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Walking Safari on the Masai Plains

Walk with Giraffe, wildebeest and Masai warriors on this unique five day walking safari across the Loita Plains to Masai Mara staying in community run bush camps.

Private Trek Adventure 5 days

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Itinerary

Overview

The Loita Plains lie at the foot of the Loita Hills to the East of the world famous Masai Mara Game Reserve. A vast landscape of savanna grasslands and scattered Acacia trees, it sits slap bang in the middle of the Serengeti Masai migration corridor through which the annual wildebeest migration occurs. Alongside the game, the area is mainly inhabited by Nomadic Masai pastoralists and the plains are dotted with mud-house Masai villages. Whilst most travellers drive straight through on their way to the Masai Mara for game drives they miss a fascinating insight into Masai life and of course the opportunity to see the wildlife in its natural habitat on foot.

The landscape you'll be walking through is pure Africa, with the archetypal savannah grasslands rolling as far as the eye can see under huge African skies. You'll be guided by Masai Warriors, spear in hand, who are there to explain the stories and features of the land and of course keep any dangerous wildlife at bay! Overnights are spent in comfortable charming Masai community run bush camps and you'll have plenty of opportunity to get a sense of life in the Masai villages and enjoy stories around the camp fire at night. Whislt the wildlife won't be as dense as you can expect in the national parks and reserves, there is plenty around and there is nothing like seeing it on foot keeping a close eye on the game tracks in the dust. The route takes you to the entrance to the Masai Mara Game Reserve where you'll spend a day on a game drive in the reserve, with loads of opportunity to spot lion, crocodile, hippo, hyena and all the other wildlife you can expect to see in this world famous park.

Day-by-day

This walking itinerary is flexible and should be seen as a guide only. Local conditions, weather or fitness could lead to changes in our daily plans. We’ll walk through isolated paths during the mornings meeting our vehicles and luggage at a different campsite each afternoon. The support staff and equipments moved from one camp to the other by vehicle and any struggling patrons may ride along on the vehicle all or partway to the next camp. There will be reliable communication between support staff and the trek guides and swift vehicle evacuation from certain point will be possible if need arises. All times and distances are approximate. ‘B,L,D’ refers to meals included in the trip cost, i.e. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

DAY 1: NAIROBI – MAJI MOTO ECO-CAMP
We start our walking Safari after a 3-4 hours drive west from Nairobi stopping briefly for spectacular views over the Great Rift Valley before we traverse it from east to west. From here, we proceed on to the Loita Hills within the vast Maasailand arriving at Maji Moto Eco-Camp in time for lunch. Maji Moto Camp is a simple and environmentally-sensitive camp run by the local people themselves and where you get to experience the fascinating ways of the Maasai in an interactive way rather than being a spectator. After lunch is a hands-on session with Maasai Morans (warriors) who engage us in varies warrior training activities. Then, a chance to visit a incredible project a local school for orphan girls - before the late afternoon 2 hour walk up the scenic loita hill. On the hike we spot wild animals and birds, learn about healing herbs used by the locals and watch the sun go down over the distant Masai Mara. In the evening we visit a natural hot spring nearby for a bath (or just deep toes in) then dine under starlit African skies listening to Maasai stories told to us by our hosts and overnight in tents under euphorbia trees at the bush camp guarded by watchful Maasai warriors all night long. (B,L,D)

Day 2: WALK TO PEPESUA CAMP
Setting off early we commence a 4-5 hour walking safari through the savannah for wildlife viewing on the plains with the Maasai warriors as guides and interpreters of their lands. Often walking amongst giraffe, impala, zebra and wildebeest. Loita plains form a wildlife corridor between Maasai Mara and the Narok region and hosts a great deal of wildlife through out the year. The wilderness path today leads us to Pepesua Camp, another communally run bush camp offering great support to the local community. Our afternoon here will be spent experiencing more insights into the Maasai peoples intriguing way of life with chances of spending time in an authentic Maasai homestead (Boma) to witness the work and life of women and children. Learn how to make Maasai beadwork jewellery, participate in traditional hut construction/repair, assist with milking the cows, etc. In the evening we drive from the camp to the bush dinner site located at a perfect location to observe the sun go down over the skyline as we enjoy our meal. On the return journey back to camp we do a night drive in search of nocturnal wildlife we will never get to see during the day such as the Aardvark, bat eared fox, owl, nightjar and more. (B,L,D)

