The fastest way to get around to see all the wildlife is of course by vehicle. We recommend game drives early in the morning and in the evenings when it is generally cooler and the chances of spotting the more elusive cats is higher.
Some of the interesting things to do by vehicle are to visit the Shompole swamps, soda lakes (with flamingoes), waterfalls and do some tracking (both on foot and by vehicle).
Having said this, due to the nature of the environment and our fragile soils we do try to do less driving and more of the “get out and take it more slowly” activities.
Floating down the river in an inner tube is a unique way to travel and one which we do when the river is medium to low in level. You pass by huge fig tree roots going into the water while baboons and monkeys and perhaps the odd monitor lizard watch you.
The river is also, surprisingly and fortuitously, without crocodiles.
WALKING WITH BABOONS
The nearby Lale’enok Resource Centre (where Johann’s wife Samantha works) is the base for the Walking with Baboons programme. It is a short drive up-river, and we drive there first thing in the morning before the baboons leave their sleeping site. Accompanied by Sisco or Joel, the local Maasai baboon experts, you will walk with the baboons and learn the how they live and interact with each other.
WALKING WITH CATTLE
Walk across the plains with the local Maasai herders as they make their way back home with their cows after a long day grazing. This experience is unlike any other, as you can come closer to wildlife than usual as you mix in with the cattle, and perhaps learn the whistles and chants the Maasai use to communicate with their precious cattle.
With little outside influences the Maasai here are remain relatively traditional and unchanged in their ways. Should you like to visit a Maasai Engang (settlement) the local Maasai would be more than happy to host you.