Walking safaris in Kenya
Walking is prohibited in most of Kenya's national parks and reserves; driving is often the only option. So bush walks and walking safaris are not widely available. However, walking safaris are increasingly offered in many of the (relatively new) wildlife conservancies as well as on some of the older, established private ranches.
Often low-key walking safaris in Kenya are referred to as 'bush walks' - and many of these will emphasise the walking, culture and scenery, rather than big game encounters. (See our page on walking in Kenya for places which excel at this kind of walk.) Only a few camps however can offer longer walks or what we'd call “proper” walking safaris.
Since walking safaris are reasonably new to Kenya it is important, for safety reasons, to choose camps that have suitably qualified guides with firearms licences. We feature a number of camps that have silver or gold standard KPSGA (Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association) qualified guides - who are extremely knowledgeable.
Please call one of our Kenya specialists for more information on the best places to do game walks in Kenya. Meanwhile below is a list of our top tips for camps which offer good walking safaris in Kenya.
The top 6 safari camps for walking safaris in Kenya.
El Karama Eco-Lodge|98% (8 reviews)Joseph Kalau is the armed head guide who leads the walking safaris from El Karama. There is enough big game around camp to always have the possibility of an exciting on-foot experience! More about El Karama Eco-Lodge
Laikipia WildernessHere you can explore the Laikipia bush, within the Ol Doinyo Lemboro Ranch. Short walking safaris operate throughout the year, using small tents, and an escort armed with a .375 rifle. More about Laikipia Wilderness
Leleshwa|90% (2 reviews)Walking at Leleshwa is usually focused on big-game encounters, which are likely all around the camp. An armed guide is available to accompany you, and the experience can be a very exciting way to do some walking in Kenya. More about Leleshwa
Naboisho Camp|96% (21 reviews)Manager Roelof Schutte holds a large-calibre gun licence, enabling him to accompany guests on bush walks in this part of the Naboisho Conservancy. These go into some areas where dangerous wildlife may be encountered. More about Naboisho Camp
Sosian|100% (7 reviews)Sosian also offer walking safaris; these typically last between one and three hours and are lead by a guide with a full firearms license. Walking to a fly camp to sleep out under the stars is also a great option. More about Sosian
Tassia Lodge|100% (3 reviews)Martin leads the walking Safaris from Tassia Lodge. He will teach you how to track wildlife and explore some of the stunning scenery – there is not huge quantities of big game around, but there should still be plenty to see. More about Tassia Lodge