Cherangani Hills Travel Guide

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Trevor Mikelas

North of Kitale, the Cherangani Hills rise up to a height of 3,581m and form a barrier between the fertile highlands surrounding the town, and a barren stretch of desert to the north. The hills are home to the Pokot people in the south and, predominately, the Marakwet people, who migrated here from the north, and are dotted with small towns, although none of them offer accommodation with the exception of Kapsowar which has very basic guesthouses.  Kapsowar has a post office with internet connection.  It is always possible to negotiate a bed in a private home or to camp in someone's garden!  Offering geographic diversity, a myriad of dirt roads and some dramatic peaks, the highest and most remote to the north, the Cheranganis are great for hikers who are happy to rough it.

To the north west of the Cheranganis is the Marich Pass where accommodation is available at the Field Studies Centre.  Guides and hikes can be arranged here.  Also guides and treks in the Cheranganis can be arranged through Sirikwa Safaris or Karibuni Lodge in Kitale (see Kitale section). 

At the foot of the Cheranganis, accommodation and camping is available at Lomut which has a great colourful Pokot market on Saturdays.  Accessible by road is the Wei Wei Valley, with beautiful scenery and basic restaurants/accommodation is available in Tamkal. 

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