Kenya has very few natural Forest cover remaining thanks to the ever-increasing demand for land. However, in the hopes of preventing desertification and preserving pivotal catchment areas, some forests are now under national protection. Some of the existent forests now include the Marsabit Forest, Kakamega Forest, Arabuko Sokoke Forest and the Mau Eburu Forest among others. These forests do not make it to top destinations lists because they do not seem to have much to offer. However, the Mau Eburu Forest is rich in resources and activity opportunities. Here is everything to know.
The Mau Eburu Forest sits on the foundations of Mount Eburu. The forest comprises of ridges, hills and valleys that overlook Naivasha, Elementaita and Gilgil. You can also see Lake Nakuru from different points of the forest and mountain.
The forest cover does not have tarmacked or murram roads and most of the paths are only accessible on foot. Therefore, one of the best activities to partake in Mau Eburu Forest is hiking. There are about six mapped trails to follow around the forest which will take you to different parts of the area. While hiking you will come across a wealthy and healthy array of flora and fauna. Some of the common animals you will see are different bird species and types of monkeys.
If you are lucky enough, you may come across a mountain bongo. These are mountain antelopes categorized as critically endangered in the world. Unfortunately, less than 150 individuals remain globally and the Mau Eburu Forest is one of the lucky places to host these rare creatures.
As already mentioned the Mau Eburu Forest sits on the Mount Eburu. The mountain is actually divided into two, the East and West cones. The West Mt Eburu is historically docile but the East Mt. Eburu is classified as geographically active. Because of this, you will see random jets of steam shoot into the air. The forest locals have found ways of trapping these waters for domestic use. KenGen also has several projects that try to harness this geothermal resource into a source of power for the national grid.
The Ogiek People
Lastly, during your hike, you can have a cultural visit to an Ogiek village. The Ogiek are known as forest dwellers and can be given much credit for the sustenance of the Mau Eburu. You will get the chance to see how the Ogiek live simply and sustainably with nature as they practice the double restoration of whatever they consume. They are also avid beekeepers, with several beehives perched all over the forest. These hives are not only necessary for their domestic use, but they also use the honey for trading purposes. additionally, any tree with a beehive on it cannot be cut down so it also acts as a way of conservation.