What is a Walking Safari?
Unlike a vehicle-based safari, a walking safari allows the traveller to enjoy a more intimate insight into Kenya's animals and its people. Our walking safaris are supported by camels who carry the entire camp and luggage.
Typically we are woken before sunrise with hot water in our basins. After a cup of tea or pressed coffee, some granola, eggs, toast and fruit we will set off with the rising sun. We are accompanied by a Laikipia Masai tracker and a few riding camels who carry our refreshments and day-packs. We will stop en route for a light snack and then carry on to our next camp. The main team will pack up the camp behind us and aim straight for the next campsite. Often times they pass us as we more slowly saunter and look at animals along the way. We arrive at our next camp to be greeted with a cool drink and a gourmet lunch. The afternoon is normally spent relaxing, enjoying a stream or river, having a siesta or fishing before going for an evening walk and sundowners. The camels also use this time to relax and browse around camp. In the evening our staff will offer hot showers before we have drinks by the fire and a three-course dinner under the stars.
Our tents vary depending on the style of safari you choose and they are made up each day with comfortable mattresses and bedding, towels, dressing gowns and solar lights. Outside each tent is a small table, with drinking water and a mirror and a hand basin, which is refilled throughout the day. Behind the tents are the toilets and showers.
Our food is varied and always fresh and delicious. Breakfasts are fruit, muesli, yoghurt, eggs, bacon etc, whilst lunches are salads, pizzas, cheeses and fruit. In the evening we have a sit down three-course meal under the stars. We serve beer and wine, gin and vodkas and tonics. Each safari is tailor made to suit the group and we can walk for as long as guests feel comfortable. Typically we will walk between 8 and 14 kms in the mornings, getting to camp by lunchtime. In the afternoons we can go on a short walk, visit a manyatta, do some rock climbing or just take the afternoon relaxing. Occasionally we remain in the same camp for more than one night, just venturing out to explore the immediate area.
We have led people of all ages from children of 4 to folks over 80. As each safari is tailor made to suit the group we can adjust each one accordingly. Our trips are popular with honeymooners as well as family groups or friends wanting a few days together in wild beautiful setting. We are supported by a wonderful staff of Masai, Samburu, and Turkana whose collective knowledge of plant life, animal life and culture is enough to sustain a lifetime of study.