Day 3 WALK TO ENDONYO NARASHA BUSH CAMP
Another early start for the final part of our walking safari. Today we go past a village market / shops and purchase some additional trip provisions from the local Duka (store). Then, slip back into the wild gaining access to Siana Wildlife conservancy. Siana conservation area is a wildlife preserve that’s owned and run by the local community. The conservation fees we pay to tour this area greatly assists the community with their conservation efforts. On today’s walk we will most likely encounter giraffe, gazelles, Eland, hartebeest, Topi, zebra, wildebeest, warthogs and with some luck the wild dog. Birdlife is also plentiful. After a 4-5 hour walk we arrive at Endonyo Narasha bush camp in time for lunch. Today we have a relaxed afternoon before our evening game drive in the open plains of Siana conservancy. We also have the option of an exciting night game drive in the plains after dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 4 EXPLORE MASAI MARA
A sun rise game drive then proceed to Maasai Mara park after breakfast. Taking our packed lunches we us, we’ll explore the world famous Maasai Mara extensively the whole of this day. Perhaps this is the best game reserve in East Africa, It’s vast plains and bush land teem with endless herds of grazing Game together with the associated predators - our expert naturalist guides and sturdy vehicles ensure you have the best chance of seeing most of them and understand their habits. While inside the we’ll have the best chances to see all the Big 5 - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino and a whole ark-full of other animals including hippo, crocodile at the Mara River. This reserve is naturally very popular but we avoid the crowds by staying in our quiet, established and comfortable tented camp with beds and en-suite facilities within the Sekanani valley. (B,L,D)

DAY 5 MORNING GAME DRIVE / JOURNEY BACK TO NAIROBI
An early morning game drive (6 am) in the Mara trying to spot any animals you may have missed the previous day, (for bird watchers this is best chance to see the numerous bird species of Maasai Mara). On return to camp we have breakfast then drive back to Nairobi. (B,L)

Details

Getting there

Kenya has international airports in Nairobi (Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta NBO) and Mombassa (Mombasa Moi International MBA) which are around 8 hours flying time from the UK. Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and Air Kenya fly regular direct services to Nairobi. Return tickets usually range from £450 to £750 depending on when you are travelling. If you are willing to put up with the inconvenience then cheaper tickets can usually be purchased with a stop from Qatar Airways, Ethiopian and Emirates.

Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta airport is a ½ hr 16km drive from Nairobi City Centre, but traffic is often very bad.

This tour includes pick up and drop off in Nairobi.

Price includes

All transport to / from Nairobi
English speaking guides
All accommodation (as per itinerary)
All meals (as per itinerary)

International flights, incidental expenses and tips are not included

When is best?

Kenya is subject to 2 rainy seasons, and a busy peak tourist season, but in reality is a year round destination. Most people visit during the summer months of July and August, when the weather is dry and the Maasai Mara is teeming with the Wildebeest migration.

July and August are peak season with Europeans and Americans making the most of their summer holidays, so expect crowds. However they also fall right after the long rains, so expect lots of lush green.

September and October play host to the short rains. Rain tends to fall for only a couple of hours in the afternoon or morning, so you shouldn’t let it stop you.

November, December, January, February and the first half of March are the dry season. Expect hot weather and quiet parks.

Second half of March, April, May and June plays host to the long rains. During this period it tends to rain through the night and into the morning. It is usually possible to get a dry spell between 10am and 2pm for getting out on safari. Many of the roads in the Maasai Mara Reserve are rough grass tracks that can become virtually impassable at the height of the rainy season (April – May). It is still possible to visit the Maasai Mara during this period you just won’t be able to explore as much.

