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I have been away from Nairobi visiting one of the frontier towns.

The place is hot, lack infrastructure. Security is a headache. I am told there is a curfew from 6 am to 6 pm especially for vehicles. It is a dead town at seven in the evening. And I couldn’t find a bar!

I didn’t find time to walk to both Somali and Ethiopia border. I will do that when am back there again in the near future.


About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

23 thoughts on “Mandera

  1. ladysighs says:

    I do like mangoes.


  2. john zande says:

    Flat. You guys designing the aerodrome?


  3. shelldigger says:

    Wow, quite a contrast from the seatown you posed on before. That place looks like a dusty inferno.

    When I moved to this place it was similar in ways, they rolled up the side walks by 5:30. There were no 24 hour convenience stores. So if you needed tobacco or beer, you better have all you need for the night. At least the main roads were paved though. Many back roads were gravel, now paved, and there are 24 hour convenience (gouge) stores on every corner.

    Good luck with the bid. Work is work even if it’s in what looks like a miserable place.


    • makagutu says:

      The aim is to open up the region after several years of neglect.
      It is predominantly Muslim and I think that’s why there are no watering holes.
      It will take a while though before it receives a facelift.


  4. aguywithoutboxers says:

    I was wondering about your long silence, my Nairobi brother! Since you have returned from your journey, I’m assuming the drove the posted speed or below! 🙂 Great photos (as usual)! Any fresh fruit is always delicious for me! Much love and naked hugs!


    • makagutu says:

      there is no road in that area so the speed limit is based on whether you have an off road offer a small car. Have been well though.
      Any ripe fruit is good and most of the time healthy


  5. Mordanicus says:

    Impressive journey! Btw, thanks for giving me my 500th like on my blog.


  6. nannus says:

    What I like most in this series of pictures is the one with the papaya plants. Besides that, it seems to be a rather hot and dusty place.


  7. fojap says:

    Whew… I’ve worked up a thirst just looking at those pictures.

    The picture you like, I’d venture to guess that it’s the balance between the background, middle ground and foreground. Also, the two women are at about the one third point.

    From Wikipedia:
    “Usage of the term ‘aerodrome’ remains more common in the UK and Commonwealth nations, and is conversely almost unknown in American English.”

    Yes, I had to look it up. I had a good guess and I was right, but I looked it up just to be sure.

    Good-luck with the competition.


  8. Eric Alagan says:

    Looks harsh – but that green grass looks so very inviting.



  9. lexborgia says:

    No buses but a thriving donkey business everywhere: seems like it pays to invest in an ass, in Africa. And yes, every picture you post is a display of luscious green grass. Nice.


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