Driving from Dar es Salaam to Nairobi is a long way, especially if you are making a detour. We headed inland to Dodoma, entered the Great Rift Valley on the Arusha road, then went through the Ngorongoro crater and the Serengeti Plains. We crossed into Kenya where the Maasai Mara National Reserve is today. This route took us to Narok, where we re-entered the Great Rift Valley and continued to Nairobi.
In one paragraph I have described a route, but not a journey. Most people would give their eyeteeth for such an experience, all I had to do was sit in the back of the car with two cats and look out of the window. I may have been young, but along with past and future safaris, I appreciated them all.
We stayed in what I can only describe as an army camp consisting of wooden huts. Eventually relocating to an apartment in the centre of Nairobi.
A few months later we moved to Lavington Green just north of the city. Nowadays Lavington is a built-up suburb, but back then there were fewer houses and a wide open valley in front of ours, from which we could see Mount Kenya. The move also meant I had to transfer to a new school, my fourth in as many years.
Read the next chapter “A house in Lavington Green”.