Our wonderful host Geoff did not hesitate to wake all team members up at sunrise without any mercy for those who insisted to have those absolutely bloody last final drinks only a few hours earlier.

Another nice breakfast ensured that all team members voted this to have been our best stay over so far maybe with the exclusion of Situ island. We bid our host Geoff farewell as he would today drive to Mombassa for his connecting flight back home to East London.

The teams got going and filled their cars up in Malindin before hitting another gravel road taking them through the Tsova game reserve. We saw deserted game lodges at the crocodile camp and were told that during the Months of June and July the lodges are closed.

We saw many an elephant, Zebras , Giraffes and the huge variety of antelopes in this huge flat land which is crossed by a nice flowing river whose name we could not establish.

We hit tar road again a short distance after leaving the park and had to head south again for some 30 km where we would branch off to the west to reach the Kilimanjaro.

Unfortunately we thought that this would be another tar road as it was shown as such on our map. In deep contrast to this expectation we had to drive on a badly corrugated gravel road which made it impossible for us to reach the Kilimanjaro Guest house with its camping facilities.

Driving through a small village just before sunset we saw a police station on the side of the road and stopped there to enquire whether they would be interested to turn their small garden into a makeshift international camping site. The station commander was very accommodating and offered to show us an even better place to rest. We drove behind him to the end of this small village where we were introduced to father Ambrose who heads the local catholic mission. There we were offered a building under construction to become a small school. We quickly set up camp , started a fire and opened our own private pub in these well blessed grounds on the slope of mount Kilimanjaro.

Charles of team 2 wheelers attaches his bike with this well-engineered bracket to their support vehicle in order to give the bottom end of his back some well needed rest…..

Charles of team 2 wheelers attaches his bike with this well-engineered bracket to their support vehicle in order to give the bottom end of his back some well needed rest…..

 

Mark from team Lipstick invented a new dust protector for his hair after having made absolutely sure that he will not suffer from dehydration for the next few days…..

Mark from team Lipstick invented a new dust protector for his hair after having made absolutely sure that he will not suffer from dehydration for the next few days…..

 

Andre from team Lipstick handing out pencil and rulers whilst trying to find out any similarities between Xhosa and Swahili and found that money please seems to be the common denominator in most languages spoken along Africa’s dusty roadsides…….

Andre from team Lipstick handing out pencil and rulers whilst trying to find out any similarities between Xhosa and Swahili and found that money please seems to be the common denominator in most languages spoken along Africa’s dusty roadsides…….

 

Team members with father Ambrose at the St Joseph catholic mission on the slopes of Kilimanjaro.

 

With plenty wildlife such as this herd of elephants enjoying their own natural pool…..

 

Willy made sure to be suitably protected againstany possible attacks by these man eating lions…….

3 thoughts on “Day 18 – Watamu to Kilimanjaro – 403 km

  • June 23, 2011 at 2:25 pm
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    Mark -Great following your exploits on the Blog. Maybe if you took up my offer of a GWM you wouldn’t of had the wheel bearing problems. Trust you have been sampling all the local brews, and that you have an ample supply of Milk Thistle.

    Owen

  • June 23, 2011 at 9:04 pm
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    … i wish i be there… bigbrother i’m a little bit jealous, but i feelhappy with you..

  • June 26, 2011 at 9:52 pm
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    This is absolutely amazing. Thank you for this incredible blog and pictures. I´m bit jealous too 🙂 Stay save all together

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