Walking safaris in Kenya: the best camps and lodges
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.
Walking safaris conducted by Maasai guides at this camp are accompanied by a gun holder with a large-calibre gun, enabling you to enter areas where dangerous wildlife may be encountered. Expect to meet lions, buffalos and elephants.
Set on a private ranch, Borana offers ample opportunity to stretch your legs: visit the Ngare Ndare Forest with its crystal-clear pools for swimming; join a guided bush walk; call in at the local farm; even join the rangers on a rhino patrol.
El Karama Lodge
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!
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.
Kicheche Laikipia’s guides are all at least silver-qualified. Their insights into local flora and fauna contribute hugely to the walking experience, while opportunities to explore the conservancy on foot provide sightings of black and white rhinos.
This camp specialises in game walks, encouraging exploration of Laikipia’s bush. The guiding is energetic and enthusiastic, and guests regularly find themselves leaving their vehicle to follow sightings far from the beaten track.
Situated in the wildlife-rich Maasai Mara ecosystem, Serian offers ample opportunities for walking safaris both in their concession and in the larger Mara North Conservancy. Wildlife is varied and plentiful, and top guiding provides great encounters.
This camp offers walking safaris into the heart of the Sera Conservancy, where expert trackers seek out elusive black rhinos, accompanied by highly trained guides and conservancy rangers. It’s a unique opportunity for a close encounter on foot.
Kicheche Fly Camp
If you’re seeking total immersion in the bush, this fly-camping experience includes diverse scenery and wildlife, and superb guiding. Stop wherever you like to experience the sights and smells of the bush, and fall asleep to its sounds.
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