Buffalo Springs National Park is our next destination. With last strength we make it to Isiolo in the Gadissa Lodge, 15 kilometers from the lodge our bearing gave up. Now, some good advice, because at the end of the world it is difficult to get spare parts for our vehicle.
Sibille and Wolfgang have also arrived, and a mechanic who takes a close look at the problem.
The problem is quickly identified, we need new wheel bearings and the housing must be welded. Not so easy. With luck we could get new wheel bearings, Wolfgang is a mechanic and supervises the proper installation and soon we are ready to drive again.
In the National Park motorcycles are not allowed, so we do a two-day trip to the park with Wolfgang and Sibille, with our van. We have to smuggle Tara, what we managed, and after the gate, we see our first elephants.
We are excited because so much luck we did not expect. We watch the elephants for a while, and on the game drive warthogs cross our way.
After a short drive, even the long-necked gerenuk was crossing our way. Gerenuks are gazelles and only found in Buffalo Springs National Park.
After the heavy rains of recent days, the Ewaso Ngivo river, the bridge to Samburu National Park was badly damaged, so there is no way for us to cross. But we still see Grevy’s zebras and lyre antelopes.
It’s getting late and we set up our bush camp. Sibille and Wolfgang will sleep in tents, Alexandra makes a bush walk with the armed guards of our night camp.
The new morning greets us with beautiful giraffes, what more could you expect from life.
The reticulated giraffe is living in northern Kenya, as opposed to the southern Masai giraffe, which has a different pattern. At the moment, here is mating season, so we can observe how couples tie their necks around each other, the prelude to the actual mating.