Friday, January 18, 2008

The Great Rift Valley

The second day we were in Africa, we drove out of Nairobi and headed for the Rift Valley to go on safari. As we left the city, the landscape slowly began to change, from a more urban setting to buildings with a more rural character. These are a few pictures I took along the way.

After about a half-hour drive, as we came over the crest of a hill, there was a dramatic view - the Great Rift Valley!

This is a panorama made from about 7 pictures stitched together. If you click on the image, you'll get a much larger view. Hopefully it gives an idea of how impressive this view was to see in person.

If I remember correctly, the Maasai Mara, our destination for safari, was somewhere off in the distance beyond the mountain on the right horizon. It was a long, several hour bumpy ride on roads that were often more passable by driving off the edges of them onto the dirt rather than driving down the bumpy pothole filled paved center.