From Naivasha the group will travel south east, through Maasailand, to Olorte and the Naimena-Engiyio (Forest of the Lost Child), where the local people seldom see any visitors. Lives here are lived much as they have been for centuries. This area will be a complete contrast to anything the group will have seen previously and they will come into contact with people whose lives have hardly been touched by modern civilization.

Olorte lies at the southern end of the Loita Hills right on the Tanzanian border and miles from anywhere. Its remoteness means few people ever get there which also means the area is still an unspoilt wilderness where the local Maasai follow an ancient and traditional lifestyle largely unaffected by the modern world. Visiting this isolated corner of Kenya is well worth the effort. The different scenery, bird and animal life and close contact with the people and their culture all make it a unique destination and one that almost no tourists experience.

Olkoroi Camp, high in the Loita Hills, by thick forest and clear mountain streams is an eco-camp that has been set up by the local community as the result of the dedication and inspiration of an ardent conservationist, South African born Andre Brink, who has dedicated the last ten years to persuading this community of the importance of preserving their pristine environment. He is now being supported by a small UK charity and an old school friend, Hennie Marais, who is helping to manage the health, education and conservation projects it sponsors. Hennie’s wife is also helping the local women to generate income for the area through their beadwork.

The three days and nights at Olkoroi will be packed with a variety of very special activities that have been designed by Andre and John to provide intimate contact with this true wilderness and its people. The group will be taken on a short forest walk and will see some of the abundant wildlife including hippo and the colobus monkeys that give the camp its name and if not the animals themselves at least the fresh signs of elephant, buffalo and occasionally the tracks of wild dogs, Africa’s most endangered large mammal species.

During time in camp the group will be able to go down to explore the river. The river, below the camp, runs through a steep, rocky gorge and resembles the film set of a Tarzan or King Kong film. The water is clear and fed, in places, by thermal springs that bubble their way to the surface. There will also be visits to a local school where the group will join their peers to take part in a lesson on conservation and the environment and to the local Maasai women who have set up a beadwork business under the supervision of Becca, Hennie’s wife, and are now exporting their work to the UK and producing much needed income for the community. The group will be able to sit with the women and talk to them about their lives and have a go at making their own beadwork.

The group will also have the opportunity to visit schools in the area working with peers and also helping out at the local primary school.

We have negotiated special permission to spend the night and sleep out at a local view point, where there are stunning views out over the Rift Valley to the soda lakes of Magadi and Natron, the Maasai's sacred mountain, the active volcano of Ol Doinyo Lengai and the possibility of watching the sun rise above Mt Kilimanjaro, over 150 km away.

This night is spent in the open under the stars of the African night and is a very special experince.