Walking with camels in the Wild
FROM PRICE: $ 415 | ON SPECIAL FOR ONLY: $ 395
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya - 4 days/3 nights
Of all our trips this is one of our favorite walking safaris. The walk is led by professional guides, fly camping under the stars with camels carrying the camp. The safari is extremely suitable for families as children can ride on the camels when their feet get tired! It is also an ideal way to really learn about the bush from the ground up ... The knowledge of the guides is deep and meaningful ensuring all who do this trek come away with a far greater knowledge of Kenya, its people and its wildlife.
The walking safari starts on the Lewa Wildife Conservancy, offering prime wildlife viewing. The length of the safari can be altered and extended to include Il'Ngwesi and five nights to Lekurruki (Tassia).
Where is it?
The trek takes place in Laikipia Masai-land and is through some of Kenya's best wildlife-viewing habitats, some of the most stunning landscapes in Africa. All nights are spent out under the stars in fly tents and obviously this dictates avoiding rainy season!
What is the best time of year to go?
The best time to go is during non-rainy season. The heaviest rains are during April, May and November. We suggest January, February, July, August, September, October as the best months.
This walking trail is not available during November each year.
How to get there
Scheduled air charters fly from Nairobi to Laikipia. We will include these transfers in your arrangements however they are not included in the price per night given for this safari.
Tips and Notes
A wide variety of game will be seen including over 420 species of birds, reticulated giraffe, cheetah, numerous species of antelopes, and endangered species such as the Grevy's zebra and sitatunga.
The focus of the safari is learning about the ecosystems as well as the local Masai culture. You will learn tracking techniques and other vital bush skills, as well as how to identify and understand the behavious fo the insects, plants and animals you come across.
Laikipiak Masai will join you to give you an insight into Masai customs.
Our Recommended Accommodation
Walking Wild fly-camp
All equipment for camping is carried by the camels and there is a full staff complement (almost 2 to 1 guest sometimes)! The fly camp is erected each night at the stopover point by the back-up team and all packing-up, cleaning and preparations are performed by your back-up team. The dome shaped sleeping tents are made from shade netting allowing you a full view of the stars at night right from your bed; PVC floor, 3 meters by 3 meters and 3.5 meters high, insect and reptile proof, flysheet in case of rain. Bedding is a bedroll on the floor with sheets and blankets.
For ablutions there are two "loos" - short drop type and two showers with canvas shower buckets. There is no mess tent but there is a tarpaulin in case of rain.
Walking is done during the cool hours of the day 7h30 to 12noon and is usually four to five hours. Everyone rests during the heat of the day and then enjoys a walk in the area around the camp to explore a bit further, enjoy sundowners and showers in the evening.
Although this is a walking safari supported by camels, the camels can be ridden when the terrain or route allows. This camp is totally eco-friendly and green; all rubbish is carried away by the camels and no mark from the camp other than a few ashes, is left to mark the pristine territory. The staff are all from the local community and a substantial portion of your nightly fee is paid to the local community.
Contact us to book this camp.
As this safari takes place on the Laikipia, we suggest combining this trek with a stay in one of the comfortable lodges on the Lewa Conservancy; ideally 1 night before and 1 night after. We also suggest visiting the Masai Mara to form the perfect combination.
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