Every seasoned traveler will attest to the fact that nothing beats going off the beaten track in Africa!
Our off the often trodden track itineraries include:
Less visited and both straddling the amazingly beautiful countries of Kenya and Tanzania, Lake Jipe and Lake Chala are about 20 km apart, close to the Kenyan town of Taveta and the Kenyan-Tanzanian border of Taveta. Both Lakes are fed by the mighty Mt. Kilimanjaro via underground inlets and provide a magnificent vista with Lake Jipe having the Pare Mountains as its backdrop and Lake Chala having Kilimanjaro as it’s back drop. Lake Jipe borders the majestic Tsavo West National Park, hence there’s plenty of wildlife right next to the Campsite as the animals come to the Lake to quench their thirst. Both are also very much considered still off the beaten track adventures.
Both parks have a history that calls for a bonfire under a moonlight sky, surrounded by utmost serenity because much has happened here over the years. Kora is renowned for having been home to George Adamson also known as ‘Baba simba’ because he used to be a game warden with a great passion for wildlife and he used to rehabilitate Lions and release them successfully back into the wild.
Several books and movies have been over the years dedicated to the Adamson’s and it’s memorable to actually visit Kora and re-live the legendary life of George and Joy Adamson.
Meru was for a long time at the helm of extinction by poachers in the early 80’s, but the KWS stepped up security and slowly the Park regained its lost glory and rose just like the proverbial phoenix to be one of Kenya’s most amazing parks. Together with Kora National Park, the two are regarded as Kenya’s last wilderness and true to their name. They are the best parks for people seeking true adventure and serenity.
Far far away past Lake Magadi, lies one of Kenya’s most beautiful yet hidden escarpment completely off the beaten track. Surrounded by arid land and very high temperatures, it’s marveling that the place is an oasis with naturally flowing streams, green vegetation and waterfalls which totally contrast with its surroundings! At Nguruman, one can hike, go on nature walks, camp or embark on a longer walking safari which takes you to the other side of the escarpment to the ‘Forest of the lost child’ and further on to the Masai Mara.
We organize walking safaris at Hell’s Gate Naivasha, which can be combined with biking or horse riding at Hell’s Gate. Thereafter, we head out to Lake Naivasha for lunch, boating, bird watching and this can be combined with camping by the Lake side or done as a day trip from Nairobi.