Walking Safaris in Laikipia, Northern Kenya

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A walking safari in Africa is a special and unique experience. Once you have ventured into pristine wilderness, slept under the stars, heard nightjars calling and listened to the distant singing of Samburu warriors you will have unforgettable memories of being close to nature in the wilds of Africa.

We offer private walking safaris in Kenya spending two or more nights in the bush in comfortable mobile camps, with supplies and equipment carried by camels. These exhilarating walks in the bush are escorted by Samburu and Maasai guides with an intimate knowledge of the wildlife, people and landscape.

The walks take place in stunning landscape starting from an unspoilt 3000 acre ranch dedicated exclusively to the management and conservation of wildlife. With 360 degree sweeping views of Mount Kenya to the South and the vast Frontier District to the North, the ranch is a window onto the romantic wilds of northern Kenya and has good numbers of resident game and predators. An evening walk on the ranch typically will turn up Gerenuk, Impala, Steinbuck, Common Zebra, Grevy's Zebra, Elephant, Grant's Gazelle and Dikdiks. Several days spent in the area will likely find the less common species such as Lesser Kudu, Eland, Hyena, Bat-eared Fox, Reticulated Giraffe or Hartebeest. Occasionally visitors may catch sight of the local Lions or Wilddogs.

A walking safari can be added to many of our Kenya safari itineraries and is the perfect excursion from Porini Rhino Camp.

 

What to Expect on a Walking Safari

Walking safaris usually involve walks of between 8 and 15km per day but since our tours operate just for your booked group the exact route can be tailored to suit your ability. The walks are perfect for families – even those with young children (minimum age just 4 years).

A departure from camp may be around 6 to 7am, ending at the next camp before lunch. Walks are generally 4 to 5 hours including many stops for refreshments and for viewing wildlife, insects and flowers etc. (Longer itineraries and wilderness treks for higher levels of fitness can also be arranged – please ask us for more details).

Pack camels carry the camp and equipment and some riding camels may accompany the party to carry guests. The camels tend to take shorter routes in order that the camps can start being set up before guests reach them.

Healthy, delicious meals are all expertly prepared each day with fresh fruit and vegetables, and afternoon / evening walks often end with drinks at a beauty spot to watch the sun go down.

All of our walking safaris include comfortable sleeping arrangements with private w.c. tent and shower tent (bucket shower with hot water).

 

Conservation

The walking safaris are dedicated to conservation in Kenya and specifically in the particular areas where they operate. Since conservation and people are directly linked, the safaris actively support the communities by employing local people, paying conservation fees to the communities and purchasing local goods whenever possible. For many years the owners of the ranch have supported and encouraged sustainable, traditional honey production by buying raw honey from the local Samburu and Laikipia Maasai people and processing it, employing many local people. The honey is then sold in Nairobi, allowing the honey gatherers to sell their product to a much larger market.

 

Types of Walking Safari

Each of our Kenya walking safari itineraries can be booked as one of three different versions – “Expedition”, “Samburu-Led Luxury” or “Expert-Led Luxury”. Each has the same itinerary, but inclusions vary.

Expedition versions include simple camps with comfortable light-weight mountain tents each with ground mat, king-size mattress, bedding, towels, a small table and solar lamps. Walks are hosted by expert Samburu or Laikipia Maasai guides who will share their knowledge on the flora and fauna and local customs. Meals are of great quality with breakfast and dinner served to the table and an informal buffet-style lunch. Alcoholic drinks are not included but these can be brought along by guests or purchased at an optional supplement. Expedition safaris are perfect for budget-conscious travellers for whom the experience is more important than luxuries.

Luxury versions of the walking safaris offer a little more extravagance such as larger traditional safari tents and the addition of carpet, chairs and a basin on the veranda. They also have a king-size mattress and plush bedding (duvet, sheets, blankets and 2 pillows per person) and even dressing gowns. Beer, wine and spirits are also included.

Expedition and Samburu-Led Luxury walks are hosted by English-speaking Samburu or Laikipia Maasai guides.

Expert-Led Luxury walks are guided by eminent safari experts Kerry Glen, James Christian or a specialist guide (subject to availability).

 

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 3 Day (2 night) Walking Safari

A wonderful 3 day scenic walking tour through some of Northern Kenya’s most pristine wilderness accompanied by knowledgeable guides.

 

Itinerary:

Day 1
You will be met in Nanyuki or from Porini Rhino Camp and taken to the start of the safari. The drive is about 2 hours through pretty countryside, hopefully seeing some wildlife along the way.
Nyarara Camp You will be welcomed at camp by the Laikipia Maasai and Samburu expert team. Nyarara means Cheetah in Maasai and the camp was given this name because of a large male that has been seen in the area.
On our afternoon walk we will pass through plains as well as mixed bush. Herds of Zebra, Oryx and Grant's Gazelle predominate on the large plains with smaller numbers of Jackson's Hartebeest and Thompson's Gazelle. In the mixed bush we also have a chance of seeing Dikdiks, Gerenuk, Impala and Lesser Kudu.
 
