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Bush Walks And The Best Hiking Trails In Kenya

Walking is prohibited in most of Kenya’s national parks and reserves. Consequently, driving is often the only option to get close to wildlife. Accordingly, bush walks and walking safaris are not widely available. 

In fact, with a walking safari, you also get a completely different perspective. Indeed, you learn to appreciate many of the smaller details not easily viewable from a vehicle. In fact, you get to see more diverse habitats like ants, birdlife as well as small mammals and plants.

But what is a walking safari?

In sum, it is a fully serviced mobile camp is extremely comfortable and well-equipped with walk-in tents and full bedding. In addition, it also includes kitchen staff who will prepare timely meals and picnics in the bush.

There are two ways to enjoy walking safaris – either on morning and afternoon rambles out and back to the same camp or on a three- or four-day dedicated walking trail.

Every day, you will be taken on lengthy morning and afternoon walks with your guide and scout. Enjoy informative walks through the Kenyan bush at a leisurely pace that can be as long or as short as you want, depending on what you find.

This allows you to discover fascinating things about large and small species alike. Also, you understand the medicinal uses for various plants used by various tribes like the Maasai.

On a typical bush safari, you would set out for a morning’s walk since that’s when animals are most active. The beauty of bush safari is that they can be tailored to your interests and pace, whether you enjoy long or short walks, or a mixture of both.

The most popular bush safari destinations in kenya.

  • Naboisho Conservancy in the Masai Mara
  • Namunyak wildlife conservancy in Samburu 
  •  Siana Conservancy in northeast of the Maasai Mara
  • Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia
  • The Shimba Hills National Reserve
  • Kuku Group Ranch 
  • Tumaren ranch in Laikipia
  • A guided walking safari along the Galana River in Tsavo East National Park
  • Mount kenya climbing expeditions
  • The bush walk safari to Mzima Springs in Tsavo West National Park
  • Lekurruki Community Ranch in Laikipia
  • Elephant hill hiking trail in the Aberdares

However, if you are on a budget, there are also very many exciting trails in Kenya where you can do a simple hike.

Popular hiking trails in Kenya

  • Karura forest trails
  • Chyulu Hills
  • Loroghi Hills
  • Nairobi safari walk
  • Mt. Kenya – Naro Moru Hike
  • Mount Longonot hike
  • Hell’s Gate national park
  • Menengai Crater
  • Kakamega forest
  • Lake Baringo
  • Mount Elgon National Park
  • The Nairobi Arboretum
  • Mount Satima hike
  • Oloolua nature trail 
  • Hiking at the ngong hills nature reserve
  • Mt. Elgon

 

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