Fall 2016, I traveled to Kenya and had the most amazing time, discovering this beautiful and diverse country. After an incredible few days at Lake Naivasha and the Maasai Mara, my friend Dion, two of his friends and I decided to head up north into the wild and rural countryside of Kenya.
Our plan was to hike to the top of Mount Ololokwe - in the county of the nomadic Samburu tribe, an area which is rarely visited by any tourists and it's very difficult to reach. For safety, we had to hire two guides from the local tribe, one man carrying a spear and the other an AK47. We were told this was to protect us from wild elephants and rival tribes in the area.
Together, we started our adventure climbing up this beautiful, sacred and steep mountain. During the climb, we got to know our two guides a little bit better. Our guide Samuel told us that his colleague, a younger boy who didn’t speak any English and never met any tourists before, could be a passionate killer – he apparently loved noting better than to kill animals, humans, and in fact we were told that he was raiding and waring against a rival tribe just days before!
I have been on many hikes and got to know many locals on my previous travels, but on this particular adventure trip everything just felt so much more wild and real.
As we climbed up the mountain, the landscape changed, from the dry semi desert below into cool green cedar forests and valley. When we reached the top we were rewarded with the most incredible view of the Kenyan countryside below and beyond us. Standing on a rock, looking over the endless vast landscape and admiring that beautiful African sky, I had my very own Lion King moment.
We stayed the night at the Samuel’s camp – He and his fellow Samburu warriors slaughtered a goat for us – and we all spent the evening sitting round the bonfire, looking at the stars on this clear African night. This was definitely an experience I won’t forget!
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