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    Default Recent trip Amboseli; notes on Tarakea border

    Came in from Nairobi via the Nairobi/Mombassa road, turning south at Emali on to the C102 and in at the Kimana gate. Nairobi/Mombassa road is as usual busy and requires one to pay attention. An early start after daylight is always advisable - less traffic and plenty of time for contingencies. Driving these roads at night is not wise IMO and to be avoided if at all possible. C102 is a breeze until the turn off at Kimana. Last 20km in to the park at the Kimana gate is on washed out muddy dirt road. There's been a LOT of rain recently and it shows - thumb nails attached. A properly equipped 4x4 and a bit of patience got us through no problem. And you can be patient despite the charging safari vehicles racing their guests in and out of the park since there is plenty of game and other sights to behold on this last 20km stretch - much of the game has in fact sought refuge from the flooding in higher lying ground. At the time the KWS and other camps were flooded so we had to make do. Point is not so much what might be happening overhead but the heavy rain 20km up Kilimanjaro which flash floods into the area. A few roads in the park were impassable, but on the whole we had a great time with Kili come out of the clouds from time to time to greet us briefly. Park fee is valid for 24 hours and 2 entries (but the 24 hour rule prevails). So you can drive down to the park in the morning, do your afternoon drive, sleep at one of the places near the gate and do a morning drive next day on the same permit as long as you are out within the 24 hours. And if you are not its not the end of the world but will cost you another 24 hour permit on exit. And worry not - plenty of action is close to the gate too. Pics going up in Insta @gregcrookes Short Stories from Africa.

    We are headed south, pole pole, and chose to exit Kenya at the Tarakea border. It is a relatively quiet and convenient border if you are in this area with a fewer fixers and touts lurking and those that we did encounter seemed less aggressive than usual and easily waved off. Good alternative to the busy Namanga. A smile, sense of humour, patience and you will be on your way again relatively quickly. Slight pain is that the Tanzanian road tax cannot be paid at the border but at a bank in the closest town so that requires a bit of extra time and admin (and fighting off the pushy black market money changers) but again a bit of patience and determination will get you there.

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    Asante sana, Golf Charlie.

    Wow! What a lot of rain and water lying around. Never seen Amboseli so wet in many, many years. Rain is a blessing.

    Safari njema.
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    Hi Golf Charlie,

    Good to hear from you. You made it to Amboseli!

    Asante sana. Safari njema!

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    Thanks.
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    Thanks for the update, Golf Charlie.
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    Hi Golf Charlie
    Thanks for your usefull information.
    We are headed south, pole pole, and chose to exit Kenya at the Tarakea border. It is a relatively quiet and convenient border if you are in this area with a fewer fixers and touts lurking and those that we did encounter seemed less aggressive than usual and easily waved off. Good alternative to the busy Namanga. A smile, sense of humour, patience and you will be on your way again relatively quickly. Slight pain is that the Tanzanian road tax cannot be paid at the border but at a bank in the closest town so that requires a bit of extra time and admin (and fighting off the pushy black market money changers) but again a bit of patience and determination will get you there.


    We will drive to Amboeseli and Kimana in a few days coming with our foregin regsitered from Tansania through Tarakea border. Perhaps you can give us some information about the never ending story of kenyan road tax. How do the Road authority manage it there now? Last year at this border we got the permit only for 14 days, and they told us that for extension we had to go to Nairobi or Mombasa.

    At the beginning of January friends of us at the Holili border no longer got this permit. And after three hours of discussion they got a permit for commercial and public transportation for 21 U$ valid for a month
    Thanks Kristina

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristina View Post
    Hi Golf Charlie
    Thanks for your usefull information.
    We are headed south, pole pole, and chose to exit Kenya at the Tarakea border. It is a relatively quiet and convenient border if you are in this area with a fewer fixers and touts lurking and those that we did encounter seemed less aggressive than usual and easily waved off. Good alternative to the busy Namanga. A smile, sense of humour, patience and you will be on your way again relatively quickly. Slight pain is that the Tanzanian road tax cannot be paid at the border but at a bank in the closest town so that requires a bit of extra time and admin (and fighting off the pushy black market money changers) but again a bit of patience and determination will get you there.


    We will drive to Amboeseli and Kimana in a few days coming with our foregin regsitered from Tansania through Tarakea border. Perhaps you can give us some information about the never ending story of kenyan road tax. How do the Road authority manage it there now? Last year at this border we got the permit only for 14 days, and they told us that for extension we had to go to Nairobi or Mombasa.

    At the beginning of January friends of us at the Holili border no longer got this permit. And after three hours of discussion they got a permit for commercial and public transportation for 21 U$ valid for a month
    Thanks Kristina
    Hello Kristina

    You contacted me a few months ago, via private message, about a route from Tarakea/Oloitokitok and onwards to Samburu avoiding Nairobi and I gave you some advice.

    It would be very helpful if you would update the forum with a short trip report/notes. It would be good to know about your travels.

    Safari njema!

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    Hi Wawili
    Thanks for your mail and your advise you sent me few weeks ago. We are still in Germany and we will fly to Arusha (where our car is stored) on january 19. From there we will drive to Kenya crossing the Taraka border (therefore my question to golf charlie about the kenian road tax for temporary imported foreign cars with carnet). We still plan to reach the Samburu region, but this depends also on the weather conditions there. We read there was heavy rain in the region. (Samburu entrance gate under water like Amboseli ). And til now we got only few information about the current situation........we already shoveled mountains of mud in the Serengeti region last year

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristina View Post
    Hi Wawili
    Thanks for your mail and your advise you sent me few weeks ago. We are still in Germany and we will fly to Arusha (where our car is stored) on january 19. From there we will drive to Kenya crossing the Taraka border (therefore my question to golf charlie about the kenian road tax for temporary imported foreign cars with carnet). We still plan to reach the Samburu region, but this depends also on the weather conditions there. We read there was heavy rain in the region. (Samburu entrance gate under water like Amboseli ). And til now we got only few information about the current situation........we already shoveled mountains of mud in the Serengeti region last year
    Hi Kristina,

    we were in Samburu over New Year and there was no problem to reach Archers gate. The river was still flowing nicely and at the public campsites you could see that high water had eroded the river banks and some trees had fallen. Driving in the park was no problem, I think the ground is sand rather than cotton soil.

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    Thanks a lot Anne !!!!

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    Default Re: Recent trip Amboseli; notes on Tarakea border

    Quote Originally Posted by kristina View Post
    Hi Wawili
    Thanks for your mail and your advise you sent me few weeks ago. We are still in Germany and we will fly to Arusha (where our car is stored) on january 19. From there we will drive to Kenya crossing the Taraka border (therefore my question to golf charlie about the kenian road tax for temporary imported foreign cars with carnet). We still plan to reach the Samburu region, but this depends also on the weather conditions there. We read there was heavy rain in the region. (Samburu entrance gate under water like Amboseli ). And til now we got only few information about the current situation........we already shoveled mountains of mud in the Serengeti region last year
    Surprising, but nevertheless the Norwegian yr.no is pretty good at forecasting in the equatorial regions. Please see this https://www.yr.no/place/Kenya/Isiolo...Post/long.html

    The Indian Ocean “El Nino” that had been hitting East Africa with ferocity seems to have abated.

    As Anne said, Samburu is sand not black cotton. It is classified as semi-desert.

    So glad to hear that Anne was in Samburu over New Year as planned. Looking forward to her usual high standard of trip report.

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