This unique itinerary features an array of different sceneries and landscapes, as you take walk among the wild in some of Kenya's most pristine bush environments. From Nairobi, your expedition takes off to the Karisia Base, where you will explore the region with your team of guides and camel porters. Continue deeper into the bush, to marvel at the wonders of the Masai Mara, side by side with your own Maasai guides. Sleeping beneath the stars and traveling on foot will give you the opportunity to cover parts of this magnificent wildlife environment in a once in a lifetime experience.
Welcome to Kenya! On arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, you will be met by our local representative and given a short safari briefing before being transferred to your accommodations. Check in and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. (This service is on a private basis.)
Nairobi is the vibrant capital city of Kenya, and the fourth largest city in all of Africa. Although it has developed a reputation which keeps tourist visits brief, there are truly some fascinating attractions to be discovered here. Some of these highlights include the cafe culture, animated nightlife, the National Museum, the Karen Blixen Museum and most notably, just 20 minutes from the city center, wild lions and buffalo roam in the world’s only urban game reserve. Laid out before a backdrop of city skyscrapers, the Nairobi National Park features wide open grass plains and barren landscape. Home to an impressive assortment of birds and wildlife, many Nairobi residents find this rural escape, the perfect antidote to the nearby hustle and bustle of city life.
Rise and shine! After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to Wilson Airport for your flight to Nanyuki. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the Karisia base, the start point of the walking Safari.
You will meet your team of guides and camel porters. Once the camels have been loaded up, your journey begins. The area boasts the highest diversity of large mammals in Kenya and is also home to several endangered species such as the Grevy's zebra and wild dog. As the night approaches, your camp will be set up in a convenient location. At the end of each day, the sumptuous three-course dinners and the warm beds complete with hot water bottles will help you relax.
During the next two days, you will go for a morning walk and an evening walk. An early start may be 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 the 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 medicinal 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 special sundowner spot with wonderful views of Mount Kenya. Continue to camp, which has already been set up and will be waiting for your arrival.
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.
After a hearty 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 while 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.
Today you will walk to Ol Lasur Waterfall. Leave at 9:00 am 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 2:00 pm overlooking the Rift. Arrive back in camp at 5:00 PM, drinks, and dinner by the river.
After a fun few days on the trails, 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 Mara’s spectacular sunset, rounding off another fabulous day on safari.
Spend two days exploring The Masai Mara with its large diversity of beautiful scenery, including its meandering rivers, towering escarpments and rolling grasslands that provide the perfect habitat for the abundance of game, including the Big Five – lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and black rhino. In the morning, there is the opportunity to rise early and experience a game viewing adventure from an entirely different perspective! A hot air balloon safari across the Masai Mara (at additional cost) which takes off in the crisp morning air, and lasts for approximately an hour, allows for a beautifully peaceful experience floating silently high above plains, forests and rivers. Keep your eyes peeled as you hunt for the last members on your “must see” list.
After breakfast and check out, you will be driven to the nearest airstrip to catch your scheduled flight to Nairobi. You will find a 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.
Ololo Lodge, owned by an Australian farming family, offers the warmth and comfort of a home with effortless style and personalized service. The lodge is situated right on the edge of the African wilderness, overlooking the wonders of the Nairobi National Park. The lodge is only a 45 minute drive from Nairobi’s international and domestic airports, making for a convenient and smooth transition into a safari adventure. Say goodbye to the noise and traffic of the city, as you are invited to the quiet, lush nature setting of the national park. The staff will greet you at the swing bridge spanning the Mbagathi River, from where they will guide you up the path to the lodge. At night, the lodge's askaris (watchmen), dressed in their traditional shukas will light your way with lanterns. The warm and welcoming atmosphere, relaxed style, delicious home cooking and unique location are the hallmarks of the Ololo experience.
Situated at the eastern periphery of a wide plain, Tumaren looks westward toward a series of granitic kopjes that define eastern Laikipia. In the foreground, you might expect to see Giraffe or other plains game that seek the safety of the open grassland. Tumaren was originally the family home of Kerry and Jamie and it has always been a spectacular base to explore from. The tents are large and spacious and furnished with the kind of comforts that can't accompany a mobile walking safari.
The mobile camps are comprised of 4x4 African Bell Tents. Within each tent is: one bedroll for each client (mattress/pillows/towel/sheets/duvet/hot water bottle). Each tent uses a canvas washbasin outside. Each tent comes with a light. The camp also has 1 tented shower and 1 tented short drop loop. There is also a mess tent with a bar area, and a campfire is always built not far off.
Sentinel Camp is set up each season in a forest along the banks of the Mara River in one of the prime areas of the renowned Masai Mara National Reserve. All seven luxury tents are river facing with en suite facilities with hot showers and flush toilets. Guests are offered personalized attention, a personal Masai Askari and porter to every 2 tents. The experience of being in the wild coupled with luxury and attention to detail is the finest way to enjoy the magic and mystery of the African wilderness with its amazing wildlife.
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.
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