Walking Wild, Walking Free

By David Tett
February 18, 2021

No virus, no media, no politics.

 

Noor and his camel - Photo by David TettNoor and his camel – Photo by David Tett (Noor means light in Arabic)

 

 

Traveling through northern Kenya you’ll find wild country alive with black rhinos, loping giraffes, herds of gentle elephants, and shy leopards. You won’t find oppressive lockdowns or caustic politics.

 

Black Rhino sighting - Photo by David TettBlack Rhino sighting – Photo by David Tett

 

Giraffe sighting during Walking Wild nomadic safari - Photo by David TettGiraffe sighting – Photo by David Tett

 

Rhino and elephant sighting during Walking Wild nomadic safariRhino and elephant sighting – Photo by David Tett

 

As I walk with my Masai guide Kitonga I feel like a born again traveler. There is no talk of Covid. Just the thrill of spotting a leopard. Tracking spoor. Walking up to black rhinos.

 

Watch David’s interview of Kitonga, below, and learn from Kitonga as he shares his knowledge on wild land and wildlife management in Kenya, and describes what the Walking Wild nomadic safaris he leads are all about.

 

 

Collage of photos of Walking Wild Lead Guide Kitonga, Bushtracks President David Tett, Walking Wild Guide Noor, and Noor's Camel.Collage of photos of Walking Wild Lead Guide Kitonga, Bushtracks President David Tett, Walking Wild Guide Noor, and Noor’s Camel – Photos by Walking Wild and David Tett.

 

Kitonga points towards rhinos during Walking Wild nomadic safari - Photo by David TettKitonga points towards rhinos during Walking Wild nomadic safari – Photo by David Tett

 

Spoor tracking - Photo by David TettSpoor tracking – Photo by David Tett

 

After four hours of easy exercise and wildlife therapy we walk into our camp, struck by a bubbling stream lined by huge yellow Acacia trees.

 

Photo of Walking Wild guides and camels walking into camp - photo by David TettPhoto of Walking Wild guides and camels walking into camp – Photo by David Tett

 

Walking Wild nomadic safari campingWalking Wild nomadic safari camping – Photo by David Tett

 

This 3-day walking safari gets your feet on the ground and your senses awakened.

 

A crew of 9 Masai manage a string of camels. Each morning they bridle and saddle the camels, break camp, load the tents on the caravan and move out ahead of us to strike camp at our new destination.

 

Preparing to move camp - Photo by David TettPreparing to move camp – Photo by David Tett

 

Photo of Walking Wild guides saddling camels - Photo by David TettPhoto of Walking Wild guides saddling camels – Photo by David Tett

 

Noor saddles a camel and secures a Bushtracks bag - Photo by David TettNoor saddles a camel and secures a Bushtracks bag – Photo by David Tett

 

Bushtracks' Founder & Owner is a sixth-generation Southern African, born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe, later earning a Bachelor of Science degree in DNA technology from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He founded Bushtracks Expeditions in 1989 and has been traveling extensively throughout Africa for more than 45 years. Combining his interest in ecosystems and the varied ecology of Africa with photographic safaris, he develops educational programs that include traditional cultures and wildlife. He is keenly interested in how nature tourism affects rural African communities and has worked with several projects that successfully integrate communities, the environment, and wildlife viewing.

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