Kenya has a glamorous reputation, partly because of the extraordinary adventures of Karen Blixen. In addition, there is savvy expat community calling this African nation ‘home.’ Accordingly, this same community was the driving force behind many successful wildlife conservancies. Kenyan conservancies now uniquely offer offbeat activities as a consequence of being owner managed. In particular, below is a shortlist of our five absolute best Kenyan wildlife adventures.
1. Camel Riding in Laikipia
Camels thrive in arid environments. Accordingly, the area around Lewa and Laikipia is an ideal camel habitat. Under those circumstances, travelers to Laikipia may venture out on camel adventures in the wild. In particular, clients have two options – 1) going out on a one-day foray into the wilderness, or 2) embarking on an inclusive four-day camel riding safari. In any event, camel riding would be an unforgettable adventure.
2. Rhino Tracking in Samburu
Wildlife enthusiasts will love the immersive rhino tracking experience in Samburu. In this case, a highly trained guide leads three-day walking excursions following in the footsteps of northern black rhino. As a result of the excellent guiding, guests ultimately learn about rhino habitats, behaviors, threats, and conservation.
3. Swim in a waterfall at Ngare Ndare Forest
Most lodges in Laikipia offer beautiful walks in the verdant Ngare Ndare Forest. Equally important is the final destination – a forest waterfall. After a long hot hike, visitors are rewarded with cooling dip in a natural pool.
4. Climb Mt. Kenya
Mt. Kenya peaks at a lower elevation than its neighbor Mt. Kilimanjaro, but the climb is much more challenging. Consequently, Mt. Kenya is best approached by very athletic climbers. Moreover, while Point Lenana is the most feasible route, it still presents a challenge to most beginner mountaineers. However, for those brave enough to attempt its summit, Mt. Kenya offers an invigorating reward. Guests will sleep in dome tents for the duration of the climb, enjoying incredible views along the way. Mt. Kenya ultimately offers the gratifying feeling of conquering a breathtaking and challenging peak in Africa.
5. Horse riding safaris
Horse safaris are a brilliant way to get closer to wildlife. Furthermore, experienced riders will love the thrill of cantering over open savannah. In particular, Laikipia offers excellent horse safaris ranging from one to three days This is definitely a must for riding enthusiasts.
6. Balloon safari over the Masai Mara
Hot air balloons have a romantic connotation – there is something sentimental about the ancient flying technique. Furthermore, during peak migration season, travelers on a balloon safari may witness thousands of wildebeest below. Overall, a hot air balloon safari adds a romantic and adventurous dimension to game viewing.
7. Fly camping in Naboisho
Camping has a unique allure. For this reason, Naboisho Conservancy offers a combined walking safari and private ‘fly camp’ in dome tents. To clarify, the ‘host’ camp sends a team of staff with the guests to attend their every need. Accordingly, guests sleep on comfy cot beds, eat a delicious supper, and ultimately enjoy safe glamping in the wild.
8. White water rafting in the Tana River
The Tana River has a range of rapids from class 1 to class 5, making it an adrenaline junkie’s dream come true. Furthermore, the river offers routes ranging from beginner to advanced. Hence, it is essential to indicate skill level with the tour company. By and large, adventurous travelers will discover an unforgettable trip on the Tana River rapids.
9. Safaricom Marathon
A thrill seeker’s ultimate adventure, the Safaricom Marathon traverses a dangerous route of 13kms of unfenced wild territory in Lewa Conservancy. Several helicopters and armed rangers are on hand to protect participants from dangerous animals. However, the completion rate is only 30% due to the propensity of potentially dangerous wildlife encounters on the running route. On balance, we still feel it would be brilliant to attempt the finish line!
10. Wild dog walking safari
Wild dogs are somewhat rare, so a walking safari presents an unusual opportunity to witness them up close. Multi day walking trips are a physical challenge and present multiple sightings of wild dog. Wild dog walking safaris are definitely worth including in a bucket list itinerary!
11. Sail on the Tusitiri dhow
Tusitiri is a restored ancient dhow originally used for trade on the iconic Spice Route. In addition, for active travellers, the Tusitiri crew brings a litany of water toys along. Guests can choose from kayaking, fishing, kite surfing, snorkelling, or diving – arriving at the ideal place for these activities with a dedicated dhow. Journeys aboard the Tusitiri can be tailored to individual clients, and they usually start in Lamu Town on the Kenyan Coast.
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