The Ranges of hills that rise above the plains provide some protection from strong winds and are often associated with sources of water. They sometimes create the conditions for a settlement or trading center. Such were the origins of Lokichar, Lodwar and Lokichogio. Many hill ranges are very isolated and rarely if ever ascended, even by locals. However, those close to main centers and roads can offer a hot and dusty challenge to the adventurous and a rewarding view.
|The hills at the northern end of the Kakurotom Range are prominently seen just beyond Kalimarock, 34 km before Lokichar on the A1. They are close to the road and one hosts a wind-turbine on its top which powers communications equipment.||Lokichogio nestles below a rocky outcrop of the Mogila Range. The summit (1693m) lies to the north, close to the Uganda border; because of this, check with the local police before starting the hike.||The Ngapoi Hills enfold the northern side of Lodwar. A prominent, pyramidal hill can be scrambled up in a short time and gives a fine view of the town and the surrounding plains.|
The highest point of the Pelekech range is reported as 1584m, but it certainly looks higher when viewed from the A1 road just before Kakuma. There is no ready information about getting to the top, but locals are ready to act as guides.
This is definitely an isolated and unfrequented region and any visit to the hills should only be done with local guides and after consultation with the local chiefs and other administration.
[North Rift Tourism Association would welcome more information about these hills and how to reach them.]