Camel Safari with Samburu Guides & mobile camp


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If you want a real change from game drives, how about a walking safari in Laikipia alongside Samburu guides

Pack camels transport your mobile camp and set up in a new remote spot each night. Dine under the stars and sleep under canvas.

Really, there is no better way to experience the raw grit and earthiness of the African bush. The experience and memories that you'll take from it are worth the bit of discomfort that you'll inevitably endure.

This ultimate combination safari gives an extraordinary chance to view a plethora of the region’s eco-systems, and hence witness some of Kenya’s most brilliant wildlife. On this eight night safari you'll navigate across Laikipia's wilderness in the company of expert guides and crew. You'll have the opportunity to walk or ride on camels as you make your way from camp to camp. 

The walking is done during the coolest parts of the day, usually leaving around 7:30 and breaking for lunch at around midday. The accompanying escort of camels are there to help, and will gladly support a weary walker on their backs where the terrain allows.

This trip is for the moderately fit who are happy to rough it and see a different side of Africa.


Day 1

Relax in Tumeran Camp

Arrival at your tented Tumaren Camp. Relax and enjoy the stunning views from your tent, the camp is set on the edge of a wide plain and looks west to Losera Moru and Mukenya, granitic inselbergs that define our local landscape. Each tent is furnished uniquely and all the tents offer sweeping verandas from which most of our plains game can be spotted. After lunch, stretch the legs and enjoy a relaxing walk or camel walk from camp. You'll spend your first night here before heading out with your mobile camp. 

Day 2, 3 & 4

Strike out into the African bush

After breakfast you will depart early from Tumaren on your mobile walking safari with camels. You will have riding camels with you and these can be ridden when you wish and also carry refreshments for the walk. The walking is done during the coolest parts of the day, usually leaving around 7:30 and arrive into camp and a refreshing cold drink for lunch at around midday.

The pack camels with your camp will have taken a more direct route arriving in camp ahead of you and setting up your tents and hot showers. 

After lunch you can relax in the cool shade of acacia trees or enjoy a short loop walk with one of your guides. 

Day 2, 3 & 4

Your mobile camp

Accommodation is in private Air B&C tents (air bed and camel!), with comfortable mattresses, crisp linens, hot showers, cool drinks and delicious food. It is the perfect way to unplug from busy lives and reconnect with nature under African skies.

Day 2, 3 & 4

Africa's wildlife

The truth is that the best walking safaris are never about the hike but the wildlife experience along the way. Spending your time with your guide, you'll learn tracking techniques and you'll start to notice the smaller sights and smells you just don't get to experience from a vehicle.  

Day 2, 3 & 4

Africa's wildlife

Seeing large animals on foot without them seeing you. It's high-adrenaline grandmothers footsteps.

Day 5

Reach your destination of El Karama

Your first night on El Karama. Here, at Combretum on our northern boundary, you will say goodbye to the camels and be welcomed into to our gorgeous bell tent camp. Refresh with a hot bucket shower and change into clean clothes, enjoy an early evening drink by the fire.

By now, you will be used to the many sounds of the African night, lulled to sleep by the night jar’s call and the distant howl of hyena. Hot water bottles warm your cosy safari beds, the smell of the campfire still lingering softly on the air.

Day 6

Head to your lodge

Awakening in the clean bright light of a bell tent, today you will walk through the conservancy including a delicious bush lunch, through plenty of wildlife and endless views, to El Karama Lodge. After five days on foot, you’ll be ready for some luxury and pampering. Swim in the pool, enjoy a massage by the river, read a book on your own private verandah.

The pace of your safari can change as much, or as little, as you’d like. 

Day 7

Down time with your family

Remaining horizontal is 100% an option, and well deserved, but if you’d like to keep exploring, there is masses to do. Early morning game drives are often rewarded with cat sightings, and a trip to the lodge farm yields tasty, organic rewards to be enjoyed at lunch. You can go for walks, play volleyball, swim in the river (and try and catch a fish or two), go lion tracking or learn about our leopard research programme.

The local chefs will prepare superb meals, all fresh and local, and of course the bar is well stocked with all the cool drinks you might possibly need.

Day 8

Your final day on safari

Wake up at early and make the most of the dawn, photographing wildlife in exquisite, golden light. Take a picnic breakfast and stay out all morning, coming back in the heat of the day for a blissful swim in the pool and last, lazy, siesta after lunch. 

The next morning, a leisurely breakfast and departure back to Nairobi for your flight home, or the next leg of your safari.

Day 9


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