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Kenya Walking Safari & Laikipia Plains

This is the ultimate African adventure offering the opportunity to trek, kayak and fly camp amidst the wonderful Laikipia wilderness. This one week trip combines an extraordinary camel supported walking safari with traditional safari in a superb small owner operated camp on the Laikipia plains.

Tailor-made Classic 1 week

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $967 per person economy class from London

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Itinerary

Overview

  • Private guided 3 Day camel-supported Walking Safari
  • 3 Days traditional safari on a superb owner operated small camp with superb wildlife

From Nairobi it is a short flight to a small airstrip in the Laikipia region. Ekorian Muggie's Camp is a small owner operated camp with open plains, superb wildlife and excellent activities. Game drives in open 4wd vehicles offer a good chance of seeing lion, cheetah, leopard, buffalo, elephant, eland, giraffe, zebra, hyena, impala, warthog and some endangered species such as Grevy’s Zebra and Jacksons Hartebeest. The advantage of this private reserve is that you are not limited game-drives, the camp also offers guided bush walks, overnight fly camping, kayaking on the dam, fishing and visiting local communities.

From the camp it is a relatively short transfer to the Tumaren Ranch. Here you will set off on an incredible journey, traversing the land on foot, tracing the wildlife, identifying spoor and discovering the bush with an expert Samburu guide. A typical day covers 8-15 kilometres walking on average 4-5 hours with the route entirely based on the fitness of your party. Camp and provisions are moved by a camel train, and there is the opportunity to ride the camels if you are tired or just want an elevated view. This walking safari is a once in a lifetime experience and is suitable for couples and families. Tasty wholesome meals are freshly prepared on the open fire with lots of fruits and vegetables. Your bush ablutions will be set up and you will sleep on comfy king size mattresses with duvets and pillows.

This is a tailor-made itinerary and can be amended for example to include some time on the beach in Zanzibar or on the Kenyan Coast, do get in touch for details.

Day-by-day

ITINERARY IN BRIEF:

DAY 1: Transfer to Laikipia Plains
DAY 2: On Safari
DAY 3: On Safari
DAY 4: Transfer to your private Laikipia Walking Safari
DAY 5: Laikipia Walking Safari
DAY 6: Laikipia Walking Safari
DAY 7: Return to Nairobi

FULL ITINERARY:

DAY 1: TRANSFER TO LAIKIPIA PLAINS
Fly to the Laikipia region. On arrival at the airstrip you will be met and transferred to your safari camp. Afternoon activity and dinner at the lodge.
Accommodation: Ekorian's Mugie Camp
Meals Included: All meals

DAY 2: ON SAFARI
Ekorian's is set on Mugie Ranch which covers 46,000 acres in total of which 22,000 acres have been set aside to create Mugie Conservancy. The Conservancy is home to around seventy species of mammals including lion, cheetah, leopard, buffalo, elephant, eland, giraffe, zebra, hyena, impala, and warthog. There are many rare and endangered species residing on Mugie, including the Grevy’s Zebra and Jacksons Hartebeest.
In addition to traditional safari day and night game drives, bush walks and fly camping, there is the opportunity to kayak and fish and visit local Samburu and Pokot communities. Mugie Dam offers the rare opportunity to see wildlife from kayaks. The dam has no crocodiles or hippos and is also safe for swimming.
Accommodation: Ekorian's Mugie Camp
Meals Included: All meals

DAY 3: ON SAFARI
On safari in the Laikipia Wilderness area
Accommodation: Ekorian's Mugie Camp
Meals Included: All meals

DAY 4: TRANSFER TO YOUR PRIVATE LAIKIPIA WALKING SAFARI
After breakfast and your morning activity, depart for your private walking camp. Afternoon activity and dinner at the lodge.
Accommodation: Karisia Classic Walking Safari
Meals Included: Dinner

DAY 5: LAIKIPIA WALKING SAFARI
A typical day on a walking safari starts with an early rise to avoid the heat of the day. You will walk 4-5 hours covering 8-15 kilometres depending on the fitness of the group. The camp moves every night and you arrive at the next camp before lunch. Settle in, enjoy lunch and relax in camp. Head out again late afternoon for another walk and then return to camp for dinner around the camp fire.
Accommodation: Karisia Classic Walking Safari
Meals Included: All meals

DAY 6: LAIKIPIA WALKING SAFARI
Enjoy another days walking safari to your next camp
Accommodation: Karisia Classic Walking Safari
Meals Included: All meals

DAY 7: RETURN TO NAIROBI
Transfer to airstrip for scheduled light aircraft flight to Nairobi. On arrival you will be transferred to the international airport
Accommodation: n/a
Meals Included: Breakfast

Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

Ekorian's Mugie Camp

Northern Kenya

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Exclusive location
- Excellent wildlife
- Kayaking
- Small swimming pool
- Family Friendly

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Temporary adventure camps
- Beautiful locations
- Camel Supported Walking Safaris

Details

Getting there

International flights from the UK to Kenya typically cost £550 - £1250 return per person (see below for more detail) depending on the airline and when you are travelling. Please get in touch for a flight inclusive quote.
Direct Flights from the UK (London Heathrow only): £650 - £1250 return
British Airways and Kenya Airways fly direct from London Heathrow to Nairobi. Prices start from £750 return but direct flights at this price are usually only available if booking very early or for visits out of the school holidays. During school holiday periods, prices are usually over £1000 return.
Indirect Flights from the UK: £550 - £900 return
KLM flights via Amsterdam are a superb alternative to direct flights, particularly if you are flying from Manchester, Glasgow or other regional airports, where you would need to stop anyway. Prices start from £550 return, and are usually available under £800 pp year round as long as you have a little flexibility in your dates. Qatar, Turkish and Ethiopian Airlines offer slightly less convenient one stop flights with longer stop-overs / less convenient flight times (e.g. Turkish lands at 4am in Nairobi). We sometimes recommend these flights for those on a tight budget or those late booking during peak periods when flight prices on BA, Kenya Airways or KLM can double.

Price includes

All accommodation, meals, local drinks whilst on safari, scheduled shared safari activities, exclusive walking safari with local English speaking guides and riding camels and transfers quoted in the itinerary.

Excludes: international flights from London to Mombasa via Nairobi, drinks, visa fees, travel insurance and items of a personal nature.

When is best?

It is best to avoid the long rains that run April, May and into early June. 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.

The short rains bring some rain during September and October, but this is less of an impediment and they have usually cleared up by October half term.

December, January, July and August are peak season, expect flight costs to be substantially higher.

Is it for me?

This walking safari is comfortable with all your luggage carried by camels, staff to make camp and cook, professional local English speaking safari guide, king size mattress and bush ablutions. The trip goes as your pace, stopping at sights that are of interest to you.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 607 reviews

(4.93/5)

  • 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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