Walking with camels

By David Pilling

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Financial Times Africa editor David Pilling is hosted by Will Jones on a walking safari in Laikipia, Kenya. With the camels there to carry baggage, the emphasis here is very much on the visceral effect the act of walking has on the experience of being in the land. It begins marvellously:  ‘Are you on a quest for Zenlike simplicity? A slow, mindful walk through a vanishing wilderness, unencumbered by the heavy load of modern civilisation — or the need to carry your own bags?’ In one way or another, we all are.