border, so before leaving Nairobi I must get myself and the Jeep stamped out of the country. It feels strange to be legally stamped out while still in the country, but that’s the way it’s done!
I again venture past Mount Kenya, and again low cloud completely obscures the mountain from view. Pushing North I fill up to the the brim at the last station on the highway, before venturing away, aiming to get extremely remote.
Over a couple of days I make my way first West and then North towards the lake, continually trying to stay off the new gravel road that was built to access the huge wind generating plant I have been told is on the lake shore.
I find a fantastic wild camp where I’m visited by some local nomad guys and give a ride to a few friendly locals who appreciate the help. Each day massive storm clouds brew on the horizon, though they never amount to all that much, at least not where I am.
It feels great to be out in the wild again after too long in the city.
I can’t wait to see just how remote this gets!