I believe in Angels.
I am a Catholic as I have mentioned before. I believe in Angels. Which is why I named my son after one.
I am also a very paranoid human being.
So…Edward-O and I left the Naivasha Police Station at 1pm heading towards Narok. ( In case you haven’t read the previous blog post…though you should… we ‘’decided’’ to use the longer scenic route…and got arrested )
About 30Km’s from Narok we stopped to buy maize. (We had not had breakfast and after all the drama we were even hungrier)
As we were negotiating to buy maize from one guy (we only wanted one piece and we were flocked by a number of guys selling them)….one of the guys mentioned that our car had a leak.
”My paranoia” told Edward-O that it may be a stunt to rob us (remember we were technically in the middle of nowhere) and I told him we should stop ahead, away from the crowd, to check. So we did stop further ahead and saw that we did had a small leak.
It didn’t look very serious though, more so the temperature gauge was looking fine so we continued on with the trip.
20 Km’s before Narok we were flagged down by two guys along the road who were pointing at the bonnet.
We stopped again, further ahead, to check it out.
One of the guys who flagged us down came to the car. (You can imagine my paranoia at this point) He told us he could see some smoke coming out of the bottom of the engine.
He HAPPENED to be a mechanic and advised that we have it checked at a petrol station nearby. So we went over to have it checked. He followed us.
Turns out, the car WAS overheating but the gauge just wasn’t working. We got it drained and about an hour later we were ready to set off again. Except the car wouldn’t start. The battery had died in the process. So we had to get that fixed and then finally set off.
We were supposed to have got to Eagle View by 1pm in time for lunch. This was now almost 3pm and we were nowhere near Narok yet…despite having left Nairobi at 9am.
We finally got to Narok and were on the road to Mara when suddenly the car went off.
Now at least before we stopped on a main road with many other cars passing by. This time we were on a rough road with not much traffic on it, surrounded by bush! The last town was QUITE a way back.
While Edward-O was trying to figure what was wrong with the car some guys in a car passing by stopped to check on us. (Paranoia Galore)
The driver informed us that he HAPPENED to have a mechanic with him. A guy called Toet.
The guy checked out the car and couldn’t quite figure out what was wrong with it. All this time I was calling the car rental company to inform them what was going on.
They were willing to send AA from Nairobi to come and tow the car. Which was consoling but then again it was almost 5pm.
Finally we figured out what was wrong. The fuel gauge was not working.
Derrick, our tour guide from Eagle View, who had been patiently waiting for us from morning was already on the way to pick us up. (We had decided to tow the car to a nearby hotel and just continue the journey with him)
So we asked him to bring us some fuel. The mechanics who had stopped to help us had to leave at that point. Advising us to stay in the car as past 7pm it was not the safest place to be. (Paranoia Galore)
Thankfully, Derrick arrived a few minutes later.
We put the fuel in but the car still wouldn’t start. The battery was dead again.
Unfortunately neither of us had jumper cables. We flagged down some guys in a construction pick up to assist. They did and FINALLY the car started.
After all the drama with the car, we decided it was best to leave it behind anyway and head to the camp with Derrick.
At around 9 pm after a long bumpy ride in, we finally got to The Eagle View Mara Naboisho Camp.
It was pitch dark and quite cold but wewere received with such a good welcome that soon we forgot our troubles.
Toet, the second mechanic who stopped to help us actually called to check if we were ok.
We settled down at a little bonfire in the lounge area and warmed ourselves up a bit. The sounds of the lions roaring close by was so amazing.
Depsite the darkness we could tell that there was an amazing view below and the guides even pointed out a hippo grazing nearby.
We were politely ushered by Daniel the waiter to our dinner table. As I sat I was covered by a warm maasai blanket.
Dinner was amazing. Remember… this was our first meal of the day.
We started with a delicious mushroom soup served with warm freshly baked buns. The main course was a perfectly done steak with potatoes. The plating of the meal was excellent. To top it all off we had a double chocolate cake.
You can imagine how exhausted Edward-O and I were by this time. So we were led to our beautiful room and retired for the night.
I thank God for all the mechanical Angels he had cross our path that day because quite honestly….what are the chances of being helped out twice, in the middle of nowhere, by mechanics who JUST HAPPENED to be around.
The good Lord works in mysterious ways.