After signing at the gate of Magadi Soda Company, we were allowed to proceed on to the town. Apparently photography is not allowed at the company though we drove on to see the lake side which was full of soda, smelly and my sense of anticipation of water birds was cut short. We could not imagine that after such a long drive there was no fish on the lake and so clearly no fish eagles or other such raptors. Such a let down
The road we were following inside the lake was leading to Entasopia, a town beyond your everyday if you are a city dweller. So With much disappointment, we turned back and drove further to the town for a meal at-least. Here we were met with further disappointment. No food! Unless we wait for it to be cooked. You should have seen the look on peoples faces with the sun overhead and hunger pangs. We requested for cold drinks; Mirinda and 7Up specifically we asked around about the town of Magadi and its environs.
Getting to learn of a conservation nearby which had Hot springs and geysers, also about the Shompole lodge which as a further one and a half hour drive further the psyche for adventure was once again rekindled. On an beyond the town of Magadi it was to be. The hot springs somehow would
provide relief for the body and the hunger as well, somehow. We paid at the conservation gate, got directions a followed Shompole road through the reserve.
On drive, we [passed the Lake Magadi Airstrip, a golf course and onto a section of the lake that was dried which was now an access road. We had been giving direction for a lower road and the upper road one of which is only accessible during the dry season. The wet soda was splashing on the car and the skidding was on the extreme. Very enjoyable for a driver especially with no obstacles around
Atleast on this section of the lake, there were some water birds. Mallards, Egyptian geese,Spoonbills, black and White stilts, and most of all flamingos. However few the were, we were grateful. At this time, the flamingos usually migrate to Lake Natron for breeding before the get back to the rift valley lakes of Nakuru, Elementaita and Naivasha after Lake Magadi. And slowly we drove on to the hot springs
For sure there were hot springs! After some persuation, we removed our shoes and got in. So even had small fish that were not getting cooked. Amazing! A visit to this other section of the road made it all worthwhile. The villages were very receptive, giving us information about the area, the main ideal uses of the hot springs, location for birds and touring visitors, a proper guide to Shompole lodge. Very fascinating and helpful Kenyans. It is no wonder the Maasai are amongst the well known communities in Kenya, their kindness goes a long way
As we were talking with the men, the ladies set up a small market by displaying there wares for us to see, select what we like and buy. Very intriguing indeed as we got out of the springs and there it was with each woman seated and infront of her was her goods. Of course we paid a visit, bought bangles and earrings for the ladies promoting their businesses with a hope of improving their economical standards and most of all changing lives. There after we were off for a drive back to the city in the sun
Being sundown at that time, we braced for bumpy ride and increased out speeds to try and get back most of all safely. The night seemed to approach fast than the day was letting in on. The distance also seemed longer and since there are no lights of the road, it was a bit scary of a
drive. Being out there in the bush, the road certainly was not relaxing. But on and on we drove and with each hill and corner passed, we were getting closer and closer home.
Then suddenly we could all hear a noise as we drove and chose to slow down and listen carefully. It seemed to like come from the engine. On stopping, we realized that the car was about to overheat. All the heat of the day, the drive down to the town and the skids at the lake, we had not rechecked out water.
The indicator was on red in the middle of nowhere and we just had to stop. Calmly were opened the radiator, let the car cool down letting off the excess steam and then later filling it with the water that we had carried from home that morning. Always carry water no matter the situation. Water is life.
She cooled down after a while we were back on the road after thanking God for safety, security and a working engine.The sight of Olepolos has never brought on such a rush. It was the only bright light that we could clearly identify to tell us exactly where we were. Closer and closer we go back through Kona baridi, Kiserian and Ongata Rongai
Our first stop back was Galleria shopping mall in Karen for something to eat as we were all very hungry. Mambo Italia pizza was served well with cold drinks as we were recapping the day long activities. Nine o’clock we were all home safe, showered, relaxed and i with a cup of tea. The camera by my side ready to experience the day again via the digital eye view. The story told by each image again was truly memorable #Kasunie