Day Three | Stage Two
Bush Camp 1 to Bush Camp 2 | Approximately 56kms, 200m ascent
A swift downhill – while being on the look out for elephant – drops you to a wide gravel road. You cross over this and enter a different eco-system of cacti, tall pampas grass and thorn trees. You are riding in the corridor between Amboseli and the Chyulu Hills. This is the historic migratory path of the animals since the dawn of the continent.
This is where the struggle for preservation is being played out. The conflict between humans and wildlife is ongoing and Great Plains Conservation, together with their partners, has been pre-eminent in creating space and tolerance for all.
This section of the route is fast and in no time, you’ll reach the main road leading to Kimana village. The small river that gives the village its name, is the lifeblood of the communities of the area as well as the animals that roam the corridor. You’ll enter the Kimana Wildlife Sanctuary and ride within its borders. The Sanctuary teems with wildlife and you’ll spot a wide variety of game, free to roam as it’s done for eons.
As you leave the green umbrella of the Sanctuary, you re-enter the landscape where the constant battle between wildlife and man is enacted on a daily basis. The intervention by Great Plains allows these two groups to co-exist but it is always an uneasy truce with vegetable gardens tempting the elephants and cultural traditions threatening the great cat predators.
After a flat 15 kilometers, bomas and small clusters of homes and fields are left behind as you enter a time warp. Scrub gives way to dark stains on the landscape indicating the massive lava trails that once flowed in fiery trails onto the plains. All of this with the green backdrop of the rising Chyulu mountains to beckon you on.
A mid morning snack under some spreading acacias will fortify you for the adventure to come.
This is also lion country. The reason why you are here. Keep your eyes peeled. A jeep track winds it’s way steadily upwards into the foothills of the Chyulu Range and the trail breaks open onto the savannah. A slightly elevated plateau dotted with Baobab trees is our camp for night two.