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Camel Trekking Safaris

Introduction to camel safaris in Kenya

Camels are perfectly adapted and widely used throughout Northern Kenya. They are usually used for pack or transport animals rather than riding, and are ideal as back up on a trek through the bush. Camels with saddles can also be supplied for those who want to ride. 

Many camel safaris either carry all camping equipment and supplies with them, or use vehicle back up to set up camp ahead of your arrival at a pre-arranged spot. Experienced local guides, for whom a camel train through the wilderness is a way of life will accompany you and introduce you to the bush and the local wildlife.

This is a once in a lifetime experience, walking through the bush with only the sounds of the wild and the soft tinkling of the camel bells, you will find yourself travelling at a relaxed pace, moving through the wild in tune with the rhythms of nature.

7 Days Trekking - Walking Camel safari - Nairobi - Maralal  

These are not luxury safaris, nor rough and uncomfortable. You travel through unspoilt areas of North Central Kenya-Samburu. The safari is led by local warriors some of whom can inform you of the local customs and explain what you can see as you trek along. It is not arduous; you may walk or ride with supplies plus any personal needs such as beers, spirits and sodas that you may purchase from the Clubhouse before departing. The camp and shower are erected for you and the cook will keep you well fed for the day's activities. Each afternoon you are free to join a nature walk accompanied by Samburu warriors through the bush.

Day 1: Nairobi - Maralal
After breakfast, you be picked up by Sure Connections Safaris (K) Ltd. and be briefed about your safari, thereafter depart from Nairobi through traveling via Nyahururu, Rumuruti to our Maralal Camel club for overnight in self contained bandas cottages.

Day 2: Camel Trekking - Walking
After breakfast depart with your camels and Morans into the bush. You will ride through the area never quite sure what you will see. It should be remembered that this safari is not primarily a game-viewing safari. It is one led by and in total harmony with the local Samburu people. Picnic lunch en-route, afternoon arrival at your pre-prepared camp where your cook will be ready to offer you afternoon tea and snacks. Thereafter, an optional guided walk through the bush before dinner and overnight under the stars.

Day 3, 4 & 5: Camel Trekking - Walking
 With Mattress pad, the locally wooden frames on the camels and after breakfast you are set and through the bush either hiking or walking as you choose. It is a leisurely pace and you may change from walking to hiking, as you prefer. You will pass by Samburu Manyattas that your lead Moran can organize for you to visit. As this is spontaneous, the Morans will discuss with the elders for permission for your entry and you will be asked to pay something towards the family for photography and viewing their homes. This is not always included in the safari cost and is only a small amount offered as a courtesy. Each day you will have a picnic lunch in the bush, and then combine to your next campsite, where your cook will be waiting for you. Greater part of your evening shall be spent beside water and a shower will be erected for you to dust off (depending on water availability).

Day 6: End of Camel Trek
The camel trek ends just before lunch at the Clubhouse. Here you will take lunch before walking with your Moran guides into the frontier town of Maralal. The arts and crafts to see, the Samburu market and a way of life different from other places you might have visited on your holiday. In the evening, the Morans and their ladies will perform dances for you as entertainment at the Club where you will be free to take as many pictures as you want even to join in the dancing if you feel up to it. This night you are in the bandas again and can clean up before your free return transfer in the morning.

Day 7: Maralal - Nairobi
After breakfast, transfer back to Nairobi. You are expected to arrive in Nairobi usually in the late afternoon.

Included:

  • Camel Safari
  • Saddles and Handler guides
  • Two person tents-sewn in ground sheet and mosquito netting
    Bed sheets and Blankets
  • Camping equipment except sleeping bags, which you can always hire from us
  • 3 meals a day whilst on safari prepared by our cook
  • Accommodation in bandas at Maralal-Samburu Lodge

End of Safari

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