Taking advantage of the pristine wilderness, Kitich Camp avoids traditional game drives, instead encouraging guests to explore these wild environs on foot, guided by the “masters of the forest”, the Ndorobo Samburu guides.
Dubbed a ‘biological bonanza’ by the BBC, this mountain forest is a stronghold for a wide range of species. Wild animals such as Melanistic leopard, also known as the “black panther”, forest elephant, lion, buffalo, Colobus monkey, greater kudu, waterbuck, giant forest hogs and Africa’s endangered wild dog as well as Grevy’s zebra have found refuge in the lush forests and fertile valleys of the Mathews Range.
Mathews’ indigenous forest is one of the very few areas where you can see the rare De Brazza Monkey outside the Ruwenzori Mountains. They are large monkeys, similar to a Sykes in size and build, but more striking with a red forehead, they are shy and hard to find.
Birds and butterflies
Over 350 bird species have been counted in the area, including the spectacular Hartlaub’s turaco; together with more than 150 species of butterflies, representing more than twice the amount of butterfly species found in the UK.
Cycads and orchids
The forest is a natural home to wild forest orchids, and to a rare and endemic giant cycad, a throwback to the ancient forests of the dinosaurs.