WILDERNESS SAFARIS IN THE MATHEWS MOUNTAIN RANGE
The Mathews Mountain Range, also known as the Lenkiyio Hills, is a range of mountains about 150 km long in Kenya’s Northern Frontier. The region stakes it’s claim as one of the wildest in the country, surrounded by grassland plains, with the barren Ndoto Mountains to the North, and the Karisia Hills to the West.
The area is rather isolated and holds forests of juniper and ancient cycads. Because of its isolation, a number of species in the Mathews Mountains area have evolved independently and the diversity of the forest is considered to be of great conservation value. Part this region has been designated as a wildlife sanctuary to protect this diversity.
Although primarily a wilderness area and not a big game destination, there are a fair number of elephant, buffalo and leopard which have found sanctuary in the Mathews Range. The main attraction is the wilderness itself, and the scarcity of other tourists.
Although the region receives very few visitors, the area offers some of East Africa’s finest walking trails. Days are spent exploring the area on game walks, birdwatching and interacting with the local Samburu tribe.
We would recommend the Mathews Mountain Range as a destination for old safari hands and those wishing to explore a little-known part of Kenya. Visitors are recommended to fly in to the area, and on accommodation we like Kitich Camp - meaning ‘place of happiness’ in Samburu - for its rustic feel. If you are not pressed for time, you might also be inspired with a stay at Sarara, a camp run entirely by the local people with the help of the Lewa Conservancy and one of the region’s recent conservation success stories.