During the briefing for Unexpected Kenya someone mentioned that it was going to be hard work and that we should expect to get very little sleep. I thrive on the road and I was ready for the challenge, or so I thought. Capturing outstanding images has not been easy, I had not expected it to be but it has certainly been much harder than I expected.
I wish I had a story about how we had an exciting day and how everything went on smoothly. Clearly, I do not. Today started off slow and by the end of the day we had only managed to shoot at a single location as opposed to the two that we had planned for.
After a late start we were back in Mt. Elgon National Park to shoot at the Kitum and Making’eny caves.
It is roughly a 500m uphill hike to the Kitum cave. Wear practical footwear, you will need it. Kitum cave became notorious in the 1980s when two European visitors contracted Marburg virus there. I recall reading The Hot Zone by Richard Preston and thinking to myself of how I would never step into that cave.Hah! See me now.
After shooting at the caves, we were back on the road again as we headed to Nandi Hills. We had called in the morning to arrange for accommodation and after picking up our location scout in Eldoret and having a lovely dinner I was really looking forward to getting some rest.
More than an hour later after arriving at Nandi Hills we were still driving around trying to find somewhere to sleep. Long story short, I’m really exhausted and writing this in bed. Take everything your location manager says with a grain of salt, in our case I prefer to go with a bag of salt. To make matters worse he was so nonchalant about the whole situation.
Anyway, tomorrow is another day. We’re planning on catching the sunrise. The early rays of the sun shining on the tea bushes should be a sight to behold.
Unexpected Kenya continues tomorrow …