About 30km north of town, and shrouded in Samburu folklore, is the massive mesa of Ol Lolokwe. It’s a very tough but rewarding day hike (five hours just to climb it) and, at sunset, light radiating off its rusty bluffs is seen for miles around. The mountain is renowned for its raptors and has Kenya's biggest population of Rüppell’s vultures.
It’s managed by the Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust (NWCT), a locally run, community-based conservation effort. While it is possible to hike the mountain without a guide, it is recommended to contact the NWCT to arrange one.