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My Memories of Maendeleo Riders

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Memories. Memories are the quicksilver moments of my childhood even though I cannot remember entirely. Memories are like a shuffled deck of cards, each one coming up at random. So, Today allow me take you to a blast from the past I reckoned just a while ago.
 As much as my mind can remember, It was over a decade ago, I had my first ride on Maendeleo Bus Riders. It was not only the reliable bus service but also “cheap “. Maendeleo Riders transit between Kabartonjo in Baringo North through Kabarnet and Iten towns to Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County as destination. It was the only as to and fro journey each day.
            This stretch of journey runs in an all manner of meandering road for  coma-inducing miles through an endless expanse thicket of Tugen Hills, the bone-dry Kerio Valley and the lush green Uasin Gishu area, from Kipsaraman - Kabartonjo - Ossen - Seretunin - Seguton -  Kabarnet -  Kiboino - Ainomoi - Chebloch Gorge -    Cheptebo - Chepsigot - Biretwo - Tambach -  Kessup -   Iten and finally Eldoret then a return journey. 
A section of Kerio Valley Road

When the August holiday approached (over a decade ago), I had a reason to get excited. I was rightful to pay a visit my dad in Kabarnet town where he worked. On the very day, I would leave home with my cousin brother before noon to walk about 3 miles down Elgeiyo Escarpment on a hot afternoon and at exactly 2: 00 pm; Maendeleo Bus Riders would be on Tambach Shopping centre stage picking passengers.
The journey was fun, at a point because of our inertia we couldn’t resist having thrown left – right -forward –backwards- centre as the driver cruised negotiates the sharp corners and meandering and steep Kerio valley road. As children, we were not allowed to occupy any passengers seat despite having paid your enough fare, other children who had their parents or guardians around would be held close, but for lone rangers like us, we had to tower on the “corridor” clutched to the exposed metallic part of seats.
A Corner along Kerio valley road

When it was time to come back home, by 7:00 am on that day, I would be standby on stage ready to board Maendeleo Bus riders which arrived normally by 7:15am. The return safari for me was an awe-inspiring one. This was the opportunity to have good time of a thousand views of Kerio Valley landscape.  I would wonder who owns all this fascinating gravelly land.  I remember, when we approached Kerio River, I would panic, then closed my eyes until the bus crossed the bridge. I had had fairy tales about Chebloch Gorge, talk of deadly crocodiles present, very deep water, people that had drowned in the river and never came back, I was damn scared. Kerio River bisects the Kerio Valley, a river about 10 yards wide flows northwards in to Lake Turkana in the heart of Kerio Valley.
            Now let me ask who has any info, where did Maendeleo Riders bus service go?


“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” goes coins one Jawaharial Nehru the first Prime Minister of India and a central figure in Indian politics for much of the 20th century so do I concur with him. Indeed different people travel to places for different reasons, some  for leisure, adventure, business, and so on. In Kerio Valley, below what you may have to encounter in case you didn't know.

People travel Kerio valley to watch in fascination and wonder at the height of Elgeiyo escarpment, and have a grand opportunity to stand on top of Tugen Hills a place of a thousand views. I bet if you haven't been to Kerio Valley, you will marvel at the meandering roads and the long courses of river Kerio and its tributaries.

At the vast compass of Kerio valley floor you will never miss to see  whirl wind sweep dust off the feet of elephants as they tremble to quench their day-long thirst at Lake Kamnarok in the heart of Kerio Valley. Can you imagine an anthill three times your height? or Houses build on top of trees or on huge stones?  You wont' miss to come across that either. Well, for those daring enough not sparing anyone with acrophobia( fear of height) , come dare watch  how seasoned para-gliders enjoy performing their thing above and along Elgeiyo Escarpment and, as nature would have it, sometimes they have been forced  to crash-land in dangerous areas,due to unresponsive weather changes, thank God they seldom get any injuries.

When you want to want to experience amazing mother nature, to discover , to see more than you can remember, to impart new vigor to your mind then Kerio Valley is a place to visit. Enjoy!!

Amazing Tourist Attraction In Elgeiyo/Marakwet County - By Mr AKWS Contestant 2013

Some contestants in the  Mr and Miss Akale Wouldsay 2013 competition which has entranced more than fifty angelic Kalenjin mistresses and elegant gentlemen will not go unnoticed wihtout acknowlegding the one William Kimutai for his standing out. What impresses me is not only that Kimutai who hails from the same cointy as I am  made to top three, but also how he responded to the judges' questions to "describe any amazing tourist attraction in your County".

Below is what he had to say:

The highlands and the escarpments of Elgeiyo Marakwet County offer some of the Kenya’s most awe-inspiring views across the Kerio Valley. The Scenic panoramas around the Kerio Valley are truly stunning especially from the Nyaru Viewpoint. The County is an excellent place to explore including the Rimoi National Reserve and Chebloch gorge. 

Since independence, our Country Kenya has majorly relied on Wild-Life Safaris and the beaches at the coast as the destinations for tourists from all over the world. However, in the recent past, the government through the Kenya Tourism Board has shown its commitments towards promoting Sport’s Tourism. Through athletics, Elgeiyo Marakwet County makes Kenya a great Sporting Destination. High Profile international Athletes including the Paula Radcliffe, Mo Farah both of Britain, South Africa’s Ezekiel Sepeng and our own David Lekuta Rudisha have always been training at Iten in full glare of International Media.

 The High Altitude of Iten and Kaptagat makes a perfect training ground for Athletes. Furthermore, the escarpments provides an amazing view and heavy winds for paragliding and this has attracted many paragliders from the world including World Champion, Macaus Shouldsman from Germany.

 As Adventures In Keriovalley, we are proud of him and therefore take this opportunity to drum support for him to clinch top position in such a eminent pageant. All the best.

Photo: An Arboreal lifestyle in Tot. Marakwet

Have a look at the new-found-"home" of a man in Tot, Elgeiyo/Marakwet County in a bid to seek refuge against raging Man and Elephant conflict in Kerio Valley.

Source: Flickr >>Osborn Koech

An Anthill

An anthill at the foot of Kerio Valley

Passion Plantation in Keriovalley

Photo Courtesy of Chesiyna Photography
Passion Plantation in Kerio valley



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