Roadtrip to Timau

8.15 am found us standing at Kencom bus-station in the Nairobi CBD, waiting for the designated drivers to pick us up to go capture the famous golden wheat fields of Timau. One hour later, all eleven of us were seated in our assigned vehicles and off to Meru county.

Our first stop was at Kakuzi forest Reserve, which is some metres after Thika town. From the road we’d spotted a waterbody and decided to scout the location.

Pollination at a glance :)
Pollination at a glance πŸ™‚
Lesan and his reflection
Lesan and his reflection

Time was not our side especially since we had about 300 kms to cover so we did not hang around Kakuzi much. We wanted to capture as much scenery as possible along the way so we opted to use the Embu-Meru route to get to our destination. The next stop was in Mwea.

Lynn making her way through the maize fields
Lynn making her way through the maize fields
Ploughed land where rice is expected to grow from the months of July to November. Harvesting will commence during the first week of December
Ploughed land where rice is expected to grow from the months of July to November. Harvesting will commence during the first week of December
Storks relaxing at a distance
Storks relaxing at a distance
These birds were not amused at how close I was getting to them so they decided to go bask elsewhere
These birds were not amused at how close I was getting to them so they decided to go bask elsewhere

After catching a breather in Mwea we resumed our journey. By this time we had only covered 152 kilometres *sigh* and hunger had started to kick in. We decided to grab lunch in Embu town, which was about 30 to 45 minutes away from Mwea. I’d assumed that food would be way cheaper in the rural area as compared to food in Nairobi. I guess it’s because I thought that they grew all kinds of foodstuffs there and reared all kinds of animals. How wrong was I? Hahaha.

Anyway, after several plates of chips, crisps-like chapatis and beef stew, we were back on the road, this time determined to get to Timau without making any more stops… Yeah, right! πŸ˜€

How could we not stop for this beautiful scenery on the Meru highway
How could we not stop for this beautiful scenery on the Meru highway
The smile says it all
The smile says it all

Let me just say that of all the places I have visited in Kenya so far, Meru county takes the trophy for having thee best landscapes in the country. MY GOODNESS!!

After almost 9 hours of being on the road, we finally got to Timau. WOOOOOOHOOO!!! insert happy dance here* :-D. But wait, where are the golden fields?? :”(. So it turns out the wheat had just been harvested at the start of the month of June *bummer*. HOWEVER, that did not stop us from being creative and working with what was left :-).

The yellow patch is where the wheat had been planted :)
The yellow patch is where the wheat had been planted πŸ™‚
Leaves of cedar trees
Leaves of cedar trees
The golden hour
The golden hour
No better to end the day than with this :)
No better to end the day than with this πŸ™‚

I can without a doubt say that 10 hours and 300 kilometres later, it was TOTALLY worth it! Best roadtrip so far for me πŸ™‚

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7 thoughts on “Roadtrip to Timau

  1. Polination in action, Golden hour and the lovely sunset – simply breathtaking! Keep up with the good work.

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  2. Waoh this is really good, especially the scenery on the Meru highway it’s breathtaking.
    Look forward to seeing more of your beautiful works, keep them coming…

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  3. I love these shots. And you’re right about the landscapes…gorgeous!!! Good stuff Wairii!!!

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