MOUNT KENYA Chogoria – Sirimon Route

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Exploration of contrasting and remarkably spectacular sceneries of Mt Kenya. This particular Itinerary affords the mountain climbers a moderate hiking opportunity. The ascent is gentle, with an overnight at an acclimatizing altitude. The highlight of the trip is a challenging but exhilarating pre-dawn hike to the summit (Point Lenana)

Itinerary outline:

  1. FLIGHT – NAIROBI (1680Mts)
  2. NAIROBI – CHOGORIA – BANDAS (3000Mts) (Drive to Chogoria and hike up to Meru mount Kenya Bandas).
  3. CHOGORIA BANDAS – LAKE ELLIS CAMP (3400Mts) (Hike to Mugi hill for acclimatization and down to Lake Ellis camp).
  4. LAKE ELLIS CAMP – LAKE MICHAELSON CAMP (4000Mts) (Fishing option in the afternoon).
  5. LAKE MICHAELSON – SIMBA COLE (4600Mts) (easy afternoon)
  6. SIMBA COLE – LENANA PEAK (4985Mts) – SHIPTON’S HUT (4200Mts) – OLD MOSES (3340Mts) BANTU LODGE (1950Mts) Hike up to point Lenana then down Sirimon route)
  7. BACK TO NAIROBI (drive back to Nairobi and connect with flight back home).

Day 01:

IN FLIGHT OR ARRIVAL IN KENYA.

Depending on the flight; some arrive today while others arrive tomorrow morning.

If you arrive to day, You will be met by our staff on arrival at Nairobi Airport. Mostly it will be at night and you will have had dinner in the flight. You will be transferred to the reserved hotel for overnight stay, which is booked on Bed and Breakfast and it is at extra cost.

The airport is approximately 20-35 minutes drive to Most of the hotels depending on traffic.

Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya. The name “Nairobi” comes from the Maasai phrase “Enkare Nyirobi”,  which translates to “the place of cool waters”. Founded in 1899 as a simple rail depot on the railway linking Mombasa to Uganda, the town quickly grew to become the capital of British East Africa in 1907 and eventually the capital of a free Kenyan republic in 1963. Nairobi is the most populous city in East Africa, with a current estimated population of about 5 million.

At 1,795 metres (5,889 ft) above sea level, Nairobi enjoys a moderate climate. Nairobi has a Subtropical Highland climate.

Nairobi is nicknamed the Safari Capital of the World, and has many spectacular hotels to cater for safari-bound tourists.

Day 02:

NAIROBI – CHOGORIA - MOUNT KENYA BANDAS (3000Mts)

Depart from the Nairobi by 07.30hrs headed for Chogoria. The drive will take you approximately 4 – 5 hrs and pass through agricultural country. You will arrive in time for lunch (picnic). Chogoria is a small urban settlement on the slopes of mount Kenya and it is the start of the Chogoria route. The road from Chogoria village to the Bandas is rugged. Chogoria Bandas is 30 km from the village but the vehicle will take for only 20km and walk up the other 10km. This walk helps with much needed acclimatization. This will a 2 hours walk through forest and bamboo zone. You will get to the Banda by 17.00hrs.

  •  DRIVE DISTANCE: Drive to Chogoria is 200 Km.
  • DRIVE TIME: Drive time to Chogoria is 4-5 hours.
  • WALK : Afternoon acclimatization Walk from Chogoria forest to bandas – 10km
  • WALK TIME: 2 hrs.
  • ACCOMMODATION: Stay at Chogoria Bandas – 3000Mts. (Comfortable Log cabins with beds)
  • MEALS: Lunch will be picnic. Dinner and overnight will be at the bandas

Day 03:

CHOGORIA BANDAS – LAKE ELLIS CAMP (3400)

Leaving after breakfast and hike through Nithi water fall to Lake Ellis. The wet forest landscape opens abruptly above the bamboo zone, presenting a vista of parkland laced with magnificent stands of East African Rosewood (Hagenia abbysinica) – massive trees that are centuries old with broad trunks and a spreading umbrella shaped crown. Arrive at Lake Ellis for lunch. Afternoon we divert from the main track to Mugi hill (3500m) for better acclimatization, climb the hill then descend and walk back to our camp beside the lake for dinner and overnight.

  • WALK TIME: 5 hrs.
  • ACCOMMODATION: Stay at Lake Ellis Camp (3400Mts). We use 2-man mountain tents with karrimats.
  • MEALS: Lunch, Dinner and overnight will be Lake Ellis Camp.

Day 04:

LAKE ELLIS CAMP – LAKE MICHAELSON CAMP (4000Mts).

Leave Lake Ellis camp after breakfast and hike along the ridge from where you can enjoy good views of the picturesque Gorges Valley, the Temple, lakes, mushroom rocks, billiards table and the high peaks. Hike for 5-6 hours to Lake Michaelson for lunch, Trout fishing in the afternoon. dinner and overnight at the camp by the lake.

  •  WALK TIME: 5 – 6 hrs.
  • ALTITUDE CHANGE. Lake Ellis Camp 3400mts to Lake Michaelson 4000mts.
  • ACCOMMODATION: Stay at Lake Michaelson Camp (4000Mts). We use 2-man mountain tents with karrimats.
  • MEALS: Lunch, Dinner and overnight will be at the Camp.

