Day 2 didn’t start off too well, we all overslept including Seronei, our driver. It was one of those mornings where I heard my alarm but I was so deeply asleep I thought the alarm was part of my dream.

The drive from Kitale to West Pokot was exhausting to say the least. It was a 1.5 hour drive to Makutano to pick up our location scout, Simon (aka Pokot’s finest, I kid you not) after which we proceeded to Kacheliba.

We then had to endure an even longer drive to Kacheliba on a dirt road that has a section called ‘Slow’. That alone should tell you how bad the road was. It is a dirt road frequently used by huge trucks ferrying sand and is best tackled in 4WD drive vehicle.

Unexpected Kenya_waist beads


Unexpected Kenya_JeriJeri our Photographer

Kacheliba is home to the Pokot who were mostly friendly and quite helpful. The most interesting part of the day is when we had to go look for a village chief in order to convince 2 sisters to let us take their picture. In fact you could say it took the whole village to convince them.

Unexpected Kenya_Man with herdA Pokot man herding cattle


Unexpected Kenya_Pokot girlDry river bed

We were on our way to a cultural village when we saw them walking right in front of the vehicle. They looked stunning so naturally we stopped them and asked them if we could take their picture. They looked at us, refused and walked off. We send Simon (our location scout) to plead with them but they were still not willing. However they agreed to follow us on our way to the chief and after spending about thirty minutes trying to convince them, and the chief vouching for us, they finally agreed.

Unexpected Kenya_Pokot girl teaserPokot girl


Unexpected Kenya_Pokot man


Unexpected Kenya_Pokot men Pokot men

Unexpected Kenya continues, tomorrow we hope to capture the beauty of Nandi Hills. Stay tuned.

This post will be linking up with;

1. Reflections enroute #wkendtravelinspiration

2. Adelina’s Pack Me To in  #SundayTraveler

3. Noel Morata’s Travel Photo Mondays

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  1. September 29, 2014 at 7:50 am — Reply


  2. September 29, 2014 at 10:29 am — Reply

    Rachel, You have a gift! Every time I read your posts and see your colorful photos I’m itching to book a trip to Kenya. I’ve got to get serious with this! What would be the absolute best time of year to visit? Thanks again for linking up with Weekend Travel Inspiration!

    • October 7, 2014 at 10:18 am — Reply

      Best time to go: June to October, January to February (Other, drier parks)
      High Season: July to November, January and February (Some of the parks get very crowded especially the Masai Mara, Amboseli and Lake Nakuru)
      Low Season: March to May (Some lodges and camps in high rainfall areas close down)
      Best Weather: June to October (Little to no rainfall)
      Worst Weather: March, April and May (Peak of wet season)

      You can read more here

  3. Manesha
    September 29, 2014 at 11:15 am — Reply

    This will definitely be one exciting trip!! I like the picture of the guy throwing a spear., I tell you that is a skill one needs to master 🙂

    • October 7, 2014 at 10:23 am — Reply

      Those guys are really skilled. They were using fake spears (withoout the metail pointy tips) yet they still got them to stick on the trunks the trees.

  4. Keniamoja
    September 29, 2014 at 12:44 pm — Reply

    The Pokot are such a colorful people!

    • October 7, 2014 at 10:16 am — Reply

      The younger girls wear very colourful skirts and beads but older men and women tend to wear alot of black. So you will see colour, but not everyone wears it.

  5. September 29, 2014 at 9:59 pm — Reply

    What colorful clothes and beautiful beadwork. No wonder you wanted a picture.

  6. September 30, 2014 at 12:23 am — Reply

    Hi Rachel,
    I’m awe of the colorful clothings and accessories of the Pokot girls. Are you going to show us more of them in the next post? I enjoyed all the other scenes here, the cattle herds, the gatherinf of the local men, etc. I look forward to see and read about your Nandi Hills adventure.

    • October 7, 2014 at 10:20 am — Reply

      Hi Marisol,

      I will definitely be sharing more in later posts

  7. October 1, 2014 at 12:20 am — Reply

    I love that first image! Such beautifully bright colours. It must have been hard convincing them to take the photos, but they turned out so beautiful.

    • October 7, 2014 at 10:12 am — Reply

      Yes it was. They were very suspicious and thought that we were going to take them with us.

  8. October 3, 2014 at 6:26 pm — Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous pictures – as always! This looks like such an amazing experience! Thanks for linking up to #SundayTraveler!

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