Loita Hills Trek (5 Days)

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Loita forest (forest of the lost child) is considered a shrine by the estimated 40,000, Purko and Loita Maasai, as well as an integral botanical, ecological, and historical zone of Maasai land. It serves as an important dry season grazing zone as well as a source for numerous rivers and is home to a wide range of fauna and flora ranging from elephants to rare bird and plant species, wildebeests, zebras and gazelles graze side by side with the community’s cattle in this region. The Loita Naiminia Enkiyio Forest, stands at an altitude of about 2,300 feet above sea level and covers an area of about 33,000 hectares. It is located between the Mara and Serengeti plains and the forests of the western escarpment of the great rift-valley. The forest also occupies a special place in the Maasai legend and mythology. One of these ceremonies is the celebration of the Olorip Olasar, the head of an age group, who has to stand under an Omatamaio Oleyen (Olive Tree), a tree in the forest, for the whole night without moving a muscle or even swallowing his saliva

The trek through the forest start at Morijo and ends in Ngurumani 40 km from Lake Magadi,

Itinerary

Day 1: Long drive from Nairobi to Morijo (5- 7 hrs) road from Ewaso Nyiro to Morijo not in good condition, accommodation in Tents 

Day 2: Walking through the montane forest which is interspersed at various points with glades offering an opportunity to bask on the inviting lawns, arrive in the Ngiwan in the evening for dinner/overnight (5 hours walk)

Day 3: The trail dives into the montane forest, and then follows the course of a long meandering swamp. Along the banks, the silence is occasionally broken by the loud calls of Colobus Monkeys, as they swing between tree branches high above at the edge of the swamp. Soon the trail leads back under the canopy of the forest, occasionally emerging onto clearings that are dotted with large boulders sticking out of the ground. From one of these clearings, the highest point in Loita Hills at 2400m, you can see the majestic Mt Kilimanjaro, Ol donyo Lengai, an act

ive volcano in Tanzania, and Shompole Hill to the south of Nguruman Escarpment, evening at ESoit Neigero campsite (4.5 hours walk)

Day 4 Walk past villages up and down Loita hills, the trees and vegetation along the trail changes steadily from equatorial to dry land varieties. The soil texture also changes dramatically as you descent from the high elevations of Loita Hills to the moderate height of the Nguruman Escarpment. There is a waterfall in this vicinity that offers an opportunity for a swim in the cool waters of Entosapia River Evening at Entosopia Campsite; this campsite is perched on the edge of the Escarpment, with magnificent views of Lake Magadi, Ewaso Nyiro River at the base, and the distant Mt Olorgesaille in the Rift Valley. (4 hours)

Day 5: Leave early 0600hrs, have breakfast then descend the Rift valley escarpment, arrive at Entosopia town at around 0900hrs (5 hrs) Lunch will be served enroute, will arrive in Nairobi at around 6pm

 

Tour Concerns

Donkeys are used to carry the lightweight luggage in all the four days

Minimal showering/Bathroom/long drops/bush

Lunch will be mainly sandwich eaten as you walk (break of 1 hour)

Campsite are owned by locals who also acts guides, potters & security

The first and last day of the trip, driving for long hours will be encountered  

What to carry

A head torch

Personal effects

Drinks (wines/can beers/whisky)

Personal water container

Sleeping bag/warm sheet

Comfy walking shoes

Insect repellant

Camera/Binocular

Carry spare batteries for your devices, no power

Painkillers

Charges: USD 325 / Ksh 32,500 Min 10 pax

Caters for Transport, Camping fee & gears (Tents & mattress), Community Guides & Porters, Food,

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