Virtual Cache

Rift Valley

A cache by Hans-Georg Michna Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 6/15/2000
In Kenya
1 out of 5
2 out of 5

Size: Size: virtual (virtual)

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Geocache Description:

One of the earliest virtual geocaches and perhaps the first on the equator. Certainly the first on an equator confluence, but this geocache already existed before the word confluence became common.

Located on a large plantation, it is relatively easy to reach with an off-road-capable car, but plan at least 1½ hours.

Due to the people who live and work in the area it is not possible to actually stash away anything. So this became the first virtual geocache.

Because Africa can be tricky and because the place is somewhat remote I will describe the access here in more detail than I would normally provide for a geocache. The idea is that, if somebody has flown thousands of kilometers to reach Kenya and then driven for a day to get close, it would be needlessly frustrating to miss the cache or even to get stuck with the car.

The place is on a large plantation that grows sisal or other crops. The N 0° E 36° spot is exactly on the eastern side of a canal that runs through the plantation in a roughly SE-NW direction. The canal is just a tad too wide to jump over (unless you are a very well-trained jumper), so to reach the place from the main Nakuru-Baringo road you have to cross the canal, which is possible by car over a little bridge NNW of the cache.

At the small bridge over the canal there is a guard post, but when you are friendly or explain what you are up to, the guard will let you in.

Looking from the cache position southeast along the canal (2015)
Looking from the cache position southeast along the canal (2015)

Map of the the probably easiest approach | GPX waypoint and track | KML waypoint and track

Whoever sends me an email to hans-georg© (retype, don't copy!) with a well-recognizable photo of the place will get entered into the virtual logbook for that stash and published here and on my Web site and on anybody else's Web site who wants it.

Please send a few extra photos. The place can change rapidly and we want to know what it looks like now.

Warning: The geocache is very difficult or impossible to reach by car when it has rained. Walking is not recommended either. It is relatively far and there are obstacles like a small river. If you want to walk nonetheless, take at least a stick with you. There may be roaming farmers' dogs, not very dangerous, but they can be a nuisance.

There are already quite a few log entries, but not all of the people have found the actual cache. Some only drove by on the main Nakuru-Baringo road. This is still nice, but does not count as a find. Finding the cache is a little more involved.

More photos:

Reaching the cache by car (2015)
Reaching the cache by car (2015)

Looking across the canal (2015)
Looking across the canal (2015)

This could be the next marker tree (2015)
In a few years this could become the next marker tree, an acacia right across the canal (2015)


Additional Hints (No hints available.)



23 Logged Visits

Found it 11     Write note 11     Needs Archived 1     

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Last Updated: on 1/12/2017 6:45:59 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (2:45 AM GMT)
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum