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Home of community tourism: The vast plateau of Laikipia rolls from the foothills of Mount Kenya to the arid deserts of what used to be known as the NFD, the Northern Frontier District. Wild and very beautiful it is not part of a national park or reserve, but is mostly occupied by large cattle ranches dating from the colonial period, when vast areas were sold at low cost as part of the ‘soldier-settlement scheme’ to soldiers British soldiers returning from the first world war.
|The Great Rift Valley|
The Great Rift Valley is part of an African continental fault system, which runs 600km from Jordan to Mozambique and is, along with the Great Wall of China, one of the few of earth’s feature that can be clearly seen from the moon. It was formed some 20 million years ago when the earth's crust weakened and tore itself apart, thus creating a jagged rift, thousands of kilometers long. As the earth split, the land on either side of the ‘rift’ erupted into contorted volcanic craters, ...
The north of Kenya (over half of the country’s total area) is a desert – exclusively arid land, burned out for more than ten months of the year. Once known as the Northern Frontier District (NFD) is remains one of the most exciting and adventurous parts of Africa: a vast tract of territory, crisscrossed by ancient migration routes and still tramped by the nomadic Samburu, Boran, Rendille, Gabbra, Turkana and Somali herders.
Technically, The Matthews Range, also known as the Lenkiyio Hills, is a range of mountains about 150 km long, oriented north-south, in the Laikipia district of the Rift Valley Province in northern Kenya. The town of Wamba is located at the southeastern edge of the range and the district lies approximately 200km north of Isiolo. The highest point is Warges, at 2688 m above sea level, at the southern end of the range, separated by a valley from the rest of the range.
An undiscovered gem: Western Kenya is unique; it abounds in gloriously green-rolling scenery, offers a warm and welcoming people, yet remains one of the most unspoilt and least-known parts of the country. A remarkable and contrasting landscape cut off by the high Rift wall of the Mau and Elgeyo escarpments, Western Kenya features a unique landscape, ranging from palm-studded shores to verdant valleys, and from rolling hills to pockets of thick jungle.