Friday, December 31, 2010
At Loisiijo, the river is omnipresent, we watch it going up, and going down. We fear the power of its floods as much as we fear the small trickle it becomes.
Here is a great little film about the Uaso Ngiro and the changes it has seen in the last decades due to the increase in deforestation of its main source, the Mau Escarpment Forest.
The bridge that the film refers to is 10 km away from Loisiijo Lodge. We are looking to raise funds for building two small foot bridges near Loisiijo. One for the lodge which will enable us to park vehicles on the opposite side of the river. This will greatly facilitate the access to Shompole Wildlife Conservation Area where most of the big game are to be found. Its boundary is only two kilometers away from the lodge.
The second bridge will be located a couple of kilometers away down stream where some of the dry season villages are situated. Crossing the river in the past was not an issue but now with rain patterns on the Mau Escarpment being very irregular, flooding occurs at unexpected times and can leave the local people stranded on the wrong side of the river.