Weekend boat trip to the Kerio Delta and hiking in the Napedet Hills

|Weekend boat trip to the Kerio Delta and hiking in the Napedet Hills

Over the weekend the students got the opportunity to explore further afield with two trips South of TBI. On Saturday morning, after an hour’s drive through the arid landscape and villages with smiling, waving children, the students arrived at the lush Kerio Delta.

Setting off...

Setting off…

Turkana children waving as we pass through a village

Turkana children waving as we pass through a village.

Here they embarked on a fishing boat trip downstream to where the Kerio river meets the lake. None of the fishing boats had motors so all the students helped out and took turns paddling and bailing out water. It was good fun!

Robyn, Kate and Janina in the fishing boat.

Robyn, Kate and Janina in the fishing boat.

Sarah having a go at paddling.

Sarah having a go at paddling.

Throughout the trip, Dr. Martins introduced the students to some of the local wildlife, such as the pied kingfisher and the purple heron. Some of the students were lucky enough to glimpse a hippo as it was emerging from the reeds and diving underwater, which caused a lot of excitement.

Out in the delta...

Out in the delta…

The following day, the students set off for a hike in the Napedet Hills.

Students walking across the desert towards the Napedet Hills

Walking across the desert towards the Napedet Hills…

Students become mountain goats as they tackle a steep hill. Can you count how many students there are in this picture?

Students become mountain goats as they tackle a steep hill. Can you count how many students there are in this picture?

It was hot and the slopes were quite steep, but the cool breeze and the spectacular view from the top were very rewarding.

At the top the students enjoy the breeze and take in the view

At the top the students enjoy the breeze and take in the view.

DSC_0482

By | 2017-01-04T18:04:56+00:00 January 29th, 2014|Field Schools|Comments Off on Weekend boat trip to the Kerio Delta and hiking in the Napedet Hills

About the Author:

Hi! I am Kat Warren and I am the Teaching Assistant for the Spring 2014 field school. While I am here I am also involved in the African Fossils Project (africanfossils.org) where I am 3D-scanning modern African fauna, fossils and archaeological material. I am a recent graduate in Archaeological Science from the University of Sheffield and my current interests lie in the evolution of cognition, and primate behaviour as a means to understand the cognitive frameworks of our earliest ancestors.