Lengijave is the Maasai term for “a cold/windy place”. That’s what the guide who took us to discover this place told me.

On a bright Sunday morning I joined other hikers from Arusha’s Twende Hiking group to this remote but beautiful place that I would have never known existed. Situated past Ngaramtoni we parked our cars at a gorgeous uphill deserted house (whose owner comes few times a year) and made the trek downwards towards the Maasai plains where the Maasai graze their flock.

The place was indeed windy making it cold but with the dry season sun and eye shades, we were good to go. The only down part to this adventure was the climb back up which made me question climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro as I struggled up and how the Maasai could do it up to three times a day with their flock. I learned from fellow hikers that it’s always easier to climb diagonally/sideways instead of straight up as well as taking small steps instead of larger ones. Reaching at the top brought that amazing feeling of triumph – and of course, a quick dash to the ground 😉 .

I now know why the Maasai have great legs.