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Discussion in 'Africa & Mid East' started by zulusafari, Jan 5, 2011.

  1. ndorobo

    ndorobo Adventurer

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    No hassle at all - bikes are allowed on the mountain I think they cost 150 shillings a day.
    You need make sure it hasn't rained for at least 3 days otherwise it is a brutal ride.the road is newly graded for the first 15 ks of forest then the last bit through the bamboo is deeply rutted.
    Tight lines!! Ps tropic air put the fish in the lake with help from a few others just under 2 years ago - they were 1 inch fingerlings now all knocking on three pounds
  2. RedBallRun

    RedBallRun Been here awhile

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    Hi guys,
    Can anyone give me a pointer? What is the minimum age to ride a motorcycle on the road in Kenya? The Traffic Act seems to say 16. Is that for any capacity? All the best
    John
  3. zulusafari

    zulusafari E African ADVRDR

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    Are you a member of African Motorcyle Diaries Facebook page? It is mainly Kenyan riders.

    A Kenyan friend just confirmed it is 18, same as cars.
  4. RedBallRun

    RedBallRun Been here awhile

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    Thanks I'll try and track down that facebook page.

    next questuion.....................

    With a Kenya registered motorbike, where can you travel without having to buy a carnet? ethiopia? TZ? Uganda? Burundi? Rwanda? Mocambique? Malawi? Further south?

    Thanks

    john
  5. mennleo

    mennleo Been here awhile

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  6. zulusafari

    zulusafari E African ADVRDR

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    I have no personal experience, but from my research and conversations, I understand the same. Egypt is pretty much the only one who requires it on the continent. At least on the North/South route that people use to traverse the whole continent.
  7. RedBallRun

    RedBallRun Been here awhile

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    Happy Christmas to one and all!

    Hoping to pump you all for information. Four of us are planning a week long trip from Nanyuki westwards and probably southwards in mid-March (but staying in kenya unless we fancy a wee raft at Jinja). We've explored Laikipia and up to Turkana in the past. Light bikes and competent riders so capable of some serious offroading but carrying essentials ourselves in soft luggage. Overnighting will be at Carnellie's type haunts or local "hotelis". Two of the guys haven't done the animal bit.

    So what I am looking for is insiders tips on places and routes to visit west of Nairobi towards Uganda and maybe south towards the Mara. Things along the line of Mt Suswa and the lava tubes there or hidden waterfalls, great luggas, nadgery paths up escarpments etc etc. Coordinates so I can plan on Google earth would make things even better!

    Thanks and have a great New year.

    All the best

    John
  8. RedBallRun

    RedBallRun Been here awhile

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    It's all gone deathly quiet here!

    I was planning to ride the Leakey track up the Nguruman Escarpment. It looks like that will not be possible as they feel bikes tear up the trail. Does anyone know of another track up the escarpment to get me from Nguruman/Entasopia into the Loita Hills?

    J
  9. RodRoo

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    I was planning a similar trip and for other reasons could not use the Leaky track. I scoured the entire region from Magadi to near Suswa and there was no way through. It was only once you got close to the back side of Suswa that there were some tracks that ran parallel to the highway as far as Narok. But at Narok you had to come back to highway to get around the river there.
  10. RedBallRun

    RedBallRun Been here awhile

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    Well, that was fun! 6 days, 1200km or so , Nanyuki-GilGil-Narok-Loita Hills-Magadi-Kijabi-nanyuki, 1 broken ankle, loads of smiles, very little tar.
    leakey's track was fantastic though cost one of our party a fractured ankle. Luckily we were very near the workshop and their freezer full pof ice and a LC pickup - thankyou to the crew there for giving our man a lift to Magadi hospital. Stayed at Jan's camp the night before - great spot and delightful host. Super riding along cattle trails through the hills before starting the descent. track became fainter and fauinter as it crossed steams from the hills. It finally gave up in a boulders and stones necesitating some trials antics. Only afterwards did we fuind the detour up to the workshop. The final descent is very steep with a covering of gravel and the heat mounts inexorably as one descends. the gate is locked at the bottom to disuade casual visitors but the track then leads easily to Entasopia.
    We gater there are cattle trails down near the TZ border tha allow one to descent the escarpmant - perhaps another day.
  11. RodRoo

    RodRoo n00b

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    Hey Redball, That sounds like a great run. How is the guy with the busted ankle? It would be sweet if you have GPS tracklogs that could be shared for those of us in the area. Too bad I was out when you came through Kijabe, I would have loved to join you for a section.
  12. RedBallRun

    RedBallRun Been here awhile

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    Here's a link to the video we made (can't get it to embed here)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4VM5I5Rksk

    We didn't complete the whole route by any means but here is the original plan as a gpx. There are options and one the route there are a few blocks/changes that have to be made in real life.

