I remember this trip like it was yesterday.
I’d never been to Thika before, so when I told my sister that I’d be taking a road trip there, she wasn’t really comfortable with the idea.
It had to be done though…
I’d taken solo bus trips to Moscow and St. Petersburg in Russia a couple of weeks prior to this and they turned out super amazing!!! So adding the fact that I was home and that everyone around me spoke either Swahili or English (or both) made me feel quite comfortable.
It took me about one and a half hours to get to Thika from Nairobi’s CBD by bus. Then sat in a van (matatu) that drove along the Thika-Garissa road for another 20 minutes to get to the junction that led to Fourteen Falls.
Then I took my first ever motorbike ride! Ha! 😀
That was excitement and fear rolled up into one single “Ha! :D” up there.
That summed up my feelings for the next 10 minutes as we rode through a very, very dusty road.
Anywhoo, once I got to the gate, I paid about 2 USD as entry fee. The rates are a little higher for non-citizens. Also, my excitement was now over the roof because I could hear the sound of water gushing and splashing all over!
Finally, we’re here!!
The falls were gorgeous! And sorta polluted. 😦
I had a lovely guide showing me around. Thing is, when you get there, you are supposed to cross over to the other side of the river for prettier views. You can do so by foot right before the falls, or by boat right after the falls. The former seemed like a more interesting idea until I slipped and slit my heel a little on a rock just two steps in. Then I was all about the boat life! 🙂
I’ll let you enjoy the pictures now.
PS: All that time I was thinking, “I’m glad I came.”
Always be kind.