Discover black rhinos and walking safaris in the Masai Mara! The beauty of our Kenya tours truly come alive when you tread off the beaten path to some of our secret gems, where you can observe rare species of wildlife in refined and discreet comfort.
Walking Safaris in the Masai Mara: Guardians of the Wild
Welcome to Ol Pejeta Conservancy, where the backdrop of Mount Kenya and beauty of the Savannah comes to life. Breathe in the warmth of your classic African safari in a spot that champions conservation.
Located within the Laikipia region of Central Kenya, Ol Pejeta was originally a cattle ranch. Today, it stands proud as a 90,000 acre community-owned reserve, where the people are the guardians of a land that is home to the single largest population of endangered black rhinos in East Africa. This world-leading conservancy supports the innovative National Black Rhino Management Strategy and ensures that the territory is preserved for the rhino population to prosper.
It’s also home to just three northern white rhino – the last in the world!
You will experience the real cultural delights of Africa travel as the local camp staff of Ol Pejeta Bush Camp infuse your safari with an authentic flavor. Enjoy day and night game drives, exciting bush walks, lion tracking, visits to the Sweetwater Chimpanzee Sanctuary and a local school and village. Ol Pejeta Bush Camp is a small camp with just six traditional yet comfortable safari tents – each with its own verandah. From here, you can witness the diverse wildlife, including the elusive rhino, as they venture to the salt lick on the opposite bank of the river.
Spend your evenings around the campfire under the stars with your favourite drink, listening to the sounds of nature as cheetahs, leopards, lions and elephants gambol about – the perfect place to have a conversation with other travellers from around the world.
Feast on hearty African meals consisting of delicious fresh local vegetables grown in nearby women’s cooperatives and farms.
If you time your trip well, you might be lucky enough to observe the thousands of wildebeest who take part in the annual Great Migration as they leap across the river that is located on the doorstep of Rekero Camp.
Walking Safaris in the Masai Mara: Migration Moments
After your time in Ol Pejeta, you are ready for the Masai Mara, which will fulfill your dreams with its iconic, endless African landscapes of golden grass dotted with picturesque acacia trees. It is home to year-round wildlife viewing: cheetah, leopard, large prides of lions, elephants, giraffe, hyena, huge Nile crocodiles, frolicking hippos and many other species.
From July to October, enjoy the annual migration as two million wildebeests and zebras seek better pastures.
Witness dramatic crossings over the crocodile-infested Mara River for one of the most spectacular wildlife experiences on earth. We recommend Rekero Camp in the heart of the Masai Mara National Reserve, which virtually guarantees spectacular wildlife sightings. It is a renowned camp in an amazing location right by Talek River.
With a close-knit team and highly knowledgeable guides on-hand to help you spot the wildlife, you will relish this intimate and personalized safari experience.
Walking Safaris in the Masai Mara: Walk on the Wild Side
Experience a fantastic walking safari in the Masai Mara – and traditional bush camping! This is a very special wilderness experience and a wonderful way to explore and get close to some of the remote corners of the Masai Mara.
After a briefing from your guide, set off on your walk across beautiful valleys and plains as you look out for wildlife. The walk will take two to four hours before arriving at your fly camp with enough time to wind down, shower and sit back with a drink as the sun slips below the horizon. Your guide will be your host for the evening and there is a special menu in store to be cooked on the open fire. You are awoken at dawn for a hot drink and light breakfast before continuing the journey on foot in the cool morning.
The walk on this second day takes two to three hours and you will reach your next camp before lunch, allowing you time to settle in and enjoy a wonderful siesta.
The final highlight of your journey are the exclusive Encounter Mara Camp and Naboisho Camp, tucked away in the wildlife rich Naboisho Conservancy. The wildlife conservancies surrounding the Masai Mara Reserve offer very exclusive wildlife experiences where you will often find yourself in the only vehicle around and enjoy spectacular, unspoiled sightings. In addition to fantastic game drives, experience exciting bush walks with professional guides, as well as night drives to witness nocturnal animals.
The conservancies are in partnership with the local communities and you have the opportunity for cultural encounters that are both genuine and rewarding.
Top Tip! Visit one of the small villages or colorful local markets and get a glimpse at everyday life.
Embrace solitude and feel like one of the original African explorers in these magical camps oozing elegance and style.
Walking Safaris in the Masai Mara: Best Time to Go
July to October are the ideal months to visit Kenya and embark on exclusive walking safaris in the Masai Mara.