Day 05:

LAKE MICHAELSON CAMP – SIMBA COLE (4600Mts).

Leave Lake Michaelson after breakfast and hike up, out of the Gorges Valley to Upper Simba Cole arriving for lunch. The hike Simba Cole takes for 4 hours. Relaxed afternoon with short acclimatization walks around the camp in preparation for the early morning summit hike. Lunch, dinner and overnight at Simba Cole camp.

  •  WALK TIME: 4 hrs.
  • ACCOMMODATION: Stay at Simba Cole Camp (4600Mts). We use 2-man mountain tents with karrimats.
  • MEALS: Lunch, Dinner and overnight will be at the Camp.

Day 06:

SIMBA COLE (4600Mts) – POINT LENANA PEAK (4985Mts) – SHIPTONS HUT (4200Mts) – OLD MOSES (3340Mts) – BANTU LODGE (1950Mts)

Predawn attempt of the summit starts at 04.30hrs and you hike for about 1.5 hours up to Point Lenana – 4985mts. (the hikers summit) It is planned that you arrive in time to witness the African Sun rise as it reflect its golden glow on the Majestic peaks of Batian and Nelion over the equator. On a clear day you can see the snow capped summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro miles away to the south. After celebrating the acheivment descend to Shipton’s camp for breakfast. This is followed by descent to Old Moses (3340mts). The descent is gentle and it offers ample time to enjoy fascinating scenery which includes the moorlands, Heather and Rosewood zones. You get to Old Moses and connect with the transfer vehicle to Mountain Rock Bantu Lodge for overnight.

Day 07:

NAIROBI - AIRPORT.

Easy Morning and a drive back to Nairobi. You will be dropped at Nairobi airport to connect with your flight back home.

Today dinner is on your own account.

MOUNT KENYA Sirimon – Naromoru Route

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A moderate hike especially for persons attempting to hike at an altitude exceeding 4000m for the first time. This particular itinerary affords the mountain climbers a moderate hiking opportunity through the 2 most well developed trails with the best infrastructure on Mount Kenya. It is designed in such away that both the pace of ascend and descend are comfortable to allow the hikers to enjoy their time while on the Mountain.

Itinerary Outline

  • Day 1: Flight – Nairobi (1680mts).
  • Day 2: Nairobi – Mount Kenya – Old moses Hut (3340mts).
  • Day 3: Old moses Hut – Shipton’s camp (4200mts).
  • Day 4: Shipton’s camp – Lenana Peak (4985mts) – Mackinder’s Hut (4300mts).
  • Day 5: Mackinder’s Hut – Met Station (3030mts) – back to Nairobi.

Day 01:

IN FLIGHT OR ARRIVAL IN KENYA.

Depending on the flight; some arrive today while others arrive tomorrow morning.

If you arrive to day, You will be met by our staff on arrival at Nairobi Airport. Mostly it will be at night and you will have had dinner in the flight. You will be transferred to the reserved hotel for overnight stay, which is booked on Bed and Breakfast and it is at extra cost.

The airport is approximately 20-35 minutes drive to Most of the hotels depending on traffic.

Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya. The name “Nairobi” comes from the Maasai phrase “Enkare Nyirobi”,  which translates to “the place of cool waters”. Founded in 1899 as a simple rail depot on the railway linking Mombasa to Uganda, the town quickly grew to become the capital of British East Africa in 1907 and eventually the capital of a free Kenyan republic in 1963. Nairobi is the most populous city in East Africa, with a current estimated population of about 5 million.

At 1,795 metres (5,889 ft) above sea level, Nairobi enjoys a moderate climate. Nairobi has a Subtropical Highland climate.

Nairobi is nicknamed the Safari Capital of the World, and has many spectacular hotels to cater for safari-bound tourists.

Day 02:

NAIROBI – MOUNT KENYA – OLD MOSES HUT (3340Mts)

Depart from Nairobi by 07.30hrs headed for Nanyuki. The  drive will take you approximately 3 hrs and pass through agricultural country. You will arrive in time for lunch at mountain Rock lodge. Mountain Rock Lodge is an old country hotel at the base of the forest on the western slopes of Mt Kenya at an altitude 2,000m. After lunch is a full briefing and equipment check before we begin the transfer to the mountain. It takes about one hour to get to the Sirimon Park Gate (2600m) crossing the equator en-route. Sirimon gate marks the start of the Sirimon route. It is here you will meet with the mountain crew (Guide, Porters and Cook) – each one has a personal porter and there are extra porters for mountain equipment and food.

From here is an interesting 2.5 hours walk through Forest, bamboo, rosewood and heather zones to Old Moses camp (3340m). Accommodation today will be at the Old Moses mountain hut (3340m).

  • DRIVE DISTANCE: Nairobi to Sirimon Park Gate is 220 Km.
  • DRIVE TIME: Drive time from Nairobi to Sirimon Park Gate is 5 hours. 
  • HIKE : Afternoon Hike from Sirimon Park Gate to Old Moses hut – 10km
  • HIKING TIME: 2-3 hrs.
  • Dinner and overnight will be Old Moses mountain hut.

