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Would anyone have the new postal address for jungle junction in Nairobi Kenya. I need to get some parts sent their. Currently in Sudan heading south. Thanks guys. I have been looking but the net is so slow I can't cope.
I have emailed the owner but have got no response and I know they just recently moved.
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Hi guys

Would anyone have the new postal address for jungle junction in Nairobi Kenya. I need to get some parts sent their. Currently in Sudan heading south. Thanks guys. I have been looking but the net is so slow I can't cope.
I have emailed the owner but have got no response and I know they just recently moved.
Hi Kev,

Jungle Junction
Amboseli Rd. Lavington, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel. +254 722 752865 / +264 723 392014,
E-mail: jungle_junction_nairobi@yahoo.com

GPS coordinate S1 17.325 E36 45.634

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That is the old address isn't it? They are in Karen now. There is no postal service in Kenya anyway. Normally you have to go to the forwarders to collect your items or have a post box.
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That is the old address isn't it? They are in Karen now. There is no postal service in Kenya anyway. Normally you have to go to the forwarders to collect your items or have a post box.
you're right
Haven't got a postal address for the new place in Karen, just the coordinates:

S1 21.767 E36 44.438

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I had some things sent by DHL to JJ. I was there waiting for them.

The taxes were CRAZY. 100% Tax and all kinds of admin and fees.

The most expensive parts I have ever received. Be warned !
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I have send spareparts to Nairobi last year from Germany with the normal post service. In Germany this is "DHL" but it has nothing to do with their courier branche where you pick up the parcel/documents at a specially dedicated DHL-Shop. Every post-office up here is run by DHL and it costs around 20€ to send 5-10 kilo so not comparable to the courier service rates !

There is no need to send it to an adress like Jungle Junction, I have used the "poste restante" service many times in Africa and always received the parcel ! ( Marocco, Togo, Uganda, Congo, Kenya )

Sometimes its faster, sometimes slower. On average you have to wait around a month before you can pick it up at the central post-office ! The good thing about the "poste restante" service is, that they store it for you for a month, in Togo i payed around 5 Dollars for that service.

I sent used engine parts, a new piston, seals and a cellphone to Nairobi. My advice would be let the stuff look like it is used, apply oil and dirt to it, create scratches and try to hide expensive parts like electronics if possible. Be nice, don´t push the people at the office even if it seems to take forever, try to make friends with everybody you meet. I told about my trip whenever possible and that I am stuck without the parts ! In the end i payed not one single cent of import duties, same thing the other times when I sent stuff.

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Shocking news!!

We just learnt that a couple of weeks ago, 6 armed men attacked JJ, there was a little of shooting and some tents cut with machettes!!

We are travelling for 1,5 years in Africa and it is the first time we hear that there was an attack in a campsite!!

We do not know what's wrong but it's good to know!!
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We just learnt that a couple of weeks ago, 6 armed men attacked JJ, there was a little of shooting and some tents cut with machettes!!

We are travelling for 1,5 years in Africa and it is the first time we hear that there was an attack in a campsite!!

We do not know what's wrong but it's good to know!!
Well, I reckon that's probably happened more in the South of France than in Africa..

Sad to hear that about Jungle Junction. I felt as safe as house there and found the locals in the neighbourhood to be friendly.
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We just learnt that a couple of weeks ago, 6 armed men attacked JJ, there was a little of shooting and some tents cut with machettes!!

We are travelling for 1,5 years in Africa and it is the first time we hear that there was an attack in a campsite!!

We do not know what's wrong but it's good to know!!
I was actually there just before and immediately after this happened (Luckily was in Amboseli the actual night of). It was two or three guys, they robbed a bunch of guests at gunpoint and shot and killed one of the dogs.

The only problem I had with JJ was the lack of any kind of security. The only staff are basically gardeners or cleaners, so there is no deterrent to any thieves looking to come in and take advantage of travelers.

I didn't get the sense that Chris had any intention of changing the security situation after the attack. I'll probably stay somewhere else next time. It's a comfortable place otherwise, and Chris is a nice guy.
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24 hour askaris at Karen Camp. Plus, I think all workers do this weird 2 day on, 1 day off schedule, sleeping on site. Since there's a restaurant/pub, plus workers for the gardens, there's a shlew of people here. There's also two dogs, but they're old and VERY fat. Doubt they'd deter anyone....
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I was actually there just before and immediately after this happened (Luckily was in Amboseli the actual night of). It was two or three guys, they robbed a bunch of guests at gunpoint and shot and killed one of the dogs.

The only problem I had with JJ was the lack of any kind of security. The only staff are basically gardeners or cleaners, so there is no deterrent to any thieves looking to come in and take advantage of travelers.

I didn't get the sense that Chris had any intention of changing the security situation after the attack. I'll probably stay somewhere else next time. It's a comfortable place otherwise, and Chris is a nice guy.
Actually something similar happened at JJs mid this year too. the gunmen were ill equipped, fired off 3 shots and ran out of bullets. Hit a dog just above the eye. nobody hurt and nothing stolen. sounds like they came better equipped this time.

hopefully Chris will move away from Amboseli soon. JJs is an institution for overlanders.
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hopefully Chris will move away from Amboseli soon. JJs is an institution for overlanders.
That would be quite a feet to move that big house/hostel along with the workshops..

It doesn't matter where you go. If people want to rob you with guns, they will..

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That would be quite a feet to move that big house/hostel along with the workshops..

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House was sold when I was there in 2012 - Chris was looking for places then and has since moved out to the Karen area as per the original posting asking for the new postal address.

Did the attacks happen in the new Karen camp or the old house near Junction shopping Mall?

Re: PARTS - if you have a carnet you should be able to argue that you don't need to pay duties as it will leave the country shortly with your bike/vehicle on the carnet (show how the parts fit the model on the carnet etc - take the old parts if practical). You might need to visit the courier company and/or customs and get the right person. I helped 5 people do this in other countries - usually a lot of waiting around for the big cheese to ok it, but always worked, even in corrupt as bollocks Tanzania. Once they saw the yellow carnet cover it was signed off within a few minutes… surely somebody has also achieved this in Kenya and could detail the process?
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Did the attacks happen in the new Karen camp or the old house near Junction shopping Mall?
The attack I referenced happened at the new Karen camp.
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Re: PARTS - if you have a carnet you should be able to argue that you don't need to pay duties as it will leave the country shortly with your bike/vehicle on the carnet (show how the parts fit the model on the carnet etc - take the old parts if practical). You might need to visit the courier company and/or customs and get the right person. I helped 5 people do this in other countries - usually a lot of waiting around for the big cheese to ok it, but always worked, even in corrupt as bollocks Tanzania. Once they saw the yellow carnet cover it was signed off within a few minutes… surely somebody has also achieved this in Kenya and could detail the process?
Worked for me in Ethiopia. The process is a bit protracted, but easy once you figure out how.
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