FAQs: Walking Safari - 100 Miles for Elephants

What does the Land Cost cover?

Includes transfer from Nairobi to Laikipia, all accommodation (based on double occupancy), all meals, guide fees, park fees, conservation fees, camping equipment, camel support, and medical air evacuation within Kenya.

Does not include beverages (except drinking water, tea), airfares, insurance, gratuities.

What does the Land Cost not cover?

Does not include beverages (except drinking water), airfares, personal insurance, gratuities, transfer from Kirisia to Nairobi.

How do I fund raise?

We will be providing a kit to help you solicit sponsors. The minimum donation we ask you to raise is $500, with a target of $2500.

Where will the money raised go to?

All donations will go directly to Space for Giants, for the vital cause of saving Kenya's elephant population, by providing wages, equipment and training for scout teams and other anti-poaching efforts in Laikipia.

The additional benefit to the cause is that when you talk to your friends and family you help raise awareness about the dire circumstances facing elephants.

Can I get a tax receipt for donations?

Yes, for donations over $100. Please contact us for details.

Who will be guiding the trip?

The trip will be lead by a representative of Space for Giants and/or a Hidden Places representative, and our superb Samburu guides.

What about safety on this trip?

On the trek we will be accompanied by professional safari guides, who are highly skilled in the wild and who will always have our security as their highest priority, both when we are walking and camping. We will also be accompanied by a crew of camel herders, cooks and local guides from communities whose territories we cross.

Where does the trip start and end?

Starts in Nairobi from where you will be picked up. Ends at the Kirisia Hills, where you transfer by vehicle to Nairobi. (Cost is approx. US$100)

How do I get to Nairobi?

Nairobi is one of Africa’s biggest hubs with many flight connections to Europe. You can get direct flights from London, Amsterdam and Frankfurt with major carriers.

Where can I stay in Nairobi?

We will give you hotel recommendations.

What are the physical activities on the trip and what level of fitness do I need?

We will be walking for up to fifteen miles a day, mostly off paths and sometimes over rough ground, at an elevation of 5000 feet. You need a good level of fitness and we also recommend that you train for the walk.

What is the food like?

Plentiful, nutritious and filling — perfect for long distance walkers!

I’m a vegetarian, is that a problem?

Not at all, but please let us know in advance, and advise us on what you can’t eat.

Do I need a visa?

Yes. You can either apply for one ahead of the trip through a visa agency or the nearest Kenyan embassy. Alternatively, you can get one on arrival at Nairobi airport, although this can involve a long wait.

Do I need any special insurance?

Medical insurance, including emergency evacuation, is mandatory on all our trips. We also strongly advise you to purchase trip cancellation insurance.

Included in the contribution is medical air evacuation within Kenya with AMREF Flying Doctors.

Do I need vaccinations?

Your routine vaccinations (Tetanus-Diphtheria, Poliomyelitis, Measles, Mumps, Rubella) should be up to date. In addition, for travel in Africa yellow fever and hepatitis A vaccinations are recommended. Please consult your doctor for advice.

What about malaria?

Malaria is endemic throughout East Africa, however we are there at relatively dry times when the risk is low. Despite this, it's recommended to take prophylactic medication and avoid mosquito bites by using an insect repellent and a mosquito net at night (nets are provided in all our accommodations).

How can I access cash when I’m on the trip?

You will need to bring cash (Kenyan shillings or US $) and you also get extra shillings at ATMs in Nairobi Airport or when we stop for lunch in Nanyuki on the first day. Once we get to Laikipia we will be far away from banks. On the trek you will only need money to tip the guides and maybe to buy some souvenirs from villagers, such as beaded jewelry.

What clothes and equipment will I need?

When you sign up for the trip, we will provide you with a comprehensive clothes and equipment list.

I’m travelling alone, is that a problem?

Absolutely not. We have many guests who travel with us on their own. They appreciate the camaraderie of our Hidden Places groups, and usually go home with new-found friends. On this trip single accommodation can be limited, so you may have to share accommodation (large, roomy tents) with another guests.

Hidden Places Travel
Box 318, 185-911 Yates Street
Victoria, BC, Canada V8V 4Y9
Phone: 1 250 589 9844 / 580 3480
Toll Free: 1 877 830 8747
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