Day 03:

OLD MOSES HUT – SHIPTON’S CAMP (4200 mts)

Leaving after breakfast. Today is a long 6.5 hours hike to Shipton’s mountain hut (4200 mts). Leaving early, we traverse the expansive moorlands carpeted with tussock grasses and dotted with the unique Giant lobelia and Senecio plants, crossing streams and valleys. Today’ trek is largely through the Mackinder Valley, with good views of the main peaks and a brief stopover for picnic lunch.

  • HIKING DISTANCE: 16km
  • HIKING TIME: 6-7 hrs.
  • ALTITUDE CHANGE. Old Moses hut (3340m) to Shipton’s camp (4200 mts)
  • ACCOMMODATION:  We will stay at Shipton’s mountain hut (4200 mts)
  • MEALS: Lunch will be picnic. Dinner and overnight will be at Shipton’s hut.

Day 04:

SHIPTON’S CAMP – POINT LENANA PEAK (4985Mts) – MACKINDER’S CAMP (4300Mts) 

Predawn attempt of the summit starts at 03.00 or 04.00hrs and you hike for about 2.5 hours up steep scree slopes and across rugged rocks to Point Lenana summit – 4985mts. It is planned that you arrive in time to witness the African Sun rise as it reflect its golden glow on the Majestic peaks of Batian and Nelion over the equator. On a clear day you can see the snow capped summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro miles away to the south. After celebrating the achievement descend down through Lewis Glacier up to the Austrian hut to join to the Naromoru track and descend for 2 hours to Mackinder’s camp for breakfast then relax the rest of the day. Dinner and overnight  at Mackinder’s Camp (4300m)


  • HIKING DISTANCE: 7 km
  • HIKING TIME: 5-6 hrs.
  • ALTITUDE CHANGE: Shipton’s Camp 4200mts to Point Lenana 4985Mts. and down to Mackinder’s 4300Mts.
  • ACCOMMODATION:  Stay at Mackinder’s hut.(4300mts).  (A Mountain hut with bed and mattress).
  • MEALS: Lunch, Dinner and overnight will be Mackinder’s Hut.

Day 05:

MACKINDER’S HUT (4300Mts)  – NAROMORU PARK GATE (2600 Mts) – NAIROBI.

After an early breakfast, begin a 3-4 hour descent to Met Station (3030mts). The descent is gentle and it offers ample time to enjoy fascinating scenery. From Met Station is another 2 hours walk down to the Naromoru Park gate (2600m) where we meet the vehicle that will take us via a hotel at the base of Mount Kenya for a quick shower to freshen up before driving back to Nairobi. After the refreshing break we proceed on to Nairobi arriving in the late afternoon. You will be dropped at Nairobi airport to connect with your flight back home.

  • WALKING DISTANCE: 22 km
  • WALKING TIME: 5-6 hrs.
  • ALTITUDE CHANGE: Mackinder’s Camp 4300mts. to Met Station 3030Mts. and down to Naromoru park gate 2600Mts.
  • DRIVE DISTANCE: Naromoru park gate to Nairobi is 200km.
  • DRIVE TIME: Drive time to Nairobi is 4.5 hours.        
  • MEALS: Lunch will be at Mountain Rock Lodge.

Kenya Wildlife Safari – AMB.

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From the snow capped Kilimanjaro to game viewing at the spectacle Masai Mara. Experience the rich Masai Culture and a close-up view of not only the big five but even the small five hundred.

Itinerary outline
  1. FLIGHT – NAIROBI
  2. NAIROBI – AMBOSELI (Drive to Amboseli National Park and Game View in the afternoon).
  3. FULL DAY AMBOSELI (Morning and afternoon Game view).
  4. AMBOSELI – LAKE NAIVASHA (boat ride on lake Naivasha in the afternoon).
  5. LAKE NAIVASHA – MASAI MARA (Drive to to Masai Mara game reserve for game viewing in the afternoon).
  6. FULL DAY MASAI MARA (Morning and afternoon Game viewing safari in Masai Mara).
  7. FULL DAY MASAI MARA (Morning and afternoon Game viewing safari in Masai Mara)
  8. MASAI MARA – NAIROBI (Drive back to Nairobi. connect with flight back home).

Day 01:

IN FLIGHT OR ARRIVAL IN KENYA.

Depending on the flight; Some arrive in the afternoon while others arrive at night.

You will be met by our staff on arrival at Nairobi Airport. Mostly it will be at night and you will have had dinner in the flight. You will be transferred to the reserved hotel for overnight stay, which is booked on Bed and Breakfast.

The airport is approximately 20-30 minutes drive to Most of the hotels.

Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya. The city and its surrounding area also form the Nairobi Province. The name “Nairobi” comes from the Maasai phrase “Enkare Nyirobi”, which translates to “the place of cool waters”. Founded in 1899 as a simple rail depot on the railway linking Mombasa to Uganda, the town quickly grew to become the capital of British East Africa in 1907 and eventually the capital of a free Kenyan republic in 1963. Nairobi is the most populous city in East Africa, with a current estimated population of about 4 million.

