FAQ's

 
We are in Laikipia East, 80 kms from Nanyuki town.
Charter flight to an airstrip within 30 minutes of most camps. Scheduled flight to Nanyuki or Loisaba (2 hour drive) Drive from Nairobi (6-7 hour drive). See map
No, we move our complete camp with our camel train and team. This means we can often travel to areas that vehicles cannot reach. The exception is if we have 2 nights where there is no water we can do a water drop.
We typically have between 7 & 15 Laikipia Masai and Samburu staff and 8 to 20 camels on any one safari.
Yes, especially in and around Tumaren on a Luxury Trip. If guests want to visit a market or sometimes if we have very small children and we are concerned if there are too many elephants then we will use a vehicle between campsites.
Camels like most animals are good natured if they are not mistreated. Our camels are treated very well and for that reason they do not have a bad attitude towards people or work. Camels do not spit but will only regurgitate their cud when they are stressed. This happens rarely with our camels, typically only when they are getting medication or when a young one is in training. Camels are actually very sociable animals and like being around people. After being near camels for a few days most people become quite attached, or at least pleasantly surprised by them.
It depends on the number of guests and their ages. With lots of children on safari we have more riding camels than if there were just two adults. With a family of 6 we would have at least 3 riding camels.
No, the riding camels will carry water, juice, snacks and these are easily accessible and we stop often to keep hydrated. You can also put your daypack / camera on the camels when you have had enough of carrying them.
Typically we walk between 8 and 15 km depending on the fitness levels of our guests and the terrain we find. We will leave between 6/7 am depending on the guests, weather etc and arrive at our next camp before lunch. Usually walks are about 4 to 5 hours including stops for wildlife and refreshments.
No, we can design walks for every fitness level. When we walk it is not like a military march. We plan for a great deal if stopping so that we have time to look at animals, insects and flowers.
We do not know for sure but we can say that three guests who have been allergic to horses have found no problems around our camels.
Minimum of 3 nights on a mobile walking safari like a Luxury, Classic or Air BnC. A minimum of 2 nights on a non mobile safari such as at Tumaren or at the Satellite Camp.
14 days (but we could do longer with resupplies)
It is generally dry and hot in the day with temperatures reaching 28-30C max. Because we are at about 5,000 feet in altitude it is always cool in the shade. At night it can get quite cool, about 14 C and we suggest long trousers and a fleece.
We take children as young as 4 years old and tailor the walk to the family. At the other end of the spectrum our oldest guest was 84.
Typically we do camp in a new campsite each night but with children who might like the river or with a request we can stay as many nights in one camp as our guest might like. It is quite nice at the end of a trip to be in one camp for 2/ nights and do activities from there.
Luxury Walking Safari and Tumaren Camp - Luxury bedding with duvets, dressing gowns and feather pillows. Comfortable king size / twin mattresses on the ground for Luxury Walking Safaris.

Classic and Air BnC Camp – Sheets and blankets and feather pillow. Comfortable king size / twin mattresses on the ground
The toilets are 'long drop' style with a comfortable wooden seat inside a simple box tent. They are freshly dug every day and outside each toilet is a hand washing basin.
The showers like the toilets are simple tents open at the top for a hung bucket shower. The showers are supplied with water that is heated over the fire and can be provided as ordered.
Our tents are lit by low output solar lights that last for a few hours. Headlamps are provided to Luxury Walking Safari guests but are also highly recommended to everyone who comes on safari.
Our safaris are guided by either James Christian or Kerry Glen, the owners of Karisia Walking Safaris; or else by Gabriel Ewoi, or Rana Lekitwa.
Yes, our guides are all trained in Wilderness First Aid.
We use cell phones more and more and also we carry radios to speak to our security team as well as satellite phones to contact emergency services should we ever have a problem and there is no cell network.
This is only possible when we pass through areas with network, which is not guaranteed. If it is essential that someone needs to collect emails we can make a plan with our office and get the information through.
Insects in our area are not particularly bothersome. We do have ticks at some times of the year in the grass but these can be easily spotted and controlled by spraying one's socks, shoes and legs with insect repellant.
No responsible operator here in Kenya would ever say they did not have Malaria for fear of the off chance that a case appears among one of their guests. As residents in Laikipia we do not worry about malaria but those visiting other parts at a lower altitude should consider Malaria prophylactics.
Everything is freshly baked and made each day. Lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Very tasty and delicious fare. We can cater to any need, requirement or allergy
Kids love our safaris, they are outdoors all day, riding camels, fishing, tracking, climbing rocks and learning from our Laikipia Masai trackers. We do short walks and often camp in one spot twice and do activities from that camp before moving on.
Yes, you would love this safari. Walking in the morning hours and relaxing during the heat of the day with a cold beer or glass of wine and then going on an evening walk looking for wildlife and enjoying sundowners on top of a rock. Over a few days you begin to lose track of time and begin to shed the habitual need for the phone/computer/ipad. You can then begin to enjoy quality time with your friends while being well looked after in a very beautiful and wild place.
Our Classic, Luxury or AirBnC (Air Bed and Camel) would be perfect. The team look after you well and it is a very romantic safari anyway, being looked after by our team of Laikipia Masai, enjoying sundowners and candlelit dinners under the stars.
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