Karisia Walking Safaris specialises in walking safaris supported by camels. Our trips offer a unique perspective of not just the animals but the land they live in. On foot, we fine-tune our senses and experience the country in vivid and exciting detail.
Our walking safaris traverse beautiful landscapes that tell the story of a turbulent geologic past alongside the Rift Valley. Archaeological artefacts like flints, shards, graves and pottery litter the ground, evidence of an equally rich cultural history.
The wildlife in our part of Laikipia distinguishes the area for its diversity of large mammals, the greatest in Kenya. Elephants, the big cats, and other large predators thrive alongside endangered species like the Grevy’s Zebra, Wild dogs and Highland Hartebeest.
Karisia offers a wide range of Walking Safaris, custom-built to suit your needs. Our Mobile Walking Safaris are supported by camels who carry all the gear from campsite to campsite, whereas on our Walking Safaris from a Base Camp, guests stay at Tumaren Camp or a Satellite Camp and go out each day on walks, camel rides, drives, or rock climbing.
We specialize not only in walking safaris but also in fun. Our mobile trips as well as our trips from Tumaren or a Satellite Camp always offer side adventures that enrich and broaden the experience.
We have been guiding rock climbing since we began the company in 2003. We ‘top rope’ from paired drilled anchors and we have a number of set routes for the beginner to the experienced climber. We take safety very seriously using only the best and newest equipment and having climbing instructors routinely come in to audit our routes, equipment and techniques. As an added bonus we oftentimes have Giraffe and Elephants that mill about the base of the hill to watch our skills.
We have an incredible diversity of birds within Kenya and our part of Eastern Laikipia is no exception. Many low country species reach us from the east as well as species typical of higher altitudes. James Christian worked for many years as a research biologist with birds and is always thrilled to take interested birdwatchers out to find some of our specialities.
Our Ndorobo trackers are among some of the best in the country and tracking is a large part of every walk we do. It is routine on our walks to track a predator till we get a good look or simply to decipher the stories left in the soil by the animals that roam past our camps.
On all our safaris there are riding camels included that are not only ridden but also carry snacks water and extra baggage. These animals accompany the walkers while on our mobile trips the camp camels carry the camp on a more direct routing. Kids love the riding camels especially when they get tired, meaning that parents can extend their walks beyond the capability of smaller legs.
Kimanjo School Visit
Visiting Kimanjo school is always rewarding. To meet children, who despite a lack of resources, are so hungry for education is uplifting and comforting. Sometimes when we visit we may speak to a student club about a certain subject chosen by our guests or guided by their profession or interests. Other times we have brought a model or an educational toy to assemble together as a team. In the end, the idea is for everyone to learn something new together and to hopefully make new connections. We all want to learn and we try to do so in a casual and fun way.
Once every 2 weeks, it is market day in Kimanjo. Market day is a hugely popular social event for people in our community not only because of the commerce but also because of the chance to meet with neighbours who live a large distance away. The market at Kimanjo is an easy walk from our safaris in our conservation area and we oftentimes are viewing wildlife right up to the outskirts of the little town. At the market, we learn about livestock sales as well as the different services offered from solar-powered barbershops to traditional medicines.
We are based in east Laikipia, opposite Mpala Research in Kenya. When you book a trip we can provide digital or hardcopy maps to guide you in.
We offer a range of pricing for a range of different adventures, including good resident rates. For more information click here.
Melako Bandas is a self-catering banda set in the shade of Doum Palms and acacia trees on a stunning sand river. It is a fantastic little private paradise; a perfect little gate away for family and friends with an open area living room, a fully furnished kitchen and two en-suite bedrooms with three beds in each.