Kiplolok is vernacular noun among the Kalenjin that means pulping water that has lime salt in it. It is one of the areas in Nandi County that is blessed with natural resources due to the presence of the lime bubbling water that has made the area to be explored by people from across the country including tourists from foreign countries.
Kiplolok springs is found in Kiplolok village, Songoliet location in Kilibwoni Ward,Emgwen sub-county and is under the community land that is believed to have been owned long time ago by the Maasai community who fought for a longer period with the Nandi people following land disputes as they wanted to take away the land from the Maasai.
According to one of the residents Mr. Charles Kirui, It is believed that the three acre piece of land that consists several natural holes with pulping salty lime water emerged after the Maasai community performed some rituals by murdering one of their initiates who had a kind of special human hair referred to as “song’onyet” in Kalenjin and buried it in that piece of land after being overpowered by the Nandi community.
He said, historically the springs came into being as a result of the rituals and that the fight between the two communities came into a halt at a place called Songoliet after the Maasai accepted the defeat whereby they went up to the place stood upright facing East and raised up their palm leaves to signify the acceptance of defeat then they migrated from the place leaving the Nandi people alone.
The lime was used by the Maasai during those ancient times to feed their animals but afterwards it changed to the pulping water springs after the rituals though it is not hot and that the water cannot be consumed by animals as it has something like hydrogen that is dangerous to the lives of the livestock.
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The same water is consumed by human beings especially the area residents but cannot be used in cooking and if used to cook ugali it will turn yellowish in colour while for tea it will ferment.
Kirui explained that for anyone who visits the area and is not a resident but feels like drinking the water, he or she has to tie or make a plait of some reeds in the springs before drinking it so as not to be followed by the rituals which were done at the place.
He said they believe that the water is medicinal for they use it to treat some diseases like malaria and stomach upsets by just taking the water and you get healed.
The place is also known for a huge pile of stones called “mukwanik” in Kalenjin that has also attracted the attention of many people who are forced to travel and tour the scene. Many college students, universities, primary schools from across the country including foreigners tours the scenery.
The residents of the area are appealing to the new government to conserve the place by fencing the land perimeters and make the necessary strategies to attract tourists who will bring foreign exchange by constructing big hotels that will benefit the area residents through creation of jobs.
Travelling along Eldoret-Kapsabet highway, one cannot resist the urge to make a stopover at the bubbling springs of Kiplolok in Songoliet, Nandi County.
The springs are in a wetland near Tulon trading centre in Kilibwoni ward Emgwen sub-county.
Turn off the Eldoret-Kapsabet road at the chepterit trading centre and head east on a murram road.Tulon is reached after 8Km.
The last section can be particularly troublesome when it rains, because it slopes down to the springs across black swamp soil.You are adviced to bring boots and use 4WD vehicle.
Groups can engage in picnics, educational tours, photography, video shoots and nature trails while at Kiplolok springs.
The springs consist of a large number of variously-coloured up-wellings of water that bubble to the surface of a swamp.
The water is alkaline,perhaps slightly carbonated, and, most definitely, quite tasty- but it is doubtful any proper chemical analysis has ever been done.