Kenyan Walking Adventure
10 days / 9 nights
Start anticipating your Kenyan adventure with a short summary of what you can expect each day on safari to bring.
This adventure begins and ends in Nairobi.
DAY 1: NAIROBI
On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by a member of the &Beyond team, who will drive you to your hotel.
Kenya's capital, Nairobi is the port of entry for most travellers and offers bustling markets, a fascinating history and numerous other attractions.
Spend the night in a Fairmont room at Fairmont the Norfolk Hotel. Your stay includes bed and breakfast.
Day 2: Sinyai Lugga
After breakfast, you will be driven to Wilson Airport for a flight to Nanyuki Airstrip, where your Samburu guide will be waiting to take you to your camp with Karisia Walking Safaris.
You will spend six nights on an exclusive walking safari in the Laikipia and Samburu district, with the exact location depending on the time of year and the type of safari that you are looking for. Your adventure includes full board, accommodation, beers and wines, guides and trackers, camels, conservation fees and cultural visits.
In camp, you will be greeted by a full team of cooks, camel drivers and guides. Enjoy lunch and a rest before going on a short evening walk, with sundowners on a tall promontory with a commanding view. Back at camp, a hot shower will be waiting, followed by drinks and dinner around the campfire.
Day 3: Nayasura
Today you will begin your walk, keeping an eye open for kudu and klipspringer, as well as the rich local birdlife. You may pass local Samburu singing to their livestock as dig wells in the sand. After a couple of kilometres, you will climb the hillside and follow a ridge towards an majestic rock outcrop that resembles a giant sandcastle. Your camp will be set up on these rocks, which the local Masai call Nayasura. Indulge in a refreshing lunch and short rest in your roomy tent before heading out on a walk to look for game and get a feel for the country. As the sun begins to set, you will find yourself at the crest of Nayasura, watching the baboons come back to roost on the rock face.
Day 4: Nyarara
Head out early to see as much game as possible on your walk north towards Nyarara Camp, which has been named for a large male cheetah that lives in the area. You will walk across vast plains, as well as mixed bush. Herds of zebra, oryx and Grant's gazelle predominate on the plains, while dikdik, gerenuk, impala and lesser kudu are found in the bush. Arrive at your new campsite in time for lunch, after which you can relax and walk to a pretty spot for sundowners.
Day 5: Tumaren Ewaso Camp
Today you will head down towards the Ewaso Nyiro River, which runs along the eastern edge of the Laikipia Plateau, and then turns eastward towards Samburu National Reserve. Along the way, you can look out for eland and giraffe, while enjoying the changing scenery. You will arrive at Ewaso Nyiro in time for a quick swim before lunch. After another walk and sundowners on a rocky hillside, you will return to the campsite on the river for dinner.
Day 6: Tumaren Ewaso Camp
Wake up early to set off in search of waterbuck, bushbuck and the shy leopard. A late breakfast will be served at the foot of an impressive rock and, if you are feeling energetic, you can climb to the top for a panoramic view of Laikipia. Meander back to the river to spend a lazy afternoon in camp, followed by a visit to an authentic manyatta in the evening to watch the livestock being brought in for the evening, milked and tended to.
Day 7: Mukenya
Cross the Ewaso Nyiro River, searching for wildlife en route to the next camp, with the option to climb to the top of Mukenya to enjoy the sweeping views. In the afternoon, sit by a watering hole and watch the animals coming to drink.
Day 8 - 9: Masai Mara
After breakfast, you will be driven to the local airstrip for a flight to the Masai Mara. On arrival, a vehicle will be waiting to take you to your camp.
Kenya's most renowned wildlife reserve, the Masai Mara is the northern extension of neighbouring Tanzania's Serengeti National Park. Its legendary Great Migration of over two million wildebeest and other antelope has been described as one of nature's greatest wildlife spectacles. Game viewing in this celebrated park is wonderful year round, with virtually guaranteed sightings of the Big Five.
Indulge in two nights in a luxury classic tent at Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp. Your stay includes three meals daily, soft drinks, beer, house wines and non-luxury spirits, guided bush walks, bush meals, sundowners, day and night game drives, limited laundry, transport to a cultural visit (excluding Maasai fee) and a half-hour massage.
Day 10: Nairobi & departure
After breakfast, you will be driven to the airstrip to catch a flight to Wilson Airport. On arrival in Nairobi, you will enjoy a guided tour before being taken to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where your adventure with us will end. Your journey begins at the Karen Blixen Museum, a fascinating glimpse into the world of this pioneer coffee farmer and the writer of the highly acclaimed memoir Out of Africa. Your next stop is the Giraffe Centre, a sanctuary for the endangered Rothschild giraffe. End your adventure at the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, where orphaned elephant calves and other vulnerable animals are rehabilitated.