One Long and Very Hot Journey Through The Valley to Lake Magadi
For the day’s day trip, we headed south to Lake Magadi.
I want to say it’s not far from Nairobi, but because of the very narrow and quite bumpy road there, it took us, what felt like, the entire day. It’s not the couple of hours only, the heat is oppressive! And since we were riding with the windows down — a/c isn’t commonly used, and we didn’t use it — there was a constant blast of warm air bringing lots of dust in the already sauna-like temperatures inside the car.
Looking at the landscape we were driving through, well, there’s not much out there. The land is rocky, barren, and just plain hot. Beautiful, but hot. I can’t reiterate enough how hot it was.
We made one stop on the way, an area where the Maasai were selling trinkets, and a view of the valley below that is impossible to capture in a photo.
Though you don’t see many, there are people who live out in this extreme landscape. You’d see them from time to, a lot of Maasai in their traditional dress, some looking for a ride. Unfortunately, we were a packed car, with the kids in the boot [That’s the trunk in American English].
There’s really not much else to say about the journey to Lake Magadi. The landscape really is beautiful. You drive through a few small villages, see some homes and homesteads off the road, and enough hills to make you wonder how many people reside out there.
There are tanker trucks delivering drinking water to the water towers you pass every so often. Getting by them, though, is the challenge for visitors.
And with massive power towers stringing electrical wiring through the valley, perhaps there’s some more development coming. I can see how, for anyone who can handle the heat, this would be a picturesque place to build a getaway home or a resort attracting intrepid adventurists.
They’d just better install some central air. The heat is simply overwhelming for those of us used to climate control.