Originally Posted by VanGS
I have met some guys going north and all complained about the security situation in north kenya.
Couple missed a shooting by an hour etc etc.
I've traveled this and surrounding roads 5 times now. This section between Marsibit and Moyale is still my favorite section of the Trans-East-African Highway which has a deserved reputation for breaking vehicles. It's also got the nickname of the 'Bandit Belt' or 'Badlands'.
The 'Bandit Belt' is supposedly the east-west section between Turbi and Moyale, running parallel with Ethiopia (where Ted Simon had his accident). In the 90's there was a spate of highway robberies on this road directed at "Wazungus", but this happens all over the world (I was robbed of cash in Austria by a guy in a fancy costume with a gun).
This area of Kenya is pastoral and under traditional law systems. There is a lot of inter-tribal conflict. At Turbi, 60 people were massacred in 2005 in these tribal wars. The tribes are generally friendly. I've stayed with the Sakuye and Samburu. Conflict is not directed at westerners, though I find the Somali people can be quite aggressive; and I won't argue with anyone chewing Khat
I wild-camped 200m off the road near Sololo in 2010, which wasn't a problem. Just find a local and introduce yourselves to them. They're happy to have visitors. Beware of lion and hyenas. We saw two massive lions.
On a whole, the road should be no more dangerous than Ethiopia or any other remote area. The poor road conditions should be more of a concern. The sand road via Dabel and Wajir is a viable alternative which the trucks use when the rains close the main "highway".