Is it for me?

This is a really wonderful trek that will leave you with memories for years, you'll meet some fascinating people and get an insight into the Masai landscape and culture that you would never get otherwise. The drawback though is obvious - walking in the hot sun with little shade on offer. If you are looking for a Masai Mara safari with a difference and come with a decent level of fitness and the right frame of mind, then you'll love it.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

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(4.94/5)

  • The holiday was amazing! Everything we wanted it to be! The safari was so we'll organized and our guide was very good. All the accommodation was superb. At the Masaai village we stayed in a mud hut which was different to the tent described in the itinerary, but so much better.

    Pinewoods resort was lovely especially the staff who couldn't have looked after us any better. The food was exceptional.

    Missingpauline hasted reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 21 October 2015

  • Accommodation and food at Karen Rock House were good. It was very quiet there as we were the only guests. Our transport, guide (Elijah) and driver (Oliver) were excellent. Elijah was very informative and patiently answered our questions about everything we saw. Our first day was very full, a long drive to Hell’s Gate, bike ride and gorge walk. Elijah suggested that we postpone the boat trip on Lake Navaisha to the morning we left Nakuru rather doing it on the way and this worked well. On the bike ride, our youngest struggled with an adult sized bike with bald tyres. Fine for us and our eldest though. The gorge walk was great as was the boat trip on Lake Navaisha.

    Lake Nakuru Lodge accommodation, food and setting was excellent - as were the game drives with Oliver and Elijah. We saw a lot more here and close up than we did in Ol Kinyei and the Masai Mara.

    Maji Moto Camp was an interesting experience. Again, we were the only visitors and the facilities & food were good. We visited the school before travelling to the Mara Adventure Camp but could have spent longer as there was a lot to see and our children enjoyed playing football etc with the school children.

    The Adventure Camp was brilliant. We had a packed schedule of game drives (up at 5.30 every morning) and George and Wilson (guide and driver) were a lot of fun. They played football with us and were very entertaining on bush walks and game drives. We felt all the staff at the Adventure Camp worked really hard to make the experience an enjoyable one - from preparing the food, supplying endless hot water and tea and making sure we got to see what we wanted. The Ol Kinyei conservancy is beautiful (although we saw more at Lake Nakuru).

    Our itinerary was good - it was busy and varied which suited us very well. We felt a bit rushed on Day 1 - in hindsight, it really was too much for one day. The day we travelled to the Masai Adventure Camp was also time pressured and we had a to cut short our visit to the school.

    Overall, 5/5 - an unforgettable experience.

    MissingTim Sheppard reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 11 November 2014

  • If you’re looking for a more personal experience of Kenya, something a little different from the standard safari and beach package holidays, then you should definitely speak to Tourdust!

    We decided to have a family holiday with our two teenage boys in Kenya in 2014, a decision that turned out to be far from straight-forward as the FCO extended their no-essential travel guidance area by area in the months leading up to our holiday. After researching the travel companies specialising in Kenya , we chose Tourdust to organise our holiday, partly based on their highly informative website but mainly based on a conversation with Ben, who within a matter of minutes clearly understood what we were looking for.

    Ben’s recommendation of the Laikipia Wilderness Camp, followed by the Sosian Ranch and then the Msambweni Beach House was absolutely perfect for us. Everywhere we went the experience was personalised, the service was outstanding and the quality of facilities was second to none. Yes, we did safari drives to see the fantastic range of wildlife in the area, but we also swam in the rivers, rode camels, went on game walks and ate delicious meals cooked on an open camp fire before sleeping out under the endless African skies listening to the lions roaring! Then a flight down to the coast and we relaxed in the luxury of the a villa overlooking the Indian Ocean, with massages on the beach, personal staff on hand and nothing too much trouble.

    We knew that we didn’t want a standard package safari and beach holiday but what we got was beyond all our expectations – a truly personal, family experience of Kenya that we will remember forever!

    MissingJoanna Heard reviewing Best of Kenya Family Safari on 07 October 2014

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