Julie and Tanya have always had a strong attachment to Eburru Mountain and continue to explore the forest with their families. Julie and Tanya are passionate about the land and are committed to developing sustainable, enjoyable and educational initiatives to ensure that the land, it's wildlife and ecosystems are conserved and enriched for future generations.
Chris has spent the last sixteen years working in education, conservation and wildlife and adventure tourism in East and Southern Africa. Chris is passionate about creating opportunities for people of all generations and backgrounds to experience wilderness areas, to be adventurous and explore their natural surroundings, and to generate a sense of personal wellbeing.
Julie, Tanya and Chris have combined their experience and areas of expertise to create Loldia Eburru - a place of outdoor and experiential learning, adventure and discovery, and an exceptional wellness retreat.
The Eburru Forest Reserve
The steep, deep cut valleys, hills and wide volcanic craters of The Eburru Forest reserve is 8,715 hectares of prime indigenous forest. The Eburru Forest is part of the much larger 420,000 hectare Mau Forest Complex which is the largest indigenous montane forest in East Africa. The Eburru Forest feeds the surrounding Rift Valley lakes, with Lake Naivasha to the South East, Lake Elementaita to the North and Lake Nakuru to the North West.
This is part of the Rift Valley ecosystem, which also includes the nearby Lake Nakuru National Park, Soysambu Conservancy and Mount Longonot and Hells Gate National Parks. Mount Ol Donyo Eburru, meaning ‘mountain of steam’ in Maa, (Masai Language) is a geological active volcanic massif, rising 2,820m above sea level with many areas of geothermal energy where steam and hot water emerge from the ground.
The Eburru Forest contains areas of indigenous forest with indigenous tree species, such as Prunus africana (African cherry) and Juniperus procera (African pencil cedar), open glades and thickets of African mountain bamboo and giant heather. The forest is home to over 40 species of mammal, including the critically endangered mountain bongo, buffalo, leopard, various antelope and monkey species and an impressive variety of upland bird species including the crowned eagle, the most powerful of all African birds of prey.