KAISAKAT VIEW POINT
Perched on the side of Kamatira forest Kaisakat provides a panoramic view of Chepareria, Cherengany Hills, Sook Hills, Kipteber Hill and Murpus Hill. Filled with stunning, unmoved curved rocks and stones, it is the most spectacular viewpoint in Kapenguria ward. Most locals agree that it is a breath-taking view. It is located in Siyoi Ward along winding Kapenguria- Lelan road.
Hiking, trekking and picnicking are the most favourable activities in the area.
Mt. Kipteber is a humongous art of nature that strategically sits on the boarder of Elgeyo-Marakwet and Pokot counties. The cliff facing West Pokot side is so steep leaving hikers with the only option of accessing it through Elgeyo Marakwet County. The locals believe that long time ago the community in that area were having a ceremony. As the ceremony went on, it’s believed that a crow gave a warning for three days but the locals ignored, except one pregnant woman. It so happens that a tragedy befell them when a huge rock fell from the sky, crushing a whole clan (Talai), save for the pregnant woman.
It is one of the best places in West Pokot to view landscapes and plant species. A smooth mirror, with beautiful reflections of cliffs and sky. The unmistakeable shape of a dome makes a striking backdrop. The hill is exquisitely ideal for paragliding, hiking, rock climbing and bird watching.
MINING IN SEKERR
As you ascend the flora changes from woodlands to heathland near the summit. The views from the top (3326 m) are great looking down on to lush green forest glades and in the far distance the open thorn bush-covered plains of Turkana. Sekerr hills forms a beautiful escarpment with winding paths. The breezy yet cooling sensation on the hills comfort and relaxes the feeling unleashed when climbing it. The winding two stripped tarmacked road build for passage pulls you close to the Sekerr people.
The path gives the vision of nature’s illusion in achieving mission of to the hills. Located to the north of the Cherangani Hills, an area where gold-panning is widespread. Mining sparkles hope in the area where the locals are able to locally min gold. Here the Sekerr men dig for gold and the women wash to its fine products. With a vast bluff of flat yet mountainous field of wealthy untouched copper, gold….. Sekerr is best for large scale mining.
Situated high above the Great Rift Valley in the semi-arid areas of West Pokot County. Mt. Mtelo stands tall at 3336m.
It is one of the few mountains in West Pokot that the Pokot attach a huge spiritual meaning to it. The Pokots believe that their god(Tororot) resides here. Spiritual rituals used to, and are still performed facing this mountain. You can access the mountain through Marich- Mbara road, off Kitale-Lodwar highway.
The activities here include; mountain climbing, hiking, bird watching, camping, mountain biking, studying the unique flora and fauna and experiencing the indigenous Pokot culture.
Centuries ago, setting out to climb a mountain would have been considered close to insanity. Mountains were places of peril, not beauty, an upper world to be shunned, not sought out. Why do mountains mesmerize us now, drawing us into their territory, often at the cost of our lives? Mountain is a cinematic and musical ambiance. Mount Kogh, a name with a lot of resonance befitting 2608 m, is steep, with almost erecting rock rising for 300m from a northerly branch of the Cheranganis. A visit to this place and you will leave with a respect for the Mother Nature.
The pure size, the mountain range and the clear skies seen from above. It is way better than any theme park can bring. It is Mother Nature at its best.
There are many trails to follow up the mountain, trail ride drive through Chesta Guest House, Chemurlokotio road. But there are more trails to follow and more days to enjoy here. Snakes of different species are also found here such as Black mamba, forest cobra and rock python among others.
The area is ideal for; paragliding, mountain climbing, bird watching and camping.
JERUSALEM SALAM DINI YA ROHO MAFUTA POLE YA AFRICA
Africans are thought to worship their god in vigour and truth. Drum beats their repetitious single-beat rhythm announcing another worship service.
Jerusalem Salam Dini Ya Roho Mafuta Pole Ya Africa followers are proud of their religion. Dressed in white gowns with a green cross on the front part, they go through various gyrations, calling on the ancestors and working themselves into a state where they can communicate with the spirits in sacred places like the caves, mountains and streams. This religious group dwells more on The Bible especially the Old Testament teaching on God and the consequences of sin.
This religious group believe that all mankind from all corners of the world will eventually pass through their humongous headquarters building at Tamugh in Sook ward. It is so ‘holy’ that to enter the church, you have to remove your shoes.
The myth that gives birth to the religion is enticing. Lukas Pkech was a local pokot herder. One day at Soibogh River, now Tartar falls, he had a dream and God spoke to him and as allegedly baptized by the holy spirit and named Arsusu. God told him to start a church where Africans will worship Him. He gathered the Pokots mostly from Sook and baptised them into the religion. With the kind of followers he had, the colonizers categorised him as a threat that wanted to rebel against the then colonial government. Pkech was arrested and taken to Nakuru. This fable gets more interesting to hear when the worshippers narrate it. While in Nakuru, Pkech was taken out of his cell for some fresh air then suddenly, three doves set on a nearby tree, causing a winding confusion to the guards that led to Pkech’s escape to Koros, Baringo.
In koros, he met his friend Rosti and they planned on going back to West pokot to build the church that God asked them to build. Unfortunately, the founder of Dini ya Roho mafuta pole ya Africa was killed during the Kolowa massacre. His followers arrested; some sent into exile in Uganda while others were tortured in Kapenguria by the colonial government. They would later reunite at Tamugh, Sook Ward to establish their religion by building their current enormous headquarters. This religious group not only invites tourist to its headquarters, but also educates the people on the traditional and cultural ways of worship in Sook.
To commemorate their spiritual journey, Dini ya Roho holds an annual pilgrimage at its headquarters on 3rd November.