Your journey at a glance
Rediscover the spirit of adventure as you explore the magnificent Laikipia Plateau on foot, following in the footsteps of explorers of old and camping beneath open skies. Learn the finer details of the bush and experience the traditional lore of your local Samburu guide. Follow the tracks of kudu or zebra and listen to the ancient songs of the Samburu as they water their livestock.
Swim in the cool waters of Africa’s rivers and spend warm nights beneath unbelievably starry skies. Climb to the top of rocky outcrops to admire vast views of endless open spaces and feel your sense reawaken as your nostrils fill with the scent of Africa’s dust. Gain a feel for the land and the wildlife of Kenya before ending your adventure among the spectacular wildlife of the famous Masai Mara.
What to expect …
Transfer to Nairobi National Park Day 1
Upon your arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by a member of our &Beyond team and transferred by road to The Emakoko, in Nairobi National Park.
Kenya’s capital is one of the largest and most influential cities in Africa, an important commercial and financial regional hub. It is the port of entry for most travellers to Kenya and offers bustling markets, interesting history and numerous attractions. Named after a Maasai watering hole, “enkare nyarobi”, which means “place of cool waters”, Nairobi is known for its leafy streets and parks. The skyline, with towering skyscrapers and imposing architecture also draws the attention of every arrival to the city. Not-to-be-missed is a visit to the city’s beautiful Uhuru Park.
Overnight in Nairobi National Park Day 1
Spend 1 night at The Emakoko.
Transfer to Wilson Airport Day 2
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Wilson Airport for your scheduled flight to Nanyuki Airport. On arrival, you will be met by your Samburu team from Karisia Walking Safari and you will be taken to the starting point of your four days walking safari through the Laikipia and Samburu District in North central Kenya.
Overnight in Laikipia Day 2 - 5
Spend 3 nights with Karisia Walking Safaris.
A Walking Safari is the ideal means by which to travel through Kenya. Escape the constraints of a vehicle and lose yourself in Kenya’s stunning wilds. earn the finer details of the bush and experience the traditional lore of your local Samburu guide. Follow the tracks of kudu or zebra and listen to the ancient songs of the Samburu as they water their livestock. Swim in the cool waters of Africa’s rivers and spend warm nights beneath unbelievably starry skies. Climb to the top of rocky outcrops to admire vast views of endless open spaces and feel your sense reawaken as your nostrils fill with the scent of Africa’s dust.
Ride a camel through the wilderness Day 3
Be adventurous and do like the Samburu do; ride a camel through the African wilderness. A fun-filled alternative to the traditional game viewing experience, a camelback safari allows guests to get up-close with plains game such as zebra, giraffe, and ostrich. This activity can be tailor-made to your preferences. If you really want to don your adventurer’s cap, opt for an overnight camel camp, where you can spend the night in a lightweight tent within the reserve.
Sleep beneath open African skies Day 4
An ancient and rugged wilderness, Samburu is intersected by the Ewaso Ng’iro River, which flows through the heart of the reserve, creating an oasis of palm tree groves and thick forests. This is the land made famous by conservationists George and Joy Adamson, who raised Elsa the lioness here, as documented in the book and movie Born Free. Hike along the banks of the river until the dusk sets and then enjoy an al fresco dinner around a blazing campfire before settling into your sleeping bag for the night. Fall asleep slowly as you gaze onto a kaleidoscope of constellations in the velvety dark sky.
Singing wells of the Samburu Tribe Day 5
Immerse yourself in one of the Samburu tribe’s most significant traditions. Fall in step with the Samburu warriors as they lead their cattle to a dry river bed in the early morning. With water a precious resource in this dry and desolate land, the warriors dedicate the day to digging deep wells for drinking water for their livestock. Watch as the tall warriors strip naked and begin to sing as they dig. Deep and resonant, the melody creates a hypnotic rhythm that the tribe works to as one. Each warrior’s herd will recognise and respond to their master’s voice, using it to locate their particular well.
Flight to Masai Mara Day 6
After breakfast, you will be driven to the local airstrip for your scheduled flight to Masai Mara. On arrival, you will be met by a representative from &Beyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp and transferred to the lodge.
The Masai Mara is Kenya’s most renowned game park and forms the northern extension of the Serengeti. Its legendary Great Migration, of over two million wildebeest and other antelope, has been described as one of nature’s greatest wildlife spectacles ― and an experience every safari enthusiast should witness at least once in their lifetime. Game viewing in this celebrated park is wonderful all round the year, with virtually guaranteed sightings of the Big Five. The park takes its name from the Mara River, which flows through the reserve, and the Maasai people, a tribe whose red dress and proud demeanourr have ensured they are probably Kenya’s best-known (and most-photographed) people).
Overnight in Masai Mara Day 6 - 8
Indulge in two nights at &Beyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp in a Superior Tent.
Walk the banks of an African river Day 7
Explore the wilderness on foot and get a different perspective on every aspect of the African river, from its smallest insects and plants to the immense river creatures after which the trail is named. Set off from your lodge in the company of an experienced Maasai naturalists, who can predict the behaviour of any wildlife that you meet, interpret ever birdcall and introduce you to the natural uses of the a multitude of plants. The trail dissects a variety of landscapes, from plains to riverine forest, open grasslands and scrubby bush. The hike takes from one to three hours.
Flight to Wilson Airport Day 8
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airstrip for your scheduled flight to Wilson Airport. On arrival at Wilson Airport, you will go on an informative tour of Karen Blixen Museum, Giraffe Centre & The Daphne Sheldrick Tour before being transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your outbound flight.