Jutting from a landscape of arid bush, Matthew's Mountain Range is a succession of dramatic peaks - remote, under-visited and incredibly explorable. Found in Kenya's Northern Frontier, the mountains are one of Kenya's wildest areas, the slopes and valleys of which are carpeted in dense forest, acting as refuge for wildlife during the dry season.
The relatively dry surrounding area is streaked by the Milgis Lugga and the Ewaso Ng'iro rivers. Milgis Lugga winds between Matthew's Range and the Ndoto mountains however acts only as a seasonal source of nourishment for the area. The only permanent source of water that cuts through the range is the Ewaso Ng'iro. A muddy stretch of water, the river remains a constant feature of the landscape thanks to mountain streams that fall from the glaciers of Mount Kenya.
Water is naturally a huge draw to the wildlife that call Matthew's Range home. Game viewing can be excellent, with a number of plains game, including Grevy's zebra, oryx and gazelle mingling with herds of cattle owned by the local Samburu people. There's also the chance to see ostrich, giant forest hog, buffalo and elephant. Activities usually revolve around exploring the forests and nature walks, although for the more adventurous you can track big game, such as elephant, on foot. Holiday's to Matthew's Mountain Range wouldn't be complete without meeting the local Samburu people, which can be a fulfilling experience; their unique culture is refreshingly absorbing. Camps in the area are far and few between, although this adds considerable allure to those looking for a true wilderness escape; offerings take in either the arid bush of the surrounds or the thick forests of the western valleys.
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