NGURNIT TO ELKANTO IN ONE DAY FOR THE MILGIS ELEPHANTS AND LIONS… Well done Pete and Kosma.. AND WHATS MORE THEY WERE GREETED AT THE END OF THEIR LONG WALK BY THREE BEAUTIFUL BULL ELEPHANTS!!
Early in the morning, the three ‘ Sangalais ‘ arrived to meet the walkers.. seen here crossing the Parsaloi, to get into position!…
Not knowing which direction the whisperer was coming from they stood in the middle of the Lugga waiting for news!
As the news of where they were coming from filtered through, they decided to get to a better spot to meet the walkers!! And by the way Kosma and Pete walked right into them at the confluence of the 3 luggas!
So how did the walk go!.. 13th October.. ON OUR WAY TO NGURNIT…
DEPARTURE FROM NGURNIT 4 am 14th October 2011!!
OFF THEY GO!!
Half an hour after they left, it started pouring with rain.. POURING DRIVING RAIN!.. It rained until 2 pm the next day.. They literally squelched their way to Elkanto!!.
11 am we finally get a bit of news of our walkers!! They are doing really well, and are near a place called Motio.. No point in stopping, as they are completely soaked.. These pictures are taken of the runway at Ngurnit.. Now I’m worried that Pete and Kos are going to make it to Elkanto before me.. (which they did actually!)
Finally at 3 pm I managed to take off from Ngurnit, while it was still drizzling!
My Flight home!..MILGIS IN FLOOD!! The day before, there was not a drop of water in the Lugga!.. Today a raging torrent!
The two of them are somewhere in these two pictures!! I just managed to catch them from the Aeroplane, as I flew over, as they head towards the junction of the 3 Luggas below Elkanto.. .. Below is the final crossing of the Parsaloi Lugga.. It was their great worry that it would be too full to cross, but in the end it was fine!!
The Climb up the 600 foot Elkanto hill was really challenging for both of them.. They were really hungry, having had a cup of tea and biscuits on departure at 4 am, and now they had literally not been able to light a fire in the rain en route.. They tried twice to get a fire going but every thing was soaked through, and so could not waste time as they had ‘ things to prove and places to go ‘! The second time, Kosma, did something completely ‘ not on ‘ in his tradition, feeling so hungry and desperate for a cup of tea, was forced to go into a manyatta and ask for fire, but the woman, having asked him where he came from and where hes going said ” No! I can’t … What if my husband sees smoke following you down the trail, he will know!! ”.. Kosma even tried this on her.. ” The white man down there,” pointing at Pete, ” needs a cigarette!!” ( Pete’s never had a cigarette in his life! ) but the woman was not having it!! Oh well on wards and for wards said Kos..
Arrival at Elkanto!!
‘Kosma I here by make you an ‘ HONORARY SCOUT ‘ of the MILGIS TRUST..Thank you for coming with me ”.. Kosma really deserves this title, not only because he accompanied Pete on this walk, but he has been instrumental in helping us with our Milgis work.. He was of course was the man that brought Aarge the cheetah back to life.. (And by the way while I am on that subject she is doing very well, shes beautiful and inseparable from her friend the dog.. A special friendship continues…)
checking out where they have come from!! They don’t look like they have walked from Ngurnit to Elkanto, and they’ve got lots to tell us!! WHAT A DAY……….
The two of them set off from Ngurnit in high spirits, heading off into the dark, because can you believe it it was VERY CLOUDY!! Pete has a problem seeing in the dark, and that was the whole reason to walk with the light of the near full moon, but it was not to be!! Pete just followed Kosma’s white Shuka, and all was going well, BUT after 30 minutes of walking, the heavens opened.. Rain, like nobody had seen for many years.. Ngurnit area was suffering from the same drought as North Eastern Kenya.. What a coincidence that it should rain on this day that Pete had decided to do his walk.. He had been talking about it for many years.. How he will deal with the heat and distance, how many re hydrate drinks and bananas he will carry, and how they will stop at ‘ The Desert Rose ‘ for porridge and tea on the way , etc etc.. None of this happened, it was now absolutely chucking it down, and Pete and Kos are going as fast as they can to beat the flooded luggas!!
In this picture, Pete is telling us about how his arms went completely white in the rain from the sun cream!! Kos made us laugh!.. He said that they were sailing along the path that was flowing water, and suddenly Pete was down, flat out on the ground.. He had stepped in an Elephants track, in the mud, which sent him flying!!.. When he got up he had mud every where, including along the rim of his hat!!.. They met very few people on the way, but the few they did were absolutely amazed.. and asked ”Where have you come from?” ”Ngurnit.. ” ” What today? absolutely no way.. No white man can do that they said!!.” But were also very encouraging for the rest of the way!! ” Ok.. Anchom Ngai ” (Go with God!!)
A very big THANKYOU to all who have responded to our plea for the Elephants and lions and those who have been so generous.. We are extremely grateful.. If there are any others who are willing and able to help us out we would be so happy.. You can either donate on this page through NWHS, or I can send you the Milgis Trust bank details..
SAD NEWS… I’m afraid, in the pouring rain while Pete and Kosma were walking, some poachers shot another very big bull Elephant on the west side of the Ndotos.. We have all our scouts there to follow up, and to try to catch the perpetrators.. We feel sick with sadness.. Unfortunately we are not getting the back up we should be with KWS, but have already nominated two new scouts, with the money collected already from Petes walk, to work on it.. So many thanks, and we are trying our best.. ..
northern frontier district, ndoto mountains, nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp nbsp, bull elephants, and catching the sun.