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ONE DAY AND TWO DAY EXCURSIONS FROM THE CENTRE

South Turkana National Reserve: Drive to the reserve. Accompanied by a game ranger, scout on foot for elephant, kudu, and other wildlife. Walk through bush and scrub, broken by the rugged volcanic hills of Laiteruk and Kailongol. Return late afternoon, or set up camp near to hot springs at Lokichokola for evening and early morning game viewing. At the present time this Reserve is only accessible by 4WD vehicles.

Mba'ra plateau and Mount Mtelo: By foot (half a day required) or by 4-wheel drive vehicle up the precipitous Koimat escarpment to Mba'ara, a plateau at 7,000 ft hidden in the heart of the Sekerr massif, north west of Marich. Explore this secret world, densely settled by hill Pokot, and use it as an overnight base from which to climb Mount Mtelo (10,910 ft). Mount Mtelo is the resting place of the supreme being of Pokot mythology. The vegetation zones, typical of Africa's tropical mountain, are clearly defined here. A couple of hours will see the steady walker passing from thorn scrub and bracken to dense montane forest, with orchids and lichens (home to a variety of monkeys); bamboo thickets; elfin forest with many glades and forest lobelias; and giant heather and open grass moorland. If walking, return along the mule track to Chepkoyn in the Marich Pass.

Lodwar and Lake Turkana: Early morning departure from Marich for the 3 hour drive north across the increasingly arid Turkana plains to Lodwar, passing Lokichar where graceful nomads water their camels from shallow wells. Shop for woven baskets in Lodwar market, and continue to Ferguson's Gulf on Lake Turkana. Lunch and return late afternoon, or extend to two days by staying at Ferguson's Gulf, or, if in a 4-wheel drive vehicle head south to the little oasis of Eliye Springs on the lake.