Karisia – 6 Nights Pinnacles, Rivers & Plains – Kenya

This walking safari explores an area we call the Lower Ewaso Wilderness, defined by its roadless, steep country that borders our main river in the area, the Ewaso Nyiro River. This safari we offer like all our others as an exclusive trip but also as a group departure.

Sandwiched between Mount Kenya and the northern deserts, Laikipia is where Kenya’s wild and semi-arid northern frontier country begins. The region is made up of privately owned and community ranches centred around the Laikipia National Reserve. Known as one of Kenya’s best safari areas, the high plains of Laikipia feature vast open stretches of African savanna scattered with abundant game including: Grevy’s zebras, black rhino, lion, leopard, wild dogs, buffalo and thousands of elephants. Visitors can enjoy a luxury safari experience at a private lodge or stay in the worthwhile community-run lodges which support the local Samburu and Ilaikipiak and Mokogodo Maasai communities.

  • DIFFICULTY:              Moderate/Energetic
  • WILDLIFE:                  No Plains Game. Good for Birds
  • LANDSCAPES:          Excellent
  • CULTURE:                  Excellent
  • GREAT FOR KIDS:     For older Kids
  • DISTANCE:                 12-16 km each morning

Day  1:  Karisia Nantodo Camp

From Nanyuki you will be met by a Karisia Guide and a driver and driven 3 hours to the start of our walk. It is not a long walk to the first camp, descending a winding sand river that passes close under a beautiful granite pinnacle called Nantodo. At the junction of the sand river and the Ewaso Nyiro river you will see camp set up under some shady umbrella-shaped Acacia trees. Nantodo rises abruptly out of arid plains and it is a landmark for hundreds of kilometres.  After a refreshing lunch and a relaxing afternoon in the shade we will might hike up Nantodo and at the top toast the the Mathews Range and the Karisia Hills to our North. You and your guide will scan below for Greater Kudu or Elephant herds. Back at camp hot showers and cool drinks will be waiting for you. Dinner under the stars with the sound of the Nightjars serenade.

Nantodo camp is at the junction of a wide sand river and the Ewaso Nyiro river under some shady umbrella-shaped Acacia trees. Behind the camp beautiful granite pinnacle, Nantodo rises abruptly out of the arid plains and it is a landmark for miles and miles.

 

Day 2:  Karisia Ngain Suisui Camp  

We will wake up very early and set off as the sun is rising; winding our way up the sand river hoping to see Klipspringers, Verreaux Eagle Owls, warthogs and elephants as they head for shady places. We will slowly walk up hill to our campsite on a ridge next to the pinnacle. Once it cools off we will walk up the awesome pinnacle called Ngai Suisui that has a dramatic 360 degree view of the area and is also the nesting site for a pair of Verreaux Eagles. Sundowners here always feel good!

The campsite is near Ngai Suisui, the awesome pinnacle that juts out of the landscape. Ngai Suisui means ‘The Place where God blows the Wind’ that has a dramatic 360 degree view.

 Day 3: Karisia Nagaratat Camp

We will wake with the rising sun and walk down a dramatic valley to the river to a serene spot called Namasaa. The landscape is spectacular and we will walk along the rivers edge under some enormous Neutonia Trees, watching out for hippos in the deep pools before climbing out of the valley up a rocky river course where the fig trees cling to rocks and Klipspringers perch high on the rocks above. We break out of the valley and on to some rolling country where we will look for elephant and the peculiar Pancake Tortoises that live in cracks in the rocks. From camp we will hopefully see the local herds bringing their livestock to drink and in the evening meander along the river looking at the colourful birds.

After a hot shower under the stars dinner is served on the sand bank of the river.

A secluded camp under some towering fig trees on the Ewaso River. This is one of the main crossing points on this dramatic part of the Ewaso River and you sometimes see warriors bringing their livestock to drink. Greater Kudu and Elephants love this area and in the evenings you can search with flashlights for the shining eyes of the crocodiles in the river. At night you are serenaded by the Pearl Spotted Owlet.

Day 4: Leshashi  – Karisia Nalarai Camp

You will walk on upstream looking out for Greater Kudu, Waterbuck, Elephant and the incredible birds and scenery along the way and arrive at your camp by lunchtime. We can cool off in the pools and in the evening you will walk slowly along the river looking for an elusive local Leopard or watch the Baboons as they come to roost on the cliffs in the evening.

The camp is set on a sweeping corner of the Ewaso Nyiro River looking west at rocky cliffs and north to a granite outcrop called Lotim.

Day 5 – 6:  Karisia Tumaren Camp

We will walk out of the valley early and drive to Tumaren Camp for a bush brunch and a night of luxury in the huge tents with sweeping views across to the Laikipia Plateau, Mt Kenya and the Aberdares. The abundant plains game here will compliment the more reclusive denizens of the lower Ewaso.

In the afternoon we will head out on a drive or a walk and a night game drive could easily turn up some good predators like a Leopard or else an interesting nocturnal animal, like a Porcupine, an Aardvark or a Zorilla

Day 7:  Departure  

Game drive along and over the Laikipia Plateau to Nanyuki in time for any connections for onward travel. For those that would like to extend a second night at Tumaren, this can be easily arranged.

 

Contact us for more information.

Our itineraries are “recommended itineraries” and may be booked as suggested. However, they also serve to inform you, as a possible first time traveller to Africa, an idea of what can be done. If you find that the recommended itineraries do not suit you entirely, we will tailor make a program to best meet your individual requirements.

Included in the costs :

  • All meals
  • Accommodation
  • All drinks
  • Activities
  • Conservation & Community Fees
  • Professional Guides, Camels and all camping equipment

Excluded: 

  • Arrival Transfer ex Nanyuki Airport or Nairobi
  • Insurance
  •  Alcoholic Beverages are excluded on the AirBnC option
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • International flights 

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