Bushland to Moorland - Walking Safaris Adventures
This exclusive safari is an example itinerary and it can be guided as a Luxury Walking Safari , Classic Walking Safari , AirBnC (Air Bed and Camel) , and it can be adjusted to suit your wishes for distance or nights out.
- Difficulty: Moderately Difficult - A Camel Safari on Tumaren at over 5000 feet is the ideal way to acclimate and train a bit for a climb up Mt Kenya.
- Wildlife: Excellent on Tumaren. Mt Kenya more about landscapes and ecology.
- Landscapes: The Best
- Good only for older or stronger kids
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Day 1: Karisia Walking Safaris
A Karisia guide and driver will meet you in Nanyuki (at the base of Mt. Kenya) and take you to the start of your walking safari in Laikipia which is scenic 2 hour drive north.
In camp you will be greeted by our camels and our Masai/Samburu teams of cooks, camel guys, and trackers. The local Laikipia Masai call these rocks Nayasura and stone chippings suggest that they have been used as a camp for millennia. We too will use the rocks starting with a refreshing lunch and short rest in our classic roomy safari tents. After lunch we will head out on a short walk looking for game and getting a feel for the country.
As the sun begins to set we will find ourselves at the crest of Nayasura with drinks and bitings, watching the baboons come back to roost on the face of the rock. After hot showers and drinks around the fire we will have a sit down dinner under the stars.We too will use the rocks starting with a refreshing lunch and short rest in our classic roomy safari tents. After lunch we will head out on a short walk looking for game and getting a feel for the country.
As the sun begins to set we will find ourselves at the crest of Nayasura with drinks and bitings, watching the baboons come back to roost on the face of the rock. After hot showers and drinks around the fire we will have a sit down dinner under the stars.
Day 2: Nyarara
From Nayasura we will head out early after breakfast so to see as much game as possible on our walk north towards Nyarara Camp. Nyarara means Cheetah in Masai and the camp was given this name because of a large male that has been seen in the area.
Along our walk we will walk across large plains as well as mixed bush. Herds of Zebra, Oryx and Grant’s gazelle predominate on the large plains. In the mixed bush we find Dikdiks, Gerenuk, Impala and Lesser Kudu if we are lucky enough to see them. We will arrive at camp in time for lunch. The pack camels with our camp will have made a more direct route than us and so they will have arrived before us and set up most of camp before our arrival. After lunch we will relax and walk to a pretty spot for sundowners.
Day 3: Tumaren Ewaso Camp
Today we will be heading down toward the Ewaso Nyiro River, which runs along the eastern edge of the Laikipia Plateau and then turns eastward toward Samburu National Reserve. Along the way we will be looking for Eland, Steinbuck and Giraffe as well as the ever changing scenery. When we arrive at the Ewaso Nyiro we may want to take a quick swim before lunch. After lunch, a rest and sundowners on a high rocky hillside we will return to our camp on the river for dinner and a toast to our adventure
Day 4: Karisia Walking Safaris
Early start and drive to Nanyuki for a coffee before you meet you team who will take you on for your next adventure.You leave Nanyuki at 9.30 a.m. for the drive to the Chogoria Gate, which takes about 3 hours. After checking in with park officials we will walk in a short distance to camp near a small stream.
Day 5: Mt Kenya
The next day we will hike up to Lake Ellis and find camp among the tussocks and heath by its shore. Lake Ellis has excellent trout fishing and we encourage everyone to consider bringing a packable flyrod.
Day 6: Mt Kenya
You climb out of Lake Ellis over a ridge into the Beautiful valley is one of the most stunning walks of the entire holiday. This walk takes about 5 hours and covers 6 km. You are now deep in the Afro alpine zone with large stands of giant groundsel and lobelia.
Day 7: Mt Kenya
Your camp at Lake Michaelson is stunning and it makes a perfect spot to spend a rest day, acclimatizing, exploring or maybe trying some fishing. This is one of the most stunning places on earth and you will find yourself having to stretch your neck from too much gawking at the sheer walls of rock that surround you.
Day 8: Mt Kenya
From Lake Michaelson you will hike up to summit on Lenana at around lunchtime. If it is clear you will be able to see for miles towards the Aberdare Mountains. After some photos and high fives you will make an easy descent to Kami Hut for the night. The views up of Batian are superb.
From Kami hut we will walk down the Sirimon route to pick up our vehicle at the Sirmon Gate. Lunch en route.