Nanyuki – the first large town south of Lake Turkana, Kenya
This can only be described as a bustling town with shopping centers and was literally the first sign of civilization after trekking south Lake Turkana.
We drove into Nakumatt Nanyuki shopping centre looking to do a basic shop as it felt like we hadn’t seen a large supermarket likeNakumatt for ages. We split from Pris and Sib who said they would meet us a Pris’s old haunt, The Sportsman’s Arms. Pris used to work here some 30-40 years ago as a Mount Kenya tour guide and it’s the same place she met her late husband Guido Di Meana.
We managed to go mad and get most of our supplies at Nakumatt who also stocked a number of South African brands and then head to Sportsman’s, where Sib had booked us a room.
The Sportsman’s Arms have basic rooms with a great gym and swimming pool and we spent a night here before heading to Nairobi. On route you pass by the Mount Kenya National Park, we’ll be back here to do some climbing here in the next few years.
Another great “lunch tip”, stop at the local Nanyuki airport, they have a lovely lunch restaurant under cover, overlooking the airfield that offers cold beverages and great lunches. This is really relaxing and you recognize it immediately by the metal rhino family standing outside!
Just a few kilometers south is the magical “Equator” sign with two large jugs on either side of the sign board to show which way the water flushes clockwise or anti-clockwise. The funny thing is that the GPS indicates the equator line several meters north, up the road from the magical signpost, so Sib said anyway! So, technically both water jugs should flush in the same direction at the signpost, why don’t you have a look.