Leaving Ilparakuo after an early breakfast, the route makes its way around the side of the Loita Hills on the road from Ngoswani towards the Oloolaimutia Gate on the eastern side of the Maasai Mara. This first section receives a lot of tourist traffic at certain times of the day as people are ferried in and out of the Mara. Making an early start means we can avoid the bulk of this traffic before we turn off for Naikara and leave the crowds behind.

Before turning left on the road to Olorte the route involves a number of hard climbs as it wends its way around rocky, hillside slopes. It then moves out over the flatter plains leading to the small market town of Naikara where a handful of small shops mark the main street.

From here the track continues deep into a remote corner of Maasailand and involves further long climbs as it negotiates its way through the Loita Hills. Almost exactly half way between Labentera and Olorte, after just over 45 kilometres, just before Leshuta a left turn wanders a short distance up a small valley, where a brand new campsite has been established to provide us with an overnight stopover.

In the same way that Willetts have worked with the people around Labentera to build Ilparakuo Camp, we are working with the community around Leshuta to establish the new camp of Entargotua to support our safaris and the people of the area by providing employment and a source of revenue.

At the moment the camp only consists of an area where we have permission to bring people to camp. There is a permanent water supply, from a stream running through the site, and plenty of firewood, peace and quiet and the opportunity to go walking in the area. A healthy population of monkeys, antelope and buffalo live in the surrounding hills plus the normal profusion of birdlife.

In time we will help the community to build more permanent facilities including toilet, shower, kitchen and shelter. These facilities will be made using traditional, locally sourced materials and techniques so there is as little impact on the area as possible.

Once the camp is fully operational we will encourage other safari companies to make use of the site so the local community can continue to develop a low impact, eco-tourism business that will bring much needed revenue into the area and help to preserve this wilderness area in the future.

This day takes six to seven hours and people need to be cycling fit to complete it comfortably. Our support vehicles will pick people up if they find the going gets too much. The problem is not so much the distance being covered but the surface of the tracks which make even the flat sections hard work. Also the series of hills that need to be negotiated provide few easy sections. The compensation is some spectacular scenery and the knowledge that we are passing through a little travelled area, all adding to the sense of being well away from civilization and other visitors.

From Entargotua to Olkoroi Camp, at Olorte, is a gentler day. Although the distance covered is similar, at around 45 kilometres, there are less climbs, a number of extensive flat sections, stunning scenery and a long descent from just beyond Entesekera to the campsite near Olorte.