Safari Rally hometown – behind the scenes of this mad, crazy town called Naivasha – photos and video

“Sleepy Naivasha bursts into life as rally week rolls out.”

This is a headline in Monday’s The Nation newspaper.

We think The Nation is doing the home of the Safari Rally an injustice – as can be seen from these photos, the town is far from sleepy.

In a bustling market town like this, your brain cannot keep up with the constant change of colour, noise and action.

One minute a farmer is driving a donkey and car on the town’s main thoroughfare, the next a local politician is delivering his election message on the back of a large lorry. He promises “Every hustle matters”

All the while the owners of tiny market stalls tout for business, fried bananas here, a box of day-old chicklings over there.

Need a taxi, take a Hiace minibus, a Suzuki Alto mini cab or jump on the back of a 100cc motorcycle to get to your destination.

Hot dogs for less than five cents (euros), a 1988 Datsun Sunny with raised suspensions for not much more.  We were offered both and bought one while enjoying a pint bottle of Guinness in the Corner Bar.

Meanwhile, a rep from Carrickmackcross Emmets GAA club prepares for the Monaghan County Championship

Naivasha – your national paper is wrong, your town is far from sleepy

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