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M a s a i M a r a & W e s t e r n K e n ya W E s T E R N H I g H l a N D s M a s a i M a r a & W e s t e r n K e n ya E a T I N g M a s a i M a r a & W e s t e r n K e n ya K I T a l E This new business-class hotel, 2km from the city centre, is hands down the best place to stay in Eldoret. The large rooms are smart, stylishly decorated and have comfortable beds, big desks to work at, piping-hot show- ers and there's a decent in-house restaurant as well as a pool and gym. All profits go to the Kenyan Red Cross. 5 Eating Will's Pub & Restaurant INTERNaTIoNal $ (Uganda Rd; mains Ksh100-450; h 9am-midnight) Looks and feels like an English pub, with similarly heavyweight food – steak and fried breakfasts – but it also produces a few Af- rican dishes of the ugali and beef-stew ilk. The big-screen TV makes it a great place for a cold beer, and the low-key vibe makes it a safe spot for solo female travellers. oSunjeel Palace INDIaN $$ (Kenyatta st; mains Ksh450-600; h 11am-11pm; v ) This formal, dark and spicy Indian res- taurant serves superb, real-deal curries. Por- tion sizes are decent and if you mop up all the gravy with a freshly baked butter naan, you'll be as rotund as Ganesh himself. 8 Information Barclays Bank (Uganda Rd) With aTM. Eldoret Hospital (% 053-2062000; www.; Makasembo Rd) one of Kenya's best hospitals, with a 24-hour emer- gency unit. It's off Uganda Rd. Post Office (Uganda Rd) 8 Getting There & Away AIR Fly540 (% 053-2030814;; Eldoret international airport) Frequent flights between Eldoret and Nairobi, and less fre- quently to lodwar and Juba (south sudan). Jambo Jet ( This Kenya airways subsidary flies to Nairobi and Kisumu. BUS a string of bus companies lines Uganda Rd west of the Postbank. Most service Nairobi via Nakuru. Easy Coach (Uganda Rd) Buses to Nairobi (Ksh1250, 10am and 10pm) via Nakuru (Ksh700). Kampala Coach (Uganda Rd) Noon and mid- night buses to Kampala (Ksh2000, six hours). Mash Bus (Uganda Rd) Direct bus to Mombasa (Ksh2000, 12 hours, 5pm). MATATU The main matatu stand is in the centre of town by the municipal market, though some local matatus and more Kericho services leave from Nandi Rd. Irregular matatus to Iten and Kabarnet leave from sergoit Rd. Further west on Uganda Rd, matatus leave for Malaba on the Uganda border. 8 Getting Around a matatu to or from the international airport costs Ksh80, and a taxi will cost around Ksh1000 to Ksh1500. Boda-bodas (especially the motorised variety) can be found on most street corners. Kitale P OP 106,100 Agricultural Kitale is a friendly market town with a couple of interesting museums and a bustling market. It makes an ideal base for explorations of Mt Elgon and Saiwa Swamp National Parks. It also serves as the take-off point for a trip up to the western side of Lake Turkana. MATATUS FROM ELDORET TO FARE DURATION Iten Ksh100 1 hr Kabarnet Ksh350 2 hr Kakamega Ksh350-400 2 hr Kericho Ksh400 3 hr Kisumu Ksh500 3 hr Kitale Ksh250 1¼ hr Nairobi Ksh800 6 hr Nakuru Ksh300 2¾ hr Nyahururu Ksh600 3½ hr 1 4 0

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