From Heaven to Hell and Back is a new, week long adventure spent walking across the Loita and Siana Plains and through the beautiful, scenic Loita Hills, then down and across a depression in the floor of the Rift Valley, in the burning heat of one of Kenya's hottest regions, before returning to the tranquillity of Wildebeest Camp's beautiful gardens in Karen, on the outskirts of Nairobi.

The first campsite is a few miles from the hot springs, at the foot of the Loita Hills. In the early evening it is normally possible to visit the hot springs which, as well as providing water for drinking, are used for communal bathing. Two areas, close to the source, are set aside for washing: one for men, the other for women. You will be welcome to join the locals and use these natural baths to soak away the day’s dust. Sitting in the hot water under the African night and washing away the day’s dust is a unique and surreal experience.

From Maji Moto the route skirts the edge of the hills, crossing dry thornbush country before moving on, through rolling hill country to the hillside village of Labentera and the camp at Ilparakuo. This eco-camp has been established by the local community on the side of a hill looking out across to the Loita Hills. From the shaded lounge area it is normally possible to see a range of animals that can include giraffe, zebra and large numbers of antelope including wildebeest, impala and Thomson's gazelle. At night lion, leopard, hyena and elephant are often heard close by the camp, a reminder of the fact that you are on safari in Kenya.

From Labentera groups are transported by vehicle to Olorte, a very remote area close to the Tanzanian border, and the camp at Olkoroi by the Olkeju Arus River at around 6,000 feet. In this remote area there are herds of elephant and buffalo in the well-watered mountain forests as well as a very rare pack of African Wild Dogs. By now we are deep in the Loita Hills and it is unlikely that we will see any other traffic as we make our way to Entasekera and on to Olkoroi Camp at Olorte. Olkoroi Camp provides us with a great place to relax for a bit, before heading off on the second half of the journey. Olkoroi Camp is the base for "Walking with the Maasai" a community based organisation that has been set up in this area to promote conservation and wise use of natural resources.

The safari pauses at Olkoroi for two nights with a 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 20 kilometres through the hills and forest 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 walking down over a thousand metres, on an old cattle track, before heading across the dry and barren country between Lakes Natron and Magadi towards the village of Shompole and a new camp on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River. This is an extremely remote area where the local people see few visitors and the camps we use are temporary affairs that have been set up purely for this safari. It is also a tough day with the end of it involving walking across the burning salt pans at the base of Shompole Mountain. 

The walk through this area can be extremely hot with little relief from the burning heat at night. After a night by the Ewaso Ngiro River people have the option of returning directly to Nairobi or spending another day walking to the Hot Springs at Lake Magadi. In either case the peaceful oasis of Wildebeest Camp provides the perfect place to relax after an epic adventure.

   Distance Time   Overnight
 Day 1     Nairobi
 Day 2 10-12 km 3-4 hours  Iltalala Camp
 Day 3 25-27 km 6-7 hours  Ilparakuo Camp 
 Day 4 Road Transfer 3 hours  Olkoroi Camp 
 Day 510-15 km 4-5 hours Olkoroi Camp 
 Day 6 20 km 5-6 hours  Enchorro Naibor 
 Day 7 20 km 7-8 hours Shompole 
 Day 8 Road transfer 3 hours  Nairobi