Jambo! — Welcome to Kenya’s Country-roads! Are you wondering what life in Kenya is like? My personal Guide to living in Kenya introduces you to leisure activities and contemporary culture, but we also address practical issues like healthcare, education, and transportation. Our many roads take you to some of the most beautiful countryside, where life is simple and stress limited. If you have food, and are running away from WiFi city, you have nothing to worry.
Many visitors living in Kenya take some time out of their everyday routine to immerse themselves in the country’s natural beauty. Admiring impalas and zebras near Lake Victoria, relaxing on the tropical beaches of Kenya’s south coast, and hiking in the forests (I love that) around ragged Mount Kenya may all become some of your most wonderful memories of living in Kenya.
Even if daily life in Kenya’s visitors hotspots, i.e. Nairobi and Mombasa, is not quite as exciting as your first safari, it’s a lot closer to the experience of Kenya’s growing urban middle-classes and still provides you with plenty of leisure options. Living in Kenya is not just one long safari. However, while you will soon discover contemporary life beyond the clichés, your time in Kenya as an expatriate does offer some opportunities to play the tourist. In doing so, you’ll be supporting the local hospitality industry, a sector of undeniable importance to Kenya’s expanding economy.
Last week we had a road trip to Kakamega on public transport, I don’t get to do this often so its was exciting. The same week, many of my loved once are travelling on the same roads. We will all be sitting in the same compound in Eldoret-home to my soon to be father-in-law as I accept her daughter for marriage. One this about travelling on Kenyan roads is that traffic police are an everyday encounter. For the public vehicles, the rules are that you have to stack some money inside your driving licence. When you approach the police, he/she will shout “licence” then you will hand it to him/her, they pick the money and return your driving licence, very bright right? But again, its what happens here on our roads day in and day out.
Speed cameras, the new thing. While driving with a friend in France, he compared how different it was driving there from Switzerland, he is Swizz and they have a low that you can not just put cameras and not alert the drivers that you are watching them with your cameras. In France its different I think, they hide cameras behind a tree or whatever. In Kenya, we take the trophy, the guy with the camera sometimes hides in a shopping center, pretending to buy grocery, will he bills you in fine. He calls the police who are always 10 miles or so ahead and gives them your plate registration. Sorry, the party is over they say.
But nice things happen on our roads too, with great sites you enjoy some local food when you stop for lunch, roasted maize and sugarcane, always available. Its always fun being out of the city on the the country roads and we welcome you to try. Our trip took as to Kakamega where my parents live, the following day we went to Eldoret for the dowry and then Bunyore and Mumias on Sunday, then on Monday to Uganda via Busia before we traveled back to Nairobi on Tuesday at 3am-early enough to avoid speed cameras.