We have deliberately chosen to start our walking safari in the Maasai Mara so people have the option of spending a few days on a more conventional game-viewing safari beforehand. It also adds a certain frisson to the walk since the walking route passes through areas where much of the wildlife seen from the safety of a safari vehicle in the Mara also occurs.

The 1,500 square kilometres of the Maasai Mara lie in the southwest corner of Kenya, bordering its Tanzanian neighbour, the Serengeti. Both these areas combine to provide an ecosystem that supports a staggeringly large and diverse array of wildlife.

As home to the “Big Five”, elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard, it is not surprising that the BBC chose to base their Big Cat series of programmes here.  Many of the leopards featured in these programmes have had their territories on the banks of the Talek, just down river from Riverside Camp where you will be staying.

The Mara is an awesome place, where the Maasai people and their herds share the stunning landscape with vast herds of antelope and accompanying predators, and wildlife still exists in unimaginably vast numbers. The world famous annual migration of the wildebeest ignores man-made boundaries with over one and a half million animals making their way across the grass plains in a continuous search for fresh grazing.

Set in the heart of the Maasai Mara, on the banks of the Talek River, Riverside Camp offers its visitors a variety of accommodation options. The camp is owned, staffed and managed by members of the local Maasai community, directly benefiting the local people, and provides an authentic bush experience in the centre of Kenya’s premier wildlife destination.

One of the reasons for selecting Riverside Camp is the variety of accommodation options it offers. There are a number of bandas (cottages), all with en-suite facilities, available on a full board basis. Solar panels provide electric light but no mains electricity and so hair driers and battery chargers are out. The adjacent campsite has a communal toilet block, hot showers and a standpipe. There are also secure storage areas to protect food from wild animals, particularly the baboons, monkeys and banded mongooses that regularly come through the camp.

The prime time to see the animals at their best is first thing in the morning or late afternoon to dusk. The choice will be yours and, whilst you are free to make up your own minds about what to do and when, you are strongly urged to follow the advice about getting up early.  Time in between the morning and afternoon game drives is normally spent relaxing in camp.

After spending some time in the Mara we retrace our steps, around rocky hillsides and over the flat Siana Plains to finish at Ilparakuo Camp, near the town of Ngoswani, in time for lunch and an afternoon to set up camp and then relax and enjoy our surroundings.