To the north are the Pokot, they lead a mixed pastoral and nomadic life; the men herd goats and cattle and women wearing colourful tribal costume, neck beads and neckbands tend the fields of millet. Further north are arid plains, deserts and volcanic hills interspersed with hot springs; home to the Turkana. They lead a semi-nomadic existence following age old customs and beliefs. Journey's end is Lake Turkana - the Jade Sea; so called because of the way the sunlight reflects back off its deep green waters.
To the South, Kakamega Forest Reserve is Kenya's only mid altitude tropical indigenous forest with over 320 species of birds and hundreds of butterflies. Rock paintings, fossils and the three million year old skull of 'proconsul Africanus' were found here. You can see hippos, giant monitor lizards and spotted neck otters. Also to the south is Ruma National Park established to protect Kenya's only herd of Roan antelope (as well as oribi, Jacksons Hartebeest, the rare Rothschild giraffe, cheetah and leopard) and the tea country of the Nandi Hills.
A two hour drive east through forests, streams, rivers and farms of the Pokot tribe leads to the Cherangani Hills; fantastic trekking over moorland and montane forest with and an opportunity to climb Mt Mtelo, home of the Pokot supreme deity. There are wonderful drives through the WeiWei valley to visit colourful Pokot markets. To the North East are the Marakwet settlements nestling high up in the vast forests that cover the Cheranganis escarpment.
To the west is Mt Elgon National Park a beautiful park off the usual tourist circuit. It has huge trees, waterfalls, cliffs, hot springs and fascinating lava tube caves visited by elephants digging for salts. Its magnificent views, makes an ideal place to hike, carry out field studies, or just to relax and enjoy being in the heart of the African bush. To the North West is the Turkwel Gorge Dam; an impressive civil engineering project constructed in a stunning setting.