Hiking in the Aberdares NP
Marty comes over for a flying visit and we take him hiking in the Aberdares NP. Alex was the organisor of the trip as he has been many times and he also brought a friend, Jill, so we were five people that weekend.
We drove up early Sunday morning to the north-western corner of the park, where we entered through Shamata gate. We picked up our ranger, compulsory if you want to hike in this area, and continued to our campsite where we parked the cars. We didn’t set up camp though as we were going hiking straight away and quickly prepared for that.
Our goal was to get to the top of Ol Doinyo Lesatima, meaning ‘mountain of the bull calf’. It is Kenya’s third highest peak at 4,001m, and the highest in the Aberdare NP. To get there we would have to walk past the ‘Dragon’s Teeth’, sharp volcanic cones sticking up from the landscape.
The scenery is spectacular in this section of the Aberdares NP. Lots of alpine flowers were blossoming and we were incredibly lucky with the weather.
We stopped for lunch on the way there, had some snacks on top of Ol Doinyo Lesatima, and then quickly turned around as we still had to walk all the way back to camp again.
We spent a lovely evening by a campfire, with the added luxury of Alex’ incredible toilet seat, set up with a view, in case you needed to go.
The next day we drove to the forested area for another, shorter walk, before leaving the park through the same gate to start the journey back home again.