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One of Kenya's best adventure safaris is a rafting expedition along the Ewaso N'giro river. The trip can last between three and eight days, depending on water levels and accessibility.
Full equipment and expert guides are provided for this ultimate adventure. The river winds its way through spectacular white water, with up to 30 kms of nonstop Class II, III and IV rapids, and seperate stretches of demanding Class V water.
This trip also promises plenty of game, with the river itself home to both crocodiles and hippos. The banks attracts plenty of big game, and herds of Elephant, antelope, zebra and giraffe are usually seen along the way. Rafting trips in this area have even been known to encounter lions.
Each night camp is made on a sandbank, and rafters sleep under the stars, surrounded by the sounds of the African night.
For the real adventure traveller, it doesn't get much better than this.
High water season is May and December.
Some lodges and camps organize game walks and hikes. There are definite hiking possibilities in areas around the reserves, but local guides would be advisable. The best options for walking are the nearby private sanctuaries, where skilled Samburu guides can give you a personal introduction to the area.
A privately escorted foot safari is the best way to really experience the African bush at its best. Walking through the wilds let you explore the wild at its most pure and visceral. as you track big game, you become aware of every sight and sound, the smell of the earth and the touch of the wind. An expert tracker will teach you the signs to look for, tracks- the individual tracks and spoor, and show you how to use the wind to disguise your scent, and to move silently through thick cover and get up close and personal with the game.
When you are at close range your senses are heightened, and you become increasingly aware of the animal you are watching, how it moves and feeds, how it reacts to its environment. If the animal reacts to your presence, it can be a real adrenaline rush.
There are few experiences as exhilarating as a close encounter with an elephant, lion or buffalo. This is an experience that will make you feel more alive.
You will, of course, want to stay alive so make sure that any foot safari is undertaken by a fully trained and responsible guide.
Samburu is camel country, and an ideal place for a camel safari. Many of the lodges and camps within the reserves have camels for guided rides and trips.
For a longer safari, there are many possibilities in surrounding areas. The camel is perfectly adapted to this landscape and is widely used throughout Northern Kenya. They are usually used for pack animals rather than riding, and are ideal as back up on a trek through the bush. Camels with saddles are usually also supplied for those who want to ride.
Many camel safaris either carry all camping equipment and supplies with them, or use vehicle back up to set up camp ahead of your arrival at a prearranged spot. Gifted Samburu guides, for whom a camel train through the wilderness is a way of life, will introduce you to the bush and the local wildlife.
This is a once in a lifetime experience, walking through the bush with only the sounds of the wild and the soft tinkling of the camel bells, you will find yourself travelling at a relaxed pace, moving through the wild in tune with the rhythms of nature.
The impressively stark massif of Ol Olokwe, 30 kms north of Samburu Reserve, has some excellent climbing routes, summiting at 1.853 mtrs. Ropes and Equipment, and a guide with some good local knowledge is advisable.