Pinnacles, Rivers and Plains – 6 Nights on safari
Walk is good for: Dramatic landscapes, Wildlife, Birds and Culture
Level of Walk: Moderate to Energetic
US$ 2,800 per person
Minimum 3 people and maximum 8 people on safari
Less than 3 people – US$ 500 supplement per person
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.
||Jomo Kenyatta International Airport – Nairobi
||Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.
|Full board AirBnC accommodation on safari with all drinks included
||Guides and camels for your safari
|Conservation and community fees
||Transfers from and back to Nanyuki
|Game drives at Tumaren
|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
Day 1: Tale
From Nanyuki you will be met by a Karisia Guide and a driver and driven 2.5 hours to our first camp at Tale. The first camp will be on a sweeping sand river below a shark fin- shaped hill called Tale . The granite massif rises abruptly out of arid plains and it is a landmark for hundreds of kilometres. After a refreshing lunch and a relaxing afternoon under huge Tortillis trees we will walk up Tale and at the top toast the the Mathews Range and the Karisia Hills to our North. You and your guide will scan below for Gerenuk, Elephants, Impala and Ostrich. Back at camp hot showers and cool drinks will be waiting for you. Dinner under the stars with the sound of the Nightjars serenade.
Day 2: Nantodo
An early wake up with hot water in basins, steaming tea / coffee and a light fruit snack. Then you are off towards the Ewaso Nyiro River in the East. On the way look out for Gerenuk, Grant’s Gazelle and the iconic Grevy Zebra. You’ll climb Nantodo rock and enjoy more sweeping views and the river far below while we enjoy a proper picnic breakfast You will walk down to the camp in time for lunch and a cold beer and a splash in the river. After an afternoon of relaxing by the river an evening walk up the sand river will be planned, hunting for the noisy, but shy Stone Partridges, Golden Breasted Starlings and if you are lucky Greater Kudu
Day 3. Ngai Susui
Set off as the sun is rising, winding your way up the sand river hoping to see Klipspingers, Verreaux Eagle Owls, Desert Warthogs, or Elephants as they head for a shady rest. You will slowly wind your way up to the campsite on a ridge next to the pinnacle. It is fun walking with the camels and watching them patiently head up the slopes with our camp on their backs. Once it cools off you will walk up to the pinnacle, Ngai Suisui which is sacred to the Samburu and means ‘Winds of God’. Ngaio suisui has a dramatic 360 degree view of the area and is also the nesting site for a pair of Verreaux Eagles. Sundowners here always taste good!
Day 4: Nagaratat
This morning is a dramatic walk down to the river and a serene spot called Namasaa. The landscape is spectacular and you will walk along the rivers edge under enormous Neutonia Trees, watching out for hippos in the deep pools before climbing out of the valley up a rocky river course. Here the fig trees cling to rocks and Klipspringers perch high on the steep hillsides above. We break out of the valley and on to some rolling country where you will look for elephant and the peculiar Pancake Tortoises that live in cracks in the rocks here. From camp you will hopefully see the local herds bringing their livestock to drink. You will go on an evening stroll looking for the colourful birds and as always, enjoying a nice sundowner on a tall rock.
Day 5: Leshashi – Nalarai
You will walk on upstream looking out for Greater Kudu, Waterbuck, Elephant and the incredible birds and scenery along the way and arrive at your camp by lunchtime. We can cool off in the pools and in the evening you will walk slowly along the river looking for an elusive local Leopard or watch the Baboons as they come to roost on the cliffs in the evening
Day 6: Tumaren Camp
We will walk out of the valley early and drive to Tumaren for a bush brunch and a night of luxury in the huge tents with sweeping views across to the Laikipia Plateau, Mt Kenya and the Aberdares. The abundant plains game here will compliment the more reclusive denizens of the lower Ewaso.
In the afternoon we will head out on a drive or a walk and a night game drive could easily turn up some good predators like a Leopard or else an interesting nocturnal animal, like a Porcupine, an Aardvark or a Zorilla
Day 7: Game drive along and over the Laikipia Plateau to Nanyuki in time for any connections for onward travel. For those that would like to extend a second night at Tumaren, this can be easily arranged.