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The walking safari with a Maasai warrior from Mara Bushtops

Take a guided walk with a naturalist and a Maasai warrior, who’ll provide fascinating insights into Kenya’s wildlife and landscape…

By Nicholas Jalega
Mara Bushtops Safari Guide

Mara Bushtops guided walking safari

Our walking safaris offer guests a close encounter with animals in their natural habitat, as well as a chance to learn about the local flora and Maasai culture. You’ll be guided by one of our expert camp naturalists and a Maasai warrior, who’ll provide fascinating insights into Kenya’s wildlife and landscape. The safaris are completely safe, as you’ll be accompanied by an armed Kenya Wildlife Service Ranger and followed closely by a vehicle.

The walk starts directly from Mara Bushtops and takes you through our private conservancy on the edge of the Maasai Mara National Park. There are six different walking routes to choose between, from short leisure walks to more intense trails if you love the thrill of getting up close to animals. You’ll likely see giraffes, as well as herds of zebra, impala and elephants. There have even been occasional sightings of predators like lions, from a distance, which guests found amazing.

Along the way, your guides will point out animal markings and droppings, you’ll also get to learn about the various medicinal trees and shrubs that the Maasai community has used for generations. One of our routes takes you to the historic Kakiya Cave, which is part of everyday Maasai tribal life and used for rituals, worship, preparing medicines and initiation ceremonies. The cave is definitely a highlight, as it’s a totally authentic, cultural experience.

I’d recommend taking the walking safari because it offers a totally different vantage point from traditional 4×4 game drives. You get a chance to walk among the Kenyan landscape, surrounded by wildlife in its natural habitat and outside the comfort of your safari vehicle, yet with an experienced team of local guides.


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Alfred & Nicholas Jalega

Nicholas Jalega hails from Kenya’s Rift Valley and has been working as a safari guide since 2010. He joined Mara Bushtops in 2013 as a certified silver level guide, accredited by the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association. Nicholas loves to host guests on guided safaris in the Maasai Mara Reserve and says the best part of his job is surpassing his guests’ wildlife spotting expectations.
Nicholas Jalega, Mara Bushtops Safari Guide


Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Annette, who's travelled extensively in Kenya. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the rangers who'll ensure you'll spot the best wildlife in the Mara, the village chiefs who'll give you a genuine insight into local life and the camp managers who can recommend the very best spot for your sundowner.

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