Leaving Ilparakuo after an early breakfast and packing up camp, 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 end of 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, hidden valley, where we have established a brand new campsite.

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 great walking potential. A healthy population of monkeys, antelope and buffalo live in the surrounding hills plus the normal profusion of birdlife. Occasionally, a pack of extremely rare African Wild Dogs pass through the area. Although the chances of seeing these elusive animals is very remote it is nice to know that they are still around.

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.

During our time at Entargotua we will explore the surrounding hills and the group will do so in the certain knowledge that they will be the first foreign visitors ever to walk these paths. Although we have used the camp before this will be the first time we will have had the time to explore the area on foot and until we do we don't know what we are going to find. It should be an exciting adventure that will take us deep into a beautiful and remote part of Kenya.