Our walking safaris are a means of discovering the country and meeting with the local people in a personal manner. We don’t walk to break olympic records but rather to harmonise with nature, appreciating the peace and beauty of the African bushland away from the hordes of tourists.
The Great Rift Valley crossing East Africa has been the inspiration for our safaris throughout these grandiose landscapes. Where else on the planet can you walk from high mountain forest to low altitude soda pans in one day?
Any fit person can cope with the average 12 to 15 km per day walk on the longer walks, even children are joining more and more our safaris with walking activities in preference to sitting all day in safari vehicles. You are only expected to carry your personal daypack whilst luggage will be carried by donkey, camel, porter or vehicle depending on your destination.
Local guides accompany us during our walks and the local communities are involved by providing guides, donkeys and camels for transporting luggage, as well as camping locations. We choose accommodation provided by local communities whenever we can, since we are certain that protection of wildlife and the environment is directly linked to these communities earning tourism revenue.
Below are two examples of the types of walking safaris we offer.
Loita Hills Trek
The Maasai Mara is the most well known Game Reserve in Africa, and for good reason. The reserve has a rich diversity of wildlife, exceptional populations of lions, leopards and cheetahs, and is home to the Great Migration of Wildebeest, Zebra and Thomson’s Gazelle. On this walking safari we start with two nights in the reserve to experience the classic safari game viewing in a 4×4 vehicle. After leaving the Maasai Mara, we walk for three and a half days with a team of traditional Maasai guides in their homeland progressing through a variety of fast changing landscapes; forest, plains and summits. This enables rich cultural contact with the Maasai on our journey up to the edge of the Rift Valley and then down onto the hot valley floor. The last day of trek ends with a game drive in Shompole Conservation Area and camping in spectacular scenery overlooking Lake Magadi & flocks of flamingoes before making our way back to Nairobi.
- 8 days/7 nights, return from Nairobi
- 3.5 days walking
- Price from $1856/person
Laikipia Wildlife & Forest Trek
The Laikipia plateau in Kenya’s High Country has the most beautiful & varied landscapes in Kenya, from cedar forest to grassy plains with granite kopjies and steep cliffs. On this walking safari you will walk through private ranch land where pure race cattle farming combine with large numbers of native wildlife, to natural indigenous forest of podo, olive and cedar trees hanging with lichen, ferns and orchids. After four days of walking, we reach the edge of a steep escarpment where spectacular views stretch far north into the semi arid region of Samburu land. From here we travel by 4×4 to Samburu Reserve for two days of classic game drives – a must on safari!
- 7 days/6 nights, return from Nairobi
- 4 days walking
- Price from $1789/person