On foot on the paths and paths of the Rift Valley

Trip description

Surrender to time and space with a walking tour that will take you to the heart of the Rift Valley! Faults and reliefs, volcanoes, freshwater and saltwater lakes, make this region rich in contrasts a flagship destination if you literally want to recharge your batteries and take your eyes off it. The grandiose landscapes and absolute serenity are from the outset an invitation to walk, even to meditate. On these lands, you will be guided by the Maasai who live here in total harmony with their environment and according to preserved traditions. For experienced walkers, here is an example of a seven-day trek (in bivouac), offered by several agencies. Other routes are possible.

Day 1 : From Nairobi to Loita Hills

Eight hours of driving in a 4x4 through breathtaking villages and landscapes. Arrival at Entesekra camp (at an altitude of 2,000 m), overlooking lakes Natron and Magadi. Meeting with the Maasai guide and preparation of the trek. Equipment, water and food are transported by mule. Night in the tent.

Day 2 : Incursion in the Loita primary forest

To your shoes! A minimum of five hours of walking (300 metres of altitude difference) on forest trails, often used by forest animals (elephants, buffaloes and antelopes...). After the effort, the comfort: you will arrive in the middle of the afternoon at the Olasoru site (2,300 m), a spectacular waterfall. Bivouac in the middle of the forest for the night.

Day 3 : Loita Forest, between rivers and clearings

A minimum of five hours of downhill walking (500 m of altitude difference) through the rocky hills covered with primary forests, overlooking the Rift Valley. Your eyes will be bathed in light, with lakes Magadi and Natron on the horizon and volcanoes Shompole and Ol Doinyo Lengai in the background. Bivouac at 1,800 m.

Day 4 : From Loita to Nguruman, meeting Maasai communities

Here we go again for five hours of downhill walking (400 m of altitude difference). Change of atmosphere and temperature on arrival on the plateau of the Nguruman Escarpment. Semi-arid savannah landscape under overwhelming heat in the middle of the day. Meeting with the Maasai communities in their place of life. Bivouac at an altitude of 1,400 m.

Day 5 : Village of Nguruman and Shompole Reserve

Final descent. Three hours of walking (800 meters of altitude difference). Arrival at the village of Nguruman. From there you will reach us by 4x4, on a track along the escarpment, Loisijo Lodge, on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro river

Day 6 : Shompole Reserve

Visit by 4x4 of the Shompole reserve, to meet the wildlife up to Lake Natron, on the Tanzanian border. Accommodation at Loisijo Lodge, the only one existing in this very touristy area. Evening wood fire at the river woods and candlelit dinner. Night in a comfortable tent with a real bed! At night, at the bottom of his bed, it is not uncommon to hear the laughter of hyenas or the roar of a lion in the distance. Magic.

Day 7 : From Shompole to Nairobi

On the way back, Lake Magadi, whose salinity tints its waters with pink, offers ultimate landscapes inhabited by hundreds of pelicans and flamingos that compose its shades. Passage to the Olergasailie site, a mineral landscape dating back several million years. Arrival in late afternoon in Nairobi (5 hours drive).

© Dominique Auzias & Jean-Paul Labourdette

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