Here are a few more active adventures which can be incorporated into your safari. The length of these activities can vary from one morning to several days or weeks depending on your interests. Particularly on a longer safari, it’s nice to have a break from vehicle game drives once in a while and do something a little different.

Boat Rides - Boat rides in Naivasha are very popular and appeling where you get to view the hippos in there families different  birds on and around the lake, fishermen fishing and most of all having a walk on the island where you get to view the wild animals like the giraffe, Zebras e.t.c Hope you wil enjoy the services  

Walking – Walks of varying duration are offered at many lodges and camps and allow you to get out of the vehicle, stretch your legs and view things from a different perspective. Some are short “nature” walks that take place in the immediate vicinity of the lodge or camp while others are game walks that allow for a greater possibility of encountering game. Keep in mind that even on game viewing walks, much of the focus will be on studying tracks, nests, plant life and anything else that you may miss from a vehicle. For obvious reasons, you’ll generally avoid approaching dangerous game closely. Multi-day walking safaris with overnight stays at a fly camp can also be arranged through several camps. A fly camp is a temporary camp which usually consists of dome tents with cots or mattresses on the ground and separate tents nearby which contain a drop toilet and bladder shower. Group sizes on multi-day walking safaris are usually limited to 6-8 participants but can be as few as 2. For a short game viewing walk, try Crescent Island on Lake Naivasha. Boat rides are offered from many area lodges and camps to the island (actually a peninsula) and here you can view giraffe, impala, waterbuck as well as other antelope species on foot. There are many tour operators offering such activities: www.continentalsafaris.com.

Horse Riding – This is another activity which can be game or non-game viewing oriented and can be a couple of hours up to weeks in duration. Short rides are available at several lodges and camps and generally take place on private reserves and game ranches. Longer riding safaris which involve game viewing are available through a few outfitters in Kenya and are best suited for more experienced riders who are comfortable with long hours in the saddle. Any time you are riding in an area with the potential of encountering dangerous game, you should be proficient enough to gallop out of trouble, if necessary. For multi-day riding and camping safaris, Horseback in Kenya www.horsebackinkenya.com operates out of El Karama Ranch in Laikipia and Offbeat Safaris www.offbeatsafaris.com operates riding safaris in both the Masai Mara region and Laikipia. In the Laikipia region (north of Nanyuki/Mt Kenya), there are also a number of working cattle ranches turned conservation areas where riding is very much a part of the daily activities offered.

Camel Safaris – Camel safaris are usually walking safaris assisted by camels which carry your equipment and gear though sometimes it’s also possible to ride the camels where the terrain permits. Camel safaris are generally accompanied by Samburu tribesman and take place in the Laikipia region and further north around Maralal. The emphasis is more on scenery and culture than game viewing. On multi-day camel safaris, the walking/riding takes place in the cooler morning hours reaching the next campsite (or returning to camp) in time for lunch. The arrangements can vary from self catered, very basic camping to fully catered, more comfortable camping depending on the operator (some offer multiple options) and are priced accordingly. Lower cost safaris are conducted by Bobong Camp olmaisor@africaonline.co.ke out of Rumuruti. If you’re looking for something more upscale, try Sabuk Lodge www.chelipeacock.com/camps/sabuk.htm in Laikipia. A few other operators of camel safaris are Karisia Limited www.karisia.com African Frontiers www.geocities.com/african_frontiers Desert Rose www.desertrosekenya.com

Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing - At 19336 feet, snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is Africa's highest peak. It is the world's tallest walkable mountain and what a walk it is. You go through 5 different climatic zones to reach the summit. Also you can do Mount Kenya Climbing and Mount Meru climb which can be combined with Kilimanjaro Climbing in Tanzania.

In addition to the above activities, you can consider a balloon safari. These take place primarily in the Masai Mara. A fairly new balloon operator has started flights in the Rift Valley at Soysambu (near Lake Elementaita). Flights take place in the early morning and generally last one hour followed by a champagne breakfast. Cycling is another activity option and there are multi-day vehicle supported cycling and camping safaris. Boat rides are available on the fresh water lakes of Naivasha, Baringo and Victoria for bird watching and viewing of hippo, crocodile and other game. These are just some of the options available. There are many more and I hope this gives you a few ideas when planning your safari.

Another important and relatively new way of travelling in Kenya is to go to community lodges, they are quite a few spread around the country. Not only you will be staying in a fairly remote and unspoilt part of the country, but the money spent in that lodge will go to the community. There you will be able to explore the area in with the locals and have a more genuine view of their culture and country. Laikipia has quite a few, you could check on www.laikipia.org or go to the shompole group ranch near Lake Natron and Magadi in the southern end of the country. The group ranch has been created a few years back, they have had for 4 years a game sanctuary purely dedicated to wildlife, elephants are coming back and generally the game is increasing. They have scientists studying Lion, Striped Hyena and baboon there. They have one lodge called Shompole, very good, amazing location and accommodation but quite expensive, www.shompole.com . The group ranch is building a new place called Loisiijo Eco Lodge which is on the Ewaso Ngiro River, beautiful small place where you can walk with Masai warriors in the game sanctuary or join some of the scientists to follow lions etc.... it is different. Loisiijo is not finished yet but should be operational in a couple of month, to get information on the place you can contact the group ranch through Shany Ole Patenya yuspet@yahoo.com He is one of the leading conservationist from the area, the Shompole Community Trust Excecutive secretary and recipient of the Equator prize of the UNDP

 

One Day Wasini Island - Diani Tours and Safaris


 


You will be picked from your hotel at around 7.15 am and drive to Wasini Island along Mombasa – Lunga Lunga highway, a distance of 100 kms, arriving at around 8.30 am. Arrive at Shimoni Jet where you will board an Arabic dhow and sail for one hour searching for dolphins. Sail to Kisite marine national park where you will snorkel and swim.

Kisite Marine national park is the second most famous marine park in the world after the Australian Marine Park. It covers an area of 30km2. Animals seen here include turtles, marine tortoise, bearreeffs, coral reefs and different types of marine fishes.

You will have your lunch inside the boat which is mainly sea food and Swahili dishes. After lunch, you will sail along the mangrove swamps and then visit the Wasini Island where you will learn more about the Swahili people and the Arabs history.

In the 10th century, Arabs were slave traders and they used to inter marry with the Bantus at the coast and there we had the Swahili people. After the end of the slave trade in the 17th century, many Africans settled here and so don’t miss the opportunity to learn about the Swahili people. Arrive at the jet at around 4.00 pm and drive back to the hotel.