Discover the wonders of the Great Rift Valley on foot with our Maasai Naturalists who offer guided walks through dappled forest and sunny open areas. Along the way, you’ll learn the traditional ways of the Maasai people and gain from their deep knowledge of the world around them. Slowing down means you get to imbibe the lovely views of the Mara 300 metres below, with glimpses of anything from great herds of buffalo to a solitary elephant melting into the forest.
With no established trail, every walk is different as our Maasai naturalist guide tailors the walk to his guests’ interests and preferences, taking full advantage of the seasons.
One to two hour strolls
Take a short stroll in the vicinity of the lodge, along the Oloololo Escarpment. This is a plateau rich in flora and fauna and well worth exploring. It’s an easy walk, ideal for children, and can be done at any time of the day — although it’s best to go a little earlier before it gets too hot. This is an excellent opportunity to experience the Greater Mara ecosystem at a leisurely and intimate pace.
Walks of 2-3 hours
Take two to three hours and explore the forest upstream of Angama Dam, keeping an eye out for tracks in the periphery of the streambed, before climbing the slope to the plateau above. Or enjoy the trail around South Gully at the head of which is a small but idyllic kopje for watching the sun rise above the forest below and listening to the dawn chorus as the Mara comes to life. Once the sun is up, head down into the gully itself, following a stream through lush forest punctuated by beautiful glades and seasonal waterfalls.
Moderate to strenuous walking: allow half or full day (fair levels of fitness)
A longer walk takes you south with your guide along the Oloololo Escarpment, exploring a mosaic of forest, grasslands, and Maasai settlements. For the most adventurous, there’s the walk in nearby Nyakweri Forest. After an hour’s drive, you and your guide will be met by Nyakweri Community Forest Scouts, who will escort you beneath the canopy of what is perhaps the easternmost remnant of equatorial African rainforest, and home to a wide range of unusual species at the extremes of their range. These walks offer the chance to see different habitats, to say nothing of the spectacular bird life of the forest.
A Gentle 18km Stroll along the edge of the Great Rift Valley
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