"The troops didn't have the rat-infested trenches, with the mud and dreadful shelling of Flanders... but here in East Africa they had wild animals, the heat, all sorts of diseases, and water was a very precious commodity,"
Stop and ponder at the little hamlet of Matkau, now a disused, dry, dusty railway station and dwell on the 20,000 troops, 15,000 porters and over 100,000 horses/mules who camped there during the build up to the 1915 Salita Hill battle; examine the bunker on top of Salaita while enjoy the vast African view; observe the Baobab tree used by a broken hearted lady to take pot shots at the enemy; re-enact a sentry crouched in a defensive position on the lip of Crater Fort and listen for the spine chilling roars of the 'Man Eaters of Tsavo’.
This is a glimpse of a Kenyan WW1 Battlefield Safari, a unique mixture of historic facts, and colourful wonders of Kenya’s amazing wildlife, flora and fauna.
The remains of many Forts, trenches, stone revetments, loop holes, and endless detritus are waiting to tell you their tale of struggle, hunger and disease during the little known East African Campaign of the First World War.
Read about the actions and tribulations of a British Empire army at war against an enterprising, adventurous enemy in James G Willson's illustrated diary of the Campaign - Guerrillas of Tsavo.