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Tumaren Ranch, Nanyuki Municipality 00509, Kenya
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#10 of 53 Specialty lodging in Nanyuki Municipality
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A Camel Safari is the ideal means by which to travel through Northern Kenya. Escape the constraints of a vehicle and lose yourself in the wilds where no car can pass, and the camel train is the only traffic for miles. A motto of Karisia Walking Safaris is: cater for luxury without compromising adventure. Every day on a Karisia safari is unique and every safari is custom designed to suit specific interests.
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Tumaren Ranch, Nanyuki Municipality 00509 Kenya
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Upon arriving, the staff very warmly greeted us after long days trip. The duration of the Safari was incredible. Not only were the animals amazing, but the staff made us feel as if we were part of their family. Everyone was very kind and supportive, treating us as if we were their own. The walking safari was also a cultural experience, and it was incredible to interact with the workers. We also got to visit a school while on the walking Safari and play a soccer game against a local school. This kind of thing that was planned out of the way for us to do made this trip a unique experience for us. The walking safari experience is definitely a different take on the traditional safari experience, but makes you feel closer to the wildlife you are exploring. An overall unforgettable, experience of a lifetime!
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Our family of four had a very mixed experience that was caused in part by being inadequately prepared of what to expect. Neither our tour agent nor Karisia’s website made clear that this was definitely on the “roughing it” side of pure camping with basic, and sometimes out-dated, camping equipment (albeit with the exception that your camp and food was set up for you). We were greeted warmly at our first campsite by the entire group of 10 or so men who would guide us and port the gear with the camels and then shuttled to our tents without much in the way of an explanation of what to expect in terms of schedule or activities. Each of our tents was very small with just enough room for a thin mattress inside. Outside, there was one stool, a small camp table, and a canvas wash basin. The water in the basin was pretty green, clouded, and buggy. The tent was set up on a bit of a slope making us slide toward the bottom of the tent, and because the flaps had been left open, there were dozens of flies inside each of our tents. That night, because there was no tarp on the tent, the tent collected a fair amount of condensation, which dripped on us and our gear. Once we recalibrated our expectations, we were better able to cope with the conditions and enjoy the walks. The walks are quite long – 4-5 hours in the morning, and 2 hours in the late afternoon. While we like long walks, the first two days we were challenged by the very prickly underbrush. We spent a lot of time trying to get uncomfortably sharp burrs out of our socks and shoes. The camps on the two subsequent days were better than the first. The tents for the second and third nights did have a tarp so that helped with the heat and the condensation. The bucket showers were short given the amount of dirt that accumulated. The food was actually pretty good particularly considering the circumstances under which it was prepared, although food at breakfast (even things that are served hot) was always cold. We did enjoy the evening campfires. The few staff that spoke English well seemed to take shifts keeping company with us. Peter was particularly kind and we had several memorable conversations with him. The walks were interesting, and allowed us to focus on the some of the micro-fauna and to see Grevy’s zebra, giraffe, and many types of antelope. We did enjoy that part of the experience. Our guide was very knowledgeable and kind. However, he was not particularly outgoing and was very soft spoken. Because he tended not to turn back when pointing something out, hearing him was challenging. At some point, we just gave up on asking him to repeat himself and had our son walk up next to him so he could get the most out of the experience. Bottom line – we would have enjoyed this a more if we had been better prepared by the materials provided, so that our expectations were consistent with our experience. For example, the materials we received stated “after lunch we will follow our routine of resting, reading or badminton.” This implies a bit of leisure, if not luxury, in the bush. In reality, there was no badminton, or any other activity, apart from the morning and afternoon walks. The materials also stated we would have the option to visit a school or a local celebration, but that was never offered to us. This walking safari is a unique and valuable experience that needs improvement on the presentation and execution.
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My family went on the walking safari and it was a trip of a lifetime, The people working there were friendly and extremely incredible, they really made the trip. We saw amazing animals! When on the walking safari we visited a school. At the school my cousins, uncle and dad played a game of soccer against their team. Me not being a soccer player cheered on the sidelines with all the other school students who were super friendly and interesting. Not only did we see fascinating animals, we got to learn a lot about the culture of Africa and the way they live. We learned a lot and I am very thankful for the experience that the Karisia Walking Safaris gave us.
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Our family of five did Karisia's three day Laikipia walking safari, staying in three very different camps - one by a river, one with stunning views across a valley and the last one on the rocks amid the baboons. We walked/rode with the camels each day led by brilliant Maasai guides and were fed and taken care off perfectly throughout. The animals we saw up close were stunning (a particularly exciting moment brought us to a watering hole alongside 5 elephants, a hippo, dozens of giraffes, two types of zebra and many gazelle). We also rock-climbed, learned to throw spears and shoot arrows, make fire, and we enjoyed so many stunning views of the majestic beauty of Kenya. At night baboons, a lion and baby hyenas visited our camp. We learned at close quarters a great deal about the flora and fauna of Lakipia. Walking safaris beat driving ones hands down, and this one is very special indeed.
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The abundant wildlife comes right at your doorstep. If you don't see them during the day, fore sure you will hear them at night. No fences and signs of modern life for miles and miles. Animals are roaming around across community and private land. At night only the stars give you light. The base camp tents are very comfortable, and the food is excellent. The local staff is very much engaged to share the ins/out about the region. The owners do they utmost best to accommodate the guest itinerary including logistics to the yearly nearby held Amazing Masai Marathon
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KenyaRift Valley ProvinceNanyuki Municipality
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