The Central Highlands with Mt. Kenya and the Aberdares are an ideal setting for a mountain bike adventure. Besides conquering summits rising above 4000m, the slopes offer excellent downhill races. At the lower altitudes close encounters with wildlife are part of your adventure, while small scale farms and bustling colorful markets give insight into the lifestyles of the local people. With our perfect backup service, your mountain bike safari is nothing short of a real African adventure.
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On this day, we will be picked at the airport and transferred to the Silversprings Hotel for our overnight stay.
We will be picked up from the Silversprings Hotel after breakfast at 7.30 am and transferred together with our bicycles to the Mountain Rock in Nanyuki. Here, we assemble our bicycles and after lunch take a test ride to the Mau Mau caves, where we not only test the bikes but also get an introduction on Kenya’s struggle for independence. Overnight stay and dinner will be at the Mountain Rock Hotel.
After an early breakfast, we secure our bicycles on the cars and transfer to Kisima on Samburu Road. At 2500m, we start our challenge of the 5199m high mountain of the god – the majestic Mt. Kenya and throne of Mumbi and Gikuyu, the ancestors of the Kikuyu tribe. The trail leads us through farmland to an indigenous rainforest. At 3300m we take a lunch break at the school of adventure before we proceed to the Western Marania in the moorland at 3300m. The crew has already pitched tent and prepared a delicious dinner. Overnight stay will be in tents at the Marania Camp site.
With the three peaks of Batian, Nelion and Lenana, named after the famous Maasai leaders towering above us, we ascend the mountain to the 3700m high Allan’s point. We partly have to carry our bicycles because of the tussock grass which makes cycling difficult. In the early afternoon we arrive at the campsite and might decide to stroll a little higher to improve on acclimatization before we return to the camp for dinner and overnight stay at the Allen’s point camp site.
Today we rise early for breakfast and cycle on with lunch in our rucksacks. At 4200m, at the Major’s camp, we stop for lunch and a rest before we carry on through the moorland between Lobelia and Seneca to the Hinde Valley, the last point we can ascend by bicycles at 4000m. Dinner and overnight stay will once again be in a fly camp set at the Hinde valley. When we arrive the accompanying crew has already set up the camp and welcomes us with a hot cup of tea.
Today we leave the bicycles behind. They are carried by our porters to the Shipton’s camp while we ascend Point Lenana at 4985m. We set off early in the morning with lunch and a thermos flask of hot tea in our day bags. Temperatures may be as low as–50C before the sun rises. In the afternoon we meet our crew and bicycles again at Shiptons camp. After a delicious dinner, we retire early to get enough strength for the next day’s highlight for any mountain Biker, a 2000m downhill ride.
After an early breakfast, we check our bikes once more before we start the challenging 2000m downhill ride. Along the way, we wait for each other and have a lunch break at the Old Moses camp. Here, we bid our crew goodbye while we continue on our bikes for another 20km to catch up with the waiting cars to take us to the Aberdare Country Club for a hot shower, a sumptuous dinner and a good night rest in the comfortable beds.
Today we relax from the strenuous Mt. Kenya ascend and give our bicycles a rest. We leisurely drive to the nearby Solio Ranch for game drives. At Solio Game Ranch the contrast in topography and wildlife in the 18,000 acre reserve is stunning. Huge stands of yellow acacia trees compliment the higher rolling plains whilst a bountiful marsh and Solio’s lifeline bisects the sanctuary. Over 120 black and white rhinos live here. Most of the plains species can be seen here; predators such as the lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena. The reticulated giraffe and the beisa oryx can also be spotted. We return to the Country Club for a late lunch, dinner and overnight stay. There will be enough time to service our bikes for the final leg of the tour which takes us through the 4000m high Aberdare Mountain range.
Refreshed, we start after breakfast with serviced bikes for our next challenge. We ascend the Aberdares and cycle today for about 5 hours from 1800m to 3300m. The path leads through a motor able bamboo rain forest and we enter the National park at the Tree tops gate. The late afternoon will be spent visiting the highest waterfall in Kenya – the 300m Karura Falls. Dinner & Overnight stay will be at the self-catering Fishing Lodge.
Today we challenge La Satima (young bull in Maa – the language of the Maasai), the highest point, with 4001m of the Aberdare Mountain Range. We leave with our bicycles accompanied by a ranger. Our lunch boxes are in our day bags. The final ascend is a bit challenging but the anticipation of the expected downhill race keeps us going. In the late afternoon, we get back to the Fishing Lodge for dinner & overnight stay.
We rise early and after breakfast prepare our bicycles for the 2000m downhill race to the floor of the Rift valley. We leave the Aberdares through the Mutubio gate and arrive at the Naivasha Country Club for a late lunch. In the afternoon, we explore Hellsgate National Park on our mountain bikes. We encounter lots of plains game as we cycle to a scenic gorge where we have to explore on foot because of the terrain. In the late evening, we get back to the hotel, enjoy our dinner and pack up our mountain bikes.
Today we take a leisurely breakfast and later explore Lake Naivasha on a boat. Fish eagles circle the skies above us while hippos cool off in the water around us. On the Lake shore we can spot giraffes, waterbucks, impalas and zebras. After lunch at the hotel, we return to Nairobi for a late evening departure or another overnight stay.