Eburu Forest

Kenya

The Great Rift Valley

The Eburu Forest comprises 8,715.3 hectares of prime indigenous forest area contained within the steep hills, deep valleys and rolling foothills of Mount Eburu.

Overlooking Lake Naivasha to the south east, Lake Elementaita to the North and Lake Nakuru to the North West, the Mau Eburu forest is nestled within the folds of a geologically active volcanic mountain, whose highest peak, Ol Doinyo Eburu, stands 2,820 metres above sea level.

The forest is fully demarcated with formal title held by the Kenya Forest Service. It is one of the 22 gazetted forest blocks that comprise the Mau Forests Complex water tower.

Guests staying at Loldia House can explore the forest on a game drive and guided walk through the forest. This can be booked with the Loldia Manager at the house. There is a small entrance fee that guests wanting to visit the forest must pay.

The Forest

A precious mountain forest ecosystem the natural features of Eburu forest, include its diverse forest types, steep valleys, springs and waterfalls and make it a precious ecosystem, rich in biodiversity. The forest features a broad variety of indigenous tree species, such as Prunus africana (African cherry) and Juniperus procera (African pencil cedar), among others. The forest is recognized as a hotspot for birdlife within the greater Mau Forests Complex. It is home to over 40 species of mammals, including the critically endangered mountain bongo antelope, of which about 12 animals, representing 10% of its population known to exist in the wild, are thought to survive in this forest.

The endangered Bongo

The Bongo is a large antelope weighing up to 700 pounds – its habits are retiring and its perfectly camouflaged with a red coat – in the case of females and dark red to almost black in the case of Bulls . They have normally between ten to thirteen white vertical stripes that helps them blend into their bamboo habitat . They are browsers and feed on leaves and other forest foliage. The Bongo Surveillance Programme is a Rhino Ark supported community wildlife conservation initiative which seeks to protect the precious few bongo that remain in Eburu, giving them a fighting chance to survive in their home.