Explore the contrasts of two of Kenya’s finest big game walking habitats on foot. This itinerary is designed for walkers and mixes comfortable lodges and wild mobile fly-camping.
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Designed for wilderness walkers, this 11-night itinerary explores two of Kenya's finest conservation areas, Laikipia Plateau and Tsavo East National Park. It's an ideal way to get on foot in a diversity of habitats at an unhurried pace, and is guided by Andreas Fox, a leading Kenyan Trails Guide.
Guests meet their guide at Nairobi's international airport and start the tour with a night in the city's leafy suburbs next to a giraffe sanctuary. The next day, there's a flight to the equator and the heart of Kenya for four nights in Borana Conservancy. Sitting at the foot of Mt Kenya, the conservancy is located with an arid landscape to the north and ancient indigenous forests to the south. It is home to both black and white rhino and, along with Lewa Conservancy, creates the largest contiguous rhino habitat in East Africa, with over 200 rhinos. All of the other classic East African big game animals are present, including endangered African Wild Dogs. Each day, walks are led from the Borana Lodge and a bespoke fly-camp.
Overnight at Borana Lodge at the heart of the Conservancy with a fantastic view of Mount Kenya. The lodge is perched on a hillside above a dam, where herds of elephant regularly gather to bathe at lunch time. The presence of water close to the lodge attracts all kinds of characters; lion and leopard are regular nocturnal visitors and are sure to make themselves heard.
Leaving Borana, the next stage takes walkers north through Mukogodo forest to Il Ngwesi Conservancy, which is the base for three nights. Constructed entirely out of local materials, the award winning Il Ngwesi Lodge is sited on the edge of the Mararoi hills close to the Ngare Ndare river in Laikipia District in Kenya, with breath-taking views towards Samburu as far as the eye can see. Owned and run by the Maasai community, Il Ngwesi offers something truly special. Visitors to the lodge have a full wildlife and cultural experience, enjoying hospitality more akin to that offered to a valued family member. With no other tourist facilities within the Group Ranch, it is the ultimate personal experience.
After the high plateau of Laikipia, Tsavo is a contrast in terrain and conditions. For three nights a bespoke mobile camp is the walking base. Tucked under a mature grove of Doum Palm trees on the banks of the seasonal Mbololo river, the campsite offers welcome shelter from the extremes of Tsavo's sunshine and winds. Frequented by elephants in search of shade and fruit, the camp is often visited by wildlife. Nearby highlights include Lugard Falls, the Mbololo and Punda Milia springs and bridge over the Galana River.
While based at Mbololo, guests walk the Mbololo and Punda Milia riverbeds in partnership with Kenya Wildlife Service rangers.
- All inclusive accommodation
- House beverages (wines, spirits and local beers)
- Standard activities in private vehicle with private guides
- Domestic charter flights
- Conservation fees
- Dedicated private guide(s)
- Local taxes
- International Flights
- Anything of a personal nature
- Extras at lodges such as spa treatments,
- Premium liquors