This unique tour takes you to most beautiful places in Kenya off the beaten track and partly on foot. You not only get to experience the generous hospitality of the Kenyan people but also encounter the enormous variety of the Kenyan Wildlife in the renowned game parks.
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Day 1: Nairobi - Nakuru
Arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. Our Guide will pick you up and proceed to Nakuru National Park. The scenic drive through the Rift Valley takes about 3 hours. Our destination for today is the Maili Saba Camp overlooking the magnificent caldera of the Menengai Crater. Dinner and Overnight will be at the camp.
Day 2: Nakuru- Bogoria
Today we will have an early breakfast at 6.30 am and drive to the Hannington View Point overlooking Lake Bogoria on the Rift Valley floor. With packed lunch in our day bag and plenty of water and a local guide we descend the steep escarpment. The rather strenuous 4 hour hike takes us to the fig tree campsite at the shores of the lake where we rest and have our lunch. Our car will have arrived and will take us for a game drive along the lake shores where thousands of flamingos reside and geysers give evidence of the volcanic activities in the Rift valley. Besides the flamingos we encounter an array of plains game such as zebras, Impalas, Dik Diks and maybe greater kudus. In the late afternoon, we leave the park and drive to a Lomanira Hotel right on the equator for dinner and Overnight.
Day 3: Bogoria- Naivasha
After breakfast we drive to Naivasha for a game drive at the scenic Hell’s Gate National Park followed by a walk through the scenic Oljorwa gorge, which formed the backdrop for the film ‘Sheena, Queen of the Jungle’. About 1 .00 pm we check in at the Elsamere Conservation Centre for a delicious British buffet lunch. The centre is the former residence of the renowned Joy and George Adamson, Kenya’s pioneers in conservation work. In the afternoon, we explore the lake of the rich birdlife by taking a boat ride to Crescent Island where we take a guided game walk back to the mainland where our cars are waiting to take us back to Elsamere for dinner and the overnight stay.
Day 4: Naivasha – Magadi
Today we have an early breakfast at 6.30am and drive via Dagoretti, Karen and Ngong Hills to Magadi. We check in at the Magadi Camp and after lunch we visit Hot springs. Lake Magadi is covered with a layer of soda ash, a main ingredient used in the glass industry. At the hot springs flamingos look for food in the shallow waters and we soak our feet in the warm sulphurous water said to be a cure for various ailments. On our way we may encounter flamingos and plains game. In the late afternoon we return to Magadi Camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Nguruman Escarpment
Today we have an early breakfast at 5.30am to avoid the heat of the day. Equipped with at least 3 litres of water in our day bag, we start to hike up the escarpment, first crossing the Entosopia River and then climbing the steep and rocky 800m escarpment wall. At around noon reach the first level of the escarpment where we set up the camp. There are spectacular views over the Rift Valley floor and the Ngong Hills in the North East. The afternoon will be spent visiting the waterfalls on the Entosopia River and taking a dive in the refreshing waters. Dinner and overnight camping.
Day 6: Hike along the Entosopia River
As the sun rises over the Ngong Hills, we enjoy our breakfast and marvel the views over the land almost 1000m below us. Leisurely we start our hike again and proceed along the Entosopia River which we finally cross and reach at around noon. The final destination for the day will be a large Manyatta in the grassy plains. The afternoon will be spent watching the villagers as they go about 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 exciting day.
Day 7: Drive through the Loita Hills
Today we change to 4x4 vehicles and drive through the plains and the riverine forest, first along the banks of the Entosopia river and after crossing it twice we have to cross another 6 of its feeders before we reach another Maasai settlement, Enkutoto, at 1800m, just on the base of the second level of the escarpment. After another 20km we reach the Narossura the largest settlement in the area where we stop for lunch. Finally we climb up another treacherous escarpment and reach the Morijo plains. Our journey continues via Olmesutie to a camp site near a Maasai Boma at 2200m. While we set up camp the villagers come to greet us and display their souvenirs for sale.
Day 8: Ilkerin Community Project
Today we visit Ilkerin Community project. This project was started in 1968 in cooperation with a Dutch development agency and the Catholic Diocese of Ngong. It is part of an integrated programme on rural development with focus on livestock upgrading, health, education and resolving conflicts. It bridges the gap between marginalization and conservative culture to integrate the Loita Maasai into the mainstream society. We stroll around the area, and may climb some hills to marvel the spectacular view over the plains. In the evening we return to our camp for dinner and rest.
Day 9: Maasai Mara
After breakfast we drive via Naikara and enter the Maasai Mara through the Ololaimutiek gate. The game drives en-route the Sentrim Camp reveals the rich wildlife in the extended plains of the Serengeti. Between July and October millions of Gnu’s and Zebras come from the Serengeti in search of the tasty green grass and are followed by their predators. We arrive at the Sentrim Camp just in time for lunch and spare enough time in the afternoon for game drives.
Day 10: Maasai Mara
We can opt between 2 game drives a day with lunch at the lodge and relaxation at the swimming pool between the game drives, or a full day game drive with packed lunch. Whatever we choose, you will not be disappointed. Wildlife is in plenty and with some luck we may track down a leopard and the rare rhino besides the predators such as lions and cheetah’s. Luckily, we may encounter all the ‘BIG FIVE’ and share our experiences at the campfire in the evening with the other guests.
Day 11: Maasai Mara
Today we have an early breakfast at 6.30am. With game drives en-route we leave the Maasai Mara and drive through the scenic Mau Forest, one of Kenya’s water towers to Lake Nakuru National Park for lunch. After lunch we explore the park which is home to 4 of the big five besides thousands of flamingos a variety of other species of water birds. Dinner & Overnight will be at the Flamingo Hill tented camp.
Day 12: Limuru Tea Farm
Our last day is still full of discovery. After breakfast we drive to Limuru for a tea farm visit. We will arrive at around 11am and learn about the history of the farm and the process of making tea over a cup of tea/coffee before we venture into the field and a small indigenous forest where a guide explains the medicinal values of the various plants. As we return to the house, we are offered a pre-lunch drink on the veranda overlooking the sweeping view across the tea fields in the backdrop of the Ngong Hills. After lunch, we drive back to Nairobi and to the airport for evening departure.