Aderema - Our Team

Ho to Help

We believe that the best, most effective, and immediate way to help both the conservation of wildlife and the interests of the communities who own the land where our activities take place is to visit us. Through the payment of daily conservation fees – money that we collect goes a long way towards financing nature conservation.

We honestly understand that the communities can only protect the wildlife, the flora and fauna only if they get immense and tangible benefits from sustainable tourism. At Aderema by Oluokos, making nature a profitable business is an important way to ensure a long-term win-win scenario for both nature and communities.

Your visitation and stay at Aderema creates direct and indirect job opportunities with more than 95% of our staff sourced from these communities and also contributing to the GDP of Kenya.

Here’s where you come in….

Through this appeal, contributors can ‘Acquire an Acre for Nature’ in Aderema through a donation that will fund the land purchase so that nature can continue flourishing. Contributors can be confident that all the money is going directly to safeguard the future of our ecosystem.

We are asking our friends & Supporters to play a part in our conservation mission and to help to keep the payments flowing into the communities by helping us to acquire 1 or more acres for a year through a donation that starts from as little as US$25.

From the Oluokos, a special incentive will be given wholeheartedly. Anyone acquiring acres for the contribution of US$1,000 or more will receive a credit from the Oluokos for the same amount donated to be used towards the payment of a stay at the Oluokos in the future. Please, visit our Fundraising Campaign Page to share your donation.

Volunteer

We welcome volunteers from diverse backgrounds with a range of skills including teaching, photography, GIS, botany, editing/writing, artistic ability, sales/marketing ability and carpentry/building as well as veterinarians, ornithologists, primatologists and animal rehabilitators.

Fundraising & Donations

Through this appeal, contributors can ‘Acquire an Acre for Nature’ in Aderema through a donation that will fund the land purchase so that nature can continue flourishing. Contributors can be confident that all the money is going directly to safeguard the future of our ecosystem.

We are asking our friends & Supporters to play a part in our conservation mission and to help to keep the payments flowing into the communities by helping us to acquire 1 or more acres for a year through a donation that starts from as little as US $25.

From the Oluokos, a special incentive will be given wholeheartedly. Anyone acquiring acres for the contribution of US$1,000 or more will receive a credit from the Oluokos for the same amount donated to be used towards the payment of a stay at the Oluokos in the future. Please, visit our Fundraising Campaign Page to share your donation.

Visitation

Aderema by Oluokos offers so much more than just your ordinary holiday expectations! In a nutshell, Aderema is more than a cocktail of experiences. Expect more than the drive to get here, so, we don’t have game drives but preciously cherished walking and hiking options and it’s not just about game drives and the stunning landscapes that sweep beyond Kenya’s second-highest mountain, the Elgon!

While you are with us, you can immerse yourself into the community, and our culture, and experience the traditional ways of farming, hiking, walking safaris, bird watching, and amazing skies.

Our flexibility allows you to choose what you would like your day to look like and we’ll be more than delighted to guide you through the available options. At Aderema by Oluokos, your pace and your taste contribute to the weaving of your experience.

 Birding safari

Bird watching is an important aspect of every nature experience in Kenya. While there are birds almost everywhere still, watching birds’ behavior in their natural habitats is really an eye-opening experience on its own.

With more than 1100 bird species, Kenya has some of the world’s best birdwatching opportunities, and with a vast diversity of bird species, Aderema Hills offers more than 90 bird species and we are expecting our checklist to grow. Our location and the surroundings offer exciting moments to see a number of different birds, with some of them being restricted to our locality. Please find more details about our birds here Aderema Hills Including Oluokos Fair Acres biome-restricted species.

Walking safari

Sometimes, one might experience a physical overload that will be accompanied by a cocktail of expectations, unwarranted fear of the unknown, and much more. However, each walk’s natural scents, unforgettable views, sights, and sounds would change how best we enjoy our experiences.

For our own pure enjoyment, hearing, seeing, and learning contribute to the main ingredient of this sheer experience.

Our walks are well curated to enrich all regardless of your interest. Whether you are in love with birds, flapping with joy at the sight of butterflies, or are in love with the wilderness aroma of flowers our book of nature would be offering some good insights to you.

