Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Rift Valley Railways regrets to announce…

It seems the massive recent derailment near Mombasa was the final straw. Rift Valley Railways, which operates the long barely operational Nairobi-Mombasa passenger service, has thrown in the towel. No more passenger trains between Nairobi and the coast. That is until November 2016, they say, when they plan to put twenty refurbished passenger coaches back on the old, narrow-gauge track.

How that is supposed to tie in with the opening of the new Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) in 2017 is anyone's guess. The new line, currently being built at breathtaking speed by the China Communications Construction Company between Mombasa and Nairobi, is set eventually to link the Indian Ocean with Uganda once again.

The SGR roughly follows the route of the old, metre-gauge "Lunatic Line", built at the end of the nineteenth century by Gujarati and Punjabi labourers and paid for by the British government.

Friday, July 29, 2016

The Rough Guide to Kenya goes into its 4th decade

The latest fully revised and updated new edition of the Rough Guide to Kenya was published in May 2016. This is the 11th edition since I first wrote the guide, which originally came out in 1987. This new edition is in full colour, with 632 pages, dozens of maps of regions, cities and towns, and very detailed coverage not only of Kenya's key safari areas but also the remote parts of the country that other guides don't cover.

Drop me a line if you want to know about the coverage of the areas you're interested in. If you already have the guide (it's available from all the usual bookshops, including the online ones), let me know what you think of its style and coverage and where you feel it can be improved. What have you discovered in the last few months that's not in the book and should be?

Do let me know!

Richard Trillo
Remote suburbia, 28th July, 2016