WALKING SAFARI IN KENYA – hike accross the remote Ndoto Mountains of northern Kenya, vehicle game-viewing in Shaba and Amboseli
If we learned anything from 2020 it was the overwhelming desire to get far away from people, into the wildest open-spaces in the remotest country we could find. Our quest in the early new year of 2021 took us into far northern Kenya, to the spectacular Ndoto Mountains. For six days we hiked through this breathtakingly beautiful country in the company of Samburu warriors, using camels to pack-in our personal belongings, food, and camping equipment. What we saw gave new meaning to the saying “time stood still.”
We slept in super-comfortable tents, ate the food of kings, and sipped on cold beers and chilled white wine well into the starry nights.
From the start we realised that everything about this safari fitted Tropical Ice’s criterion for the type of safari our clientele would love. What appealed to us about the Ndoto mountains was its sense of unbounded mystery. We rose each day before the sun, drank strong coffee and tea, then headed out with no fixed destination in mind, other than to hike over the ridges of these mountains, and move more deeply into their valley’s. In the middle of the morning we would halt for breakfast, usually in the shade of a sandy dry river bed, and delight in the taste of cool fruit juice, home made muesli, and freshly cooked eggs.
After breakfast our hike continued for several more hours until we reached the place of our choosing for the next campsite. A light lunch quickly followed, and then a few hours welcome siesta time, before a late afternoon stroll to a nearby view point. As the day closed warm showers hit the spot as a prelude to ‘magic time’: the campfire, the sounds of nearby camel bells jingling, a delicious dinner under a magnificent canopy of stars.
If time didn’t stand still on our safari it definitely slowed down.
At the end of our safari we discussed amongst ourselves which was our favourite camp and everyone chose a different one. They were all sublime.
During our six day hike we saw elephants, gazelles and Greater kudu, and heard nightly moans of lions…and on one memorable afternoon a huge leopard strolled across the plain in front of our camp. We’ll leave it to our photographs to describe the Ndoto Mountains to you in greater detail.
Our safari will begin in Shaba and Buffalo Springs National Parks, where we will game drive along the palm-fringed Uasin Nyiro river. This region is renowned for its elephant herds, lions, and common game such as zebra, giraffe and Cape buffalo. Our three nights here will be in our special private mobile Tropical Ice camp.
After our walking safari through the Ndoto Mountains we will air charter directly to Amboseli National park in southern Kenya for three days of game-viewing beneath the snows of Kilimanjaro. This park is one of the most important wildlife areas in East Africa, where its elephant studies have unravelled the intellectual complexities of this magnificent animal. We will pay a visit to Cynthia Moss’s research centre. Amboseli is also known for its wildebeest herds, and a vast array of other common species. Again, we will stay in our special private mobile Tropical Ice camp.