After a night under the stars, listening to the sounds of Africa, with zebra stallions barking and prowling hyenas whooping, you will have an early breakfast before walking for 6-7 hours around the fringes of the Loita Hills to the edge of the Siana Plains to the campsite at Ilparakuo, close to Moses’ home village of Lebentera. The community here is much smaller than that of Maji Moto, a lack of any permanent water being a major factor in this. Given the vegetation and terrain it seems likely there is water not far under the ground. The community has asked if we can use some of your sponsorship to investigate this and hopefully then sink a borehole to provide a permanent supply so the women and girls don’t have to travel miles to fetch water for the village.

During the morning’s walk you will have noticed the changes in vegetation as you moved, from the dry plains around Maji Moto, around the bushier and better-watered hillsides of the Loita, where you are more likely to see giraffe and other browsers such as impala and dik-dik.

Ilparakuo, meaning Nomads, is a new camp we have created specifically for the walk with sweeping views across the Siana Plains to the distant town of Ngoswani and the Loita Hills – the perfect place in which to relax and mix with the people from the village. This is a totally wild camp with animals often passing through. The hills around the camp are home to Elephant and Buffalo as well as Leopard and Hyena. Although these are rarely seen, they are often heard at night and there will be the option for another night drive during your stay here.

Day 4 Ngoswani
The trip has been planned so the stay at Ilparakuo coincides with the weekly cattle market at Ngosawni. This is one of the biggest markets in Maasailand with people driving their herds for days through the bush from as far away as Tanzania. After breakfast you will walk into the hills then on to the town and experience the market before returning to camp for a late lunch.

That evening the group will be guests of the village and will be welcomed in by the people performing traditional songs and dances and will be encouraged to join in. This will be followed by a tour of the village and the houses, built entirely from local materials by the women. At this time of day the herds are brought into the village to keep them safe from nocturnal predators such as Lion and Leopard. Those who fancy it will be able to try their hands at milking, something few people manage successfully at their first attempt, much to the amusement of the local people.

As dusk is falling the village will slaughter and barbecue a sheep in honour of their guests and there will be more singing and dancing with Sindy Sing, one of the region’s best known singers leading the way. It will also be the perfect occasion for people to talk to the men and women of the village and learn more about their ancient way of life for this is a living, working village not one set up for tourist visits.