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Pole to Pole

Day 88: Marsabit to Shaba

Michael Palin - Pole to PoleA boy called Tom, who remembers singing in the film, has come all the way from Eldoret University in the west of the country where he is a sociology student. We look at photos taken during the filming, while the bonily photogenic elders of the village debate how much it will cost for them to be filmed.

This is a poor part of the country and the liveliness and eagerness of the children is moving. Henry, who is the sort of opportunist the place needs, tells me they are building a dormitory for children who have to come in from a long way. They have everything but the roof.

By the time I leave Lerata they have money for another roof.

As we drive away, a dust devil, a column of dust whipped up by the wind to a height of thirty or forty feet, snakes out of the bush and across our path. It seems an appropriate image for our visit to Lerata. A rush of hyperactive whites, a windfall and we're gone.

At four o'clock we are staring into the eyeless sockets of two massive water-buffalo skulls which mark the entrance to the Shaba National Reserve, 160 miles from Marsabit and not much more than fifty miles from the Equator.
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  • Series: Pole to Pole
  • Day: 88
  • Country/sea: Kenya
  • Place: Lerata
  • Book page no: 198

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