Sometimes being remote has its challenges and in this last year we have lost alot of sleep because we’ve had a string of Elephants limping badly, or very poorly for various reasons, some gun shot wounds, but mainly a disease the Samburu call ‘Lokuchum’ and sadly most of the time we have not been able to get help for them till its too late!.. The KWS vets are strained and coming all the way to the Milgis is sometimes too far for them.. We are incredibly grateful to the DSWT mobile vet unit under Dr Rono for trying their best, although they are not always available or they simply cant get there in the vehicle because of luggas in flood…, We do not know what is causing this disease, which is deadly, the elephant dieing a slow horrific death, succumbing to septecemia.. .. TOO many sleepless nights and we really have made alot of ‘noise’ to try to get some sort of recognition that there is a big problem here !! Anyway just last week another limping Elephant was found in the Milgis by our scouts.. Relieved to say Thanks to Lewa for sending the Helicopter and Dr Rono, we saved his life.. The biggest bull in the area is up and happy and LIVING a renewed life!!
LETS NOT DWELL ON SAD THINGS AS WEVE HAD AN AMAZING FEW MONTHS AS WELL!!
Its that time of the year again where family Dufresne head to the top of a mountain to remember Simon and his crazy life he lived!! This beautiful flower lives on the top of the Ndotos.. and we found it again!!!
this year we climbed the highest peak of the Ndoto Mountains!!.. Although Upe which we climbed last year looks higher, Alimisio to the left in the picture is higher and harder!!.. It looks easy but its NOT!!
As we head up we pass these most beautiful plants and think of Gilfrid Powys!
i hope you have all been out there watching the planets.. all in a magical row across the sky!! when I saw these 4 flowers in a line in exacly the same position as the planets in the sky I had to take a picture!
AND WE MADE IT!! It was a very happy day for me !
As you all know i have ranted and raved about fire damage and heres just one more lot of dead trees!
But much more disturbing is what happened in the Arsim Valley as a result of continuous burning.. huge new gullies formed and half the mountain was taken down in the big rains.. as I mentioned in my blog in April, hundreds and thousands of Animals reptiles and insects, even people died when the Arsim river tripled in size and in some places a new huge 50 wide lugga was formed.. See the pictures below to see how..
On our way down we arranged to meet our porters at this well.. It no longer exists.. the spring has been washed away… our older porters were VERY SURPRISED!! I told you so, I continue to rant on!.. The burning MUST STOP forever!!
Other wise we have had the pleasure of the amazing Bergums, from Namsos in Norway back to check on a couple of water projects that Lene Maria for clean water are funding… We met them in Ngurnit and walked to the North end of the Ndotos to the Seren valley, where we are hoping to find water for a very needy community! Two students and a teacher from Olav Duun High School in Namsos came all the way to support and inspect the project!
Next we had to cross the mountain to open the very nice water project in Loikumukum, this time in memory of Lene Marias godfather kurt Tausvik.. The family came out to open the project..
while down at the well the Bergums were surprised by who came to see them!!.. Way back in 2014 in Masikita there was this special meeting between the Bergums and Lobuk family and Patricia, the daughter is a very lucky girl!.. She has been seen through secondary school and now is on her way to college!.. THANK YOU Arnulf and Tove!..
The sign post that all who come for water in loikumukum will see is this!! We thank the Tausvik Family, and Lene Maria
another great ‘safari’… Jonathan knowles finally came back after 10 years with his family to see the school on the top of the Ndotos that was built in memory of his dear mother.. June..
i leave you with a sweet scene of ‘Nanyuki’ the camel with Loibotong…
Nanyuki looking for something to eat amoungst Loibotongs Jewelry!!