At 1,795 metres (5,889 ft) above sea level, Nairobi enjoys a moderate climate. Nairobi has a Subtropical Highland climate.

Nairobi is nicknamed the Safari Capital of the World, and has many spectacular hotels to cater for safari-bound tourists.

Day 02:

NAIROBI – AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK.

Leave Nairobi early and drive southeastwards to Amboseli National Park. With its backdrop of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro (Africa’s highest mountain) and the abundant wildlife, Amboseli is a real spectacle. This is where you can see large herds of elephants and plains game roaming the plains. Arrive in time for lunch.

  • DRIVE DISTANCE: Nairobi to Amboseli Park Park is 220 Km.
  • DRIVE TIME: Drive time from Nairobi to Amboseli Park is 4.5 hours.        
  • CLIMATE: The climate in the Amboseli region is hot and dry. Average temperatures vary only slightly throughout the year. The minimum average daily temperature is 27°C and the maximum is 33°C.
  • ACCOMMODATION: Stay at a Safari lodge or tented camp.
  • MEALS: All meals- Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast and overnight will be at the lodge or tented camp.
  • ACTIVITIES: Afternoon and morning game drives.
  • ATTRACTIONS: Meet the Maasai people and learn about the Maasai culture and their indigenous lifestyle. The main purpose of a wildlife safari is to see Kenya’s wild animals in their natural habitat.

Day 03:

AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK.

Early morning and afternoon game drives in the park. You will not miss the snow capped Mt. Kilimanjaro and large herds of elephants that concentrate in the permanent swamp in the middle of the park. Optional two-hour visit to a Maasai village (“Manyatta”) to learn more about the local people’s culture. Lunch, dinner and overnight at a safari lodge or a tented camp in Amboseli.

  • Amboseli National Park is 260km (160 miles) from Nairobi, on the border with the neighboring country of Tanzania. Its magnificent situation at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, combined with its excellent opportunities to view Kenya’s wildlife, make it a popular safari parks in Kenya. The park is famous for being the best place to get close to free-ranging elephants and spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world. The park as well has huge herds of wildebeests and many other animals including giraffes, African lions, monkeys, zebras, hyenas and antelope.

Day 04:

AMBOSELI – LAKE NAIVASHA.

Leave Amboseli after breakfast and drive to a hotel on the shore of Lake Naivasha arriving in time for lunch. After Lunch we will visit the Crater Lake Game Sanctuary. This is a small private sanctuary centred around a volcanic crater lake with spectacular green water. The lake attracts many flamingo, and the surrounding forests and plains have plenty of game. This is a good place to explore on foot. The guide will take you through the trails at the lakeshore, the rim or even the Sanctuary where you can see a good number of wild animals at a very close range.

Later we will have a boat ride round the lake to see birds and hippos. The Boat Ride takes 1 hours. At 1880 meters above sea level, Lake Naivasha is the highest of the Rift Valley Lakes. It is the second largest freshwater lake in Kenya and one of only two freshwater lakes in the rift valley. The lake is famed for its bird life particularly fish eagles, pelicans and love birds and has many hippos. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake in Kenya, lying north west of Nairobi, outside the town of Naivasha. It is part of the Great Rift Valley. The name derives from the local Maasai name Nai’posha, meaning “rough water” because of the sudden storms which can arise. It is situated at an altitude of 1,884 metres (6,180 ft). The lake has an average depth of 6 m (20 ft), with the deepest area being at Crescent Island, at a maximum depth of 30 m (100 ft). The lake is home to a variety of wildlife; over 400 different species of bird have been reported. There is a sizeable population of hippos in the lake.

  • DRIVE DISTANCE: Amboseli to Lake Naivasha 300 Km.
  • DRIVE TIME: Drive time to Lake Naivasha is 6 hours.        
  • CLIMATE: Warm and dry.
  • ACCOMMODATION: Stay at a hotel on the shores of Lake Naivasha.
  • MEALS: You will have lunch, Dinner and overnight will be at a hotel on the shores of Lake Naivasha.
  • ACTIVITIES: Nature Walk and Boat trip on Lake Naivasha.

Day 05:

LAKE NAIVASHA – MASAI MARA.

Depart early and head for Masai Mara. You arrive in time for lunch then proceed for the afternoon game drive at 16.00hrs.Overnight a safari lodge in the mara.

The Mara is a 1500 sq km reserve found in the south west part of the country. Most of its landscape is open savannah grasslands dotted with acacia trees and riverine forest. This is where one has the high chances of seeing the big game in Kenya. The big five comprising of the Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Lion and Rhinoceros are present here plus a host of other animal and avian species. This reserve is also an extension of the Serengeti in Tanzania thus making it a home of the annual wildebeest migration in July through September. Dinner and over night at a safari lodge or camp in the mara.

