You will see further down on this page reference to the start of our programme of building steps into a very steep slope in Mugginton. I am pleased to report, that a very strong team worked to finish the project. We worked very hard and all came away exhausted, especially those of us who are no longer used to working for a living. I hope if you ever come across these steps, whilst out walking, you will perhaps, pause and consider the effort expended by our group of volunteers.fp2
Walking with the Maasai in the
footsteps of Joseph Thomson
by – John Hastings-Thomson.
jht1 From childhood I have been aware that I had a Great, great Uncle who was an African Explorer. He had been the first white man to cross Maasai Territory and come out alive and had a waterfall and a gazelle named after him. It was an ambition to follow in his footsteps and when three years ago I learnt that a Kenyan wanted to organize a walk following part of Thomson’s Maasai Land Expedition, I wanted to take part. jht2
The man concerned, Ezekiel Katato, turned out to be a Maasai Elder from a village Thomson passed through during his expedition. Ezekiel had learnt about Thomson at School. It became his ambition to organize a walk covering the section of the expedition that passed through his home area, from the edge of Amboseli National Park to his village, Kilonito, a distance of about 75 miles.