On the high banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River, on the edge of the Laikipia Plateau and overlooking a breathtaking gorge, lies Sabuk Lodge. The property seems to have been fashioned out of the landscape, with its six imaginatively designed thatched cottages clinging to the cliff. There are opportunities for sky camping, too, and it is one one of these multi day walking adventures that you will sleep directly beneath the African sky.
Staying at Sabuk Lodge you become acutely aware of the vastness of the African landscape, especially in this remote part of Kenya. The hilly areas are covered with a scattering of dense acacia bushes, which provide both shelter and food for a huge array of creatures. The exact game sightings you can expect here depends upon the season, but they include greater kudu, klipspringer, and zebra, leopard, elephant, and reticulated giraffe. The area is superb for birdwatching, and as it is permitted to take drives at nighttime as well as during the day, you will also have the chance to spot nocturnal species.
If you want to sleep out beneath the stars, the best way to do so is on a fly camping trip, which can last as many nights as you wish. Your baggage and everything you need to strike camp will be carried on the back of a camel - an interesting travel companion - which leaves you unencumbered as you enjoy the walk. There’s no set campsite that you have to head for: your guide will choose a suitable one based on how far you want to walk, the weather, and where the best wildlife sightings are likely to be.
Your simple but comfortable accommodation comprises netted tents with thick mattresses, pillows, and sleeping bags or duvets. Just behind each sleeping tent is a separate tent with a bush shower and long drop loo, so you don’t have to risk embarrassing an elephant in the dead of night. You will be accompanied throughout the journey by a small group of Laikipiak Maasai warriors, who will not only help you along the way but also share with you their stories and insights into their homeland in this remarkable part of Kenya.