Where are you located?
We are in Laikipia East, 80 kms from Nanyuki town.
How do we get to the start of your walking safaris?
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
Do you use cars to move the camp?
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.
How many camels and men will you need to move the camp to a new location each day?
We typically have between 7 & 15 Laikipia Masai and Samburu staff and 8 to 20 camels on any one safari.
If we would like a vehicle on standby is this possible?
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.
Aren't camels bad natured and don't they spit ?
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.
How many riding camels will there be on each safari?
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.
Do we have to carry our own water and snacks for the walk each day?
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.
How far do we walk each day?
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.
Do we have to be very fit?
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.
If I'm allergic to horses will I also react to camels?
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.
What is your shortest walk?
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.
What is your longest walk?
14 days (but we could do longer with resupplies)
What are average temperatures?
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.
What is the minimum age for your safaris?
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.
Do we camp in a new place every night?
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.
What are the sleeping arrangements like?
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
Do we have to bring our own towels?
No, we provide these.
What are the toilets like?
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.
What are the showers like?
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.
How are the tents lit?
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.
Who are the guides on the 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.
Have they done a First Aid Course?
Yes, our guides are all trained in Wilderness First Aid.
How do you communicate with the rest of the world?
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.
Can we check our emails on safari?
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.
What are the insects like?
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.
Is there Malaria in your area?
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.
What is the food like on safari?
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
How do we fit a Karisia Walking Safaris into a larger itinerary?
Our safaris fits in well with a camp in Mt. Kenya, Meru, Samburu, Laikipie, Aberdares, Borana, or Ol Pejeta. These locations can be reached easily by vehicle and the Mara can be easily reached via the scheduled flights from Nanyuki. If you have people wanting to escape winter for a week they can come walking and end up at a Laikipia Lodge or camp. Please ask for specifics and how it works best with schedule flights, drives and charters.
Is it ok for kids?
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.
Would I enjoy a walking safari with my friends from college, we are turning 50 this year and looking for something different?
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.
I am planning my honeymoon and wondering if this would work well?
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.