It is with great excitement that I am announcing the latest addition to Backcountry Journeys line-up of Photography Tours & Workshops: The Great Walk of Africa.
A Safari you say? Well…yes. But the Great Walk is something infinitely more than your run of the mill Kenyan Safari. This unique trek is a glimpse into the wild, raw and uncluttered Africa of the past. A 100-mile walking Safari across the vast wilderness of Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks in Kenya. The Great Walk of Africa is a trip that will fully immerse you in wildlife photography as you experience it like no other Safari does – on foot.
Each day you will walk approximately 10-miles along the Tsavo River – home of the largest populations of African Elephants and Lions as well as Zebra, Giraffe, Impala, Thompson’s Gazelle, Hippos, Leopards and so much more. Every afternoon after your hike you will board a Land-Rover and embark on a Game-Drive when the light is best to photograph wildlife up-close and personal. Return each night to a luxurious camp setup by your 19-Person Safari Crew with roaring campfire, dinner and drinks served under a magical African Sky! This is the trip of a lifetime without question!
The Story Behind the Great Walk
In 1997 a small group trekked all the way from the summit of Kilimanjaro to the beaches of the Indian Ocean. This “Summit to Sea” journey crossed 300 miles of country, took 22 days, and 99% of the trek followed game trails. One member of the expedition, Rick Ridgeway, later wrote a book of this adventure “The Shadow of Kilimanjaro”, which has become one of the most successful travel books in North America. The most exciting part of this great walk was the central section, which traversed the whole of Tsavo West National Park and Tsavo East National Park. This 14-day portion of the expedition yielded superior game viewing across an ever-changing landscape and is what transformed into the award-winning safari: The Great Walk of Africa which in 2006 was named Outside Magazine’s Trip of the Year by legendary outfitter Tropical Ice.
I am offering this trip in June during the dry season as a Photography Focused Expedition timed to be in Kenya during peak wildlife viewing.
The trip will cost $9949 and spans a 14 day period. There a total of 10 spots available on this expedition and they are being offered first to past guests of mine who might be interested in joining for a 5% reduction in the price (approximately $500). If there are still spots open by 12/15 this trip will go on-sale to the public.
If you are interested in learning more about this incredible excursion please follow this link to the Great Walk of Africa.
I hope to see you in Nairobi!