Category Archives: Kenya

Take a walk on the wild side!

Are you looking for an amazing adventure holiday which is perfect for all the family? Do you want to enjoy the wildlife of Africa and see nature as a Samburu warrior would?  Then have a look at the Karisia Walking Safaris in Laikipia, Kenya and take your loved ones on an adventure of a lifetime.

In the days of glitzy luxury lodges, and air-conditioned safari tents, it’s easy to lose touch with the things that originally lured visitors from across the world to the African bush. Karisia’s walking safaris mark a return to this, with days spent exploring the bush and walking from camp to camp as Samburu warriors lead you through their own land. Specialised in walking safaris, Karisia offers clients a unique opportunity to discover the most pristine regions of Kenya by foot, to explore Kenya’s magnificent wildlife up close and to get to know the rich culture of the Samburu in an intimate and authentic environment.

Escaping the constraints of a vehicle means that you can walk where no car will go. Every safari is tailor made to suit you and your family and every day is unique. You will track animals on foot, learn about the insects, flowers and trees, you can swim and fish in the river, climb kopjes and hills and even do some rock climbing. You can also visit local schools and markets.

The team and camels travel ahead with your mobile camp and have everything set up for your arrival, so you have time to relax, dine under the stars and find the perfect spot for a sundowner or two. There are different levels of camping from simple dome tents to proper safari tents so there is something for everyone. What is the same for everyone though is delicious food, comfortable camping and a team of Samburu looking after your every need.

The ever-changing scenery, wealth of game and the opportunity to see the smaller animals, insects, flora and fauna often missed on other safaris really sets this adventure holiday apart but we’ll let our clients tell you:

“Simply fantastic. All aspects of the safari were excellent and Gabriel (our guide) was a fountain of knowledge – even having the English premier league results to hand! Meals were outstanding given what facilities the team had to cook.” Wright family

“A memorable experience, we had to push the girls a little but it was very good for them and of course they could have a rest from walking on the camels” Grant family

“What a fantastic experience, the guides were amazing and we couldn’t believe how delicious the food was. Such a great time we all loved it. Our best family holiday” Morse family

This magical African bush adventure can be arranged as a stand-alone trip or built in to a bespoke holiday including additional safari camps then some relaxation on the coast.  To find out more – call Vicky on 0131 3152464.

 

 

Kenyan luxury beach getaway offer: Stay for 4 nights and pay for 3! 

Escape to Manda Bay on Kenya’s stunning coast. This is the perfect place to get away from it all.  This small boutique lodge sits on the tip of an idyllic island.  Kick off your shoes and relax with a sundowner after spending the day enjoying walks, swims, deep-sea fishing and kite surfing or simply listening to the waves lap the shore.

Valid on new bookings for 2020 (excluding Christmas & New Year).  For more information call Vicky on 0131 3152464.

First confirmed sighting of an African black panther for 100 years

Researchers have confirmed that there are rare black leopards living in Laikipia County, Kenya.  This is the first confirmed sighting since 1909.  Black leopards are often referred to as “black panthers”—a term used for any big cat with a black coat. There have been reports of black leopards sighting in Kenya over the years, but no confirmed sightings for over 100 years.

Credit Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography

The discovery was made by photographer Will Burrard-Lucas, alongside a team of wildlife researchers and their guide who  set up cameras near to Laikipia Wilderness Camp to get undeniable proof of the extremely rare and elusive melanistic leopard.  Melanism is caused by a gene that creates a surplus of pigment in the skin or hair of an animal.  African black leopards are so rare that researchers have been unable to confirm if the genetic mutation responsible for their dark pigmentation is the same as the melanism found in Southeast Asian leopards.

Photographed with a Camtraptions camera trap. Laikipia Wilderness Camp, Kenya. Credit Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography.

The African Wildlife Federation (AFW) states there are nine leopard subspecies that are native to more than 25 African countries, with the black cats listed as “vulnerable” since 1986.  Hopefully we can now learn more about these elusive leopards and subsequently see their numbers increase.

5 black leopard facts:

  1. Leopards are powerful big cats closely related to lions, tigers, and jaguars.
  2. The melanism gives the leopard the appearance of being completely black but its rosettes are still visible.
  3. There are nine leopard subspecies ranging from Africa all the way to eastern Russia
  4. 11% of leopards are thought to be melanistic, however most are found in Southeast Asia, where tropical forests offer an abundance of shade.
  5. In Kenya, black leopards seem to prefer semi-arid shrub land.

Our pick of the best ‘Sleep-outs’ in Africa

There aren’t many more spectacular sights than the African sky at night with its millions of stars where the lack of light pollution only makes it even more enchanting. When leaving the frills of camp life behind, sleeping out under the stars allows you to really see what’s special and what’s going on around you. A night sleeping under these skies will be an experience not to forget and waking up to the dawn chorus at sunrise will make a wonderful addition to your safari.

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A clients tale…..Leopard & Hyena making friends!

Clients of our, Reg and his daughter Loraine, recently returned from a trip to Kenya where they visit every year as they have fallen in love with the Mara. This year they took their friend Marina and went back to stay at Kicheche Mara camp. She must have been their lucky charm as they had some fantastic wildlife encounters.

He sent us this wonderful account of a leopard and hyena chilling together in the midday sun, as well as some fascinating lions ……

“We had a fantastic time! Every year we go we say that it can’t get better but we are proved wrong.

We saw something we have never seen before (and neither had any of the guides or camp hosts!). A leopard was having a rest under a tree relatively close to a hyena who was lying in a small hollow. They were aware of each others location. The hyena was getting a bit hot so got up and walked about 75m to rest under the shade of a bush. The leopard, some 10 minutes later, got up and started to walk in same direction. We thought that, as there is not much love lost between the two, the “muck was going to hit the fan”.

Incredibly, the leopard laid down next to the hyena (within a couple of feet). The hyena looked up and at the leopard then laid down again. The leopard looked at the hyena, groomed itself and just rested.

Lions up tress, whilst not unique, is still not your every day scene, especially when they are 15/20ft up the tree and looking very comfortable.

We left camp one morning to track a pride of lions. When we found them George (our guide) realised that they were heading back to camp so we followed. At about 9.30 after following them they went through the camp (three of them) between the tents (about 100 yards from ours) to carry on their journey to a previous nights kill over looking the camp.

 

Counting the days until the next adventure……… ”

If you would like to have the opportunity of being lucky enough to experience something as magical as this, then please contact us and we can make it happen!

In the meantime take a look at our Kenya section for some inspiration!

The Nanyuki Mambas triumph on the slopes of Mount Kenya

One of the best-kept secrets on Africa’s adventure tourism calendar is the 10 to 4 Mt Kenya mountain Bike Challenge which raises money for the Mount Kenya Trust. Held annually since 2002, it is the major fundraiser for the Mount Kenya Trust conservation NGO which has since raised over $500,000 and has thus contributed to planting more than half a million trees, building and maintaining a 14km elephant corridor through farmland, returning over 450 hectares of bare land to indigenous forest and helped 50,000 Kenyans with health care.

Last year, under the radar, Vicky took part in what only can be described as the ultimate bike safari. Not only did she take part but she also won her race, the first female to finish the classic race  – quite an achievement!

This year we sponsored four local boys and girls from Nanyuki – the ‘NANYUKI Mambas’.

And more success came – this years ‘Queen of the Mountain’ was Joyce who was the overall female winner over the 2 day race and David and Joseph finished 8th and 9th in the mens race and Asmin 4th in the Rush – a brilliant achievement all round!