Sunset

First place photograph by Tim Robson

Bush Tip No.3

Bring the best Binoculars you can afford and have them with you at all times

 
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Ol Karien Gorge

To the east of the Gol Mountains is Ol Karien Gorge, an area of spectacular beauty as well as historic interest. Geologically it is fascinating with the great canyon slicing through the earth. It is also the primary nesting ground for the Serengetiís Ruppells Griffin vultures. In some areas the gorge is as narrow as the spread of a vultures wing, in others it opens up to the sky. Views to the east are the Salai plains with the smoking and grumbling Oldonyo Lengai rising like a giant limpet out of the earth.

The Maasai still bring their herds of cattle down to Ol Karien Gorge to drink. Their traditions have been unchanged for hundreds of years. Fortunately in this area their way of life has not yet been spoilt by western culture. Here is a classic example of ancient interaction between man and wildlife in a timeless and beautiful area.

Read what veteran travel writer Brian Jackman has to say about this area in his article for The Telegraph Travel: “ Wild Response ”.

Expect to experience:

Ol Karien

Ol Karien

Ol Karien

  • Walk into the past — up the Ol Karien gorge.
  • Follow cheetah hunts on the Salai plain.
  • Camp with views to the mouth of the gorge.
  • Climb Mosinik Mountain.
  • Rousting and breeding vultures.
  • The lamagayer.
  • Historic Maasai wells, still in use today.
  • Stalk Oryx toward Lengai.

Facts at a glance

  • The name Ol Karien is a Maasai name for the occa rock that is found in the area.
  • The Maasai have been bring their cattle into Ol Karien to drink for as long as they have been in East Africa.
  • Oldonyo Lengai is Tanzaniaís only truly active volcano.

Accommodation

Above camp at Ol Karien Gorge
Above camp at Ol Karien Gorge

Views west
Views west

Sunset above the gorge
Sunset above the gorge

Camp in the acacia trees on the edge of the Salai Plain
Camp in the acacia trees on the edge of the Salai Plain