Wednesday, 14 August 2013
DAY ELEVEN ~ Take a shower - Rain stops play!
After breakfast, we said our goodbyes to everyone and left the Bandas, taking a brief detour along Kuldip's Ponds one last time, where we found a large herd of Buffalo. We then headed for the gate at Mtito Andei and on to Nairobi.
When we reached the Backpackers on Milimani Road, something was wrong. The gate now said “Manyatta Backpackers” and inside, most of the place had been demolished. The girl at reception said that Milimani Backpackers had moved and then closed down but we knew this wasn't true, so we phoned and found that Milimani Backpackers has moved recently due to increased security problems in the old location. The girls at Milimani arranged for a taxi to meet us and guide us to their new location.
We had a shower and tried to get the Safaricom modem dongle to work but it still can't find a signal, then we went for a walk to get our bearings. We had just reached Uhuru Highway when one of Nairobi's infamous thunderstorms started. If you imagine the heaviest rain you have ever seen in Europe and then multiply that by twenty; throw in some hailstones the size of peas and raucous thunder and you get the picture. By the time we got back to the Backpackers, we were drenched from head to foot. We dried off and put on another change of clothes, then waited a few hours for the rain to subside so that we could go across to the main building for something to eat.
Fortunately the new and improved Milimani Backpackers has free wifi, so we have been able to catch up with the blog. With the heavy rain continuing, we checked the weather for the Masai Mara and the rest of the Rift Valley and it is forecast for heavy rain for most of the next week. With the disaster we had on our way to the Mara last year in mind, we have had to re-think our plans for camping in the Mara and the Rift Valley Lakes. We will probably spend another day in the Backpackers tomorrow to re-adjust our plans.