Set in the former Rift Valley Province, the Matthews range lies between the Northern Kenya and Laikipia Districts. The ranges are not as explored because of the common misconception of Northern Kenya being harsh and unconducive. This limited human influence on the ranges and surrounding areas have however helped with the maintenance of natural aesthetics and increase in the wildlife population. Here are a few interesting facts about the same.
Has a local name
The Matthews Range is the popular name used especially for the sake of international visitors who may not be able to pronounce the local name Lenkiyio Hills.
Covers a significant distance
The Matthews Range is one of the longest set of hills in the country. The range covers an impressive 150 kilometres. That is an approximate two-hour drive on tarmac road. The ranges are also quite wide in width, at 40 kilometres.
Has numerous peaks
Technically, a range is a collection of mountains or hills that occur within close proximity. That explains the number of peaks the range has as opposed to the two or three present on a singular mountain. The Matthews Range has at least 11 peaks in total. The highest point is at Warges that boasts of 2,688 meters of height. The lowest is Ilpisyon point at 1,184 meters. Other peaks are Lomolok, Ilmara Muroi and Lekat peaks among others.
Has unique features
Being almost unaffected by human activity, the Matthews Range has very unique natural features. Apart from the numerous streams and rivers that flow within the mountains, the range also has natural rock pools. These have very clear and clean water and guests to the range can enjoy a swim within them. The range also has a breast-shaped hill named Sweet Sixteen.
Has rich biodiversity
Matthews Range was previously a haven for the endangered Black Rhinos. Unfortunately, it lost its last individual in the late 1990s. It is however famous for a large number of big mammals including elephants, leopards, buffalo, and gerenuk. The range also has over 100 species of butterflies and even more bird life. The range also has a healthy population of indigenous plant life.