Our ride for the next month:
Roseann and I arrived in Kenya a few days ago (see post below to find out what we’re up to), and picked up this refurbished HJ45 Troopie from a Nairobi hire company called Cruising Cruisers.com.
It’s powered by the 2H inline-six diesel that’s been proven over untold millions of third-world miles, and has the three-door configuration common here â€“ one door on the driver’s (right) side, and two on the passengers’ side. There’s a big hatch in the roof for game viewing.
After a few more days for business in Nairobi, we’ll be leaving to scout the route we hope to complete across the southern Rift Valley, from the Maasai Mara to Amboseli. Then back to Nairobi, where we’ll pick up the four brave souls who are going to help us pioneer a new wildlife and cultural trail through the heart of Maasai country. If successful, this will be the first of a series of self-drive safaris the African Conservation Fund will offer along the southern Kenya border, through the heart of some of the best wildlife habitat in East Africa.
More later â€“ time to load up the Engel with Tusker Lager.