  • DRIVE DISTANCE: Lake Naivasha – Masai Mara 250 Km.
  • DRIVE TIME: Drive time from Lake Naivasha – Masai Mara is 6 hrs.            
  • CLIMATE: Most rain falls between March and May and during the short rainy season in November and December. Between July and October the weather is dry.
  • ACCOMMODATION: Stay at a Safari lodge or camp in the Mara.
  • ACTIVITIES: Afternoon and morning game drives.
  • ATTRACTIONS: Meet the Maasai people and learn about the Maasai culture and their indigenous lifestyle. The main purpose of a wildlife safari is to see Kenya’s wild animals in their natural habitat.

Day 06:

Masai Mara.

Morning and evening game drive in the park where our expert guides and drivers will take you to different locations of the Mara park where you will have spectacular chances of spotting wildlife. You break off during the midday heat for a swim at the lodge. Lunch, dinner and overnight at a Safari lodge or camp in the mara.

Masai Mara National Reserve is considered a “must see” for any visitor traveling on safari in Kenya. It is on the “to do” list of most Kenyan visitors because the park is graced by a wide variety of unique and exquisite wild life and birds.

Masai Mara is the best place to see all of the “Big Five” animals (elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos and buffalo) together. The famous wildebeest migration also takes place at the Mara.The Masai Mara provides the best view of the famous wildebeest migration as the animals cross the Mara River between July to September.

The Mara is also home to the richest concentration of wildlife,The park experiences a hot and dry climate with a regular rainfall season twice a year.

The reserve’s topography is mainly open savannah (grassland) with clusters of acacia trees along the southeastern area of the park.

  • DRIVE TIME: Each Game drive takes about 2.5 – 3 hours.        
  • CLIMATE: Daytime temperatures run at 85°F (30°C) ) maximum and night temperatures can drop to around 60°F (15°C). Most rain falls between March and May and during the short rainy season in November and December.
  • Between July and October the weather is dry.
  • ACCOMMODATION: Stay at a Safari lodge or camp in the Mara..
  • MEALS: All meals- Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast and overnight will be at the lodge or tented camp.
  • ACTIVITIES: Morning and afternoon game drives.
  • ATTRACTIONS: The main attraction to the Mara is to see Kenya’s wild animals in their natural habitat. Game viewing, Bird Watching.

Day 07:

Masai Mara.

Morning and evening game drive in the park where our expert guides and drivers will take you to different locations of the Mara park where you will have spectacular chances of spotting wildlife. You break off during the midday heat for a swim at the lodge. Lunch, dinner and overnight at a Safari lodge or camp in the mara.

  • DRIVE TIME: Each Game drive takes about 2.5 – 3 hours.
  • ACCOMMODATION: Stay at a Safari lodge or camp in the Mara.
  • MEALS: All meals- Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast and overnight will be at the lodge or tented camp.
  • ACTIVITIES: Morning and afternoon game drives.
  • ATTRACTIONS: The main attraction to the Mara is to see Kenya’s wild animals in their natural habitat. Game viewing, Bird Watching.
Day 08:
MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE – BACK TO NAIROBI.

Depart for Nairobi after Breakfast arriving back to Nairobi in the evening. We will dropped you at Nairobi airport to connect with your flight back home.

  • DRIVE DISTANCE: Masai Mara to Nairobi is 255km.
  • DRIVE TIME: Drive time from Masai Mara to Nairobi is 6 hours.        
  • MEALS: Dinner will be on own account.

Safari Extension After the Trek.

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ADVENTURE MEET WILD…

Safari Extension after Mount kenya climb. You could opt to make a wildlife safari extension after the hike.

This gives you an opportunity to experience both the adventure and the wild side of Kenya.

SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE

Samburu National Reserve is one of the lesser-known national parks, but is nevertheless teeming with life. Situated alongside the Ewaso Nyiro River, there is plenty to attract wildlife from the surrounding savannah plains. The vegetation is classified as arid and semiarid. The climate in Samburu is hot and dry during the day, and cool during nights and evenings.

Large concentration of wildlife is found in the reserve due to availability of lush vegetation along the Ewaso Nyiro River, the main source of water to the Reserve and the nearby communities.

The reserve is rich in wildlife with an abundance of rare northern specialist species such as the Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk and the beisa oryx (also referred to as Samburu Special Five).

MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE

Masai Mara National Reserve is considered a “must see” for any visitor traveling on safari in Kenya. It is on the “to do” list of most Kenyan visitors because the park is graced by a wide variety of unique and exquisite wild life and birds.

Masai Mara is the best place to see all of the “Big Five” animals (elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos and buffalo) together. The famous wildebeest migration also takes place at the Mara. The Masai Mara provides the best view of the famous wildebeest migration as the animals cross the Mara River between July to September.

The Mara is also home to the richest concentration of wildlife, The reserve’s topography is mainly open savannah (grassland) with clusters of acacia trees.

OL PAJETA CONSERVANCY

The Ol Pajeta Conservacy is a private game sanctuary that also doubles up as an orphanage for chimpanzees that were rescued from war torn Great Lakes region. The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary opened in 1993 in a negotiated agreement between the Ol Pejeta Conservancy and the Kenya Wildlife Service. The facility was initially established to receive and provide lifelong refuge to orphaned and abused chimpanzees from West and Central Africa.

Situated between the foot hills of the Aberdares and the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kenya, it is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa and home of the last two northern white rhinos.

AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

Amboseli National Park is 260km (160 miles) from Nairobi, on the border with the neighboring country of Tanzania. Its magnificent situation at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, combined with its excellent opportunities to view Kenya’s wildlife, make it a popular safari parks in Kenya. The park is famous for being the best place to get close to free-ranging elephants and spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world. The park as well has huge herds of wildebeests and many other animals including giraffes, African lions, monkeys, zebras, hyenas and antelope.

The ABERDARE MOUNTAIN RANGE

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An option that offers adequate time to see the high altitude wildlife, scenic waterfalls as well as an opportunity to study the high altitude plants without any chances of mountain complications.

The trekking is through the scenic moorland as well as the salient with rich physical features. The is quite fulfilling and acclimatizing especially for those planning to hike other high mountains like Mt. Kenya or Kilimanjaro.

 Aberdare Range stands between Mt. Kenya and the Great Rift Valley. It was named by the explorer Joseph Thomson after Lord Aberdare who was the President of the Royal Geographic Society at the time (1883). The local Kikuyu people called the Range Nyandarua, meaning a ”pegged hide” possibly from it’s resemblance in shape to an animal skin pegged on a mould to dry as was done traditionaly .

 The highest peak on the Range is Ol Doinyo Lesatima which stands at 4000m (13,120ft.) making the Aberdares the third highest mountains in Kenya after Mount Kenya (5199m) & Mt. Elgon (4321m). A hike to Satima Peak offers great sight seeing opportunities. It combines views of the most magnificent section of the Great Rift Valley to the west with the awe-inspiring horizon view of the majestic Mount Kenya 40 kms to the west.

 The ranges encompasses a large area of forest known as the Salient where larger animals are concentrated and where game viewing is done. The area in which trekking is done is above the Salient across the extensive moorland and giant heather zones of the mountain.

Day 01:

3 Days Aberdare hike

Early departure for Aberdares National Park through the park headquarter to pick up an escort park ranger and then enter the park through Tree Top Gate for game viewing and a visit to the scenic trio waterfalls of Ngura, Karuru and Chania. Arrival at the camp adjacent to the Fishing Lodge is in the late afternoon to set camp before dinner time.

Day 02:

After breakfast, driven a short distance to Karuru / Matubio junction to start 4-5 hike along a Forest / Moorland trail dotted with giant heather, tussock grass, open forest glades and rose wood to arrive at Honi river for overnight in tents. These escorted hike offers you an opportunity to encounter with baffaloes, elephant and many antelopes on foot. Picnic lunch is served enroute.

Day 03:

Early start for a short drive to Wandare raodhead camp, the base of the highest peak La Satima, (4001m). The hike up to the summit from here taking less than 2 hour. On clear day there is opportunities to observe Mt. Kenya and the majestic Rift Valley on the horizon and the surrounding vicinities of Lake Naivasha, Lake Nakuru and the Daiga hills. Descend to meet the vehicle for onwards transfer.

Kenya Wildlife Safafri SAMB.

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An African dream safari guaranteeing an awesome experience as you explore beautiful environments and interesting cultures to be found along the shoulders of Mount Kenya combined with game viewing and more insights in and around the finest parks in Kenya. This Itinerary takes you to both Southern and Northern Hemisphere for the diversity of Kenya’s wildlife reserves.

Itinerary outline
  1. FLIGHT – NAIROBI
  2. NAIROBI – SAMBURU GAME RESERVE (drive to Samburu game reserve and Game View in the afternoon).
  3. SAMBURU GAME RESERVE (Early morning and afternoon Game viewing safari in Samburu).
  4. SAMBURU GAME RESERVE – OL PAJETA CONSERVACY (drive to sweet waters and Game View in the afternoon).
  5. OL PAJETA CONSERVACY (Early morning and afternoon Game viewing safari).
  6. OL PAJETA – LAKE NAIVASHA (boat ride on lake Naivasha in the afternoon).
  7. LAKE NAIVASHA – MASAI MARA (Drive to to Masai Mara game reserve for game viewing in the afternoon).
  8. FULL DAY MASAI MARA (Morning and afternoon Game viewing safari in Masai Mara).
  9. MASAI MARA – NAIROBI (Drive back to Nairobi. connect with flight back home).

Day 01:

IN FLIGHT OR ARRIVAL IN KENYA

Depending on the flight; Some arrive in the afternoon while others arrive at night.

You will be met by our staff on arrival at Nairobi Airport. Mostly it will be at night and you will have had dinner in the flight. You will be transferred to the reserved hotel for overnight stay, which is booked on Bed and Breakfast.

The airport is approximately 20-30 minutes drive to Most of the hotels.

  • Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya. The city and its surrounding area also form the Nairobi Province. The name “Nairobi” comes from the Maasai phrase “Enkare Nyirobi”, which translates to “the place of cool waters”. Founded in 1899 as a simple rail depot on the railway linking Mombasa to Uganda, the town quickly grew to become the capital of British East Africa in 1907 and eventually the capital of a free Kenyan republic in 1963. Nairobi is the most populous city in East Africa, with a current estimated population of about 4 million.
  • At 1,795 metres (5,889 ft) above sea level, Nairobi enjoys a moderate climate. Nairobi has a Subtropical Highland climate.
  • Nairobi is nicknamed the Safari Capital of the World, and has many spectacular hotels to cater for safari-bound tourists.

