Karisia Walking Safaris

Karisia Safaris offer various levels of walking safaris through the wilderness of Laikipia, supported by camels and outfitted from their base camp, Tumaren.

Karisia is owner run by Kerry and James Christian and this immediately gives the whole experience a personal and exclusive feel. Fundamentally specialising in walking adventures, Karisia is ideal if you wish to escape into the bush and enjoy a private walking expedition which can include game viewing, but is also often orientated towards birding, wilderness and cultural experiences.

How much game you see depends on the focus of the trip – some areas are very good for game viewing, especially close to Tumaren Camp; their home and base camp, whilst in the community areas of Laikipia the game concentrations are much less. The walking can blend from tracking big game to climbing mountains and exploring forests. Different price options and levels of comfort offer good flexibility, and guiding, food and service is always of a good standard. All in all, a great option for exploring the exclusive wilderness on foot.


Karisia offers both mobile and non-mobile walking safaris and the accommodations vary depending on the level of camp you choose. The mobile camps consist of three varying camp styles that are split into Luxury, Classic and…


Laikipia covers a significant portion of dramatic countryside in northern Kenya, sandwiched between Samburu and Mount Kenya in the east and the Aberdare Mountains and Great Rift Valley in the west. The central section of the area is covered by…


Karisia are extremely family friendly both at Tumaren and on mobile walking safaris, offering family tents at Tumaren and inter-connecting tents on mobile safaris. Kerry and James have their own children and understand the needs and interests…

Conservation & community

Karisia pays conservation and community fees to the private land owners or communities where their guests walk to increase land productivity and reduce poaching. Tumaren Ranch has become wildlife haven and part of the conservation fees are…

Location Laikipia Plateau
Access Scheduled flight into Nanyuki (2 hours) and Loisaba (1.5 hours) / Charter flight into Kimancho (30 mins)
Open All year
Pricing £££££ (various options)
Camp Style Adventure camping
Focus Walking / Birding / Culture / Big game
Children No age restriction
Activities Guided walking trails / Game drives (day and night) / Fishing / Rock climbing / Camel riding / Beading / School and market visits
Vehicles Open
Maximum Guests on Vehicle 6 (although limited vehicle use on walking trails)
Private Vehicle Options N/A
Off-road Driving Yes
Number of Rooms Flexible on walking trails / 6 tents at Tumaren Camp
Family Accommodation Inter-connecting tents on luxury walking trails and when fly camping / 2 family tents at Tumaren Camp
Bathroom Long drop toilets / Bucket shower on trails and plumbed shower at Tumaren
Power for charging Not on trails, only at Tumaren Camp
Lighting Solar
Hairdryer Not possible
Heating/Cooling No
Room Safe No (valuables can be given to the guide)
Laundry Service Complimentary
Communication in room No
Wi-Fi No
Mobile Reception Yes (sporadic)
Swimming No
Wellness No
Dining Style Trails are exclusive / Communal at Tumaren (private on request)
Drinks Included House drinks except on Air B&C
Credit Cards Not accepted