    Attached Files:

  13. RodRoo

    RodRoo n00b

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    Hey RedBallRun That looks great, thanks for sharing. How do you do your routing? Do you create paths in google earth and then push them to your GPS or do you have some other system?

    Also, I met Stuart Cunningham a few weeks back. He was keen to set up another adventure so hopefully he and I can make that happen sooner or later.
  14. RedBallRun

    RedBallRun Been here awhile

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    Hi there,
    Hope you're enjoying the bike. The others are up for sale now so if you know anyone interested......
    route wise I use the draw track function in Google earth then import the resulting kml file into Mapwel. This creates an uploadable map that can be superimposed over tracks4africa etc and gets round the ptoblem if garmin not liking tracks of more than 800 or so points.
    sometimes google earth imagery is old or poor quality. You can use overlays from bing etc to deal with that
  15. zulusafari

    zulusafari E African ADVRDR

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    Keep me in the loop. Would love to join you guys. Also, what are the details on the bikes? I always know someone looking for a bike.
  16. RedBallRun

    RedBallRun Been here awhile

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    FOR SALE

    YAMAHA WR250R (x2)

    First Registered 2008 and 2010

    Fuel injected dual sport bike with long service intervals (Oil change 3,000 miles, Valves: 26,000 miles) capable of multi day trips (see below) as well as enduros and commuting. Fuel injection deals with altitude changes, rear frame is steel so ready for weight (equipped with passenger pegs). Very low mileage.

    I "ummed and erred" over what bike to buy having owned, ridden, travelled on and rallied all manner of trail and adventure bikes from Yamaha's XTZ750 Supertenere to the KTM 525 XC to Suzuki DR400 to the iconic Yamaha XT600Z to Suzuki DR350 etc etc. This bike does everything one needs and more. Just look at these sites for inspiration and confirmation:
    North America: http://www.bigdogadventures.com/SORColorado.htm
    South America: http://web.archive.org/…/wr25…/t4763-wr250r-to-south-america
    UK to Siberia: http://brighton2expeditions.co.uk/siberia/the-bikes/eds-wr/
    TransAfrica: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJDUyntjS-8

    This is what we have been up to in Kenya on the bikes:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovBI6KvbaO4
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMQp1Db40Kk

    as well as week long trip to Lake Turkana

    All taxes paid and Kenya registered with registration document and plate.

    Extras: IMS 4.75 US Gallon fuel tank
    Radiator protector/brace
    Case saver
    Handlebar risers
    Renthal bars
    Touratech rear rally light
    Headlight protector

    In addition one bike has aftermarket exhaust, FMF programmer, altered gearing, wide pegs.

    The bikes are Nanyuki at present.

    Price: £3500 and £4200

    Drop me a line on jandfross@gmail.com if you are interested
  17. Vin7832

    Vin7832 The Mzungu....

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    Hello Kenya Adv Bikers! Given that we live in a country where many inmates dream to ride surely there must be enough folk out there that can get together for some adventures? I am new to this country, my bike is arriving in the next week so I am keen to know if there are any folk out there that may be keen to get together for some adventures.
  18. zulusafari

    zulusafari E African ADVRDR

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    Vin, welcome to Kenya. Most of the riders in Kenya connect in one of two ways, facebook or Whatsapp. What kind of bike are you bringing in? What kind of riding are you keen to do? What part of town are you living in? Shoot me a PM with your email/phone and we can connect better that way.

  19. RedBallRun

    RedBallRun Been here awhile

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  20. englishfellow

    englishfellow n00b

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    Hey guys hope this is in the right place, I've just finished riding up from CT and I'm looking to sell my bike here in Nairobi. It's a Yahama YBR125, great condition. Does anyone know if there's a local facebook group that I can get in touch with or anywhere in Nairobi I can go to speak to anyone who could be interested? Not looking for a great amount for it!

    Cheers!