Nature Walk

This experience combines some of the very best nature walks from our Aderema Hills base with a spectacular backdrop of Mount Elgon. For your information, did you know that this is Kenya’s second-highest mountain?  We’re awesomely smiling to share with you some of the most soul-soothing sunup and sundown are to be enjoyed from here.

Our short walks to see where members of the community used to worship or where sacrifices were offered to where cutting tools were sharpened are all within reach in an hour’s time or so.

For the curious minds, more engaging bush walks, robins, and francolins tracking as well as learning bush craft knowledge are optional extras. For those who really need to stretch their legs and explore further, there are numerous hills, valleys, stand-alone granite boulders, and ridges all of them with a fascinating history with names and places to be explored and knowledge passed on.

 Village Walk

At Aderema, we have a neat relationship with the local Teso community who are always very happy and eager to share their culture with our guests.

During this visitation, our community guide will lead you to the village where the home elder will give you an informative tour of the village with a warm description detailing the history of the Iteso tribe.

This walk takes you to different parts of the community where you will learn their customary ways of life and traditions from culinary, dancing, child naming, farming, and much more.

 Informative Hike

Exploring the pristine beauty of the Aderema hills on foot is the perfect way to discover its ecosystem. From flowers, insects, reptiles, birds, and animals, and without forgetting to mention the magnificent views that all make this remote wilderness area so special.

Expect to walk quietly through the diverse arrays of bushes and enjoy the wilderness freshness of Africa as you listen to the chirping birds or catch the brief views of the curious Vervet monkeys, the shy and very rare De Brazza’s monkey, and without missing the drifting views of Mount Elgon, Kenya’s second-highest mountain.

For those wanting an informative walking safari, the hills offer the best experience perfect ever. The informative walk is offered daily subject to the availability of guests. If your ideal taste of adventure is about getting lost in the sounds of nature this is for you as an individual or a family.

Sunup Hike

The shady trees and shrubbery on the hills provide a superb habitat for birds, butterflies, and reptiles all year round. One of the most tranquil ways to experience Aderema Hills is when on a guided sunup bush hike. This walk is led by an experienced field guide who will also share with you the best part of natural history.

On this walk, you have the chance to appreciate the smaller aspects of this ecosystem that really matter to us most. From insects to flowers and from herbs to trees, our knowledgeable guide will share invaluable information about the medicinal and practical uses for indigenous plants and much more.

Sundown Hike

When we trek to the top of the hill, the world beneath us changes first, especially with the hue colors of the sun as it gets ready to set. Armed only with our walking sticks, binoculars, cameras, and our water bottles our admiration for the wonders of nature can’t be mistaken for anything else.

Enjoying some crispy cool breeze from the plains below while at the same time appreciating the swinging trees in the mix of the chirping birds and the distance drifting hills and of course the looming peak of  Kenya’s second-highest mountain, the Elgon if the weather permits.

Where else in Kenya can you experience the magical sundown on the horizon while having some spectacular breathtaking vistas? Join us and let’s share with you our well-kept natural charm.

Aderema Special Birding

Aderema is a bird watcher’s heaven and we’re endowed with over 90 species in our surroundings. The birds range from small and sometimes tame fire finches to the vibrant and very chirpy sunbirds and from the docile and the common doves to the swift and very active sparrow hawks.   

Most of our common species here form some of the most spectacular and most sought-after birds. Around our gardens, the energetic Mocking Cliff Chat dominates the towering granite boulders for the better parts of the day.  In the flowers, the cheerful sunbirds, in the fruiting trees, Violet-backed Starlings, and barbets compete, for our attention while the straight flying Red-headed Lovebird performs several fly pasts very few hours.

Being around passion, our expertise, patience, and us will allow us to share with you our world of birds in the friendliest way in this much-cherished area.

Please find more details about our birds here Aderema Hills Including Oluokos Fair Acres. The checklist is subject to updates without notice.

TRIPS FURTHER AFIELD

  • Arranged day trip or overnight by the shores of Lake Victoria
  • Stay in a local village for the night, singing and dancing with your hosts
  • One-night wildlife experience at Mount Elgon National Park for birds, primates, and good hiking possibilities among many caves exploration.
  • Bird watching the Budalangi Swamp Complex
  • Day trip to Katotoi Hills
  • Birding trip to Madende Creek
  • Day trips to the Kakamega Forest (3-hour drive)
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