Day 02:

NAIROBI – SAMBURU GAME RESERVE.

We leave Nairobi early and drive through the agricultural rich country heading north towards Mt. Kenya. We continue further north to Samburu game Reserve. Samburu national reserve is a semi arid ecosystem which teems with a host of wildlife endemic to the northern part of Kenya chief among them being the reticulated giraffe, the grevy zebra, the oryx, the Somali ostrich, and the gazelle with the longest neck called the gerenuk, the vulturine guinea fowl among others. Apart from the above species, elephants, buffaloes, gazelles, crocodiles, impalas and dik-diks are seen in plenty as well as the elusive lions, cheetahs and leopard. We arrive in Samburu in time for lunch before the evening game drive. Return back to the Lodge for dinner and overnight.

  • DRIVE DISTANCE: Nairobi to Samburu Game Reserve is 350 Km.
  • DRIVE TIME: Drive time to Samburu Game Reserve is 6.5 hours.        
  • CLIMATE: Arid and semi-arid with hot days and cool nights. Annual mean temperature between 18º C and 30ºC. Annual mean rainfall is 345 mm with peaks in November and April.
  • ACCOMMODATION: Stay at a Safari lodge inside the park.
  • MEALS: All meals- Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast and overnight will be at the lodge inside the park.
  • ACTIVITIES: game drives.
  • ATTRACTIONS: The main purpose of a wildlife safari is to see Kenya’s wild animals in their natural habitat. Roaming the grasslands will be buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, giraffes, impala and warthog. Visit the local Samburu villages where you get a chance to interact with the colorful Samburu people in their traditional setting and experience their culture.

Day 03:

SAMBURU GAME RESERVE

Morning and evening game drive in the park where our expert guides and drivers will take you to different locations of the Samburu and the nearby buffalo springs reserves where you will have spectacular chances of spotting wildlife. You break off during the midday heat for a swim at the lodge before another late afternoon game-drive. Lunch, dinner and overnight at a Safari lodge in the park.

  • Samburu National Reserve is one of the lesser-known national parks, but is nevertheless teeming with life. Situated alongside the Ewaso Nyiro River, there is plenty to attract wildlife from the surrounding savannah plains. The vegetation is classified as arid and semiarid. The climate in Samburu is hot and dry during the day, and cool during nights and evenings.
  • The annual mean temperatures range between 18º C and 30ºC, while the mean annual rainfall is 345 mm with peaks in November and April.
  • The dry season starts in late May, and goes up to early October when a large concentration of wildlife is found in the reserve due to availability of lush vegetation along the Ewaso Nyiro River, the main source of water to the Reserve and the nearby communities.
  • The reserve is rich in wildlife with an abundance of rare northern specialist species such as the Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk and the beisa oryx (also referred to as Samburu Special Five).

Day 04:

: SAMBURU – OL PAJETA CONSERVANCY (Also known as SWEETWATERS).

We leave Samburu after breakfast and drive back south towards Mt. Kenya. Arrive at Sweetwaters Tented Camp in time for lunch after a 2.5 hours drive. After lunch you proceed for the afternoon gamedrive. Lunch, dinner and overnight at a safari lodge in the park.

  • Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a private game sanctuary that also doubles up as an orphanage for chimpanzees that were rescued from war torn Great Lakes region. The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary opened in 1993 in a negotiated agreement between the Ol Pejeta Conservancy and the Kenya Wildlife Service. The facility was initially established to receive and provide lifelong refuge to orphaned and abused chimpanzees from West and Central Africa.
  • DRIVE DISTANCE: Samburu to Ol Pejeta Conservancy is 150 Km.
  • DRIVE TIME: Drive time is 2.5 hours.        
  • CLIMATE: Warm and dry. Max daytime temperatures vary between 26°C to 30°C.
  • ACCOMMODATION: Stay at a Safari lodge in the park.
  • MEALS: All meals- Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast and overnight will be at the lodge.
  • ACTIVITIES: Afternoon and morning game drives.
  • ATTRACTIONS: Game drive in this sanctuary accords you the chance of seeing giraffes, zebras and other herbivores as well as the Sweetwaters’ specialties which include the Chimpanzee sanctuary as well as Rhino.

Day 05:

OL PAJETA CONSERVANCY.

Morning and evening game drive in the park where our expert guides and drivers will take you to different locations of the Mara park where you will have spectacular chances of spotting wildlife. You break off during the midday heat for a swim at the lodge. Lunch, dinner and overnight at a Safari lodge or camp in the park.

  • Situated between the foot hills of the Aberdares and the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kenya, Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary and the Ol Pejeta Conservancy boasts an astounding variety of animals including all the “Big Five” (the endangered black and white rhino) as well a sanctuary for rescued chimpanzees, the only one in Kenya.
  • Ol Pejeta Conservancy is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa and home of the last two northern white rhinos.

Day 06:

OL PAJETA – LAKE NAIVASHA.

