You’re treading through the bush and there’s no one else around…
There are only a few places in Kenya running walking safaris; bush walks completely exposed to the wilderness. Luckily for us, our manager, George, was trained in Zimbabwe where it takes around 4 years to qualify to be a specialist walking safari guide so we’re able to offer something quite out-of-the-ordinary.
The Mugie Conservancy is the perfect spot for a walking safari with almost 50,000 acres giving you that feeling of continuously exploring new territory. It’s relatively flat terrain, so not too strenuous, and idyllic open country with some lovely escarpments which you can climb and scan the valleys below. We venture out in the cooler afternoons and after driving into the bush, we’ll have a comprehensive safety briefing before walking for a couple of hours. Getting out of the vehicle and putting your feet on the ground is such a different experience to just driving around in a Jeep. We’ll stop, look at tracks, pick up bones, taste fruit, feel a leaf, perhaps even break open some elephant dung. You’re so much more immersed in nature.
Sometimes we stalk animals – say impala, giraffe and zebra – tracking them downwind so that they don’t pick up your scent. Or perhaps lions if we see them. Keeping a close eye on their body language, and always behaving like a guest in their home, we can sometimes get as near as 50 yards away. You can afford to be a little closer to the elephants, my favourite mammal for their sheer intelligence as well as their complex emotions and family structures. Seeing such a magnificent creature up close is simply indescribable.
At the end of the walk, we’re known to surprise guests with sundowners in the bush. I’m talking about a full set up with a dedicated bar man and your cocktail of choice. It’s quite the sensory overload.
Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Becky, who's travelled extensively in Kenya. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the safari rangers, local village chiefs and camp managers you'll be talking about for years to come. Start planning today, call us, email an enquiry or arrange a phone or video appointment for ideas and advice.
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