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Walking Holidays In Kenya- 7 Crucial Planning Tips For Your Walking Safari in Kenya

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					Taking a walking holiday in Kenya is rewinding the clock to times of the early safari
pioneers who traversed the country on foot. Even when some settled down as farmers,
administrators or missionaries, they had itchy feet and were always on the go.

The landscape, the scenery, the plants and of course the wildlife that kept them
outdoors is still out there though it has been much overshadowed by today's
fast-paced vehicle safaris. Unknown to many walkers, it is possible to take your
Kenyan safari as a walking holiday with all the modern comforts that yester-year
travelers did not have.

Successful walking holidays in Kenya require more careful planning than
vehicle-confined safaris and with so many safari operators offering walking safaris, it
falls on each walker to seriously evaluate all aspects of their tour before booking.

Here is a 7 points checklist to guide you in planning your walking tour in Kenya:

1) What's your fitness level? Discuss with your walking holidays operator how many
hours per day you will be out in the field. Find out if there are options to do part of the
walks. If the information on his web site and his email correspondences are foggy,
pick up the phone and drill him on the daily schedules.

2) Where will you walk? There are many places for a fulfilling walking holiday in
Kenya and your choice will mainly depend on what you want to see and the number
of days you have for your walking safari. A good rule is to give each destination
(walking base) a minimum of 2 nights, if possible 3. This means that you will not be
packing up every morning and you have a familiar base to come to at the end of the
day.

Note that in Kenya, walking is prohibited in most national reserves and no matter how
much your walking safaris operator may want to give you a "thrill", be very careful
that you do all things within the law and with your personal safety as the top priority.

3) What type of wildlife will you see? On most walking holidays in Kenya expect to
see plains game such as giraffes, gazelles, zebras, warthogs and a wide variety of
colorful birds.

4) What support will you have? For you to enjoy your Kenya walking safari, the
burden of the daily chores should be removed from you. It will also greatly help if
your luggage, except your day pack is carried by mules, camels or support vehicles.

5) Booking a group or private walking holiday? If joining a group walking tour, make
sure that walking is the main theme of the tour and not vehicle game drives. If
walking is listed as "optional", find out if enough time is allocated for it? This could
be a red flag that you shouldn't ignore.
6) What type of accommodation will you have on the Kenya walking tour? In essence
you should stay close to the walking sites to avoid wasting a lot of time on road
transfers. While you can without doubt still get a great walking experience even on a
lodge safari, staying in small tented camps in private game reserves gives a better
compliment to your walking holiday in Kenya.

Basic camping is also another option but, however romantic this is described, note
you are working on the word "basic" and possibly the price will vindicate this. So if
you have not been camping in the last many years, weigh it out if this will be the best
way of taking your walking safari in Kenya.

7) The safari guide/s on your walking holiday: Your guides on your walking safari
will make or break your tour. They should be accomplished naturalists and must enjoy
being out in nature. No use in going for a walk with someone who is operating on a
morning and afternoon game drive mentality.

Now that you know the basics of a walking holiday in Kenya, hit the keyboard for a
walking safari that suits you.

				
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