Kenya: Laikipia: Camels and Nomads
This private, owner operated lodge in Northern Laikipia, allows an incredible opportunity to see the bush on foot or from the back of a dromedary camel.
Upon your arrival, you will be collected for the 30-minute game drive to your lodge, which is located on privately owned land in Laikipia. Settle in to one of the open-fronted rooms, beautifully constructed from local stone and driftwood, and decorated with blankets, rugs, gourds, and other locally made objects.
Your lodge is perched on a cliff overlooking the Ewaso Nyiro River. The cottages offer fabulous views across miles of dry open country. Comfortable olive wood beds, welcome hot baths, and delicious cuisine and tranquil decks lull you into a world that is extremely remote and restful.
Kenya’s Northern Laikipia is home to thousands of elephant, greater kudu, and the elusive wild dog, lion, leopard, and more. Located on private land, your lodge offers an unparalleled opportunity to see Africa up close. In the company of traditional Maasai and Samburu, explore on foot or ride amongst wildlife, guided by a team of tribesmen that has been leading camel safaris in this area for over 20 years.
This afternoon, get to know your surroundings on your first, and unforgettable, camel safari into the bush. Africa’s original safari vehicle offers a comfortable perch for explorers both young and old. Keep an eye out for reticulated giraffe, impala, klipspringer, zebra, the greater kudu, and the tiny dik-dik.
End your day with a relaxing soak in the infinity pool, overlooking the river.
Dinner will be served under the stars at the main lodge.
This morning, begin your day with a bush breakfast in the open air, then join the lodge’s resident guides for a nature walk. This morning’s trek can be tailored to suit any age or ability level. Try your hand at identifying birds and birdcalls, or learn which berries can be used to make poisoned arrows. All the while, you will be on the lookout for local wildlife.
After lunch, meet with local Samburu and Laikipiak Maasai, who are willing to share their customs, knowledge, and a taste of their pastoral lifestyle.
Sleep under the stars tonight, away from the lodge, in classic tented accommodations. The lodge staff will be with you as you experience your first night in the African bush by the shores of the Ewaso Nyiro. Should you prefer to be in the lodge, you can have another outing on your camel and return to the comfort of your room tonight.
In either location, dinner will be served under the stars, accompanied by the sounds of the bush near and far.
Begin today with a safari, on camel or on foot, or test your skills at river fishing with hand lines. Lucky anglers pull in barbels, catfish, and the occasional tilapia. River tubing is an option as well.
After lunch, visit the local primary school to see how the Maasai and their cousins, the Samburu, are adapting to the larger world. Meet the pupils, 200 children, and their teachers for a memorable afternoon.
On your last night, enjoy a special dinner, looking out over the Laikipia Plains and Mount Kenya to the south, or the Kirissia Hills and Mathews Mountains to the north.
This morning, your final game drive will bring you back to Loisaba airstrip for your return flight to Nairobi, or on to another camp and another view of majestic Kenya.
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