9 Days – Camel Walking Safaris at Bushland to Moorland

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

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
8 nights starting and ending in Nanyuki, Kenya Full board accommodation on safari and up Mt Kenya
Conservation and community fees Transfers from and back to Nanyuki
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

 

 

Day 1:  Karisia Walking Safaris – Nayasura

A Karisia guide and driver will meet you in Nanyuki (at the base of Mt. Kenya) and take you to the start of your walking safari in Laikipia which is scenic 2 hour drive north.

In camp you will be greeted by our camels and our Masai/Samburu teams of cooks, camel guys, and trackers.

The local Laikipia Masai call these rocks Nayasura and stone chippings suggest that they have been used as a camp for millennia.  We too will use the rocks starting with a refreshing lunch and short rest in our classic roomy safari tents. After lunch we will head out on a short walk looking for game and getting a feel for the country.

As the sun begins to set we will find ourselves at the crest of Nayasura with drinks and bitings, watching the baboons come back to roost on the face of the rock. After hot showers and drinks around the fire we will have a sit down dinner under the stars.

Day 2:  Karisia Walking Safaris

Nyarara From Nayasura we will head out early after breakfast so to see as much game as possible on our walk north towards Nyarara Camp. Nyarara means Cheetah in Masai and the camp was given this name because of a large male that has been seen in the area.

Along our walk we will walk across large plains as well as mixed bush.  Herds of Zebra, Oryx and Grant’s gazelle predominate on the large plains.  In the mixed bush we find Dikdiks, Gerenuk, Impala and Lesser Kudu if we are lucky enough to see them. We will arrive at camp in time for lunch. The pack camels with our camp will have made a more direct route than us and so they will have arrived before us and set up most of camp before our arrival. After lunch we will relax and walk to a pretty spot for sundowners.

Day 4:  Karisia Walking Safaris

Early start and drive to Nanyuki for a coffee before you meet you team who will take you on for your next adventure.You leave Nanyuki at 9.30 a.m. for the drive to the Sirimon Gate, which takes about 45 minutes. Then you walk up through the forest and moorland to Old Moses Camp at 3,300 m, where you will be staying overnight. This walk is 9 km and takes about 4 hours.

Day 5:  Mt Kenya

You head towards the junction for the two routes to Shipton’s Camp. You will be taking the route via Liki North. This 10 km walk takes about 4 hours. You will be camping overnight in the Liki North valley at an elevation of 3,993 m.

This walk takes you from the moorland to the Afro alpine zone with its giant groundsel and lobelia, evoking the Jurassic age.

Day 6:  Mt Kenya

You climb out of the Liki North Valley over a ridge into the Mackinder’s valley and on to Shipton’s Camp at 4,236 m, where you will be staying overnight. This walk takes about 5 hours and covers 6 km. You are now deep in the Afro alpine zone with large stands of giant groundsel and lobelia.

Day 7:  Mt Kenya

A rest day in Shipton’s Camp and an opportunity to do an acclimatisation walk up to the Hausberg Col at nearly 4,600 m, with spectacular views of the main peaks up close. Supper and bedtime are early, so that you are well prepared for your dawn ascent the following morning.

Day 8:  Mt Kenya

You leave Shipton’s Camp between 2.30-3.00 a.m. for your early morning ascent of Point Lenana (4,985 m). This 4 km walk takes 3-4 hours, as you are now at very high altitude. The aim is to reach the summit by sunrise. Then you continue down the Chogoria route through the Gorges Valley to Hall Tarns for breakfast, and then on to the Meru Mount Kenya Lodge (Chogoria Bandas) near the Chogoria Gate, where you will be staying in your own room with attached bathroom.

This is a long day as the walk covers 14 km and takes about 6 to 7 hours, but the rewards are a hot shower and supper in front of a log fire.

Day 9:

After breakfast, you transfer by Landrover to Chogoria town, arriving by 11.00 a.m., for your onward transfer.

 

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