Mount Kenya Trekking

Day 1; Nairobi  - Lewa Conservancy

Departure from your hotel at 7am  direction Lewa consevancy.

Game drive and check in at 1 pm at Lewa  safari tented camp.

Lunch - relax then evening game drive upto 18:30h.

Back to your hotel for dinner and overnignt.

 

 

Lewa House is the home of Sophie and Calum Macfarlane; Sophie being the grand-daughter of David Craig. They share their home with up to 18 guests. Here are Sophie & Calum to say more…..

 

“Lewa is a unique place and has inspired many with its combination of stunning scenery with some of the best game viewing in Africa. But more than that, it is the magic of the connection between the people, the wildlife and the place. Staying with us at Lewa House, you become part of that connection.

 

Our home is elegant but informal, with extraordinary views stretching across the wilderness of Northern Kenya. We are endeavouring to be as sustainable as possible and are 100% solar powered. We harvest rainwater, and re-cycle our grey water. Our buildings blend into the landscape and many of our vegetables come from our Biodynamic garden.

 

The heart of the house is a large dramatic thatched room where we sit round the fire most evenings, sharing our experiences of the day. The accommodation consists of cottages spread through-out the grounds. We have two types of cottages: three family cottages which each have two en-suite rooms with a shared veranda. Their thatched roofs and rough-hewn hardwood furniture offer a glimpse to the Africa of old. We also have four ‘Earth pod’ Cottages whose novel architecture blends into the hillside and their simple, elegant décor compliments their expansive views. Their ‘star-baths’ let you luxuriate in a hot bath with the starlit sky as your roof.

 

Being very centrally located we have wonderful access to the wild valleys to the north, which we enjoy exploring on foot whilst being very close to the wildlife dense area around the swamp. Young and old are all welcome."

 

 

Day 2:   Lewa Conservancy- Samburu National Reserve
Early morning break fast, early gamedrive and then depart for Samburu national reserve where you will arrivein time for lunch.
Check in at the lodge and after short relaxation, we will proceed for an afternoon game drive which starts from 1600hrs till sunset.
Samburu National Reserve lies in Northern Kenya. The reserve is rich in flora and fauna and is famous for its unique game which includes: Beisa oryx, Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, and gerenuk. The reserve is part of the ecosystem that includes the neighbouring Shaba and Buffalo Springs national reserves.
Apart from the unique species, other game found in this region include: elephants, buffalo, rhino, lion, leopard, wild dog, eland, the endangered pancake tortoise, crocodile, among many others. Over 450 species of birds reside here including the water species in Uwaso Nyiro River. The reserve's surrounding is inhabited by semi-nomadic Samburu tribe, whom we will have chance to interact with during a visit to a nearby local village if time permits.
Overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge,Samburu Serena,Sarova shaba,Funan special campsite, Samburu Interprids, Samburu lodge, Ashnil Samburu camp,Elephant Bedroom camp, OR Joys camps (lunch, dinner and breakfast included)
Day 3: Samburu National Reserve-  OLPEJETA conservancy
Enjoy early morning  after breakfast ,  check out of the park at around 10 am, drive to Olpejeta conservancy .Enjoy your  safari game drive in this conservancy.- Overview Ol Pejeta Safaris

About Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Ol Pejeta is one of the prime sanctuaries of Laikipia Plateau and all of the Big Five are present. Its highlights include the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa; a population of southern white rhino; a refuge for the last three northern white rhino left in the world; and Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, housing orphaned and abandoned chimpanzees. It’s the only Laikipia reserve where day visits are possible. A range of activities is available, including night drives, lion tracking and guided bush walks (lunch ,dinner and breakfast in either), Sweetwaters serena camp, Kicheche laikipia camp,Olpejeta bush camp, Olpejeta house, Porini Rhino camp, Pelican house, Safari cottages, Jambo mutara tented camp.


