Kenya Trekking Safaris Loita Hills

Explore on Foot with Maasai Guides

Book our tailor made Walking-Safari/Trek with local Maasai on a traditional hiking safari in the remote Loita Hills, one of Kenya's last tracts of genuine wilderness. Rarely visited by outsiders, a Loita Hills trek offers an exclusive and exciting addition to your stay at Leleshwa Safari Camp. Your adventure begins with a privately guided hike through the homeland of the Maasai Purko clan, guided by tribesmen whose homeland includes the Loita Hills. Spend 3-6 days discovering the 200km2 Sacred Forest filled with cedar, podo and strangler figs, waterfalls, and spectacular birdlife. The area is inaccessible to vehicles, and the wilderness is relatively untouched. Some 2,000 colobus monkeys roam the trees, and you're also likely to see or find evidence of elephant, buffalo, baboon, bushbuck, bush pig, leopard and hyena. Your private guided hiking safari features a route custom-tailored to your physical abilities and interests. It's an adventure to thrill even the most seasoned safari-goer!

 

Sleep in Comfort in Classic Tented Camps

No need to haul a heavy load—donkeys carry our lightweight camp to our base, located deep within the forest near natural springs and hippo pools. All you carry is your daypack. And lest you think that a safari on foot means you must forsake creature comforts, you'll be pleasantly surprised: our camp features dome tents large enough to stand in and hot-water bucket showers on demand. Meals are a highlight, too, prepared in hearty portions over the campfire by our guides.

 

Enjoy a Truly Authentic Cultural Encounter

While many visitors come to Africa to see wildlife, cultural encounters with local people can be an equally rich part of a safari experience. Yet it's often difficult to find an authentic opportunity for such engagement. Many Kenya safaris, for instance, include a chance to meet the Maasai, the traditional semi-nomadic herding people of East Africa who live near the wildilfe parks and are known for their distinctive customs and dress. But most of these "cultural encounters" are staged for tourists—viewing a dance at a safari lodge, or paying a few dollars to have your photo taken with a Maasai warrior holding a spear. Our Loita Hills trip, in contrast, offers a chance to spend extended time with your Maasai guides, a genuine and mutual opportunity to learn about one another's lives, to exchange stories and laughs around the campfire, and build friendships through a shared immersion in Kenya's magical landscapes. There's simply nothing like it offered anywhere else!


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