Flying into Kalama Conservancy, you cannot fail to notice Mt Ololokwe. The massive rock emerges seemingly out of nowhere from the desert plains. I was captivated by its beauty and was desperate to find out more about it and its significance to the Samburu community.
Despite the early wake-up call (5:00 am!) and the warnings that the climb was ”tough”, I was determined to climb it… I mean, can you imagine what the views would be like? Plus the Saruni team provide a delicious picnic breakfast and lunch!
Coaxed awake by fresh coffee and some delicious biscuits, we set off before sunrise to climb the Mountain. Everyone was quiet as we watched the Mountain move dauntingly closer.
Following the armed ranger and 4(!) Samburu porters, we set off up the steep, twisty path. It seems most of the trails were actually old elephant trails, widened by cattle drives towards the permanent springs at the top.
Despite the early hour, it was a hot and tiring climb. The porters chatted merrily, springing up the path, ladened with our water supply and picnic breakfast, without a hint of fatigue!