Day 4:OLPEJETA   to Aberdares National Park
Early breakfast followed game drive upto 11 am , checkout and head to Aberdares National Park. We will make a stop for lunch at Aberdares Country Club,Or OUTSPAN HOTEL, the base hotel for the Ark lodge. Later in the afternoon transfer to the Ark Lodge -oR TREE TOP HOTEL, the transfer is done by the lodge using their own vehicle. Any excess luggage can be left at Aberdares Country Club to be picked when checking out the next day.
The Ark lodge, as its name sounds, resembles Noah's Ark. The lodge is set within Aberdare National Park overlooking a waterhole and salt lick which attract several animals as they come to drink water in the evenings and mornings. Game viewing is mostly done from the viewing areas/balconies/decks located within the lodge which provides excellent view of the game as they come to drink at the waterhole. There is also an underground bunker which offers great views especially for wildlife photographers.
Aberdares National Park has a diverse ecosystem, hosting such unique species as the bongo antelope which is found only within Mount Kenya region. Others include: buffalo, rhinos, elephants, warthog, leopard, serval cat, waterbuck, reedbuck, hyenas, and dikdik. The forest and thicker areas are home to elephants, bush duiker, monkeys, bushbuck, leopard and black rhino.  Apart from game viewing, you can also engage in other activities such as guided bush walks or nature walks, bird watching, and even golfing during your stay at Aberdares,.
Overnight at The Ark OR TREETOP HOTEL (lunch, dinner and breakfast)
Day 5: ABERDARES - Lake Nakuru national park .
Early morning game drive,Breakfast at  then   check out and proceed to Lake Nakuru national park, arriving in time for lunch at the lodge.
Lake Nakuru National Park's ecosystem is diverse, consisting of the lake, swamps, springs, bushy grasslands, acacia forest, ridges, and hillsides. This ecosystem provides a home to variety of terrestial and water game including waterbirds, terrestrial birds, lions, rhinos, giraffes, waterbuck, hippos, baboons, buffalo, zebra and many others. The lake covers about a third of the park. The national park claims its fame on its often large population of flamingo and other water birds, in the lake. 450 species of birds are found within the area. The park is also known for hosting the endangered Rothschild Giraffe species, and both black and white rhino.
Overnight at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge/L.nakuru lodge,Stem hotel,Bush buck hotel, Mbweha camp, Eldorado lodge, Back packers public camp site, Midland hotel or Wildlife club of KenYa guest house E.T.C (lunch, dinner and breakfast)
Day 6: Lake Nakuru  -Lake Baringo National park.

Early morning breakfast- game on route  and check out of the park direction L. Baringo national park.
 

Lake Baringo is well known for two of its waters’ residents- Hippos and Crocodiles. The crocodiles are often seen lying on the shores or swimming through the shallows hunting waterfowl.

Hippos are seen in the lake on boat trips, and at Lakeside lodges and camps, they are seen at night grazing the lawns. Seeing how large a hippo is when it emerges from the water is an awe-inspiring vision, even more so when they are grazing a few feet from the door of your tent. Hippos are a common cause of  sleepless nights for lakeside campers. Other residents of the Lake is fish and in abundance! as result, an equal abundance of Fish Eagles, cormorants and pelicans. The lake is a well known birding destination, with a local record set at 300 species recordKenya Safari - Lake Baringo Crocodileed in a single hour at the Baringo Club. Boat trips are the best way of exploring this area.

Baringo Community Museum and Reptile Park educates local people and visitors about reptile species. The museum displays several species of snakes, including the Black Mamba, Puff Adder, Boomslang (tree snake) and Spitting Cobra as well as Monitor Lizards, Crocodiles and a central pit shared by endangered tortoises and harmless Stripe Bellied Sand Snakes.

Ol Kokwe Island in the middle of the lake is an ideal place for birding, but also for sighting plenty of crocodiles and monitor lizards at the waters edge.
           Enjo your game drive and full day wonderfull experience.
Overnight at  Roberts camp, Soi safari lodge,, Lake Baringo club or Island  camp Baringo(lunch, dinner and breakfast)
Day 7: Lake Baringo  -Lake Bogoria
After breakfast enjoy a morning bird and game viewing drive around Lake Baringo National park before driving to Lakes Bogoria on a scenic drive along the floors of the great rift valley. At Lake Bogoria you will marvel at the hot springs with views of flamingoes in the background. Dinner and overnight at Laboi gate  camp site, Hot springs campsite or Acacia campsite
 (Lunch, dinner and breakfast included)
Day 8: Bogoria   -  Lake Elmentaita
Early morning breakfast, game drive and check out. Drive  towards Lake Elementaita for game drive, cycling,birds viewing and other activies

Lake Elmenteita, also spelled Elementaita, is a soda lake, in the Great Rift Valley, about 120 km northwest of Nairobi, Kenya.

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Geography

 
Lake Elmenteita from the Nairobi-Nakuru highway

Elmenteita is derived from the Masaai word muteita, meaning "dust place", a reference to the dryness and dustyness of the area, especially between January and March. The town of Gilgil is near the lake. In the south-to-north sequence of Rift Valley lakes, Elmenteita is between Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru. The major Nairobi-Nakuru highway (A104 Road) runs along the nearby escarpment affording motorists a spectacular vista towards the lake.Today the lake is a protected area due to its birdlife fame and also it has been named as one of the heritage sites together with the Lake Nakuru and Lake Bogoria by UNESCO.

At the southern end of the lake are the "Kekopey" hot springs, in which the Tilapia grahami breed. Very popular for bathing, the local Maasai claim that it can cure AIDS. The reed beds nearby are fishing grounds for night herons and pelicans.

 
Lake Elmenteita, as seen from space.

History

The Lake Elmenteita area saw its first white settlement when Lord Delamere (1879-1931) established Soysambu, a 48,000-acre (190 km2) ranch, on the western side of the lake. Delamere gifted the land on the other side of the lake to his brother-in-law, the Honorable Galbraith Lowry Egerton Cole (1881-1929), part of whose "Kekopey Ranch", where he is buried, is preserved today as the Lake Elementaita Lodge.

