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Loita Hills Trek

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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

Loita Hills Trek

Loita Hills 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. Loita Hills is located between the Mara National Reserve 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 Loita Hills are one of Kenya’s last remaining true wilderness areas. The low-lying mountain range is located south of Nairobi and northeast of the Maasai Mara. Loita Hills are rarely visited and as a result, it is widely believed that the most traditional Maasai culture exists here

The trek through the forest starts at Morijo and ends in Nguruman 40 km from Lake Magadi

Loita Hills Birds; Rameron Pigeon, Delegorgues Pigeon, African Green Pigeon, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Klaas’s Cuckoo, Narina Trogon, White-headed Woodhoopoe, African Crowned Eagle, Mustached Tinkerbird, Red-fronted Parrot, Black-fronted Bushshrike, Chestnut-throated Apalis, Eastern Mountain Greenbul, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Black-tailed Oriole, Black-throated Wattle-eye, Mosque Swallow, Grey-headed Nigrita,

Loita Hills 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
Loita Hills Trek Itinerary

Day 1Nairobi- Morijo

Your tour starts with pick up at 7:00 am from your Nairobi hotel or Airport and drives to Loita Hills. This drive will take about 5 to 6.5 hours with a scenic stopover at the Great Rift Valley. Arrive in the afternoon in Morijo to set camp and start preparing the evening meals

Day 2Morijo - Ngiwan

On this day have breakfast, break camp and start the walk  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 3Ngiwan - Esoit Neigero

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 Mount Kilimanjaro, Ol Donyo Lengai, an active volcano in Tanzania, and Shompole Hill to the south of Nguruman Escarpment, evening at Esoit Neigero campsite (4.5 hours walk)

Day 4Esoit Neigero- Nguruman Escarpment

Walk past villages up and down Loita hills, the trees and vegetation along the trail change 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 Entosopia 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 Mount Olorgesailie in the Rift Valley. (4 hours)

Day 5Nguruman Escarpment- Nairobi

Leave early 0600hrs, have breakfast then descend the Rift valley escarpment, arrive at Entosopia town at around 0900hrs (5 hours) Get picked up and drive back to Nairobi via Lake Magadi.Lunch will be served en-route, and will arrive in Nairobi at around 6 pm

Loita Hills Trek Photos