From Naivasha it is about a two-hour journey to the bustling township of Narok. Another half hour’s drive south from Narok will take you to the start of the walk, where you will meet your guides: Moses and Nickson. They will take you across the dry, open plains, for the first stage of your walk, to the village of Maji Moto. The name “Maji Moto” crops up across much of East Africa’s Rift Valley. In Kiswahili it translates literally as “hot water” (maji – water, moto – hot) and here it refers to the natural, hot springs that provide water for the local community. It is a constant source of clean water for both people and animals.

The walk across the open plains will be your first experience of walking in the wild. The plains are grazed by the Maasai’s cattle, sheep and goats but you will also probably walk past zebra, wildebeest, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle. During the walk your guides will point out a number of plants that are used for a variety of practical and medicinal purposes ranging from Leleshwa (toilet paper) to Olerobat (treat skin diseases and wounds).

The first campsite is a few miles from the hot springs, at the foot of the Loita Hills, next to Nickson’s home village and you should arrive in time for a late lunch. During the afternoon you will be able to relax at the campsite or go for a short walk up into the hills behind the camp.

In the early evening there will be a trip to visit the hot springs which, as well as providing water for drinking, are used for communal bathing. Two areas, close to the source, are set aside for washing: one for men, the other for women. Needless to say, in a male dominated society, the men’s area is upstream of the women’s! You will be welcome to join the locals and use these natural baths to soak away the day’s dust.

After dinner you will have the option of going on a night game drive. Night drives are rarely available and we are lucky to have the community’s permission to do this. As well as seeing many of the animals you will have seen when walking, a night drive provides the opportunity to see a wide range of wildlife that only emerges after dark. Bushbabies, spring hare, aardvark, aardwolf, white-tailed mongoose, civet, genet and wild cats are all possibilities.