Over the last 5 years I have been working towards creating new and unique Tourist Attraction features that will add more value to the North Rift destination. Amongst them and as the most promising is a walking Trail that spans the breath of the Baringo and Keiyo County section of the Kenya’s Great Rift. It runs from Mochongoi in area in the Laikipia Plateau through Bogoria, over the Tugen Hills into the Kerio Valley and terminates at Chororget in the Keiyo Escarpment. Due to the fact that it runs right across the Rift Valley, I have christened it “The Trans Rift Trails”.
This feature has been designed along similar facilities found world over. Some of the most famous include the Euro-Trail that runs from the Czech Republic to Spain, The Inca Trail of South America the Appalachian Trail in the US and the just completed Trans Canada Trail. Ours is a very tiny bit compared to but runs across a famous land feature, The Great Rift Valley but nevertheless among the first in the Region. This feature utilizes the same footpaths used on a day to day basis by the local community but only opening it up for visitor use. Tourists and general visitors can disembark at different points and walk it for their own convenient length and time. I have designed to make use of existing facilities such as Reserve Out posts Community Trading and Market Centers, e.t.c. (see the attached sketch)
All activities can be coordinated from the newly built Information Centre and the Tourist entry points to start with and eventually extend to the other posts. I have personally surveyed the route in various areas while sensitizing the Communities and found it generally acceptable.
Coincidentally Elderly members of the Community recall past trail activities from the Colonial times and even pointed out stopping area that are still set aside to date.
This will open a new window in the Rural Tourism Development Chapter in Kenya’s history. As a flagship product in Adventure and active Tourism, I have no doubt that it may become Kenya’s next sensational product.
It will also provide alternative livelihood opportunities in for remote and far flung Communities along this old trail in a number of ways. For example the provision of various goods as fresh vegetables and fruits, essential supplies and services such as Guides, Porters, and even donkey for luggage. This will also be a multipurpose area which the community can use it in many ways to promote Environmental conservation activities. Thanks
Chief Game Warden
County Council of Koibatek/
Technical Advisor to the North Rift Inter-Council Forum.
To book an expedition just call Betty Kibet on +(254) 721 294 341, email us on [email protected]
Or visit us at the Equator Visitor Center at Mogotio.
In the next few posts we will take you on an extraordinary journey – this is just the itinerary…
THE TREK ITINERARY
Day 1 – Depart Nairobi for The Equator Mogotio Tourism Information and Operations Centre
India/Kenya Flag Raising Ceremony
Trek Flag Off by the Council Chairman and The Area District Commissioner
Proceed to Nyalilpuch Trail Base Station and Outpost for the night.
Day 2- Morning Ridgewalk and descent to the shores of Lake Bogoria on the Hannington Trail. Explore Emsos and overnight at Fig Tree Camp. (Support vehicle leaves for the Overnight Camp Maji Moto)
Day 3- Morning take off along the Greater Kudu Trail to arrive at Maji Moto Village Camp.
Overnight at the Greater Kudu Camp. Tugen Traditional dance. (Support vehicle leaves for the Overnight Camp Maji Moto)
Day 4 – Depart for Kamar via the Siewa Donkey Trail
Overnight at The Crocodile Dam. Evening stroll in the Village overnight film show.
Day 5- Depart Kamar on the Honey Trail and the Molo River.
Explore the River and the Little Lake Kapnarok. Picked by the support vehicle for overnight camping at Perkerra River.
Day 6-Drive to Tenges via Tugen Ritual Camp for a short ridge walk along the Mountain club of Kenya 1969 hiking route. Afternoon exploration at the Tabagon Rock Tower. Late afternoon swim at Sacho High School Pool. Supper and overnight at the Royal Camp Sacho. Evening meal at Sigowo restaurant.
Day 7- The Kerio Descent.Turukwei Trails Torok Cliff Face and the Tambach Cliff face exploration.Drive along the Escarpment and enter the Chororget descent.
Day 8- The Sego Trail descent
The Full stop party at the Sego Swimming pool.
First Aid Kit Box
Cameras and Binoculars
Food and Drink
Utensils Coolbox etc
2Donkey Harnesses (KSPCA)
THE TRANS RIFT TRAILS©®
Good tree shade
Numerous and identified by trekkers.
B. TRAIL POSTS
Toilet / Shower
Proximity to Water source
Pack animal availability
Porters and Guides
Link to essential supply sources
Link to local/ regular Transport or Matatu service
Trail Log Book and certification stamp
Mochongoi .Kapkelelwa Waseseges.Sego Nyalilpuch Chororget Fig Tree CampEmsos Community CampsiteMaji Moto Netbon Kamar Molok (Sirimta)Radat Bekibon Tenges
C. TRAIL CAMPS
All of B
Community cultural centre
Fresh produce and general market day
Permanent Trail Camp with facilities for hire
Guide Books, Maps
National Reserve Sub-station.
Sego Sacho Radat Tenges Maji Moto Emsos Nyalilpuch
THE TRANS RIFT TRAIL©®
TRAIL POSTS 12 Sacho
1. Mochongoi 13.Kapkelelwa
2. Waseseges 14.Sego
3. Nyalilpuch 15.Chororget
4. Fig Tree Camp
5. Emsos Community Campsite
6. Maji Moto Netbon
8. Molok (Sirimta)
Total Distance approximately 155km