Loroghi Hills which is one of the best locations for group hiking or solo hiking in Kenya, is located at wild and isolated area far from all the cares and distractions. You must get amazing view of the large stretch of Rift Valley, in this hill. The deep forested valleys is there to mesmerize your eyes. The trek ascends up the Lesiolo escarpment which reaches the height of nearly 2580 meters, (8,565 ft) at the Porter Peak
The Loroghi Hills Circuit is 78km, and can take up to five days to complete the trek. However, there is shorter walks that can be organized, that can be accomplished by strolling around the countryside through the paths that links the shambas (small plots of land) that surrounds the town. To complete the circuit successfully without any hitches you need a local guide.
The most intriguing thing in this location is the unique opportunity to meet and interact with people of Samburuland and learn a lot from their culture. The hike with a Samburu guide is an experience to behold, because they ensure the trek is more enjoyable, exciting, and variables as they explain in depth about their amazing heritage, making the hike more than just a walk.
And if you are social enough and want to take your experience a notch higher, you can a night at their beautiful manyattas. Also, you can carry home a lot of souvenirs as a remembrance of Samburu people and the Loroghi hike in general. That will be absolutely the hike worth remembering.
How to Get There
To access Maralal where Loroghi hill is found from Nairobi, you either use Baringo or Isiolo route using either public means or private transportation. There is an airstrip also that is serviced by charter flights. Average drive time to Maralal from Nairobi is about six hours, to access the North from Maralal town can be quite challenging without public transport. For the organized safaris, Maralal is a good base.
The remains of Maralal National Sanctuary are found about 2 km southwest of the town. It was closed by the Samburu County Government in September 2014, this natural site has since largely been absorbed into the town, and the wildlife that was remaining was swept clean by the marauding poachers. The Sanctuary downfall began, when encroachment began from the southern side because of the expanding villages which caused the natural corridor where animals used to pass to be closed.
There was a camel competition Christine Maralal International Camel Derby, it was thriving until when it was ultimately stopped in 2016. The reason was that some of the foreign tourist were kind enough and protested against the animal cruelty the camels underwent during the competition. So due to that reason, the tourism sector is undergoing serious downfall, but for the daring traveler heading to L. Turkana which is about 12 hours from Maralal if you travel North due of town, it is a haven and the best base for your journey. They improved on how they handled the camels, in order to not abuse the camel’s rights and the competition went on. Covid 19 made 2020 international competition to be cancelled.
An upside to staying in Maralal is that, accommodation is cheap and it does not have any specialties. The roads that leads to Maralal from south are improved, thus promoting tourism in the area which causes it to improve immensely. There is an airstrip servicing the town which is located near a village called Kisima, the airstrip is Kisima Airstrip.