Leave Ol Pajeta after breakfast and drive to a hotel on the shore of Lake Naivasha arriving in time for lunch. After Lunch we will visit the Crater Lake Game Sanctuary. This is a small private sanctuary centred around a volcanic crater lake with spectacular green water. The lake attracts many flamingo, and the surrounding forests and plains have plenty of game. This is a good place to explore on foot. The guide will take you through the trails at the lakeshore, the rim or even the Sanctuary where you can see a good number of wild animals at a very close range.

Later we will have a boat ride round the lake to see birds and hippos. The Boat Ride takes 1 hours. At 1880 meters above sea level, Lake Naivasha is the highest of the Rift Valley Lakes. It is the second largest freshwater lake in Kenya and one of only two freshwater lakes in the rift valley. The lake is famed for its bird life particularly fish eagles, pelicans and love birds and has many hippos. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

  • Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake in Kenya, lying north west of Nairobi, outside the town of Naivasha. It is part of the Great Rift Valley. The name derives from the local Maasai name Nai’posha, meaning “rough water” because of the sudden storms which can arise. It is situated at an altitude of 1,884 metres (6,180 ft). The lake has an average depth of 6 m (20 ft), with the deepest area being at Crescent Island, at a maximum depth of 30 m (100 ft). The lake is home to a variety of wildlife; over 400 different species of bird have been reported. There is a sizeable population of hippos in the lake.
  • DRIVE DISTANCE: Ol Pajeta to Lake Naivasha 250 Km.
  • DRIVE TIME: Drive time to Lake Naivasha is 5 hours.        
  • CLIMATE: Warm and dry.
  • ACCOMMODATION: Stay at a hotel on the shores of Lake Naivasha.
  • MEALS: You will have lunch, Dinner and overnight will be at a hotel on the shores of Lake Naivasha.
  • ACTIVITIES: Nature Walk and Boat trip on Lake Naivasha.

Day 07:

LAKE NAIVASHA – MASAI MARA.

Depart early and head for Masai Mara. You arrive in time for lunch then proceed for the afternoon game drive at 16.00hrs. Overnight a safari lodge in the mara.

The Mara is a 1500 sq km reserve found in the south west part of the country. Most of its landscape is open savannah grasslands dotted with acacia trees and riverine forest. This is where one has the high chances of seeing the big game in Kenya. The big five comprising of the Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Lion and Rhinoceros are present here plus a host of other animal and avian species. This reserve is also an extension of the Serengeti in Tanzania thus making it a home of the annual wildebeest migration in July through September. Dinner and over night at a safari lodge or camp in the mara.

  • DRIVE DISTANCE: Lake Naivasha – Masai Mara 250 Km.
  • DRIVE TIME: Drive time from Lake Naivasha – Masai Mara is 6 hrs.            
  • CLIMATE: Most rain falls between March and May and during the short rainy season in November and December. Between July and October the weather is dry.
  • ACCOMMODATION: Stay at a Safari lodge or camp in the Mara.
  • ACTIVITIES: Afternoon and morning game drives.
  • ATTRACTIONS: Meet the Maasai people and learn about the Maasai culture and their indigenous lifestyle. The main purpose of a wildlife safari is to see Kenya’s wild animals in their natural habitat.

Day 08:

Masai Mara.

Morning and evening game drive in the park where our expert guides and drivers will take you to different locations of the Mara park where you will have spectacular chances of spotting wildlife. You break off during the midday heat for a swim at the lodge. Lunch, dinner and overnight at a Safari lodge or camp in the mara.

Masai Mara National Reserve is considered a “must see” for any visitor traveling on safari in Kenya. It is on the “to do” list of most Kenyan visitors because the park is graced by a wide variety of unique and exquisite wild life and birds.

Masai Mara is the best place to see all of the “Big Five” animals (elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos and buffalo) together. The famous wildebeest migration also takes place at the Mara.The Masai Mara provides the best view of the famous wildebeest migration as the animals cross the Mara River between July to September.

The Mara is also home to the richest concentration of wildlife,The park experiences a hot and dry climate with a regular rainfall season twice a year.

The reserve’s topography is mainly open savannah (grassland) with clusters of acacia trees along the southeastern area of the park.

  • DRIVE TIME: Each Game drive takes about 2.5 – 3 hours.        
  • CLIMATE: Daytime temperatures run at 85°F (30°C) ) maximum and night temperatures can drop to around 60°F (15°C). Most rain falls between March and May and during the short rainy season in November and December.
  • Between July and October the weather is dry.
  • ACCOMMODATION: Stay at a Safari lodge or camp in the Mara..
  • MEALS: All meals- Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast and overnight will be at the lodge or tented camp.
  • ACTIVITIES: Morning and afternoon game drives.
  • ATTRACTIONS: The main attraction to the Mara is to see Kenya’s wild animals in their natural habitat. Game viewing, Bird Watching.

Day 09:

MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE – BACK TO NAIROBI.

Depart for Nairobi after Breakfast arriving back to Nairobi in the evening. We will dropped you at Nairobi airport to connect with your flight back home.

  • DRIVE DISTANCE: Masai Mara to Nairobi is 255km.