KENYA

9-Day Big Game Walking Safari, Kenya

With over 600,000 acres available for walking, the Masai Mara National Reserve is a fantastic place to see wildlife and the stars! A significant portion of the reserve is only accessible by foot where game trails are abundant, but roads are few and far between. This is how safaris are best conducted here. You will immediately notice the difference between a vehicle tour and one conducted on foot. Senses that may have been a little dulled in a car will strain to perceive indications of the wild game that surrounds you. Your perception of the bush will change until you feel an intimate relationship with the environment itself.

Major Destinations:

Masai Mara National Reserve, Nairobi

Activities:

Fly Camping, Game Drives, Walking Safari

DAY 1: NAIROBI

Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will met by a Ujuzi African Travel representative and transferred to your Nairobi Hotel. Day is spent at leisure in Nairobi. Dinner and overnight at your lodge.

DAY 2: MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE

After breakfast you will be transferred to Wilson Airport for your scheduled flight to Masai Mara. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your camp with a game drive en route. Lunch and afternoon game drive with an evening briefing on your "Fly Camping/Walking Safari." Return to your camp for dinner and overnight.

DAY 3-7: WALKING & FLY CAMPING ACROSS THE MASAI MARA*

The next 5 nights will be an adventure of a lifetime, as you cross the richest wildlife area in Africa, on foot, up close and personal with nature. On your walking safari you will have your professional safari guide with long-established wildlife experience in the bush, a tracker and a porter. The program over these five and a half days will vary, dependant on the weather, wildlife movements and the physical condition of you and your guests. Generally each day will be: wake with the sunrise with a mug of tea/coffee served in your tent. Breakfast in camp. Walk approx 4-5 hours in the cool of the morning. Arrive into your flycamp by lunchtime. Have a rest in the afternoon. Early evening game drive in the area. Dinner and overnight in the flycamp, which moves every day.

Your main luggage will move with the fly camp each day. All you will need to carry is a small day-pack which needs to be

able to carry your camera, raincoat, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, fleece etc. Drinking water and a first aid box will be carried by porters. Your daily walks along rivers and up the hills will reveal a number of quite remarkable sightings. A phenomenal game area with significant populations of elephant, lion, leopard, giraffe, buffalo, and plains game. Unusual species include side-striped hyena and caracal, and tracking is easy in the rich alluvial soil. As you fly camp you will learn how to track, harvest honey, light fires the real way, make bows and arrows and stalk silently to short distances of your prey.

DAY 8: MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE

Enjoy a game drive en route to the Masai Mara, with a game drive en route. Arrive in time for lunch. In the cool of the afternoon take another game-drive amid the rolling savannah. The Mara is a pristine wilderness of haunting beauty which promises its visitors a profusion of wildlife, prolific bird life, and the unprecedented opportunity of viewing with all the members of the "Big Five" (lion, African elephant, cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros).

DAY 9: NAIROBI

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip for your scheduled flight to Nairobi. Upon arrival transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your international departure flight.

*What exactly is a fly camp?

In the early days of safaris, a hunter looking for game wanted to be able to move light and quick. He would therefore put up a fly camp in remote areas looking for wildlife. "Fly" is the name of the upper sheet of a tent. Hunters would simply take the top sheet, and sleep underneath, hence the name fly camp. This is the unique experience we will be offering you. Depending on the season and on the consequent wildlife movement, we mount a simple camp either on the banks of a river or in the Mara plains.

Your facilities at the fly camp will be a bucket shower, a pit toilet tent, and a double tent with safari beds. Dinner under the stars will be unforgettable, while the river gently flows a few feet away, or zebras bark in the dark. For your bath, hot water will be ready in your bucket shower. While a drink next to the fire, on the river banks or in the plains thriving with wildlife, will make you feel like the first hunters. Experience the wild and become a part of nature for the next 5 days!

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