13 days (not including air travel)

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Day 1: Nairobi-Lake Naivasha

Depart Nairobi at 0800 Hrs and drive into the Great Rift Valley, stopping at a vantage point along the way to catch a panoramic view if the landscapes. On arrival at Lake Naivasha, we’ll take a boat ride to Crescent Island for a game walk. Crescent Island, a peninsula on the eastern shore of Lake Naivasha, is a privately owned game sanctuary that hosts giraffes, waterbucks, elands, zebras and impalas. There is also abundant bird life including pelicans, cormorants and fish eagles. Crescent Island Park is considered one of the most beautiful parks in Kenya with more animals per unit area than any other Kenyan park.

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

Day 2: Hell’s Gate/Lake Nakuru

Transfer to Hell’s Gate National park for an exhilarating hike down the gorge. The gorge that the park derives its name from is a product of the powerful tectonic and volcanic activities experienced during the formation of the Great Rift Valley. The gorge baffles and awes explorers and it is said to resemble ‘hell’ hence the name Hell’s gate. There are soaring lava cliffs, steaming volcanic vents and hot springs.

If interested, we can also arrange for cycling in the park. Here, you walk or ride through herds of plains game that includes eland, gazelle, and zebra. Other wild animals in the park include the rare klipspringer, ostrich, waterbuck, impala, buffalo and warthogs.

Return to our camp for lunch then a 2 hour transfer to Lake Nakuru National Park for evening game viewing.

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Kembu Farm

Morning game drives in 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. After lunch, transfer to Njoro on the western wall of the Great Rift Valley and overnight at Kembu Farm.

Accommodation: Camping or Cottages.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Kembu Farm

Whole day on the farm with several activities to keep us busy-walks around the expansive farm, visit the dairy, racehorses, Kenana women’s knitting project that provides employment to a group of local women.

Accommodation: Camping or cottages

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: Kakamega Forest

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. Driving time is about 5 hours.

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: Kakamega Forest

Morning and afternoon nature walks through a network of nature trails in the forest and bird watching. There are massive trees with beautiful forest canopies, some as old as 400 years, numerous bird species and primates. The thick and mostly wet undergrowth supports insects and small animals. Over 300 species of birds have been recorded here and these include eagles, doves, Great Blue Turaco, the African Emerald Cuckoo, Yellow-bill, Bar-tailed Trogon, Blue-headed Bee-eater, White-headed Wood-Hoopoe and others.

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7: Maseno/Equator

Predawn hike to the summit of Lirhanda hill. This is an exhilarating climb and the trail meanders through the dense forest. We’ll arrive at the hill top in time to watch the spectacular African sunrise and will also explore caves and enjoy a nature walk and bird watching on our way back. We’ll drive back to our camp for mid-morning breakfast and relaxation. In the afternoon after lunch, we’ll drive south to Maseno at the equator. Get a chance to be in two places at the same time! Maseno straddles the equator so you can be on the northern and southern hemispheres at the same time. You can get out of your vehicle and pose for photographs by the Equator sign.

Accommodation: Trinity Maseno guesthouse.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8: Lake Victoria

Transfer to Lake Victoria’s Hippo Point from where we get onto the boat for a ride on Lake Victoria. We’ll head to the Dunga fishing village for interactions with the local fishermen. This is a popular fish landing site and you will witness how local fishermen arriving from nightlong fishing expeditions offload their catch of Nile Perch, tilapia and dagaa fish. Fishing is the major economic activity for the local Luo people here.  We’ll also do a nature ride around the Dunga wetland for bird watching and we may also see hippos. In the afternoon we’ll drive to Kit Mikayi village to have lunch prepared by the Kit Mikayi local women association/group (a chance to savour and enjoy local food). After lunch, there is a Luo cultural tour. Kit Mikayi is a rock formation about 40 metres high, which in the local dholuo language means “Stones of the first wife” or “First Wife Rocks”. The site offers a sneak peek into the history of the local Luo tribe. According to the Luo folklore, Kit Mikayi, the mother of the Luo tribe, rested at this site after her long journey south, down the Nile valley. The site is popular with religious sects and individuals coming there to offer sacrifices and pray. We’ll then return to our guesthouse in the late afternoon.

Accommodation: Trinity Maseno guesthouse.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9: Kericho Tea belt

From the lake region, we head southwards, driving through rich agricultural country with sugarcane plantations and acres of green tea fields. After a 2-3 hour drive we arrive at Kericho, the heartland of tea farming in Kenya. Cool fresh air of the rich agricultural lands greets you on arrival in the “tea belt” of Kenya. After lunch we’ll tour a tea farm and factory to gain insights into farming of Kenya’s main cash crop.

Accommodation: Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10: Maji Moto

Morning departure for a 4-5 hour drive to Maji Moto, a remote Maasai village on the slopes of the Loita Hills. “Maji Moto” is a Swahili word that means “hot water” and the place derives its name from the nearby hot springs. The hot spring water is highly respected by the locals as a cure for skin ailments. The Maasai live as they have done for centuries in a traditional and sophisticated culture. They are not just residents of the land; they are as much a part of the life of the land as the land is part of their own lives. This belief is strongly reflected in their respect for the land and all beings that exist on it. They rarely hunt and instead choose to live alongside the area’s wildlife in harmony. They are passionate about their cattle.

After lunch we visit a Maasai homestead (“boma”) for insights into their fascinating culture and way of life – dinner round camp-fire, starlit skies and sleep to the sounds of the African night.

Accommodation: Maji Moto Camp, simple but clean and owned by the local Maasai community.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11: Masai Mara

Morning walk with Maasai warriors as our guides in the savannah and up in the hills, learn their warrior training techniques, local herbal medicine, visit the local community school. Return to our camp for lunch and then drive to Masai Mara.

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 12: Masai Mara

Full day of game drives in the Masai 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.

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 13: Nairobi

Early morning game drive. Later return to camp for a late breakfast followed by transfer back to Nairobi.

Meals: Breakfast and Picnic lunch.


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