Tropical Rambler: 14 Days Walking Safari

Walking SafarisDay 1: LAKE NAIVASHA

From Nairobi we drive for two hours to our camp near Lake Naivasha. After lunch we take a boat ride to Crescent Island. The island is an important bird sanctuary and you can walk around to watch some of the birds and the resident population of antelopes.

Day 2: 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 3: MOUNT LONGONOT

Drive to the base of Mount Longonot and hike for two hours to the crater rim (2,800m). Circumnavigate the crater in 2-3 hours then descend and return to the camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: KEMBU

Leave after breakfast for a two- hour drive to Kembu on the western wall of the Great Rift Valley. Afternoon two hour walk around the expansive farm. Visit the dairy, racehorses and general area of the farm. You can also visit a women's co-operative knitting project on the farm and the local primary school and make voluntary donations for the school or perhaps buy some of the products from the women's knitting project. Alternatively you can spend the afternoon lounging around and enjoying panoramic views of the Great Rift Valley. Camp overnight at the farm campsite.

Bush LunchDay 5: LAKE NAKURU

Day trip to Lake Nakuru National Park for game viewing. 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. Return to Kembu in the afternoon.

Day 6: LAKE BARINGO

Today we drive up the Rift Valley to Lake Baringo. Lunch then afternoon walk or boat tour. This lake is an oasis for a great variety of birds including White-faced Whistling-Duck, Intermediate Egret, herons, Hammerkop, Marabou Stork, Allen's Gallinule etc. There are also many hippos in the lake. We have dinner and stay overnight at our campsite.

Day 7: LAKE BOGORIA

We take an optional morning walk bird watching. Then travel a short distance to Lake Bogoria, another ornithological paradise that is home to flamingoes and several other bird species. We game drive and walk around the park and take a tour of the geysers and hot springs. Return to Lake Baringo for overnight.

Day 8: KAKAMEGA

From the Rift Valley, we journey to the west through Eldoret to Kakamega Forest. This is a tropical rain forest that is an extension of the original Congo forest and is home to a varied and colorful avifauna more typical of Central Africa. Camp overnight.

Flamingoes at Lake BogoriaDay 9: KAKAMEGA

Whole day of walking and bird watching in the forest. We see beautiful forest canopies over very large trees and numerous bird species. These include eagles, doves, Great Blue Turac the African Emerald, Cuckoo, Yellow-bill, Bar-tailed Trogon, Blue-headed Bee-eater, White-headed Wood-Hoopoe and others. Visit old gold mines. Camp overnight.

Day 10: LAKE VICTORIA

Drive southwards to Lake Victoria, the largest freshwater lake in Africa. We take lunch then an afternoon walk on the lakeshores. Optional canoeing in the lake. We take dinner and stay overnight in a budget hotel.

Day 11: MASAI MARA

Drive to Masai Mara. We take dinner and stay overnight at our campsite.

Days 12 & 13: MASAI MARA

Early start for two full days of game drives. The vast grassland plains of the Mara are scattered with herds of Zebra, Giraffe, Gazelle & Topi as well as Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Elephant & Buffalo amongst others. Each year the Mara plays host to the world's greatest natural spectacle, the Great Wildebeest Migration from the Serengeti. After each day of game drives we return to our camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 14: NAIROBI

Morning game drive. Transfer back to Nairobi. 

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