Days can get hot so most activities are planned for early to mid-morning and then again from midafternoon.
Lemarti’s camp places huge emphasis on walking in the bush as the indigenous people do. You will walk with warriors safe in their care and actually be in the African bush rather than observe it from a vehicle. Whilst walking your guides have a breadth of knowledge to share with you, tracks and signs of wildlife, flora and fauna as well as huge knowledge of traditional herbal medicine. Every walk comes with its own surprises, and depending on the season (rain) there is a varied amount of wildlife in the area.
We like to move from camp and enjoy the sunset on top of some beautiful rock or under a tree with spectacular views. We either walk there or if we chose to go further afield it’s a scenic drive and walk to your destination. Dinner under the stars or picnic breakfasts can also be arranged, and of course we have our Nomadic and Stargazing camps for those who want to spend the night out.
Since 2010 we have been able to offer our clients’ game drives on the neighboring ranch where you can see a wide variety of wildlife, including endangered species such as Wild Dog and Grey Zebra. Please refer to our wildlife section for more information.
For the very energetic, we have mountain bikes: Lemarti is a keen cyclist and has used our bikes to take visitors to market day instead of using a vehicle – good work out! But we do let you load the bikes and drive back to camp in the car – it’s far away!
For the exceptionally well trained and fit, high altitude running: Being a good rift valley Kenyan Lemarti is a keen runner, fast and long distances at high altitude. Anyone wishing to join, good luck!
While relaxing in camp there is always plenty going on: first and foremost the area is an ornithological paradise; the river and its abundant trees offer an oasis in the semi-arid landscape, bird life is exceptional? When in the mess your hosts and staff of the camp are usually playing ‘Mbao’ (a traditional board game which is exciting to learn), a little likes the Chinese Mahjong, and locals are obsessive and very competitive! There are often other spontaneous games and competitions amongst the warriors, anything from spear throwing to games played by the fire that reduce everyone to fits of hysterics.
We also have our in house beauty therapist on hand who gives world class massages and other treatments. Other favorites include swimming in the river or gently bobbing down it in an inner tube, as well as trying to catch fish on hand lines – always entertaining!
During your stay at Lemarti’s Camp you are considered a guest of the local community. You may find that you develop a special friendship with one of our staff who invites you to see his homestead and visit with his family. You will be invited to attend any ongoing ceremonies as well as partake in activities such as the hunter gatherer (Ndorobo) methods of honey harvesting from local bee hives hung in trees along the river. Should your stay fall on local market day, this is a wonderful visit. Nothing we do at Lemarti’s Camp is staged in any way.
A note on giving back to the community: There is a local women’s group that meets under a tree near the local nursery school. There are water projects, a primary school, a dispensary …. The community is a working community and is trying to establish better education, health care and access to clean water for its members. Anything you may wish to see or visit, any way in which you may want your family to contribute to whilst visiting would be life changing. Every string of beads purchased under that tree of local ladies will translate to a meal for a child