Walking Wild

About Walking Wild

Walking Wild is a community owned walking safari company that operates out of the Lewa Wilderness. Offering the incredible opportunity to experience the famous Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and the Il’Ngwesi Community Ranch that neighbours Lewa by foot. Camels are used to carry the luggage and tents are pitched each night as accommodation. This is a mobile safari designed to allow people to get a more intimate and natural experience of the wildlife and environment of this part of Kenya.

Guides/Hosts

Walking Wild is staffed and guided by people with a lifetime of experience co-existing with the wildlife of this area. It is their knowledge of the environment, the specific locations where the walks take place and the behaviour of the animals that provides the greatest security for the clients. However, in case of emergencies short wave radios are always carried and either an armed guide or armed ranger always accompanies the clients. Kitonga and his team do an amazing job of providing an experience of a lifetime.

The Experience

Walking Wild offers anything from two to five nights fly camping out in the bush. Maasia guides walk clients through the bush from camp to camp, while the camels transport your luggage and camp. Eating out and sleeping in netted tents under the stars is a truly magical experience. Guests will get the comparatively rare opportunity to walk through the natural habitat of some to the finest examples of African wildlife. Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is one of the few remaining places in East Africa where black and white rhino can still be seen roaming wild along with plentiful elephants, buffalo, big cats and other plains game. The possibility offered by these safaris of viewing these animals while on foot is one of the most commonly given reasons for why people wish to walk in these conservancy areas.

Walking Wild guests will be met by Kitonga at the main Lewa airstrip or Lewa Wilderness lodge depending on arrival time. From there they will set on their walking safari through the Lewa landscapes. This kind of holiday is classified as ‘adventure tourism’. The environment is hot and dry; walks are undertaken during the cooler early hours of the day and late in the afternoon but can still be very strenuous for those not used to the heat and altitude. The walking takes place in areas that are sometimes only accessible on foot and where large and potentially dangerous wildlife live. It is therefore imperative that when agents or tour operators offer this safari, they make their clients fully aware of not just the safaris attractions but also of the physical demands, the style and remote location of the camps providing accommodation and of the environment in which the walks take place.

The Walking Wild fly camp is set up each night in a different location. The tents are dome shaped, netted tents with a fly sheets in case of rain. Each tent will have bedrolls on the floor, with feather pillows, sheets and blankets. Each tent will have it’s own bucket showers and ‘long drop’ loos in separate tents are nearby. Arriving into camp for sundowners each evening, gives time to settle down and enjoy the views and of course the sunset. Dining out under the stars and and sitting around the camp fire with your Maasai hosts is unbeatable experience.

INSIDERS TIP: Most clients like to take on the Maasai team at Maasai Olympics in the dry river beds, which is always a huge hit!!