Neither a place nor accommodation, Walking Wild defies our categories, and for good reason, as it is what it says it is: a wild walk – through some of Laikipiak Maasai land’s most beautiful wildernesses.
Beginning the moment they disembark at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy airstrip, this unique guided walk offers travellers the opportunity to experience the wild in a manner that is authentically nomadic. Endangered species – such as the black rhino, the sitatunga and Grevy’s zebra – flourish here, as do lion, buffalo, elephant and leopard. Divested of the trappings of modern day technology, and of the lavish add-ons that constitute the majority of mobile safaris, a Walking Wild experience is raw, hardy and completely thrilling.
The safari itself is hosted by professional Maasai guides, who, together with members of the local community, part own the operation. Their knowledge, their capacity for imparting this knowledge, and their ability to make their guests feel attached to the land, is what makes the walk so special. Guests are taught to track, how to identify species of flora and fauna, about the behaviour of certain insects, birds and animals, and, as the journey deepens, so does their understanding of what it is that makes an ecosystem like the Laikipia work.
The fly camp is comprised of mosquito / reptile proof sleeping tents – 3 by 3.5 m two man domes. Bedding consists of a bedroll, sheets and blankets. Meals – three courses with wine, beer or soft drinks – are taken outside. Walks take place in the morning, during the cooler times of the day, and camp based walks are conducted in the evening. Camels are used to carry provisions, and can, depending on the terrain, be ridden, should it prove necessary.
Walking Wild offers two basic itineraries: 3 nights in the Conservancy and Ll Ngwesi; or 5 nights in the Conservancy, Ll Ngwesi and Lekurruki.
Please note: prospective walkers need to be moderately fit; and children under the age of 12 are not permitted to walk.