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The first mountain bike route through Maasailand's Loita Hills has become an annual event for a number of UK-based charities as well as proving popular with groups of friends looking for something different. Starting on the northern edge of the Loita Hills, the route skirts the hills and crosses the Loita Plains to the edge of the Siana Plain and Ilparakuo Camp, near the Maasai Village of Labentera, where Willetts Safaris operates a camp in association with the local community. The route then heads south east, past the small town of Naikara, stopping for a night at a fly camp near Leshuta, established specifically for this safari, on the way to Walking with Maasai’s eco-camp of Olkoroi at Olorte, where the Loita Hills come to an end, close to the Tanzanian border. These days are by mountain bike over rough terrain and involve a number of climbs up and over high passes.

The safari pauses at Olkoroi for with an optional extra day available for walking along old elephant trails into the Naimena-Engiyio (Forest of the Lost Child) or to just relax by the spectacular Olkeju Arus River. From Olorte the safari continues for about 30 kilometres, through the hills, to the viewpoint at Enchorro Naibor. From here there are outstanding views out across the Rift Valley to Lake Natron and Shompole. On a clear morning it is sometimes possible to see Mt Kilimanjaro, over 150 kilometres away.

After spending a night under the stars the next day involves returning to Nairobi or going on an optional safari extension to the Maasai Mara.

A few years ago we were asked to put together an alternative route, so people who had done the original could come back for another exciting, but different adventure. This second route also starts in Maasailand, but heads west, ending on the shores of Lake Victoria. It is very different as it moves from wild, remote and sparsely populated areas, into more densely populated and farmed rural areas. It also becomes less technically demanding the further west we go. However it still takes people into areas that are rarely seen by other visitors and ends where we have provided support to local communities for many years.

The first three nights of this safari are spent in and around the Maasai Mara which also means we tend to see a lot of wildlife during our daily rides, making everything that much more exciting. As we move west, away from the Mara we leave behind the rich wildlife of the savannah and enter the farmlands of the Gusii and Luo tribes, cycling through a much more heavily populated landscape before arriving on the beautiful shores of Kenya's West Coast.