Mt. Suswa is seen and driven past by thousands of safari goers every year in Kenya as they descend or travel over the Great Rift Valley escarpment enroute to the Maasai Mara or Nakuru. When stopping to take those stunning landscape photo’s not many people take note that they are photographing Mt. Suswa and it’s more famous cousin Mt. Longonot. They drive past it on the long road journey between Nairobi and the Maasai Mara but without ever investigating what lays between the two places to be explored.
After doing the same ourselves for several years and seeing the sign to Mount Suswa Conservancy but taking little notice of it this time we decided to check it out. We packed up our camping tents and mobile kitchen and headed off to the junction near Suswa town to see for ourselves what Suswa Conservancy was all about!
Dust, Dust and more dust was what followed on the stifling hot two hour rough road until we reached camp. We took the opportunity to stop every now and then to peek through the dust and saw some amazing stunning scenery and vibrant colours amongst this dry desolate place. The beautiful rock scape and view of Mt. Longonot was always with us.
Somewhere along the way after passing the deserted park gate/office we picked up our excellent guide Jeramiah who guided us to the campsite. Jeramiah has lived and guided in Suswa his whole life and was even interviewed by the BBC during their filming of an Africa documentary titled Great Rift which aired in 2010.
The camp sites are pretty basic and isolated but perfect for us, not another soul around! There were even a couple of reasonably decent long drop toilets which had been built about 150m from where we camped which was more than we expected. We also discovered later that beneath our campsite was a huge cave network which we later got the chance to explore. After our shockingly dusty arrival we decided to relax and unwind the first afternoon, we set up camp, the kitchen and BBQ then cracked out the drinks and waited for the cool of nightfall when we cranked up the campfire and toasted marshmallows!
The next day we were up early awoken by the sounds of Baboons waking up and heading off on their day to day business. After breakfast we were taken by Jeremiah on a hike to the crater edge for some spectacular views.
We also got the chance to see ‘Water Point’, a volcanic rock mound where the locals have discovered an ingenious way to tap the steam vents and pipe them down to water tanks, as the steam evaporates they gather water for their daily life.
We returned to camp for lunch and the unrelenting sun eventually sent us scampering for a tour of the underground cave system where the temperatures were much cooler! We got to see where the Genets, Leopard and Hyenas hide out inside and also an area where the Baboons have made their own in ‘Baboon Parliament’
We finished the day with a much deserve BBQ dinner and early night after our excursions of the day!
On our last morning at camp we cooked up a big breakfast before packing up, burning much or our rubbish and leaving the camp even more pristine than we found it before we embarked on a short journey with Jeremiah to a small homestead where a local lady sold us some water for emergency supplies as our stocks had run out during our stay.
From there we embarked on our return journey taking a different route which was longer but had stunning views of Mt. Suswa all along and eventually brought us out at Duka Moja town on our way back to Narok.
All in all a great trip and we can’t wait to go back!
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