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Sleeping Warrior and Ugali Hill hike

Sunday, December 04, 2016

A different way of doing a half marathon. ... 😁 well that is the approximate distance we covered. It was an organised hike. Small group of 11 people and a guide. Additional benefit was 2 of my old running friends were there as well. We started with some stretches under a Jacaranda tree. Then hiked down to Lake Elementaita. We saw plenty of bird life among them yellow billed stork, pelican and flamingo. Beautiful stroll along the shores and around the lake to the first hill in the back ground. After 10km we were at the foot of the Sleeping Warrior. The "head" part is on a private ranch belonging to Lord Delamere, hence you can only climb the "chest". A very steep climb up through high elephant grass and brush. Then suddenly you are up on the rim. We took a break to have a snack and enjoy the awesome view. Then we walked partly along the rim, down another steep side. Then across a wide valley full of bush and loose vulcanic rock to the foot of "Ugali" Hill. It is named this since it looks like the shape if freshly cooked Ugali (corn flour mush). Another steep climb through bush but this time no elephant grass up to another amazing view. Then another steep scramble down a rocky slope and we were glad that the van was waiting for us. An encounter with a locust. One of the guys held its wings open so that we could see the beautiful colours. After a meal of goat meat in the next village we headed back to Nairobi. What a great day out!
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