20.11.2011 - 06.02.2012
So originally I had intended to start this blog way back when I started my trip but having to carry everything I needed for almost 3 months of camping in the African Bush meant something had to get left behind. Sadly one of those items was a laptop. Probably for the best given the amount of mud and rain we experienced on the early stages of the trip. I doubt many laptops would of survived it! As it is these entries will be post dated from memory, not that it matters of course but just to keep things clear.
Its Early November and I'm ready to depart, I have my sleeping bag and my air mattress ready to go, Ive packed 5 T shirts, 5 pairs of boxers 3 pairs of socks (not like I need to change them every day right) 2 pairs of shorts and a pair of jeans. 1 Rain jacket just in case.
On November 20 I leave the uk to start my epic over land adventure with Oasis overland, Im shocked to arrive in Nairobi in the middle of what looks like a battle between the land and the ocean. Its not just raining you understand, the water is actually attempting to claim the earth and judging by the over flowing rivers and whirlpools I can only assume are supposed to be drains, its on the verge of winning. This explains why the landing was one of the worst I've experienced with plane bouncing and wheeling all over the runway. Nairobi airport is of course a maelstrom of madness, immigration is clearly over working over time in effort to deal with this influx of foreigners. To my surprise the official at the airport doesn't even look up when my turn comes. More interested in reading and replying to his text message, he summarily stamps my passport, issues my visa and grunts for me to move along without so much as raising a glance in my direction. Perhaps this explains the delay in dealing with arrivals? All airport officials are far too busy with there private lives!
Un surprisingly I get utterly soaked making my way to a taxi in car park, were talking to the skin, wet like you had swam in the ocean. Welcome to Africa, who's stupid idea was it to visit during the rainy season? As we make our way to my guest house for the evening and my departure point for the truck we pass over flowing gutters, trees over turned and abounded cars in ditches. Perhaps this really is the end of the world? bloody hope not I've only just managed to get away!
On arrival at Karen Camp in Nairobi I quickly change into dry clothes, no point showering to warm up since the water is cold anyway. The room is basic and in truth a little bit grotty but its as I expected it to be. Toilet with a seat so there is a bonus for you! Ive had some contact through Facebook and email with some of my fellow travellers but I don't actually know what any of them look like, so I head to the bar to mingle and hopefully meet and greet a few of them. Everyone in the bar is friendly but no one seems to have heard of Oasis overland. Hmm where is everyone I wonder? A few beers and a couple of games of pool later and I've not seen any new arrivals I'm dead tired so I head to my room to sleep. Ill worry about meeting people in the morning!