Bus Ride From Hell (On the way to #SabaSabaWatamu)

Guys! I’m back in my favorite place in the whole world! WATAMU! I love, love, LOVE Watamu. It’s a magical town located about 100km North of Mombasa and 20km South of Malindi. I came here for the first time in June, fell in love with it and now I’m back for more. But I’ll tell you more about Watamu and the lovely hotel we’re staying at this time later. Why? Because right now I want to tell you about the bus ride from HELL that we had to take to get here.

First of all, I will fully admit that it is entirely due to an acute lack of planning that we (Mr. Big and I) couldn’t find space on any flight and ended up taking the bus in the first place. We should have booked flights much earlier. We should have planned way better. I AM SORRY that we failed so miserably at planning, mother universe, but I still don’t believe that this was just cause to be punished so harshly!

So. About the bus ride from hell.

I was told we would be travelling on a luxury bus. That it would feel like being in economy class on a budget airline. That it would have AC. That it would have WiFi! Instead, what showed up to pick us at the bus terminal looked like it was used in 1945 to transport World War II veterans back from war torn Germany. And had been in use every day since.

Our rusty disaster of a “machine” squeaked, rattled and damn near fell apart at every corner on the way from Nairobi to Watamu. The seats stunk, the windows couldn’t open, I’m pretty sure I raptured my spleen on one of those potholes AND there was an old cucu singing ancient (and HAUNTING!) Kikuyu spirituals for the entire journey. A journey that took 12 miserable hours. Did you hear me? 12. Hours. It was. Torture.

I have learned my lesson though. I have already started planning for my next vacation. 12 months in advance.

Nonetheless, we made it to Watamu and were very warmly received by our hosts at Saba Saba. I can’t wait to tell you all about this place in a few days!

P.S. – It’s only Mr. Big and I on this trip. Ella is on vacation with her dad. Did somebody say mommy vacation? *pops bottle of champagne*

P.S.S. – I’ve never blogged while traveling before. This is fun!

15 Comments on Bus Ride From Hell (On the way to #SabaSabaWatamu)

  1. Vincent
    December 30, 2015 at 10:00 pm (2 years ago)

    First time we stayed at Saba Saba (2014) was the last time I ever took a bus to the Coast. Absolutely torrid, we were to travel by Coast Bus at 9:00AM, it didn’t show up until 1:00PM got to Watamu past midnight. But we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

    • Shiko
      December 31, 2015 at 3:17 pm (2 years ago)

      I’m never taking the bus again!!! I’m loving Saba Saba! New management took over this past October and they’re doing great things here!

  2. Amber Cruz
    December 31, 2015 at 8:18 am (2 years ago)

    OMG that had me cracking up, the part about the lady singing I could totally see it.

    • Shiko
      December 31, 2015 at 3:20 pm (2 years ago)

      She had her eyes closed, was swaying from side to side and everything!

  3. bankelele
    December 31, 2015 at 9:13 am (2 years ago)

    Sorry about that,,which company was this?

    Where does it turn off the Mombasa Rd to reach Watamu? That was good time as 12 hours is standard, even on the main Mombasa bus companies

    • Shiko
      December 31, 2015 at 3:23 pm (2 years ago)

      The oldest Modern Coast bus in the history of buses! The bus dropped us at Gede and continued on to Malindi. Here I was thinking it would be a 7 hour journey!

      • bankelele
        January 1, 2016 at 9:11 am (2 years ago)

        6, 7 hour road trips are a thing of the past. Now it’s 12/13 to Mombasa.

  4. Julie M
    December 31, 2015 at 9:35 am (2 years ago)

    Hope the stay makes up for the trip there. Happy Holidays to you and Mr Big. xo

    • Shiko
      December 31, 2015 at 3:25 pm (2 years ago)

      The stay has been AMAZING! I can’t wait to tell you all about it! Happy Holidays Julie!

  5. Catherine
    January 1, 2016 at 8:05 pm (2 years ago)

    Loved SabaSaba, little gem we accidentally discovered in Dec 2014 before the changes in management. Had the whole place to ourselves, we really misbehaved haha. Did they finally build a tunnel? Would use a tunnel at some nearby eco lodge to access the ocean. Beautiful town. Enjoy.

    • Shiko
      January 1, 2016 at 8:22 pm (2 years ago)

      They did! The tunnel takes you right to the ocean, and the beach on this side is so, so, good!

  6. Mbito
    January 4, 2016 at 10:45 am (2 years ago)

    New here,love the blog already. must say Watamu is my next destination ,been there twice as a group,im sure it will be more fun with the missus

    • Shiko
      January 4, 2016 at 10:56 am (2 years ago)

      It’s perfect for couples in my opinion! Thanks and welcome to the blog 🙂

  7. ShikoMsa
    January 6, 2016 at 12:43 pm (2 years ago)

    Modern Coast is turning out to be the joke of all jokes. My friends and I were at Saba Saba Watamu in Oct last year and we took that Nairobi-Malindi bus. It broke down at cabanas. Cabanas! Yaani it could barely make it out of Nairobi even. We wasted about 4 hours there then they brought another one that coughed and splattered all the way to Mombasa, then they changed us into another one to complete the journey to Watamu.

    We got to Gede at I think 2pm having left Nairobi at 8pm the previous night although part of that delay was also coz of crazy traffic in Taru at that time.

    Saba Saba villas erased aaaaaalll our anguish upon arrival though. Awesome place!

    • Shiko
      January 6, 2016 at 1:27 pm (2 years ago)

      When we finally got to Watamu we wondered if that awful ride had set the tone for our vacation but, nope! Like you said, Saba Saba erased all of that!


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