Northern Kenya is a memorable region for the serious adventurer. Towards the Somalian border, is currently unsafe for travelers, although the routes up to Turkana are still open, and you can even get there by public transport. Northeastern Kenya is home to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, a private reserve, which has a reputation for preserving endangered species including healthy numbers of black and white Rhino.
Matthews Range, also known as the Lenkiyio Hills, is a range of mountains about 150 km long, stretching north to south.Natural springs and rivers are located in the valleys of the Matthews Range. These sources of water provide for both wildlife and the local Samburu people. Often elephant, buffalo, leopard and other forest animals are spotted through the thick forest cover. Matthews Range is particularly popular with bird and butterfly watchers. The Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust has created a wildlife sanctuary in the heart of the mountains.Many of the ancient cycads are only found in the Matthews area and nowhere else on earth.
Isiolo marks the start of Kenya's northeastern area with desert scrub, mountains and Lake Turkana in its midst. The town of Isiolo is small but cosmopolitan, that has outgrown its outpost days, with a scenic beauty including the mix of race and cultures. Isiolo is home to the Samburu, Rendille, Boran and Turkana people. The large population of Somali people is mainly due to ex-Somali soldiers settling in Isiolo after WW I.Isiolo is a vital stop for anyone heading north - travelers can stock up on necessities. The next stop for supplies is either Maralal or Marsabit.
These three reserves are located along the Ewaso Ngiro River which attracts all kinds of wildlife. Another attraction in Samburu National Reserve is the Sarara Singing Wells.
Lewa Downs is a private conservation ranch at the foot of Mount Kenya. Lewa Downs has been in the Craig family since 1922 when the Craig grandparents came from England to raise cattle. Cattle are still farmed with the wildlife sanctuary as the main attraction.Wildlife abounds at Lewa Downs including many endangered species such as the white and black rhinos. The perimeter is almost entirely fenced, for security and to ensure that elephants did not raid the crops of neighboring farms.Other wildlife found at Lewa Downs includes elephants, giraffes, eland, oryx, buffalo, lion and leopards. Night drives are very popular for a chance to view all the nocturnal animals.
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