Sep 18 12

Nairobi audit


Nairobi again and some admin

getting staffie clear of the French drain recently


Returning from Mombassa to Nairobi, it was time to get some admin sorted. 


We had done 39 931 kilometres in 9 months.  Our max speed was 141 km/h (must have been down a mine shaft) with an average speed of 32,9km/h.  Our tyres were looking worn, although, were I back home, I’d probably push them for another 10 000 kilometres or so.  We were headed through northern Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan, and my second opinion (top notch mechanic – Simon Sharpe – look him up if you’re in the area) advised I go with a new set.  This was especially as I did not have a second spare.  BF Goodrich’s go for about 30% more (ouch) than in South Africa.  This is supposedly because they attract an import duty which also protects their local tyre manufacturing industry.  Our second battery in the vehicle needed to be replaced – disappointing only 10 months old.  We also put new brake pads, front and back, new transmission fluid – level 4, R1850 just for fluid.  Vehicle maintenance in Kenya is not cheap. 


The trailer was left behind.  This was a tough decision however, plans had changed.  We could not afford the carnet (200% of the value of the vehicle) for use in Egypt.  This meant that we would complete the road trip by driving up to the Egypt border, then flying into Cairo and completing the road trip via hired vehicle.  There also is not a camping culture as one heads through Ethiopia and Sudan and therefore little use in towing the trailer on poor roads.  Rhinos & staying true to the cause

We stayed in Karen, Nairobi, as Simon had been recommended, Kenya Wildlife Services were also in the area.  Traffic in our African Capitals’ need to be considered seriously, 5 kilometres can take 2 hours !!

Kenya state own their rhino’s.  This is unlike South Africa, but like SA, has pros and cons.  They also have a rhino steering committee, which is headed up by a motivated team.  They have been trained on the Rhodis DNA system and are just starting to use it in Kenya.  This system is critical for genetics as well as prosecution of poachers.  The Rhodis DNA system defines the area and population where the horn is taken from .  I also met with the assistant director of KWS, and they are keenly assessing the Rhino Rescue Project treatment for their rhino’s.

We left for Northern Kenya with Staffie smiling, she was in good shape, lighter and having taken a big bite out of the maintenance budget.

live chicken transport

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