Seven days (six nights) to experience in the heart of Africa South of the Sahara
Enjoy game viewing from the comfort of your lounge in a tree hotel through glass; test a game park with rich wildlife and great rift valley lake water; reach your safari climax at the one-and-one-only Masai Mara game reserve and end up at the foot of the Mighty Kilimanjaro for inspiration (oops for writers only)!
7 DAYS (6 Nights) TREE HOTEL- LAKE NAKURU - MAASAI MARA - AMBOSELI
1 night Tree Hotel, 1 night Lake Nakuru, 2 nights Masai Mara, 2 nights Amboseli.
Your safari begins at 7.30am with pick up from your hotel or residence and departs to one of the Tree hotels' namely the Ark, Treetops and mountain lodge. You will arrive in time for lunch at the Aberdare Country Club for the Ark and the Out-span Hotel for Treetops, which serve as bases for visiting the 'tree' hotels. The Ark is situated in the Aberdare National park, deep in the mountain. This unique lodge resembles a ship; overlooking a floodlit waterhole and saltlick which is visited by a variety of animals. The animals often seen here are the elephants, Rhino and the bushbuck. Occasionally you can see the giant forest hog or the leopard. The following day depart after breakfast heading for Lake Nakuru.
Lake Nakuru lies in the Rift Valley it is one of a chain of 8 lakes, which stretch the length of Kenya from Tanzania to Ethiopia. This journey takes only 2½hrs comfortable drive from Nyeri Town, arriving Nakuru in time for lunch, which is taken in the park and is followed by an extensive tour. This tour takes you to this famous lake Nakuru national park where there are flamingoes, white pelicans, marabou stork and a variety of other water birds that breed in the lakes alkaline waters. Cape buffalo and lion can also be seen. You will spend a comfortable night in the park.
Having left Lake Nakuru in the morning after breakfast and a game drive, you will arrive in the world famous and the richest game reserve in Kenya, Maasai Mara set up very naturally between two streams. Here you will be able to view a wide selection of wildlife such as lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, rhino, giraffe and the buffalo. You will explore the Mara plains for predators and you will have a visit to the hippo pool which is a popular spot to watch out for hippos; with luck, you may see the crocodiles basking on the rocks. The reserve is essentially the Northern extension of Tanzania's Serengeti National Park and is home to numerous plains game including wildebeest, zebras and the maasai giraffe as well as antelopes like the Thompson's gazelle, hartebeest, impala and dik dik among others. You will relax here, enjoying your photo-taking sessions as you view the wildlife for three days (two nights) before departing for Amboseli National Park.
Amboseli National Park lies within the shadow of the mighty Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain (second only to the Himalayas in the world) whose peak maybe seen from the park in clear weather. You will have a game drive where a variety of plains game can be seen such as the antelopes and birds. Other animals such as the lion, cheetahs can be viewed in the park. Elephants and hippos are sometimes found bathing in the swamp-grounds which get their waters from Mt. Kilimanjaro.
7 DAYS MOUNT KENYA - mountain climbing on a choice of two different
7 DAYS SIRIMON ROUTE
Depart from Nairobi at 08:00hrs after breakfast and proceed towards the cool slopes of Mt. Kenya. Cross the Equator and arrive at your hotel in Nanyuki in time for Lunch. Relax and enjoy the excellent facilities and magnificent scenery with an optional visit to the Sweet Waters game reserve or to the cave hideouts of the Mau Mau freedom fighters during Kenya's struggle for independence. Dinner and over night in Nanyuki.
Early in the morning after breakfast sort and organize
personal equipment for the mountain trek. After lunch you will drive
to Sirimon Gate and then to road head at 11,000 ft. You will have an easy walk in the afternoon to help
Dinner and overnight at Judmaier camp in high altitude mountain tents.
After Breakfast you will ascend the Sirimon Track to
Liki North Valley and spend the night camped in this beautiful little
valley below subsidiary peaks of Teleki and Sendeyo, two ancient parasitic
vents of the main peaks.
Overnight stay in Liki North Valley, 13,000 ft.
After breakfast you will climb out of the North Valley
and in to the Mackinder's valley, on the broadest valleys of Mt. Kenya.
Camping at the head of the Mackinder's Valley, just below the main peaks of Batian and Nelion.
After having your breakfast you will make an alpine ascent
of the third highest peak, point Lenana. This route up the north face
is little used by tourists. Four hours of stiff walking to the summit.
Descend to the Teleki Valley on the opposite side of the main peaks,
to Mackinders Camp.
Dinner and Overnight Teleki Valley.
Descend to the Met. Station (Road head) on the Naro Moru Track and then back to the hotel for meals and overnight.
After breakfast, leisurely drive back to Nairobi, arriving at around mid-day.
7 DAYS TIMAU TREK
Depart Nairobi in the morning by 08:00 hours and drive towards the cool
slopes of Mt. Kenya to Nanyuki town arriving in time for lunch. After
lunch start preparing and sorting equipment for your trek. You
will also be shown how to pack and waterproof a backpack and to put
up a tent. You will then be driven to the Timau roadhead
where you will begin your trek up Mount Kenya from the north the following
Overnight is in high altitude mountain tents at the Timau roadhead.
After a breakfast meet with guides/porters and start
your trek as you hike across beautiful northern moorland of Mount Kenya
with its unique flora, possibly seeing some of the wildlife, which wander
up these northern slopes - zebra, eland, etc. for 4-5 hours taking
you to Marania campsite in middle of the moorland leaving behind a beautiful
forest inhabited by a variety of wildlife.
Dinner and overnight at Marania camp near the Marania River.
Early in the morning after breakfast you will start walking
to Majors camp for about 6-7 long hours.
Your path will be surrounded by plenty of Senecia and Lobelia. Lunch will be at Allan's point. Your night will be spent in a fly camp.
Dinner and overnight at a tent in Majors camp.
After breakfast, leave Majors camp to Shiptons camp you proceed with your trek, passing the scenic Terere and Sendeo peaks. The 6 hours hike takes you up to 4600m reaching the alpine dessert and down again to Shipton's Camp at 4200m. Overnight will be at the Shipton 's Hut where the Mackinders Valley starts Camping at Shiptons camp.
Leave Shiptons camp going round the peaks of Nellion and Batian, via Hausberg and Nanyuki Tarn to Two Tarn Hut. Two screeds up to 4600m will have to be passed. Lunch will be at the two Tarn Hut after which the hike continues down to Mackinder's Camp at 4200m in the Teleki Valley. Overnight will be at the Teleki Hut.
From Mackinders camp trek to met station at an altitude of 3050m after an early morning breakfast at 4.30 am, via a steep screed to the Austrian Hut at 4790m. Take a short break here before the final ascend to the summit bid for main objective point Lenana (4895m) and down to Mackinders hut on the Naro Moru track for an overnight and dinner.
Start hiking from the Met. station via Naro Moru route completing a fine circuit of Mt. Kenya then drive to Nairobi arriving in the evening.