Revel in the excitement of seeing Africa’s big game without the confines of a vehicle by tracking it on foot in Kenya’s Siana Conservancy, adjacent to the Masai Mara Game Reserve.
Get a real sense of being immersed in the African wilderness and discover how some of the smaller creatures can be just as interesting as the larger ones. Most people have heard of Africa’s ‘Big Five’ – how about discovering the less famous ‘Little Five’? This miniature quintet is made of the ant lion, buffalo weaver bird, rhino beetle, elephant shrew and leopard tortoise. Follow footprints, spot spoor and see what it feels like to tread on the same ground as creatures whose teeth and claws are somewhat sharper than your own!
Walking safaris uncover many natural treasures but there is more besides. Delve into the ancient culture of the Masai as you visit a traditional village and meet some of the residents. Walking into the village early morning you will see the herdsmen guiding their livestock out of the bomas, and the women and children going about their daily chores. There may be an opportunity to visit the village’s primary school and experience a traditional welcome plus meet some of the students.
Perhaps the best way to understand the Masai way of life is to spend time with the Masai trackers who accompany you during game walks. Swathed in red, these striking figures know their land and the wildlife in it intimately. In the open plains, herds of giraffe roam – the only herbivore mammals tall enough to nibble the tops of the spiky acacia trees. Wildebeest graze the grasslands, always on the lookout for the lions and leopards who stalk them from the undergrowth and elephants roam wherever the food supply takes them. Morning walks end with a picnic lunch enjoyed in the shade of thicketed river valley and time to relax during the hottest part of the day.
Afternoon walks take you on for more wildlife viewing until you reach your comfortable camp site where you can sooth your feet in a hot shower before enjoying a pre-dinner sundowner or two around the open fire. Your Masai team may treat you to some traditional entertainment with music and dance; involvement by guests is highly encouraged!
Rising early, a hearty breakfast sets you up ready for more bush walks to see some more of the reserve. When it’s time to rest, your Masai companions will demonstrate some of their skilful bush craft such as how to make a bow and arrow or how they light fires without matches. While you travel, so does the camp! The support team dismantle the entire camp and relocate it ready for the next night’s stop where there is the opportunity to enjoy a night game drive. If you are after an authentic safari experience, the Siana Conservancy is an excellent choice.
Find out more about creating a tailor-made holiday to Kenya by talking to Estelle Somers, our Africa Regional Specialist. Call 0844 875 1890 or make an enquiry online.