Day 1: NAIROBI-MASAI MARA
From Nairobi, drive along the Rift Valley escarpment and down on the valley floor to Masai Mara. Lunch then afternoon game drive and camp overnight.
Day 2: MASAI MARA
We spend all day on game drives in the Mara. The Mara Game Reserve is largely plains and the open grasslands are habitat to rich and varied wildlife such as lion, leopard, cheetah, buffalo, zebra, giraffe etc. There are also several species of birds. The annual migration of millions of wildebeest and antelope from July to September is a spectacle never to be missed by any visitor to the Mara.
Day 3: MAJI MOTO
Morning game drive as we exit the Mara. Then a two-hour drive to Maji moto, a remote Maasai village at the slopes of the Loita hills. ‘Maji Moto’ is a Swahili word that means ‘hot water’ and the place derives this name from the nearby hot springs. The Maasai live as they have done for centuries in a traditional and sophisticated culture. After lunch our Maasai hosts take us on a cultural tour of the Maasai homestead (“boma”). In the evening you can take a refreshing dip in the hot spring water which the local Maasai use as a cure for skin ailments. Camp overnight.
Day 4: LAKE NAIVASHA
A 2-3 hour morning hike across the plains and up the Maji Moto hills led by our local Maasai guides. As we walk we will most likely come across gazelles, impala, zebra and wildebeest. Later drive up to Lake Naivasha and camp overnight.
Day 5: HELL’S GATE
Leave after breakfast for a drive to the nearby Hell's Gate National Park. We walk alongside herds of buffalo, zebra, eland, hartebeest, mountain reedbuck, hyrax, Thompson’s gazelle and giraffes against a backdrop of towering cliffs and undulating grasslands. The 4-5 hour hike from the Park Gate takes us past Fischer's Tower (a 25-metre jagged volcanic plug named after a German explorer Gustav Fischer) and steep rocky cliffs and down through the deep gorge with bubbling hot springs. The gorge baffles and awes explorers and is said to resemble 'hell' hence the name Hell's Gate. For the superstitious, it cannot be anything less than a cast of bad spell likened to the strange naming of the park. We return to our camp in the afternoon.
Day 6: LAKE NAKURU
Leave after breakfast for a two hour drive to Lake Nakuru National Park, This park is an ornithologist's paradise famed for its large concentration of flamingoes and nearly 450 species of other birds and as a rhino sanctuary. Also found here are waterbuck, buffalo, impala, zebra and several other animals. We’ll have a morning and afternoon game drive here and camp overnight inside the park.
Day 7: NAROMORU (MOUNT KENYA)
After another early morning game drive in Nakuru, we drive up the Rift Valley escarpment for lunch at Thompson Falls. Then we go to Naromoru on the western slopes of Mt. Kenya. Overnight at Mount Kenya Leisure Lodge.
Day 8: OLD MOSES CAMP
Transfer to Sirimon Park gate (2600m). After completion of park entry formalities, you begin a 3-4 hour hike through montane forest, bamboo, rosewood and heather zones to Old Moses camp (3300m). Our guide may spot buffalo, elephants and bushbuck fro a distance. Overnight at Old Moses Camp (3300m)
Day 9: SHIPTONS CAMP
After an early breakfast at 0630 hrs, commence a 6-7 hours trek through the sprawling moorlands up to the Shipton's hut (4200m). We’ll for the first time come across the unique Senecio and lobelia plants that are characteristic of the high altitude region. You gain good acclimatization as you cover an altitude range of 900m. Lunch stop is at a vantage point in the Mackinder valley. Overnight at Shipton's Camp (4200m)
Day 10: MACKINDERS CAMP
Departing at 0800hrs ascend the Hausberg col (4700m) then descend steeply to Hausberg valley and Oblong tarns before making a further steep ascent, crossing huge boulders via Two Tarn on the way to Mackinder's camp (4,300m) which is located within the Teleki Valley. Dinner and overnight at Mackinder's Camp (4300m)
Day 11: MET STATION
Wake-up call at 0230 Hrs. Start the summit climb at 0300 Hrs, first hiking on frozen scree then across the Lewis glacier for 3-4 hours. We aim to reach Point Lenana, the hikers summit, in time to watch the sunrise. From the summit, descend gently for two hour back to Mackinders Camp for breakfast. Then gentle 4 hour descent to Met Station (3,049m) for overnight
Day 12: NAROMORU-NAIROBI
Leave after breakfast for a gentle two hour hike down on a wide dirt road leading to the Naromoru Park gate (2600m) where you meet our vehicle. Transfer back to Nairobi.
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