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Jackson’s Commute to Work


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Few things are truly easy in a developing country.  You think your commute to work in the US is long and tedious?  The commute for Jackson, and many people in Kenya, is not easy and uncomplicated.  Many roads are dirt and very bumpy in dry weather, slick as snow when the rains come.  I’ve written about the women having to walk miles to bring home a day’s water supply.  Jackson recently moved to Amboseli Porini Camp.  Here is his reply when I asked how he now got to work.

  • In the evening before traveling, I phoned my cousin Kantet who drives a public transport bus to Narok to alert him about my journey the following morning. Kantet picked me up at 5 a.m. from my house 1 km (about .6 mile) away from the main road. It took us 3 hours to reach Narok town.
  • Without wasting much time, I booked a bus to Nairobi city, two hours drive from Narok. About 1 p.m. I was at Nairobi. Within the busy city streets, I had lunch in a small hotel next to the main bus stage. Soon after lunch, I booked another bus to Sultan Hamud, a small town along Nairobi-Mombasa Highway, 3 hours drive from Nairobi.
  • 6 p.m. at Sultan Hamud, the land rover from Porini camp is there to pick me up.  The camp is 50 km (about 30 miles) from Sultan Hamud, about 1 hour drive on the dusty road.
Whew!  Quite a commute!  Jackson usually works several weeks, then goes home for about two weeks.  Unless the camp gets busy (good news, although I think it must be hard to leave home if he has been there only a day or two).  Then he is called back early.
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