I dont know of many places on our earth that one could wake up with a view like this ! along with peace, quiet.. just the birds singing.. D4 and Uni enjoying the most incredible view of their life time!.. The Ndoto mountains, at dawn, with the Milgis lugga winding its way below.. taken from Northern Lenkiyou..
We are on No 5 family trip to remember Simon, my adventurous brother who finally ‘adventured’ too far in 2014!..! This year we are with Hugo, my other brother, & Antoinette, Ileana, Simons wife, Fonsi and D4 Simons sons, Pete and I.. Our destination is the very top of the north end of Ol Donyo Lenkiyou the real name for the Matthews range… Meaning the cows dewlap because of how good a cows health becomes if living there!.. The most important mountain in the northern string in the view of many Samburu.. they say if they loose this then its the end of them??!! Any way it is magic and we will do all that is in our strength to keep it pristine with them..
Just a few pics to show you the ABSOLUTE beauty of this place!!
First we had to climb it.. With the thought ‘ No pain no gain’ in mind.. We all head up..
Our first camp.. over looking the east side of the range..
One of the team told us he saw some monkeys in the forest below us.. We presume they were Debrazzas, because of their patience and hiding abilities! We searched high and low! These clever Monkeys can hide for hours .. Even making sure their tail is not hanging down.. they put it along the branch!
Onwards and upwards! Cycads.. a feature of this fabulous mountain
I think I’m right in saying these rare colobus monkeys are also only found in this mountain range??
Our hard working patient porters.. told to be as quiet as possible so that we would not miss a thing!
On the top.. !!
The forest was full of flowers …
casually watching the climbers from a distance.. a klipspringer..
Little fonsi of five and half walked over 100 kms with no problem!!
in memory of a crazy brother, his family now have conquered 4 peaks … Poi, Upe and Alimisio and now Lekwe!.. All beautiful places on earth… All in the area that the Milgis Trust protects!
Ah Helen – magical photos. I feel I am there in person, not thousands of miles away. Those views are to die for and what a wonderful family tradition you have created in memory of your brother. I’m so impressed with the little 5 yr old too! My safari with you was one of the best things I have ever done and I treasure the memories. Thanks for sharing this wonderful adventure. XX
What a marvelous adventure! The photos are beautiful! Thank you for all you do, Helen.
Lots of love, Katherine