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A DAY IN MAGADI

After telling a homie that I wanted to go to Magadi for my birthday, he asked me why, strange question I presumed, but my answer was inadequate. I just felt like it, and this was meant to be my day. Magadi is not the typical green, hilly, serene place, or cool. Its more like a handsome ugly man, that man you meet at the bar counter, barely give him a gaze because he’s not aesthetically pleasing, but when he starts talking about how unjust the societal norms are, you fall way over heels in love with him. This was Magadi for me, dry, dusty, hot really much more of boiling point hot, but that was the ugly, the beautiful was the salt, the flamingoes, the shrubs, the hot springs, the giraffes, the mountain views. Clearly the beautiful outweighed the ugly, so you’d marry this man. That’s how I fell in love with Magadi.

We left the city at around 7am, I’d advice you to leave earlier so as to catch the hot springs when they are still cool, it took us around four hours to get to the place. It would take you three but we made several stops, you know these travelling things, like stopping for monster, chocolate, basically food and for a few photos here and there. We met Jacob Olemetian, on our way to the entrance, he was going to be our tour guide for the day, a young, jovial man who baptized us all with Maasai names once he got into the car. “English names are for the white, lets use our rich traditional names,” he said. I couldn’t agree more.

We start off at the factory, he takes us through the pink Himalayan salt {it was actually waste salt}, shows us the train, the workers quarters, I don’t know how this was relevant, but maybe it was just a reminder that there are people who live there with all the heat, they cohabitate. I tried taking a photo of the people around, they got really angry and had me delete the picture, people really did not like the invasion of privacy, they were probably sick and tired of people like me and the rest of the tourist always taking pictures of them. Lesson learnt.

Since the hot springs were boiling hot at this time, they can get up to 86 degrees Celsius, we had a brief view of the lake, the flamingoes and hot springs, inside the county club and soon left for a swim in a nearby, cooler ‘hot spring’. Olemetian knew the local base. The water was salty, saltier than ocean water, we swum for a while with the kids from the neighborhood.

In that time, we listened to Olemetian narrate stories of the lion, the area to the hills that is full of lions and the lion fear the men but not the women, they rarely disturb the men. He told us of how in rites of passage they go in bands to kill the lions and usually one man ends up dead, how the Kenya Wildlife Service prohibited them from using arrows because they are really deadly and how he married his wife when he was 17 and she 14. He’s currently 22 and they have two amazing children.
We then set out for the country club where we were able to clean up since at this point, we looked like ghosts, {solidification}.

We grabbed something to eat, the prices were quite fair, but fair is relative and then set out for home, stopping once in a while to take photos and just chill and enjoy the temperatures drop as the sun went down.

Travel Tip
Wear light clothing, carry a camera and a swim suit and you’re good to go.
If you get extra time you can go to the Olorgesaile museum on your way there.
*Google is your friend for directions. If you can a four wheel vehicle will come in handy.

Budget
Matatus are scarce in the area so using this mode of transport can be very tricky.
The fuel to the place and back is around 2,500
Entrance to the country club is 500
Tour guide, we paid Olematian 1200 but they vary per tour guide
Museum entrance 100
Car entrance to the club 100
All these charges are in Kenya shillings.

Visiting Lake Magadi shouldn’t just be a one-day affair, one can go the Olorgesaile Mountain for a hike, bird watching and soak in the hot springs at night according to the travel expert, so, yes, I’ll definitely be back there to get the full experience.

Please feel free to leave a comment, would you ever visit Lake Magadi or have you already been there.

Photo credits: @dedpixelroy

Special thanks: @kijanawaweru & @sherri_eve

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14 comments on “A DAY IN MAGADI

  1. “A handsome ugly man” 😂😂😂 my favourite part. You bring out events so well dear and you look so cute!

    Keep doing what you do

  2. I’m so in love with our handsome man(he’s our man now😂) Great great review ,Magadi is just a sight to see!💞.I love it .

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