We have pioneered a number of walking safaris in Maasailand and have worked closely with different Maasai communities to establish a number of campsites to support our clients who wish to do more than drive through the country on their way to the Maasai Mara Reserve. A combination of time spent walking and camping in the wilds with more conventional stays in a safari lodge in the Mara generally proves to be extremely rewarding for those who do it.

John Blissett and a number of Maasai guides, with whom John has worked for a number of years, have spent many days and many miles travelling through the country, fording rivers, examining potential campsites and meeting village elders before establishing a number of walking routes through Maasailand.

They have put together a series of walks (1 to 7 days) to suit all abilities that provide interest and variety over open plains, through light thorn-bush, rocky hill slopes and flat salt pans. The walks have also been designed to provide close encounters with a wide range of Kenya’s big game and a more intimate interaction with the birds, insects, reptiles and plant-life than is normally the case on a more conventional, motorised safari.

Walking in this area offers a range of experiences that most people miss on more conventional safaris and everyone who takes the time and puts in a bit of physical effort is rewarded with a far better understanding of the close interaction between the people, the flora and fauna that all make this part of Kenya such a special place. Walking in the bush provides people with a far more intimate and richer contact with the country than would otherwise be the case.

Our walking safaris are put together in consultation with you. We provide the facts and advice and help you to determine what will be best for you so walks can range from a few hours to a week depending on how much time you have available, what you want to see and experience and how far you want to walk.

In all cases we employ local guides and other staff who we have used before to lead similar groups. These guides have spent their lives growing up in the environment through which you walk and enjoy talking about their lives, their bush craft skills and the lives of their families. Spending time with people who have grown up living in harmony with the wild is a privilege and you will see and learn so much.

When you are walking, accommodation is at a mixture of permanent and temporary campsites using camp equipment we provide. Sleeping in tents in a country where the weather is normally conducive to outdoor living is no great hardship and provides a far more authentic bush experience than is usually the case when staying within the cosseted confines of luxury lodges. At night, sitting by a camp fire listening to the sounds of Hyenas whooping, Zebra stallions barking and the occasional sawing grunt of a Leopard is a very special thrill.

Our walks are centred in four areas: Maji Moto, the Siana Plains, the Loita Hills and Shompole and are all very different. The first two are within a few miles of the main route down into the Maasai Mara whilst the latter are well off the beaten track, in one of the remotest areas of Maasailand. We stay close to villages that see little in the way of tourist traffic and they are still living, working villages where interaction with the people is far more genuine. Your presence in these places directly benefits the local communities as we pay fees directly to the community for them to use in funding local education and health projects.

With increasing pressure from tourist developments in and around the Mara Reserve, the growth in agriculture and demarcation of the land, the opportunity to walk freely through this wilderness area is one that could disappear altogether within the next few years.

As part of our support for developmentDirect we regularly run a 5 day charity challenge called Walking the Maasai Way. More details are available on Walking the Maaasai Way.