Above, and to the north of Loldia House lie the towering, forested slopes of Mount Eburru. Here, a community driven initiative is working to protect this biologically-rich, remnant patch of highland forest.
Alternative livelihoods and sustainable incomes are generated in an area which has historically degraded rather than protected the forest.
Tree nurseries provide indigenous seedlings for planting on farm forestry land and within the forest reserve itself. We support this tree-planting project through funds raised via our seedballing initiative from Governors’ Balloon Safaris.
Traditional bee-hives are allowed within the forest and are tended to by the marginalised Ogiek people. Numbering around 30,000 people, the Ogiek are some of Africa’s last remaining forest dwellers. Traditionally honey-gatherers, they survived mainly on wild fruits and roots, game hunting and beekeeping. Having inhabited the Mau Forest for many centuries, their unique way of life is closely tied to its rich biodiversity and natural resources. We are proud to support these people through the purchasing of their honey for use at Loldia House.
Mount Eburru takes its name from the Maasai, ‘Ol Doinyo Opuru’, meaning the ‘Mountain of Steam’ due to its geothermal activity which is clearly visible via the numerous steam jets that spit from fissures in its flank. Forest edge communities trap this sustainable source of water for drinking and domestic use using various contraptions that act as improvised condensers.
Loldia House guests can visit the forest and enjoy the sights and sounds of this unique place. An Eburru Rafiki guide can escort you to the steam traps, tree nurseries and arrange for a honey-harvesting demonstration. We can also plan for one of the founders of the project to give a presentation to guests at the house, followed by a dinner where you can learn more about their important work. A minimum donation of USD100 is required and this must be booked in advance.