Walking Wild - Masai Camel Safari

Walking Wild is an opportunity to explore the remote valleys, hills and plains of the famous Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and beyond on a walking safari guided by Masai Moran, your luggage carried on camel. 

With a maximum of just eight guests this small but specialist safari unit is able to visit places that vehicles cannot and embodies everything that a genuine mobile safari should. It is low impact, traditional and packed full of adventure. The camp is fully staffed and guests need only enjoy the journey and what nature puts in their path. A chance to experience the dawn and dusk, the birds and beetles and of course the larger mammals that range freely across this private safari conservancy and beyond. Each Walking Wild tent unit has the capability to sleep a couple on top grade bed rolls. Each tent comes with its own separate, but private, shower and toilet tent. The tent has been specially designed to offer privacy but yet not deprive its occupants of the African stars. Led by the experienced Lipan Kitonga, who has walked these lands since he was a child, and has at his finger tips a range of fantastic camp sites to suit the season, game movements and guests’ preferences. Each is guaranteed to offer to the very best of Lewa at that time. 

Each and every walk belongs to those on that particular journey. 
Walking Wild in Laikipiak Maasai-land is a walking safari experience through some of Kenya’s best wildlife viewing habitats – the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and two Maasai Community Conservation areas, Il Ngwesi and Lekurruki.  These three areas provide some of the most stunning landscapes in Africa and are home to a wide variety of game including the “Big Five” (Rhino, Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Buffalo), over 420 species of birds, Reticulated Giraffe, Cheetah, numerous different antelopes, and endangered species such as the Grevy’s Zebra and Sitatunga. Recognized as one of Africa’s top safari destinations.  The walking route runs across Lewa through Il Ngwesi and ends at Lekurruki, with all 5 nights spent camping out under the stars.  The 3 night safari is from Lewa to Il Ngwesi.

Guests will traverse a variety of ecosystems, enabling them to experience the diversity of flora and fauna that the areas have to offer.  The focus of the safari is learning about the ecosystems as well as the local Maasai culture.  Guests will be taught tracking techniques and other vital bush skills, as well as how to identify and understand the behavior of the insects, plants, and animals they come across.  Local Maasai morani (warriors) will join the guests to give insight into traditional Maasai customs.

Walking is done in the cool hours of the day from 0730 to 1200, usually four to five hours. 
We rest up during the heat of the day and another walk is done in the evening exploring the areas around camp, for sundowners, etc.

This is a walking safari supported by camels, however camels can be ridden when the terrain or route allows.

Rates for this Safari
Price including flights from/to UK:
Flights ex UK from $1000 pp

Price excluding international flights:
example 5 nights $3330 pp
Safari Summary

Notes

Access is by daily scheduled flight (via Nanyuki) departing Wilson Airport. By private charter flight, directly to Lewa Downs airstrip or by road, five hour drive from Nairobi.

Accommodation: The fly camp consists of sleeping tents which are dome shade netting tents with PVC  floors.  Each is 3 meters by 3 meters and 3.5 meters high.  They are insect and reptile proof and have a flysheet in case of rain.  Bedding is a bedroll on the floor with sheets and blankets.

 Ablutions are two loos (short drop type) and two showers (canvas bucket type).

Meals are cooked and eaten out in the open, however there is a tarp in case of rain.
We suggest staying at Lewa before the safari and consider extending to stay at Il Ngwesi Masai comunity lodge, visit the Masai Mara or head to the coast at the end of this special experience.

 

 

 

Full Safari Details
Walking Wild - Masai Camel Safari

Sample 5 Day Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive at Lewa airstrip, walk through Lewa riverine woodland and savannah,  camp in central Lewa

Day 2 – Walk through Lewa savannah and bushveld, camp on northwestern edge of Lewa

Day 3 – Walk to Il Ngwesi lowland bush and river ecosystems, camp by Ngare Ndare River

Day 4 – Meet local Laikipiak Maasai and explore the surrounding area, camp by Ngare Ndare River

Day 5 – Walk from Il Ngwesi to Lekurruki bushveld, camp in the hills

Day 5 – Depart from Lekurruki airstrip to next destination 

Walking Wild is an opportunity to explore the remote valleys, hills and plains of the famous Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and beyond on a walking safari guided by Masai Moran, your luggage carried on camel. 

