Loita Hills Walking Safari- Ndarara Route. Hiking and exploring in the Loita Hills are notable for the variety of its sceneries, this ranges from rolling hills
The Loita Hills are in the Southern Rift Valley. It is certainly one of Kenya’s last frontiers of unspoiled wilderness. Stretching from Maji Moto near northern-end to Entasopia at the base of the Nguruman Escarpment to the south. This mountain range is home to one of the few un-gazetted forests in Kenya. The local Maasai community has perfectly managed it. This covers a vast area through a Savannah, tropical forest with breath-taking landscapes and the expansive Maasai Mara. It is a habitat of a wide range of wildlife and a dazzling array of wildflowers and indigenous plants.
Loita Hills offers some of the best hiking trails in Kenya at altitudes of over 2100m above sea level, with panoramic views of distant mountains and lakes from various vantage points. The “Sacred Forest” is filled with cedar, podo and strangler figs, waterfalls, and spectacular birdlife. Furthermore, the area is inaccessible to vehicles hence it has maintained relatively untouched wilderness. Colobus monkeys roam the tree-tops while you’ll also likely encounter elephants, buffalo, baboon, bushbuck, bush pig, leopard, and hyena. Your private guided hiking safari features a route custom-tailored to your physical abilities and interests. It’s an adventure to thrill even the most seasoned hikers.
At the end of the trip, you will have learned a few tricks of survival. Seen exhibitions and try your own hand at throwing spears and shooting arrows, practising battle by throwing natural sisal at other “warriors in training”, making red ochre for marking your skin with natural stones and leaves. Learned how to make fire from rubbing a stick and a wood and removing cow blood for drinking without killing. Enjoy traditional dancing, goat slaughter, and other traditional activities of the Maasai. A visit to Maasai boma or homestead to be introduced to the daily routine work of the women and the life of the children. There will be time for sitting in the shade and making the famous coloured beadwork jewellery – necklaces, earrings, bracelets – and if they don’t come up to professional standards, you can buy beautifully crafted jewellery from the women of the village as souvenirs.
Loita hills boarders the Great Rift Valley and its inhabitants are the Maasai the areas wild scenery and variety of habitants offer a true African experience to the visitor. As well as Elephants and buffalo for which Loiter hills is famous, you may also encounter less well-known species such as Columbus monkeys, impalas, and rarely seen dik-dik. These wild animals are not accustomed to vehicles and walking offers a unique opportunity to see the smaller but equally fascinating life of the bush. During our walk-in these areas, you will see a wealth of birdlife and a concentration of game.
Day 1: Nairobi – Loita
Departing Nairobi at around 0900hrs you drive to the edge of the Great Rift where you stop briefly to view this magnificent view before descending down the to the floor. You continue past Narok town and into the heart of the Loita Hills. We meet our Maasai guides who will accompany us for the next 4 ½ Days (LD)
Day 2: Loita Hills Trek – Entasikera
Our 06:45 hrs wake up call is followed by a cup of tea/coffee followed by full breakfast. Guided by our Maasai warriors, we hope to experience the thrill of meeting wildlife face to face within their own environment. We will also have a chance to experience the Maasai way of life in the African wilderness. We return to the camp in time for lunch followed by a siesta/read before setting off for our walk. We return to the camp just before dark. The evening is spent over dinner cooked by our expert safari cook under the stars around the campfire. (Fly Camp) (B,L,D)
Day 3: Ol Camp.
Continue walking through this unpolluted and natural mountain rain forest sacred to the Loita Maasai people. As we walk along with the warriors, they share their rich history and cultural backgrounds with us. (BLD)
Day 4: Loita Trek-Camping
After breakfast, we walk to Olopule camp for lunch. Afternoon hike up the hills for spectacular views of Mt. Kenya, Kilimanjaro, Nairobi (if it is a clear day) (B, L, D)
Day 5: Loita Trek – Camping
A short walk to Morijo where we link up with our vehicle, driving through the Rift Valley floor to be in Nairobi by afternoon. (B, L)
Options are of course many and varied and in many cases, we can be flexible about the itinerary for accommodation facilities and the extension of the safari destinations.