Walking Wild, Northern Kenya

Unique walking and camping safari in Kenya’s Laikipia region (3 to 5 nights)

Enjoy Kenya’s wilderness from a different perspective in this hugely enjoyable walking safari through some of Kenya's best wildlife-viewing habitats - the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and two Maasai Community Conservation areas, Il Ngwesi and Lekurruki. Walking safaris are the best way to escape the constraints of a vehicle and lose yourself in Kenya's stunning wilds, seeing areas not ventured by wheels and learning in depth about the country and its people from your guides. Camels carry your camping equipment and luggage, and they can be ridden when the terrain or route allows. Every night is spent camping out under the stars in mobile dome tents.

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Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Il Ngwesi and Lekurruki have some of the most stunning landscapes in Africa and are home to a wide variety of game including the Big Five, over 420 species of birds, Reticulated Giraffe, cheetah, numerous different antelopes, and endangered species such as the Grevy's Zebra and sitatunga. Almost more than the wildlife, though, the focus of the safari is learning about the ecosystems and the local Maasai culture. You learn tracking techniques and other vital bush skills, as well as how to identify and understand the behaviour of the insects, plants, and animals they come across. Local Maasai morani (warriors) join the guests to give you an insight into traditional Maasai customs.

Minimum 2 guests, maximum 8 guests

Sample itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive at Lewa airstrip, walk through Lewa riverine woodland and savannah, camp in central Lewa

Day 2: Walk through Lewa savannah and bushveld, camp on northwestern edge of Lewa

Day 3: Walk to Il Ngwesi lowland bush and river ecosystems, camp by Ngare Ndare River (3 night safaris end here)

Day 4: Meet local Laikipiak Maasai and explore the surrounding area, camp by Ngare Ndare River

Day 5: Walk from Il Ngwesi to Lekurruki bushveld, camp in the hills

Day 6: Depart from Lekurruki airstrip to next destination

• Sleeping tents are dome shade netting tents, PVC floor, 3x3m and 3.5m high, insect and reptile proof, flysheet in case of rain
• Bedding is a bedroll on the floor with sheets and blankets
• Ablutions are two loos – short drop type and two showers canvas bucket type
• There is no mess tent and eating is out in the open, however there is a tarpaulin in case of rain
• Walking is done in the cool hours of the day from 7.30–12.00noon for about four to five hours. You will siesta during the heat of the day and another walk in the evening exploring the areas around camp, sundowners
• This is a walking safari supported by camels, however camels can be ridden when the terrain or route allows.

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