7 Days – Camel Walking Safaris at Mathews Walk

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Drive or fly to Ol Donyo Uasin airstrip which is just northeast of the northern end of the Mathews Range. The flight is dramatic and beautiful and it gives a good sense of the country that we will be covering on our walk. The 6 hour drive from Nanyuki is also very scenic and those choosing to drive can be picked up from the scheduled flight into Nanyuki

Walk is good for: Dramatic landscapes, Wildlife, Elephants, Birds. Level of Walk: Moderate to Energetic – about 10 – 14 kms each morning. Hills

Camel Walking Safaris

Camel Walking Safaris specialises in walking safaris supported by camels. This experience offers a unique perspective of not just the animals but the land they live in. On foot, we fine tune our senses and experience the country in vivid and exciting details, traversing beautiful landscapes that tell the story of a turbulent geologic past alongside the Rift Valley. Archeological artifacts like flints, shards, graves and pottery litter the ground, evidence of an equally rich cultural history.

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Jomo Kenyatta International Airport – Nairobi
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.
INCLUDED
Exclusive walking safari in Laikipia Full board accommodation
Samburu guides and trackers Camels
Conservation fees Cultural visits
Transfers
NOT INCLUDED
International flight (can be arranged if required) Visa and personal insurance.
Drinks, tips and gratuities Personal expenses (laundry, souvenirs, etc.)
Sundowner bush cocktails and bush dinner Flying Doctor Membership (US$ 15 per person – required)
Any item or activity not mentioned in the tour package Sleeping bag and rucksack for Mt Kenya

 

 

We will spend two nights at the our first camp to acclimate and to explore the back end of Mt. Kimaning. Here, we can try to see the elusive and endangered De Brazza Monkeys. The camp is in a beautiful glade beside a stream with big rock pools ideal for swimming. On the second day we will walk up the river valley enjoying the river, cycads and hopefully, some De Brazza monkeys, Colobus Monkeys, or the secretive elephants. The team of camels walk seperately to us and our own riding camels and each day they will set up camp before we arrive. Along the way we will be walking along a footpath that has been used for millenia as a route to the markets on the western side of the mountains. Even today the Samburu and Rendille use this path to cross the mountains, typically regailed in their best beads and finery. Massive boulders that have fallen off the overhanging mountains are clung to by pugnacious figs that envelop everything they touch in roots and intertwined trunks. The spectacular virgin forests are home to countless forms, as yet undescribed. Even the showy De Brazza Monkey was not known to exist here until its discovery only a few years back. This great BBC article outlines the importance of the Mathew’s Range and how much remains unknown about this area.

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