Top walking safaris in Kenya

Top walking safaris in Kenya : You will eventually find yourself on a walking safari if you adore going on safari in Africa. That’s the way things are. It is a logical conclusion. You begin by being absorbed in the sight of the fauna. For this, 4×4 game drives are ideal as they get you up close and satisfy your curiosity. However, the walking safari worm twists when the attraction grows to the point that a passive wildlife drive is no longer sufficient. The opportunity to go beyond simply “seeing” animals and get outside the car with an expert guide to follow footprints, recognize signals, and gain knowledge of their interactions and behaviors. As captivating as it is thrilling, this is a safari in technicolor, on par with the animals.

It’s also difficult to go back once you start walking in Africa. Nothing compares to the level of excitement you receive from silently following a trained walking guide, your senses sharpened as you sniff, listen, and search closely for the next large or little species you could encounter.

Although walking safaris are becoming more and more popular Safaris in Kenya, they are still relatively new compared to other countries like Zambia, where they originated. Because of this, “bush walks,” which are leisurely treks lasting a few hours and ending with a return to your lodge for a night or two, are more prevalent in Kenya. Extremely fulfilling safari experiences, although you will inevitably cover less territory than on a multi-day walking safari, when you camp beneath the stars and get up early to resume your journey.

1. Karisia Walking Safaris.

The best walking Safari Company in Kenya. Running multi-day walking safaris out of their beautiful Tumaren Camp (a stunning safari resort by itself), Karisia employs an accomplished crew under Kerry Glen’s direction. Not many walking safaris can accommodate families, but Karisia can provide varying degrees of comfort. Look no further if diversity is what you’re want, since some of their walking leaders are also certified instructors for mountain biking and climbing.

2. Saruni Rhino.

In the Sera conservancy in northern Kenya, not far from Samburu, this small and extremely primitive lodge contains just 3 rooms, a mess, and a very welcome pool overlooking a river system.

In my opinion, the resort is the epitome of safari splendor. Saruni Rhino is small, simple, and remote, but its true value lies in its Rhino Tracking feature. Walking with rhinos is a relatively new safari activity in East Africa, having originated in Namibia. At Sera Conservancy, you may track these critically endangered giants with the assistance of knowledgeable rhino specialists and specialized walking guides.

3. El Karama Lodge.

Within Kenya’s emerging sustainable tourism industry, this consistently outstanding safari resort is one of the leaders and trailblazers. For a half day, it’s the perfect location for a first-time walking safari trip. These are sometimes accompanied with a “sleep-out” in their fly camps with “tree tents” and a bush meal. El Karama is the place I would recommend to everyone, regardless of age, who wants to start walking in the jungle instead of anything too serious (for which I would recommend Sosian or Karisia).

4. Ol Malo.

Nestled on the periphery of the Laikipia Plateau, Ol Malo is a quintessential northern Kenyan lodge that was instrumental in establishing this region as a safari destination during the 1970s. If you’ve perused Kuki Gallman’s best-selling book “I Dreamed of Africa,” Ol Malo plays a pivotal part. Currently under the management of Andrew and Chyulu Francombe, they are well-equipped to conduct longer multi-day treks as well as shorter half-day walks for walking safaris. If someone wanted to go on a walking safari in some of the unexplored parts of northern Kenya that are nearly impossible to get by road, they should contact Andrew Francombe, one of the region’s most skilled helicopter pilots.

5. Shompole Wilderness.

For safari enthusiasts who like to spend more time outside of their vehicles than inside, this little camp in the southern rift valley of Kenya is a hidden treasure. Wonderful for families, photographers, birdwatchers, and anybody looking for a little adventure in one of East Africa’s most underappreciated and undiscovered regions.

Top walking safaris in Kenya
Shompole Wilderness.

6. Sosian.

Sosian is the original and ideal for a quick one-day or overnight walking safari; however, it’s not the greatest option for a lengthy multiday walking safari (for that, check out Karisia).

7. Laikipia Wilderness Camp.

This camp is another great starting point for a foot exploration of the Laikipia region, and it was established by Steve Carey and his then-wife, Annabelle. As a living example, Steve hails from Zimbabwe, a nation well regarded in the safari community for the calibre of its guiding. As a guide for guides, he has worked in northern Kenya for almost twenty years, thus he knows the region very well (see the Sosian paragraph above). In addition to making sure everyone is safe and happy, Steve has a unique way of introducing visitors to the excitement and spontaneity of the African bush, whether it’s walking up to elephants along a river system or following wild dogs through the bush in a land-rover.

8. The Safari Series.

This is a fun tented camp located on the amazing Loldiaga Ranch. Only lately has Loldiaga Ranch become accessible to tourists, yet it has some of Kenya’s most pristine and diversified wilderness. Run by Ed and Moon Hough, a couple whose goal is to get people out on the ranch and enjoying it in as many ways as they can, including fly camping and walking safaris, is the Safari Series.

9. Leopard Hill.

Located in the Maasai Mara’s Mara Naboisho Conservancy, this area offers abundant wildlife watching and views over the plains in addition to being close to three waterholes. Leopard Hill is the best place to go if you want to see as many animals as possible in the abundant Maasai Mara while also taking a quick stroll through the forest. A short stone’s throw from camp, begin learning about the local flora and animals, identify the animal from tracks on the ground, and begin exploring.

With a simple flip of a button, the motorized roof opens, allowing you to enjoy a comfortable evening in bed while gazing up at the African stars overhead.

After finding a lodge, you’re thrilled, but you start to wonder, “How safe is it to go on a walking safari in Africa?”

The answer is yes; walking safaris are subject to strict regulations, and guides must hold a particular certificate that is significantly more difficult to obtain than a conventional guiding qualification. As a result, walking guides are really “the best of the best.” Instead of searching for the Big Five, walking safaris usually concentrate on the little things: learning how to track animals, enjoying the flora and wildlife, and finding little creatures that live in the earth! A guide’s training includes learning how to steer clear of potentially hazardous situations, and having an armed ranger on hand is standard practice.

When to go for walking safari.

The ideal times to go on a walking safari are usually from July to October or from January to February during the dry season, when the grass will be shorter and it will be easier to see animals and make sure you’re safe. You will probably stroll at the start or end of the day on warm, sunny days in order to escape the noon heat, which is the ideal time to relax. Having said that, Kenya is a big country, so where you are will greatly influence the ideal time, so be sure to consult us for advice. For example, Samburu is semi-arid and receives very little rainfall, so walking is ideal all year round. If you are planning to visit Shompole Wilderness for its exceptional birding, you should travel during the green season, which is when there is rainfall.

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