Sarara - Mt Kenya - Kenya

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The Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust, an area of approximately 75,000 hectares, lies folded around the southern corner of the fabled Mathews Mountain range of northern Kenya, home to the proud Samburu tribes people, a group of semi-nomadic pastoralists who have for long shown tolerance for the wildlife that co-exists alongside their cattle. The Trust was set up in 1995 specifically to promote wildlife conservation and to assist the local community to benefit from tourism, in return for protecting the wildlife species living on their land.

The main lounge and dining area are on a wooden deck with commanding views of the Northern Frontier. Accommodation is in five double tents, each with flush-loos and open air showers. A natural rock swimming pool overlooks an animal waterhole frequently visited.

One of the highlights of the Namunyak area must be a visit to the famous 'Sarara Singing Wells'. Samburu warriors bring their cattle to these watering holes on a daily basis during the dry season. Some of the wells are up to ten metres deep. The warriors strip off, descend to form a human chain and chant traditional Samburu songs as they pass water up by hand for the cattle. This mind-blowing ritual goes on for several hours a day.

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