For the ultimate wellness experience in Kenya, head out on safari. There are so many amazing places to visit in Kenya, but for a quick escape from Nairobi, Nanyuki offers an excellent jumping-off point. Just a three hour drive from Nairobi, Nanyuki is the gateway to Mt. Kenya, Ol Pejeta Conservancy or a camel trek in Laikipia.
Camping on Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Ol Pejeta is a private conservancy. It boosts the largest number of animals per square kilometer in Kenya. There are two prides of lions, white and black rhinos, and gorgeous herds of zebra and gazelles. There are a few commercial lodges and camps in Ol Pejeta, but I prefer to camp. The rangers provide a browser of water for showering and cleaning up and they also have fire wood for sale. For a reasonable fee, you can hire armed rangers to protect your camp site and/or take you on a walking safari.
It's an easy 20 minute drive from Ol Pejeta into Nanyuki, where you can find provisions for your trip.
Since I was based in Nairobi, I'd always pack a cooler with red snapper wrapped in banana leaves to cook on the camp fire. It's a recipe you can enjoy at home, too!
Just season a red snapper fillet (or any white fish) with minced garlic, ginger, lemon zest, salt, pepper and a splash of sesame oil. Wrap tightly in a large banana leaf (or baking paper) and secure with wooden toothpicks. Cook it over your campfire (or in your oven or over your grill at home) for 15 - 20 minutes, depending on how thick your fillet is.
You can serve this fish right from the banana leaf and burn the wrapping when you are finished. Serve with Mango Chili Salsa.
Why bring plastic wrap or tin foil into nature when banana leaves will do?
Camel trekking in Laikipia
Nothing heals the body and mind so completely as intentionally heading off grid for three or four days of walking in the Kenya wilderness. Karisia Walking Safaris makes it easy. Gentle camels carry all of the camping kit. Local Samburu Maasai tend the camels, set up camp and cook amazing meals in a new campsite every day, each more beautiful than the one before. Guests walk for four or five hours each day from campsite to campsite, or ride on camels, if one prefers.
Thanks to Anna-Maria Sandstrom for sharing her beautiful photos!
Recreate the safari experience in your home
If you can't escape on safari right now, we can bring the safari to you! These safari-inspired products are produced by Kenyan artisans for Karen-based Shuka Duka. Check out the picnic blankets and yoga mats made from the traditional Maasai red shuka wrap and glassware etched with fanciful animals and the iconic Umbrella Thorn Tree.
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