Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Kusini Collection Dream Trips: Kenya

There's nothing like remote Northern Kenya to make a traveler feel that off-the-grid, I'm-the-only-one-out-here feeling. Gamewatchers Safaris offers Samburu-led, camel supported walking safaris through the Laikipia region; this is a Kusini Collection Dream Trip in Kenya. For two or three nights your clients will sleep out in fly camps, under the stars and sit around the camp fire. All alone. Well, just them and the Samburu guides. Sounds glorious, doesn't it?

On our Dream Trip, travelers arrive in Nanyuki or depart from Porini Rhino Camp in Ol Pejeta Conservancy for the 3 night walking safari. The first afternoon is spent on foot looking for game and getting the lay of the land. The camp is set up at the base of a massive stone outcropping known as Nayasura to the local Maasai. At sunset, travelers sit on the crest of Nayasura and watch the sun sink deep, as baboons return to the rock to roost for the night. Dinner is prepared and enjoyed around the camp fire and the evening is spent under the stars. The camp is simple and a true fly camp.

The next morning from Nayasura, the walking takes travelers to Nyarara Camp through grassy plains filled with herds of zebra, oryx and Grant's gazelle. Smaller herds of Jackson's hartebeest and Thompson's gazelle are in the area, as well as dikdik, gerenuk, and lesser kudu if travelers are lucky. The pack camels have done ahead and the staff sets up camp. Travelers enjoy lunch and spend the afternoon resting, reading and playing badminton. Another walk and sundowners follow.

From Nyarara Camp travelers walk towards the Ewaso Nyiro River and then towards Samburu National Reserve. Travelers have chances of spotting eland, giraffe, waterbuck, steinbuck and Grevy's Zebra. Harder to spot species include the wild dog, hyena, lion, leopard and cheetah.
After reaching camp, travelers spend the afternoon swimming and fishing in the river before hiking to another picturesque sundowner spot overlooking Mt. Kenya. Enjoy the last night fly camping!

On the last morning, travelers either continue on to Porini Rhino Camp or the next destination in their journey...we're dreaming of Lamu!

For more information on the Samburu-led walking safari in Laikipia, contact Gamewatchers Safaris or the Kusini Collection.

Photos by Gamewatchers Safaris.

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