More of South Horr
It’s very difficult to resist the temptation. The North is inexplicably like a magnet and keeps attracting you regardless whether there are restrictions or not.
The most beautiful place to be encountered during a trip North is a pretty remote village of Ngurunit.
Set among the Ndotto mountains with towering above it Mount Poi it’s an unappreciated gem well worth a five hundred kilometre journey from Nairobi even if the last 70 odd kilometre leg follows what used to be a really good road when it was used for transporting windmills to Loiyangalani. Now, in places, it seems more like a dusty dirt track leading to nowhere and one begins to doubt the signpost at Laisamis saying Ngurunit 72 km.
Yet, if you keep going regardless, and will not get discouraged, and are adventurous enough, the reward is there waiting for you with all its glory among jagged peaks of countless hills, sitting on the banks of the Ngurunit river with its impossibly crystal clear water.
All along the way, somewhere in the background, one can see mighty Mount Poi looking like a loaf of bread fresh out of the oven.
There are two camps to stay and one of them sits on the river bank and provides probably more in terms of views than the other.
And I’d strongly recommend that a stay a bit longer than most people plan should be taken into consideration and would certainly be worthwhile.
Above; Snow-capped Kilimanjaro from Tsavo West Kitani bandas April 2020. Courtesy Severin Safari Lodge Published: The East African Nation media By Rupi Mangat It was predicted that the snows of Kilimanjaro would vanish by 2020…but look at what’s happened Kilimanjaro’s snow hat is perfectly on its head – that is on its dome-shaped Kibo also…
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I have always wanted to go North but for this or other reason never had been able to set on the journey there. Two years ago I nearly made it but yet again, for some obscure reason my route was changed at the very last minute so that eventually I never got there.
Now, towards the end of January, when nobody yet thought of social distancing, I made another decision to go North. This time round I was more lucky.
The plan was to go to Loiyangalani via Maralal and return by the way of South Horr and Lasamis. Eventually the final destination turned out to be North Horr which was well worth a few extra miles.
From Maralal the road has been under construction ever since with very little progress being made over the years. It’s all right when it is dry but when there are rains you will need not only a 4×4 but lots of enthusiasm as well as luck to negotiate 230 kilometres to Loiyangalani in less than a day. Having said that I must add that there is a lot to keep you entertained en route in terms of magnificent views right from the start. They are marred only by unsightly pylons of the power line which will accompany you all the way to Loiyangalani.
The best scenery is awaiting you in South Horr, a green oasis that welcomes you after hours of driving. Here one can rest in the shade of giant acacia trees growing along the riverbed. Yet be ready to evacuate in the event it changes into a roaring torrent after the rains come. However forget lunching at a local very expensive lodge which we were told in no uncertain terms is not a restaurant! So best take a packed lunch and have the food while enjoying the beauty of this remote place.
From South Horr the drive is easy if a bit shaky and in no time we get to see a long line of windmills heralding vicinity of our destination.
At sunset we reach the shore of the Lake Turkana.
By RUPI MANGAT
Above: The gate at Ruma National Park of the roan antelope. Copyright Rupi Mangat
Published: The East African Nation 14 April 2008
Only 40 surviving today – 2020.
If you think that only the African Rhino and elephant are endangered or a target of poachers, you are wrong. There are many other animals threatened with extinction who, unfortunately, are little known and rarely heard of.
Kenya’s roan antelope falls in this category. Today, this subspecies of the roan, Hippotragus equines langheldi, is only found in one tiny area in the world — Ruma National Park in western Kenya. At one time its territory stretched all the way from the Mara grasslands to Ruma. It was also found in other areas such as the Ithanga hills in Thika.
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