Matthews Range

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Matthews Range
Lenkiyio Hills
Matthews Range is located in Kenya
Matthews Range
Matthews Range
Highest point
Peak Warges
Elevation 2,688 m (8,819 ft)
Length 150 km (93 mi) N/S
Width 40 km (25 mi) E/W
Country Kenya
Range coordinates 1°15′N 37°15′E / 1.250°N 37.250°E / 1.250; 37.250Coordinates: 1°15′N 37°15′E / 1.250°N 37.250°E / 1.250; 37.250

The Matthews (or Mathews) Range, also known as the Lenkiyio Hills, is a range of mountains in Kenya, Africa.


The range is about 150 km long, oriented north-south. It is located in the Laikipia district of the Rift Valley Province in northern Kenya. The town of Wamba lies at the southeastern edge of the range.[1]


The highest point is Warges, at 2688 m above sea level, a peak located the southern end of the range, separated by a valley from the rest of the range.[2] The 1,809 metres high Ldoinyo Lenkiyo, 1,860 m high Mathews Peak, 1,491 m high Ilpisyon, 1,184 m high Lolgek, 1,472 m high Lomolok, 1,861 m high Tipito and 1,289 m high Ilmara Muroi are located in the middle of the range.[1] There is also a breast shaped hill locally known as Sweet Sixteen in the range.[3]


The area is isolated, and holds forests of juniper and cycads. It is home to elephants and other large mammals, and was one of the last places in northern Kenya to have wild Black Rhinos. The last Black Rhino in the Mathew's was poached out in the 1990s. The Mathew's are also home to the Samburu people. The mountain range is a sky island: surrounded by plains, with Ndoto Mountains to the north and the Karisia hills to the west. A number of the species in the Mathew's have evolved independently and the diversity of the forest is of great conservation value.[4] Part has been designated as a wildlife sanctuary.


  1. ^ a b Rough Guide Map to Kenya
  2. ^ "Warges". Mapcarta. Retrieved 18 September 2016. 
  3. ^ Africa: taking flight over Kenya's elephant country
  4. ^ Peter Greste (14 July 2010). "Biological bonanza in Kenya's threatened forest". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 14 July 2010.