On a Walking Wild safari, your main bag is packed onto camels, and you carry just a day pack. Your walking safari guide has with him a radio and mobile phone backup, a first aid kit, and a team of Maasai warriors, so you are in safe hands! On your first day you are given a briefing, and during the walk you are reminded of safety precautions, to reduce potential dangers to a minimum. The safari operates from Lewa Wilderness and takes you into the Lewa Wildlife and Il Ngwesi conservancies and the surrounding area. This is an excellent way to get a feel for this remote region and allows you to spend time with a local Maasai guide who shares his culture and intimate knowledge of the land and its wildlife with you.
The walking is timed to coincide with cooler times of day, so you set out in the early morning, have a long pause for lunch and a siesta before heading out again in the late afternoon. In spite of this you need to be aware that you walking in the heat. Your route leads through areas inhabited by wild animals, which makes the skill and experience of your guides all the more important. In some areas it may be possible to ride the camels, though this depends on the terrain.
Your accommodation during the walk is a 2-man dome tent with bedroll and towel, plus torch, water, fly spray and flip flops. There is a bucket shower available, and a long or short drop loo tent, depending on where you are travelling and the exact spot of the camp) Your Maasai crew prepare you an excellent 3-course meal under the stars by a blazing camp fire. Beers, wine and other drinks are all available.
The local Laikipiak Maasai community of Il Ngwesi is a one third owner in this walking safari company, which directly employs about 10 staff, but which benefits a great deal more people due to the size of the families linked to each employee, and also due to the fact that profits go to the community fund. This fund supports the education of poor families, buys cattle dip, builds schools and roads… whatever the community decides to spend the money on.