In the northern frontier of Kenya lies the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy, an area of 850,000 acres of pristine wilderness in the Mathews Range. The savannah plains and lush mountain slopes are home to elephant, leopard, reticulated giraffe, wild dog and kudu in ever increasing numbers. This remote and dramatic landscape is also home to the local Samburu people whose age-old traditions, including the famed ‘singing wells’ are as much a part of the fabric of this land as the wildlife.
“From its hillside view, overlooking the Mathews Range, there is not another camp, another foreigner, for nearly 1m acres. There is only the Samburu, in the distance with their cattle, and the wild animals that come to the camp water hole to drink: elephant, buffalo, warthog, impala, baboon and, at night, hyena, and leopard in search of their favourite food here: the little dik-dik antelope.”