This morning I am hopping into an over-lander truck on my pre-booked Intrepid Travels Tour with 21 other people to travel across the Kenyan country-side and down into the Rift Valley; this runs from runs from Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley in Asia to Mozambique in South Eastern Africa. We are heading to a town called Kisii for the night where we are staying in the Church of St Vincent Diocese Mission. Is this really camping……LOL!
Heading across the Kenyan country side opened my eyes very quickly, I was again shocked at the standard of living. I understood it quite clearly prior to coming here, but this was a truth that is difficult to swallow. Despite the colours being stunning and the people being truly beautiful this is an incredibly poor country.
We stopped for lunch a Davila Children’s home where the looming clouds finally gave in and took the edge off the hot day by wetting us just enough to make you feel great. It is an all hands on deck event. Chopping, slicing, spreading and peeling what ever needed to be ready for us to eat. It was a great way to get initiated into the ways of life that lay ahead for us over the next seven days.
Our tour leader Julius was very informative about the area’s and the tribal boundaries we were travelling across. The Masai people’s cows are ultimately the most important thing to them. It is their cash crop. Each region has a specific cash crop. The Kalenjini people live adjacent to the Masai and the region is known for it tea. Apparently all Kenyan tea comes from this region. The region’s are know by the tribal names. There is no real city or town name as such. The Kisii tribe is also know for its tea.
Eucalyptus trees lined the road as we travelled on past tea plantations to our destination for the evening.