My Bodaboda Motorcycle Excursion

I had a couple free hours this afternoon and decide to take advantage of it.



(higher quality version here)

Bodaboda’s are motorcycle taxis in East Africa (getting their name from the original bicycle taxis near the border of Kenya and Uganda). I decided to ask a guy if I could rent his for the day. 500/= Kenya shillings later ($7), and I was on my towards the Nairobi game park, to a reserve where one of my old school teachers now lives.

It didn’t go very fast, being 125cc and a cheap Chinese contraption, but that wouldn’t be advisable on these roads anyway. I got dusted a few times by a big lorry or bus, but was okay once I got beyond the main roads. There were quite a few animals around as I got closer to the reserve, nothing exciting, but fun none-the-less: giraffe, wildebeest, monkeys, ostrich and a bunch of Masai cows.

Best part: cutting the bike off in the middle of nowhere and listening to the wind blow through the bush. This is the Africa I miss.

14 thoughts on “My Bodaboda Motorcycle Excursion

  1. Nate Berkopec says:

    Awesome, Erik! Looks like a ton of fun! I’m wondering how you got this guy to hand over his bike to a random stranger? :)

  2. Caleb Bell says:

    What an adventure! I see you’ve lost none of you bartering skills. 500/= for the day?!
    …cutting the bike off in the middle of nowhere and listening to the wind blow through the bush.
    That line right there took me back!

  3. KICK @$$ Hers! Nice wheels (i usually get the non-motorized boda boda when I’m in town). Next time I come into town, we’re painting it red in that!

    :-)

  4. @E-nyce – No helmets that fit. Plus, I had a big gash on my head from a run-in (literal) with a door frame, the hat was to keep the dust off. :)

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