With a maximum of just eight guests this small but specialist safari unit is able to visit places that vehicles cannot and embodies everything that a genuine mobile safari should. It is low impact, traditional and packed full of adventure. The camp is fully staffed and guests need only enjoy the journey and what nature puts in their path. A chance to experience the dawn and dusk, the birds and beetles and of course the larger mammals that range freely across this private safari conservancy and beyond. Each Walking Wild tent unit has the capability to sleep a couple on top grade bed rolls. Each tent comes with its own separate, but private, shower and toilet tent. The tent has been specially designed to offer privacy but yet not deprive its occupants of the African stars. Led by the experienced Lipan Kitonga, who has walked these lands since he was a child, and has at his finger tips a range of fantastic camp sites to suit the season, game movements and guests’ preferences. Each is guaranteed to offer to the very best of Lewa at that time. 

Each and every walk belongs to those on that particular journey. 
Walking Wild in Laikipiak Maasai-land is a walking safari experience through some of Kenya’s best wildlife viewing habitats – the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and two Maasai Community Conservation areas, Il Ngwesi and Lekurruki.  These three areas provide some of the most stunning landscapes in Africa and are home to a wide variety of game including the “Big Five” (Rhino, Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Buffalo), over 420 species of birds, Reticulated Giraffe, Cheetah, numerous different antelopes, and endangered species such as the Grevy’s Zebra and Sitatunga. Recognized as one of Africa’s top safari destinations.  The walking route runs across Lewa through Il Ngwesi and ends at Lekurruki, with all 5 nights spent camping out under the stars.  The 3 night safari is from Lewa to Il Ngwesi.

Guests will traverse a variety of ecosystems, enabling them to experience the diversity of flora and fauna that the areas have to offer.  The focus of the safari is learning about the ecosystems as well as the local Maasai culture.  Guests will be taught tracking techniques and other vital bush skills, as well as how to identify and understand the behavior of the insects, plants, and animals they come across.  Local Maasai morani (warriors) will join the guests to give insight into traditional Maasai customs.

Walking is done in the cool hours of the day from 0730 to 1200, usually four to five hours.  
We rest up during the heat of the day and another walk is done in the evening exploring the areas around camp, for sundowners, etc.

This is a walking safari supported by camels, however camels can be ridden when the terrain or route allows.

 

Your Guide : Kitonga was born in a Maasai mud hut in the wilds of Northern Kenya. He grew up admiring—and teasing—the wildlife. His love for the animals grew with a great respect for them, so he got involved in tourism back in 1994. Kitonga has worked with Il Ngwesi lodge, which is a lodge in a community-run conservancy part of the Northern Rangelands Trust, and he also worked in Wilderness Trails Lodge in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.  He has been a walking guide since 2002, and he now runs Walking Wild, a camel walking safari outfit in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Kitonga is passionate about preserving the land and it’s wildlife, and he knows northern Kenya like the back of his hand.

Kitonga is also a director of the DARE Foundation (Development Assistance for Rural Enterprises), a non-profit organization working to educate and empower groups with business skills, developing a Maasai primary schools, helping to rehabilitate street children are just a few of the projects.

 

Rates for this Safari
Price including flights from/to UK:
Flights ex UK from $1000 pp

Price excluding international flights:
example 5 nights $3330 pp
Book this safari
Safari Summary

Notes

Access is by daily scheduled flight (via Nanyuki) departing Wilson Airport. By private charter flight, directly to Lewa Downs airstrip or by road, five hour drive from Nairobi.

Accommodation: The fly camp consists of sleeping tents which are dome shade netting tents with PVC  floors.  Each is 3 meters by 3 meters and 3.5 meters high.  They are insect and reptile proof and have a flysheet in case of rain.  Bedding is a bedroll on the floor with sheets and blankets.

 Ablutions are two loos (short drop type) and two showers (canvas bucket type).

Meals are cooked and eaten out in the open, however there is a tarp in case of rain.
We suggest staying at Lewa before the safari and consider extending to stay at Il Ngwesi Masai comunity lodge, visit the Masai Mara or head to the coast at the end of this special experience.