Category Archives: Transport

AHCN # 6 Reaching Rukum on Impossible Roads.

On the third day of our trip we would emerge from the flat Terai region in south into the mountains and on the fourth we would have to drive on roads so poor, that it took us 8 hours to drive 35 kilometres.

At times the road would be too narrow for two vehicles and either one or the other would have to back up several hundred meters to find a spot with sufficient room to pass. Seeing people sitting on the top of busses and jeeps in this setting plainly seemed extremely dangerous.

Mountain side terrace-farms were everywhere on the way. We came across numerous small villages and we met many local people. We came across some view points as well and several times Sisne, the tallest peak in Rukum of 5916 metres, would reveal it self in the north. At one of the viewpoints we were lucky to catch an absolutely beautiful sunset over the peak.

We reached Rukumkot, the last location in Rukum that can be reached by car, in the dark at about 9 pm. We received a warm welcome in the village where we stayed with relatives of Dr. Justin Jung Malla.

Matatus – The Kenyan Partybusses

This video shows my humble experience with the Matatus of Kenya: My friend Tekwane told me, that some of the of even more lighting and that these are sometimes joined by disco balls, posters, pictures, special seats – apparently, some have even installed used flightseats in their Matatus.

The greatest thing however, is that every day there is a new musical theme: there is reggae day, pop day, oldies day, party/dance day (friday), and so on…  and the funny thing is, that traffic is so slow in Kenya that the driver has time to do proper DJ’ing while driving.