Tour Lake Magadi, one of the largest soda lakes in Africa and home to thousands of flamingoes. Exploring the Nguruman escarpment through Ngong Hills reveals breathtaking views. The hike takes us to the serene Entosopia River and wind the tour at Maasai Mara game reserve for game viewing.
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After breakfast we drive over the 2500m high Ngong Hills with spectacular views over the Rift Valley to Lake Magadi (580m). The lake is one of the Rift Valley lakes covered with a layer of soda ash, a main ingredient used in the glass industry. At the hot springs, flamingoes look for food in the shallow waters and we bath our feet in the warm sulfurous water which is said to be a cure for various ailments. After lunch we drive on through the arid land to the western walls of the Rift Valley, the base of the Nguruman escarpment. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Ngururuman Village Hotel.
Today we have an early breakfast at 5.00am to avoid the heat of the day. The Loita Maasai crew is already waiting to load our luggage onto donkeys. Equipped with at least 3 liters of water, we start our hike up the escarpment, first crossing the Entosopia River and then climbing the steep and rocky 800m escarpment wall. At around noon we finally reach the first level of the escarpment where we set up our camp. There are spectacular views over the Rift Valley floor and the Ngong Hills in the North East. We can spend the afternoon visiting the waterfalls on the Entosopia River and taking a dive in the refreshing waters. Dinner and overnight stay will be in tents at a fly Camp.
As the sun rises over the Ngong Hills, we enjoy our breakfast and marvel at the views of the land almost 1000m below us. We load our donkeys again and proceed along the Olkerin River which we finally cross and after another hour’s hike. At about 12.00 noon, we arrive at our final destination for the day- a large Manyatta in the grassy plains. We spend the afternoon with the villagers and watch them in their daily duties. As the cattle returns in the evening to the Manyatta, we also return to our camp and prepare for dinner and a good night’s rest after an impressionable day full of new experiences.
Today we have a long hike through the plains and the riverine forest, first along the banks of the Entosopia river and after crossing it twice we have to cross 6 of its feeders before we reach another Maasai settlement, Enkutoto at 1800m, just on the base of the second level of the escarpment. Here our back up car has already arrived and our crew has helped set up our camp. While a delicious meal is prepared, we relax at the campfire and reflect on today’s experiences.
After breakfast, we continue with our journey up the Loita hills and leave the backup crew to break camp and clear the camp site. With water and lunch boxes we hike for 5 hours through the forest interrupted by open grassy ridges to the Kanunga River, a beautiful and spectacular area. At a 2260m ridge with good views over the land below we break for lunch. Finally we descend to the banks of the river, where our back-up crew has set camp and prepared dinner.
Today we drive up to the Morijio basin and further on to Naikara and enter the Maasai Mara through the Ololaimutiek Gate. The game drives en-route to the Sentrim Camp reveal the richness of wildlife in the extended plains of the Serengeti. Millions of Gnu’s and Zebras have come from the Serengeti in search for the tasty green grass and are followed by the predators. In the early afternoon we reach the Sentrim Camp and still have time for a game drive around the area. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the lodge.
Today we can opt between 2 game drives a day with lunch at the lodge and rest at the swimming pool between the game drives, or a full day game drives with packed lunchboxes. Whatever we choose, we definitely won’t be disappointed. Wildlife is here in plenty and with some luck, besides the predators such as lions and cheetah’s we may also track down a leopard and the rare rhino. After watching an impressive sunset over the Mara plains in the west we return to the Camp for dinner and overnight stay.
Today, after a cup of tea at 6.00am we proceed on an early morning game drive, and return to the Camp for a late breakfast. Finally we check out and return with an optional lunch stop on the way back to Nairobi.