What you need to know about walking safaris

Forego the comforts a 4×4 land cruiser and discover the beautiful terrains and the diverse wildlife whilst on a walking safari in Masai Mara.

There are many ways to explore Masai Mara, but only walking gives you the opportunity to move at the pace of nature. However, if you don’t know what to expect, the thought of heading out on your own two feet can be scary. And that’s exactly why we’ve put together a guide on how we conduct our walking safaris.

What is a walking safari all about?

A walking safari is the most natural way to see the pristine wilderness of Masai Mara. This safari activity demands you forego the comforts a 4×4 land cruiser and tune into the bush on foot, to its sounds and smells, the textures, temperature, and colors. It gives you a chance to understand how wildlife survives, much like our ancestors did before we invented cars. It is about appreciating the finer details of the bush.

Where does the walking safari take place?

We only conduct our walking safaris in Mara Naboisho Conservancy since it is not permitted in the Masai Mara Reserve. Mara Naboisho is a private conservancy and thus monitors the number of tourists who enter the area, reducing the number of vehicles and the human impact on the environment and wildlife creating the utmost safari experience. You will be impressed by the variety of wildlife within this area as it is home to the big cats – in impressive numbers – and herds of elephant, giraffe, and wildebeest among other wildlife.

Photo by Knut Bry / Tinagent

What time do you go for walking safari?

Our walks start in the morning from a chosen location, typically from your camp. Nothing beats waking up with the sunrise and heading out on foot into the crisp dawn air. Aside from it being cooler in the morning, the animals are usually more active during this period.

Is it safe to go on a walking safari?

You will be very safe if you adhere to your guides instructions about how to conduct yourself during a walking safari. Attacks by wild animals are very rare, although there are no guarantees. Our Maasai guides go through rigorous training and know the bush like the back of their hand. The guides will always give you a comprehensive safety briefing before you set out and you should follow instructions to the letter to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable safari experience.

Who accompanies you on your walking safari?

During your walking safari, you will be accompanied by two experienced and professional Maasai guides and two Maasai guards through a rich wildlife area.

How long is the walking safari?

Our walking safari duration depends on guest’s preference varying from a short 2 hours walk to several days walking at a leisurely pace while exploring the open plains as well as the bush complete with a picnic lunch served under the shade of a tree. For walking enthusiasts, Basecamp is delighted to offer the unique opportunity to partake in several days of walking while on mobile camping in the savannah.

Photo by Knut Bry / Tinagent

What do you wear while on a walking safari?

The best way to watch the wildlife is to blend in with your surroundings as much as possible by going neutral. Wear greens, browns, and khakis so that you don’t attract unnecessary attention. For footwear gym shoes – preferable with a solid sole – or hiking boots are important for walking safaris. Don’t forget to bring a small backpack to carry your water bottles, notebooks, binoculars.

Feeling inspired? Find our top walking safari itineraries in Mara Naboisho Here.

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