A Walk in the Wild ~ Walking in Kenya
Duration: 11 days
Area: Nairobi National Park, Laikipia, Loita Hills, Masai Mara
Style: walking safari, family safari
We love a good walking safari, and one of our favorite walking options when traveling in Kenya is with Karisia Walking Safaris. A camel train walking (or riding!) safari through Northern Kenya's stunning landscapes is a special experience for any keen walker, we can work with Karisia to cater to different budgets and needs. Budget to luxury walking safaris are on offer, as are satellite camp safaris (walking during the day and returning to the same mobile camp each night). They also have a lovely permanent camp in Laikipia called Tumaren. The guiding and food are consistently excellent.
|Day 1||Nairobi National Park
Overnight Ololo Safari Lodge (Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities Daily)
|Day 2 - 4||3 Night Walking Safari in Laikipia
(Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities Daily)
|Day 5 - 7||Loita Hills
Loita Hills Basecamp (Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities Daily)
|Day 8 - 10||Masai Mara
Overnight Sentinel Mara Camp (Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities Daily)
Day 1: Ololo Safari Lodge, Nairobi National Park
On arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you will be met by our representative who will give you a short safari briefing before you are transferred to Ololo Lodge, located within Nairobi National Park.
Activities: Game Drives
Day 2: Karisia 3 Night Walking Safari, Laikipia
This morning you will have an early breakfast and after checking out and transfer to Wilson for a flight to Nanyuki. The Karisia team will be at the Nanyuki airstrip to welcome you as you start the 3 night Walking Safari.
Day 3 & 4: Karisia 3 Night Walking Safari, Laikipia
Today we will go for a morning walk and an evening walk. An early start maybe arranged to take advantage of every opportunity at finding game and particularly some predators. You will cover a wide variety of scenery ranging from a rocky outcrop to rich green bush, where it is not uncommon to come across lions, hyenas, wild dogs and leopards. Along the way, learn a lot about the bush with your guides pointing out plants and their various medical uses, the different animal tracks and droppings you come across and the many species of birds you will see. 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. Continue to camp which has been set up and will be waiting for your arrival.
Day 5: Maasai Trails, Loita Hills
This morning you will be driven to the Nanyuki airstrip for a flight to the western edge of the Great Rift Valley, just north of the Tanzanian border, in the Loita hills. It is here that Maasai guides from Jan’s Camp will come for a meet and greet and transfer you to the camp in time for lunch. After lunch, you can relax or take a short walk in the surrounding area before dinner is served after which you will be briefed on the following days’ trail.
Day 6: Maasai Trails, Loita Hills
Today after breakfast, the pack donkeys will be brought from nearby enkangs on your first day’s walk; the equipment will be weighed, measured and packed in preparation for your foot safari to Oltyiani, the highest point in the Loita overlooking the Rift Valley. Once all the provisions and camp equipment have been packed, the donkey caravan will set off into the forest to set up the next camp. Your guides, local Maasai from the Loita area, are eager to share their customs and culture, whilst teaching you the lore of the bush. They are reputed to be the most conservative of this tribe, dedicated to their traditions, ceremonies and rites of passage.
Day 7: Maasai Trails, Loita Hills
Today you will walk to Ol Lasur Waterfall. Leave at 9:00am from camp and climb up to the edge of the Rift Valley, followed by a descent to the waterfall around noon. After a refreshing swim below the waterfall, climb back up to have lunch at about 2:00pm overlooking the Rift. Arrive back in camp at 5:00 pm, drinks and dinner by the river.
Day 8: Sentinel Mara Camp, Masai Mara
Today you will be transferred to the Sentinel Eco Camp in time for lunch. After Lunch there will be time for an afternoon siesta and an evening game drive, followed by a drink as you watch the Mara’s spectacular sunset, rounding off a fabulous day on safari.
Day 9 & 10: Sentinel Mara Camp, Masai Mara
Full day in Mara with game drives.
Day 11: End of Itinerary
After breakfast and check out, you will be driven to the nearest airstrip to catch your scheduled flight to Nairobi. You will find our representative and a driver waiting for you at the Wilson airport, ready for your transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) for your outbound travel. End of our services
Ololo Safari Lodge,
Day 2 - 4:
Karisia 3 Night Walking Safari,
Day 5 - 6:
Oltyiani Trail Camp,
Oltyian River Camp,
Day 8 - 10:
Sentinel Mara Camp,