Journey in the splendid landscapes of Kenya’s northern frontier on a camel-supported walking adventure.
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Northern Kenya has some of the most interesting, varied and beautiful walking safari landscapes in Africa. Graced by ancient metamorphic mountains, and both old and more recent volcanic activity, coupled with the extraordinary happenings that created the rift valley, this vast region of mountains, arid plains and lakes is utterly spectacular. It is still wild and remote, and the people are mainly still living nomadic lives, moving to where the best rains have fallen along with the wildlife.
From their base, at the beginning of the Milgis Lugga, Remote N Wild operates camel-supported walks through out the North - in and around the Ndoto, and Lenkiyou (Matthews) ranges is popular. It's also possible, weather and security permitting, to venture further afield to Mt's Nyiru, and Kulal, the Suguta Valley, even to the Lake Turkana and Baringo, or the deserts to the east. Depending on the length of your trip you will be able to cover a variety of walking terrain, from desert to afro-montane cloud forests. If exploring any of these 'Islands in the desert' takes your fancy, a trip with local porters, and taking lighter gear can be organised, and the camels can meet you on the other side.
Each safari is exclusive to your party. Couples, families or friends. No set dates for departures nor starting points, and there are no set routes. Every single safari is different, all is planned around your interests, days available, and what is happening in the area. The safari can be as long as you like, but a minimum six days. The distance covered each day is flexible to suit the guests, and walkers do not need to be athletes, just in good fitness to cover 8 - 20kms a day on foot.
Owner Helen, who has huge knowledge of the region, escorts every the safari, along with Pete, who is in charge of all the background support, and their exceptional traditional crew.
Despite traversing rugged and remote terrain, guests are well looked after in comfortable fly camps. The cuisine is simple and healthy, first class, with 'en route' full breakfasts, a delicious lay out for lunches and a moon or candle lit tasty dinner around the fire, accompanied by the hobbled camels.
The climate is hot and dry. walks operate year round, and in normal circumstances rains are expected in April/May and again in October/November. Every expedition is bespoke, and pricing depends on how many are in the group and the number of days.
Access to the region is usually by air charter, with the airstrip dependent on the location of the walk.
On a typical walking day, most traveling is done in the early hours of the morning, when it is cool and wildlife is most active. A couple of riding camels accompany the walking guests, carrying light refreshments, personal day packs and the breakfast.
Meanwhile, the camp is packed up and loaded onto the camels. They soon catch up and continue walking with the whole camel train, generally finding a place to camp after mid-day.
The camels are relieved of their burdens and are set free to browse for the rest of the day. After a good lunch, the afternoon is yours to do as you like - often a siesta is called for under the shade of an acacia tree, lulled by the clunk of wooden camel bells.
When the heat of the day subsides, the sleeping arrangements are made, consisting of comfortable beds (mattresses on the floor) in mosquito/bug proof tent nets under the stars.
The cool of the evening is perfect for an evening stroll or climbing a hill to admire the views and absorb the total tranquillity of the bush at dusk. Back in camp, showers are available, the camels are hobbled for the night, as it's time to sit around the camp fire and wait for dinner to be served by candle light.
The thrill of falling asleep under the vast bowl of a silent universe, a billion stars bright as diamonds; to hear the crack of a twig under an elephants foot; or to feel the roar of the lion - these are ingredients that make this a safari you will never forget.
- All accommodation and meals
- Community and conservation fees
- Transport to and from the safari