Walking in the Masai Mara Reserve itself is strictly controlled and must be pre-arranged.
Outside the Reserve however, there are many options for hiking and walking, especially in the attractive Loita Hills. These Hills are home to many Maasai and also attract a range of wildlife. They cover 78 square miles of forested valleys and highland plains, up to 6560 feet. The best way to explore these hills is with a local Maasai guide on a Loita Hills Walking Safari, who will not only guide you safely, but also introduce you to the important Maasai beliefs and legends about this area.
A privately escorted foot safari is the best way to really experience the African bush at its best. Walking through the wilds lets you explore the wild at its most pure and visceral. as you track big game, you become aware of every sight and sound, the smell of the earth and the touch of the wind. An expert tracker will teach you the signs to look for: tracks – the individual tracks and spoor, and show you how to use the wind to disguise your scent, and to move silently through thick cover and get up close and personal with the game.
When you are at close range your senses are heightened, and you become increasingly aware of the animal you are watching, how it moves and feeds, how it reacts to its environment. If the animal reacts to your presence, it can be a real adrenaline rush.