The Ewaso Ngiro River: Shompole’s life line

africanlatitude wrote this at 14:18 :

At Loisiijo, the river is omnipresent, we watch it going up, and going down. We fear the power of its floods as much as we fear the small trickle it becomes.

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Here is a great little film about the Uaso Ngiro and the changes it has seen in the last decades due to the increase in deforestation of its main source, the Mau Escarpment Forest.

The bridge that the film refers to is 10 km away from Loisiijo Lodge. We are looking to raise funds for building two small foot bridges near Loisiijo. One for the lodge which will enable us to park vehicles on the opposite side of the river. This will greatly facilitate the access to Shompole Wildlife Conservation Area where most of the big game are to be found. Its boundary is only two kilometers away from the lodge.

The second bridge will be located a couple of kilometers away down stream where some of the dry season villages are situated.  Crossing the river in the past was not an issue but now with rain  patterns on the Mau Escarpment being very irregular, flooding occurs at unexpected times and can leave the local people stranded  on the wrong side of the river.

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Tubing down the Ewaso Ngiro river

africanlatitude wrote this at 13:22 :

Shompole Group Ranch at this time of the year is quite hot but the grass is still green thanks to a few rain showers.

The coolest place to be is in the shade of the giant fig trees at Loisiijo.

But for the more adventurous, the best place is on, or in the river. Tubing down the river when the water is high and the current still strong is a fantastic experience. So off we went with a few 4X4 inner tubes pumped up to the maximum pressure.

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Drifting past solid walls of tentacle-like roots, surprising herons, kingfishers and zebras as they came down to drink, and meeting Masai herdsmen watering their cattle were just a few of the unexpected encounters.

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