The Ultimate Hike From The North: Mount Ololokwe

Some people go on yoga retreats in Bali, while others immerse themselves in silence during a meditation workshop in India. What's our way of clearing our heads and "reconnecting" with ourselves? A challenging hike in a beautiful African location! A prime example of this is climbing the sacred mountain Ololokwe, located in the northern Samburu area of Kenya. You're guaranteed mental serenity at the breathtaking summit, but physical peace... not so much. With a little goat and a donkey, you'll ascend with Samburu warriors, experiencing the sandy paths and steep sections of this sacred mountain. Admittedly, it's a climb, but the view once you reach the top more than makes up for all the effort.

The hike

After lunch, you’re eager to get going – bring on that sacred mountain! Starting earlier is not a good idea as the sun will be high in the sky, making the climb too hot to handle! The Samburu in the camp will tell you the hike to the top of the mountain takes around 2 hours. A classic example of African optimism: count on 4 hours. During the climb, you’ll huff and puff in the sun, ascending one trail after another, inching higher with each step.

Mt. Ololokwe

It’s hard to imagine elephants climbing up and down this mountain as part of their migration route; these narrow steep sections are virtually impossible for such a gigantic beast, right? Apparently these huge mammals have more balance than meets the eye. Throughout the entire hike, there’s an adorable little goat named Jopie accompanying you, for the sake of convenience.

After reaching platforms (and resting points) 1, 2, and finally 3, there’s one last stretch through sections of forest and fields with freely roaming Samburu cattle until you reach the endpoint.

Yes! Arrived at the top!

Such a wide view… it’s almost indescribable. As far as the eye can see, the landscape stretches out, and the sharply defined Matthews Range appears like a fairytale scene in the distance. All of this under the setting sun… truly magical! Now you can understand why the Samburu consider this mountain sacred, and they are often called the butterfly people due to their colorful clothing and jewelry. Your new friend Jopie doesn’t escape the fate of landing on the spit during a traditional Samburu barbecue, which is thoroughly enjoyed. After wild stories by the campfire, it’s time to retreat to your tent and spend the night on the sacred Mount Ololokwe.


About Mount Ololokwe

Mount Ololokwe is the iconic symbol for the Samburu people in this area. As far back as they can remember, this mountain has been closely connected to the lives of their ancestors. Important ceremonies to celebrate the transition from adolescence to adulthood, ritual cattle slaughters, rain prayers, and many other cultural activities take place on this mountain. There are also caves where the Samburu frequently spend the night and mountain streams from which they fetch water. During the trek, you can ask your Samburu guide about all of this, and they’ll always have fascinating stories to share.

Charlie met Masai

As far as you can see, the landscape spreads out and the sharply defined Matthews Range looms like a fairytale scene in the distance.

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About Sabache Camp

Sabache Camp is located in the successful Namunyak conservancy, one of the oldest in the country. The camp is run by the local Samburu community, who welcome their guests with open arms. Revenues are invested in education, health, and financial security for the community. By staying here, you contribute to the community! As for the accommodation, you can expect comfortable “glamping” tents with private bathrooms and verandas that offer views of the mountain, all furnished with a generous dose of Kenyan charm. Included are delightful breakfast and dinner by the campfire, making it an excellent place to unwind after your camping adventure on Ololokwe.


Tips for your Ololokwe climb:

Here are some important tips for your Mount Ololokwe adventure:

  • Pack light since everything you take to the top needs to be carried either by yourself or by a donkey.
  • Ensure you have an ample supply of water and don’t forget to bring sunscreen; the sun can be unforgiving.
  • Dress comfortably during the hike but carry warm clothing for the night, as it can get windy and cold at the top of the mountain.
  • If you have dietary preferences or restrictions, communicate them clearly in the camp so that your meal on top of the mountain suits your needs.
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