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Imp on the Equator

April 10, 2013

Imp on the Equator

Today we packed up our little African Imp again and bade farewell to the good friends we made at Jungle Junction and headed off to northern Kenya to tackle the most horrific road in Africa, the Marsabit Moyale road. In the dry season it is barely passable by all but top of the range 4×4 vehicles. Well now we are in the slithersome and flashflood wet season and are about to head over to Moyale in our tiny Imp. As my astute nephew Chris correctly pointed out a good off-roader is not one who does not get stuck but one who can successfully extricate himself from the jam when it occurs.
Geoff and I were super thrilled to be on the road again, and our little chariot seemed to smile along with us also as it whistled along the nice Kenyan roads with the crazy drivers.
Darkness fell as we arrived in the busy town of Nanayuki but luckily there was still enough light for us to have some nice pictures at the ‘you are now crossing the Equator’ board.
Tonight we are staying in a most stunning golf club in a quaint reed roofed hut called a Banda. Well hot showers, clean bedding, mozzie nets and absolute silence apart from the rain happy frogs in their loud cacophony outside to entertain us is a delightful change from what we have had to put up with earlier on our journey.
Tomorrow we head out at 04h30 to get some kilos under our belt before first light and then some of the dirt road will be tackled tomorrow midday to the afternoon.
On an unpleasant note, we had the worst possible service one could imagine from a large department store in Nairobberi, it is the Naukomat store at a centre called THE JUNCTION near Lavington. In fact they are nothing short of rip off artists and best avoided by anyone except the desperate.

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5 comments

  1. We think you guys are awesome having learned about you in Arnold’s in Cape Town tonight.
    1. My flatmate had an Imp and as a biker I thought the engine was neat but he did seem to take it out and fix it a lot!
    2. Your journey is epic and the roads atrocious.
    3. The Imp is a tough little car.
    Good luck and God bless you in your adventure.
    George & Tina Grimble


    • thanks a lot for the support. and unbelievably we while being stranded in the flood plain north Kenya we met up with one of Arnolds customers; how about that for a tiny planet!!!


  2. Hi, We are considering moving North, but need to have more detail on roads and cost of visas etc., as am on a pension, need to look at all the cheap campsites, near main roads. All advice will be gratefully received.
    ta, Etienne


    • hi Ettienne, when do you leave, would love to help but when we have a bit more time and connectivity!


  3. Cheers for the good advice.Staying well clear of the Naukomat store near Lavington.



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