In Kenya, one of the great destinations for lovers of wildlife, it is possible to enjoy some of the parks on foot. Our itinerary does just that, allowing you to admire some of Africa’s finest wildlife in safety and with a sense of freedom.
In Kenya, one of the great destinations for lovers of wildlife, it is possible to enjoy some of the parks on foot. Our itinerary does just that, allowing you to admire some of Africa’s finest wildlife in safety but with the sense of freedom and participation that being on foot confers. This itinerary visits some of the most scenic areas of the Great Rift Valley where walking and game viewing can take place in the total absence of mass tourism.
The highlights are the Crater Lake and Crescent Island sanctuaries, Hell’s Gate National Park, Lake Elementaita, with certain viewing of Giraffe, Waterbuck, Elands, Zebra and various Gazelles. We visit Lake Nakuru National Park, coloured pink through the presence of thousands of flamingos, and the open grasslands are home to White Rhino and the Rothschild’s Giraffe. Black Rhino is found in the forests around the lake. Masai Mara, the Africa that every one dreams of, takes up the last 3 days of the tour, with Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Topi and Hippo all claiming our attention. A walk guided by Masai people makes this a perfect tour in all senses.
With 2 participants: £2760 per person sharing
With 4 participants: £2240 per person sharing
With 6 participants: £2070 per person sharing
Single supplement: £330 NB: Accommodation is not included on day ten but can be arranged at the time of booking.
All accommodation as per itinerary, all meals from breakfast of day 2 through lunch of day 10, all transport Nairobi-Nairobi and airport transfers, bottled water during the walks, services of guides, park entrance and itinerary listed activity fees and a Flying Doctors Evacuation cover.
Airfare to Kenya, airport taxes, visa, insurance, drinks, tips, expenditure of personal nature and activities not listed in the itinerary, accommodation day 10.
Day 1: Nairobi
Arrival and transfer from the airport to the Nairobi Safari Club or equivalent hotel.
Day 2: Crescent Island. O/N Lake Naivasha Sawela Lodge or equivalent
After breakfast there is the briefing by the guide about the program. By 8.30 a.m. we leave Nairobi via the Nakuru road to the Rift valley. The Nairobi – Nakuru road is on a contour along the rim of the Rift valley and on viewpoints we will be able to see our whole route for the next days.We arrive at the Sawela Lodge, our base for three days, in time for lunch. The lodge boasts green lawns shaded by mature acacias and spreading fever trees that stretch down to the lake’s shore.In the afternoon we do our first African walk at the privately owned Crescent Island, which is a peninsula on the Eastern shore of Lake Naivasha. There is a lot of easy to see game e.g. giraffes, waterbucks, elands, zebras and impalas. It is also a heaven for birds with +200 species recorded. The walk is gentle and satisfying. Today’s program should be taken as light as possible to wear off the jet lag.Walking distance 6km: Walking time 2-3hrs
Day 3: Crater Lake. O/N Lake Naivasha Sawela Lodge or equivalent
After breakfast we do a transfer by bus to the nearby Crater Lake Game Sanctuary. It is a lesser lake in the Rift Valley but a place where nature is at its best.We do a walk in the sanctuary followed by a circular trek on the top of the crater from where we see the lake from various angles. Pleasant interruptions on the walks will be from giraffes, black and white Colobus monkeys, bushbucks and a range of gazelles, all which are easily found in the sanctuary.Walking distance 10km: Walking time 4-5hrs
Day 4: Hell’s Gate National Park. O/N Lake Naivasha Sawela Lodge or equivalent
Early rise – nobody should miss sunrise over the lake and all its accompanying birdlife. Today we do a short transfer to the gate of the park. This is a unique park where walking is done in the middle of wildlife. Giraffes, zebras, warthogs and many types of gazelles are found here. The first part of this walk is done in typical flat African savannah in a volcanic area with huge rock boundaries. There are camphor and acacia trees all over and this is where to look for the giraffe as they mainly feed on them. A picnic lunch provided by the hotel will be at the Rangers post.The last part of the walk is done in the Hell’s Gate Gorge by descending into a steep canyon with running water from geysers and wild vegetation. The climax of the day is in walking in the Side Gorge where the rocks have split to leave only a walking path. We climb back to the rangers post for transfer back to the Sawela Lodge.Walking distance 9km on flat terrain. Optional 4 km on the gorge. Walking time 6-7hrs
Day 5: Lake Elementaita. O/N Sunbird Lodge
Transfer to the Lake Elementaita area, where we will stay for 2 nights at Sunbird lodge, which is small and luxurious lodge built on a cliff overlooking the lake and the surrounding hills. Sunbird is not just a place to overnight, it is a place for total relaxation. After lunch we will walk up to the shores of the alkaline lake from where we proceed up to the hot springs and into the Kikopey Hills surrounding the lake. We walk mainly in open savannah land and occasionally we will stop for a chat with a Masai herdsman. The gentle sloping hills give a good panorama. The walk should be for 4 hrs after which we go back to the lodge in time for lunch. Afternoon is spent in the lodge.Walking distance 9km: Walking time 3hrs
Day 6: Visit Lake Nakuru National Park. O/N Sunbird Lounge
The nearby Nakuru National Park is the eldest park of Kenya. It’s not only known for its thousands of flamingos but also for the vast herds of buffaloes, tens of rhinos and cats like leopard and lion. Of the big five only the elephant is missing.
Day 7: To Masai Mara. O/N Mara Leisure Camp or equivalent lodge or tented camp We now take a break from walking to put all our attention to watching wildlife. To see the best of Kenyan wildlife Masai Mara is the place to be. Elephants, rhinos, giraffes, buffaloes, gazelles and all the big cats are found here. So, after breakfast we start our journey passing through Narok Town; a colourful Masai town.Our game viewing does not actually start at the park gate. We will be able to see many animals along the way grazing side by side with the Masai livestock. We reach the tented camp or lodge, our home for the next three days, in time for lunch.
Day 8+9: Masai Mara. O/N Mara Leisure Camp or equivalent lodge or tented camp
These are our cultural and activity days in Masai Mara. We do a morning game drive through the park and then take a walk in a ranch outside the park guided by Masai Morans. A visit to the manyatta will show how the typical Masais live. An afternoon game drive makes the day complete.On day 9 we explore the park further both by vehicle and more walks in an area of rolling hills and grasslands out of the park boundaries.Walking to Masai village 4km: 2hrsWalking distance for the optional walk: 6kms ( 2-3 hrs)
Day 10: Kiambethu tea estate & transfer to Nairobi
Leave Mara after breakfast and head towards Nairobi. Lunch is at the Kiambethu tea estate where we will be given a talk about tea from its arrival in Kenya, its growing and until it gets into your cup. In the afternoon we still do a short walk into the tea plantation and to a small stretch of indigenous forest. Late afternoon transfer to the airport for outbound flight.