Karisia Walking Safaris: Our full report
Karisia Walking Safaris is a small, family-run set-up in a remote part of Northern Laikipia.Based on Tumaren ranch, a 3000-acre (12-square-kilometre) wildlife conservancy, Karisia specialise in camel-assisted walking safaris that explore the farther reaches of Laikipia. Karisia either use overnight fly-camps to make a multi-day safari from A to B, or do day walks out of the permanent camp on their ranch.
After breaking camp each day, the Laikipia Maasai crew go ahead to set up the next overnight camp. Depending on whether you are doing a “classic safari", or a “luxury safari", your tent will be either a lighter, canvas "hunting tent" or a large, traditional safari tent with more luxurious sleeping arrangements. Toilet and bathroom facilities are private in the case of luxury safaris (one toilet and one shower tent for each tent) or shared on classic safaris. In either case, long drop toilets are freshly dug for each camp, with wooden seats provided inside a small loo tent. The showers are in shower tents, and safari-style “bucket showers", with hot water brought to the back of the shower tent as required and dispensed through a regular shower head.
The third option, Tumaren Satellite Camp, is the luxury camping version but in a fixed location on the ranch with private toilet and shower facilities. If you stay at Tumaren Satellite Camp, your camel-assisted walking takes place as a half-to-full-day excursion from the camp each morning, returning later in the day for dinner.
On all the safaris, riding camels are available for tired members of the party, and kids love the view from on high! Most walkers will carry day packs, but your main luggage is carried by the camels.
On multi-day walking safaris, each day typically consists of a 4-5 hour walk of around 8-15km, depending on the fitness of the party and the terrain being crossed, and allowing for rest stops and pauses to watch wildlife. The walks usually stop at lunch time, leaving the afternoon free for rest, reading, pottering around the camp, or further activities such as guided nature walks and exploring for children and energetic adults.
As you are walking, the wildlife tends to be more skittish than if you were in a vehicle, but you are likely to see, at a distance, elephant, reticulated giraffe, various species of antelope and plains game as well as some of the endangered species, such as Grevy’s zebra and wild dog.
We haven’t yet had a chance to participate in any walks with Karisia, but we are looking forward to remedying that as soon as possible – we hear great things on the grapevine about how good their walks and camps are.
Country manager: Kenya
- Laikipia, Kenya
- Ideal length of stay
- 3–4 nights
- Scheduled flight to Nanyuki, where you will be met, followed by a 2-hour drive.
- Accessible by
Food & drink
- Usual board basis
- Full Board
- Food quality
- Freshly made meals are prepared three times a day.
- Walking safaris
- On Karisia's multi-day walking safaris, you'll typically walk for up to five hours each day, covering around 15km. Karisia will tailor this to the fitness of people in your party and the landscapes you're crossing, allowing for rest stops and pauses to watch wildlife en route.
- See ideas for Walking safaris
- Walking with camels at a relaxed pace (camel-assisted walking) is an ideal way to absorb the landscapes and wildlife of northern Kenya. You can do this for a few hours or several days.
- See ideas for Walking
- Attitude towards children
- Karisia is a family friendly outfit and children as young as 4 have participated in their walks.
- Property’s age restrictions
- Special activities & services
- Traditional activities are often organized with the Samburu guides, including fire-making, spear throwing and bow-shooting, animal tracking and nature walks. fishing, bouldering, and learning from the Laikipia Maasai trackers.
- Generally recommended for children
- While we would recommend Karisia for adventurous families, children must be active, outdoor types who enjoy lots of exercise.
- Power supply notes
- No power while walking. At night, limited solar lighting and head torches. Ask us about charging camera batteries, which is not always possible.
- Very limited phone signal while walking.
- TV & radio
- Water supply
- Transported in
Health & safety
- Malarial protection recommended
- Medical care
- Guides are all trained in Wilderness First Aid.
- Dangerous animals
- High Risk
- Fire safety
Guided walking safari
- Disabled access
- Not Possible
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