Day 2 - 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, Giraffe, Waterbuck and Grevy’s Zebra as well as the more elusive predators such as Wild Dog, Hyena, Lion, Leopard and Cheetah. We will spend the afternoon relaxing, swimming and fishing by the river before taking an evening walk to a sundowner spot with wonderful views of Mount Kenya. We then continue to camp. The pack camels with the camp will have made a more direct route than us and so they will have arrived and set up most of camp before our arrival.
 
Day 3
After breakfast you will be driven to Nanyuki for your onward flight or to continue to Porini Rhino Camp.
 

 3 Day Safari Prices

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3 Day Walking SafariPER PERSON SHARING BASED ON GROUP SIZE:
DATES FROMDATES TO23456+1 (includes Single Supp)
Expedition Safari
01-Jan-1331-Dec-131335 USD1230 USD975 USD945 USD845 USD2009 USD
01-Jan-1431-Dec-141445 USD1350 USD1070 USD1040 USD965 USD2180 USD
Samburu-Led Luxury Safari
01-Jan-1331-Dec-131555 USD1455 USD1145 USD1115 USD1035 USD2490 USD
01-Jan-1431-Dec-141810 USD1715 USD1340 USD1310 USD1210 USD2915 USD
Expert-Led Luxury Safari
01-Jan-1331-Dec-131900 USD1800 USD1365 USD1335 USD1200 USD3050 USD
01-Jan-1431-Dec-142125 USD1925 USD1495 USD1435 USD1315 USD3540 USD

Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and may change.

 4 Day (3 night) Walking Safari

A 4 day unique safari adventure getting off-the-beaten-track with expert guides within the varied landscape of Northern Kenya.

 

Itinerary:

Day 1
You will be met in Nanyuki or from Porini Rhino Camp and taken to the start of the safari. The drive is about 2 hours through pretty countryside, hopefully seeing some wildlife along the way.
Nayasura Camp / Tumaren
A beautiful outcrop of stone overshadows the camp and you will have seen the feature from miles as you approached in the vehicle. The local Laikipia Maasai call these rocks Nayasura and stone chippings suggest that they have been used as a camp for millennia.
After lunch we 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 to relax with drinks while watching the baboon troops return to settle on the face of the rock.
 
Day 2 - Nyarara Camp
From Nayasura we head out early after breakfast to see as much game as possible on our walk north towards Nyarara Camp. Nyarara means Cheetah in Maasai and the camp was given this name because of a large male that has been seen in the area.
Along our walk we will cross plains as well as mixed bush. Herds of Zebra, Oryx and Grant's Gazelle predominate on the large plains with smaller numbers of Jackson's Hartebeest and Thompson's Gazelle. In the mixed bush we also have a chance of seeing Dikdiks, Gerenuk, Impala and Lesser Kudu. The pack camels with the camp will have made a more direct route than us and so they will have arrived and set up most of camp before our arrival. After lunch we can relax and read (or the energetic can play badminton) and later we take an evening 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, Giraffe, Waterbuck and Grevy’s Zebra as well as the more elusive predators such as Wild Dog, Hyena, Lion, Leopard and Cheetah. We will spend the afternoon relaxing, swimming and fishing by the river before taking an evening walk to a sundowner spot with wonderful views of Mount Kenya. We then continue to camp.
 
Day 4
After breakfast you will be driven to Nanyuki for your onward flight or to continue to Porini Rhino Camp.
 

 

 4 Day Safari Prices

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4 Day Walking SafariPER PERSON SHARING BASED ON GROUP SIZE:
DATES FROMDATES TO23456+1 (includes Single Supp)
Expedition Safari
01-Jan-1331-Dec-131845 USD1745 USD1390 USD1360 USD1215 USD2710 USD
01-Jan-1431-Dec-142020 USD1925 USD1530 USD1505 USD1400 USD3410 USD
Samburu-Led Luxury Safari
01-Jan-1331-Dec-132180 USD2080 USD1640 USD1610 USD1505 USD3430 USD
01-Jan-1431-Dec-142570 USD2480 USD1935 USD1910 USD1770 USD4225 USD
Expert-Led Luxury Safari
01-Jan-1331-Dec-132710 USD2610 USD1975 USD1945 USD1755 USD4265 USD
01-Jan-1431-Dec-142885 USD2685 USD2090 USD2030 USD1875 USD4850 USD

Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and may change.

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