Soysambu ranch is still occupied by Lord Delamere's descendants, including the controversial Thomas P. G. Cholmondeley who has been instrumental in setting up the Soysambu conservancy. The conservancy covers 2/3 of the shoreline and is home to over 12000 wild animals.

Lake Elmenteita has been a Ramsar site since 2005.[1]

Ecology

Over 400 bird species have been recorded in the Lake Nakuru/Lake Elmenteita basin. Elmenteita attracts visiting flamingoes, both the Greater and Lesser varieties, which feed on the lake's crustacean and insect larvae and on its suspended blue-green algae, respectively. Tilapia were introduced to the lake from Lake Magadi in 1962 and since that time the flamingo population has dwindled considerably. The tilapia attract many fish-eating birds that also feed upon the flamingo eggs and chicks. Over a million birds that formerly bred at Elmenteita are now said to have sought refuge at Lake Natron in Tanzania.

The lake's shores are grazed by zebra, gazelle, eland and families of warthog.

The lake is normally very shallow (less than 1 m deep) and bordered by trona-encrusted mudflats during the dry seasons. During the late Pleistocene and early Holocene, Lake Elmenteita was at times united with an expanded Lake Nakuru, forming a much larger dilute lake. Remnants of the former joined lake are preserved as sediments at various locations around the lake basins, including former shorelines.

Recently the lake level and number of flamingoes has receded as increased human activity has dried up catchment areas.[2]

Associated sites

Nearby is the Kariandusi Museum, at an important prehistoric site where stone handaxes and cleavers were discovered in 1929 by Louis Leakey.

Elmenteita Badlands is a lava flow to the south of the lake, covered in bush and including some spectacularly scenic peaks.
Overnight at Lake Elementaita lodge, Flamingo camp, or Sleeping Worrior. ( Lunch dinner and breakfast)
Day 9: Elementaita  - Lake Naivasha + MT longonot

Early morning safari photo, breakfast and check out of the park. Drive towards L Naivasha National park. Game drive in MT longonot national park then check in at the Naivasha hotels/camps;   Crater lake lodge, L.Naivasha country club, Burchs camp, Sawela lodge, Chui lodge, Rift valley lodge, Camp Carnelleys, Endchata campsite, Oldubai campsite, Fisherman camp, Fish Eagle Inn., Elsamare cansevation center, Eburru guet cottages, Kiboko luxury camp, L.Naivasha Sopa lodge, OR Naiburuta campsite.

At 16h, Boat ride in lake naivasha.

Dinner and overnight  (Lunch,Breakfast and Dinner included)

 

“Sheer Adventure” 

Rising from the floor of the Great Rift Valley like a monolith is the extinct volcano of Mount Longonot. A unique feature is the thick forest that lies within the crater of the mountain. The crater rim also provides great scenic views across the beautiful Rift Valley all the way to Lake Naivasha. Major wildlife attractions at Mount Longonot include buffaloes, elands, lion, leopard, bushbucks, common zebra, giraffe and Grant’s gazelles.


Day 10: Naivasha  -Maasai Mara
Breakfast at the lodge. Then we will have a long drive, about 5 hours, as we go via the Great Rift Valley on our way to Masai Mara. Check in at the lodge on arrival, followed by lunch. Thereafter, at 16:00 hrs, you shall meet your driver guide at the lodge's reception ready to take you for an afternoon game drive which lasts till sunset.
Masai Mara is most popular wildlife reserve in Kenya. This outstanding national reserve has one of Kenya's highest densities of wild game, including all the big five African animals (lion, elephant, rhino, leopard, and buffalo), several antelope species, giraffes, cheetahs, jackals, hyenas, and many many more. The reserve is also home to a prolific bird-life with over 450 bird species recorded here, of which more than 50 species are birds of prey. The grassland vegetation makes it very easy to spot animals. The Mara is most renowned for the great wildebeest migration, which takes place between June and October every year between Masai Mara and Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.

Overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge,AA lodges,  Mara Sarova camp, Siana springs(Intrepids), Kichakani camp,Mara Serena camp, Kilina camp, Elengata Olerai camp, Mara safari club,Mara leisure camp,Base camp Explorer, Maasi mara migration camp, Cottars 1920 safari camp, Karen Blixen camp,Mara ngenche safari camp, Mara springs camp, Fig tree  camp, Tipilikwani camp, Kichwa tembo camp, Mara Amba camp, Governors camp(main or Little), Oloololo gate camp site, Mara kima camp, Rhino tented camp, Ashnil Mara safari camp, Elephat Pepper camp,Keekorok lodge or camp of your choice (lunch, dinner and breakfast included)

 

Day 11 Maasi  mara:

At  5am- Take an oppor tunity to fly over Masai Mara in Hot air Balloon. You shall be met at the lodge by the balloon company representative for pick-up and transfer to balloon launching site. The balloon ride lasts up to 2 hours. Upon landing, you shall celebrate and enjoy breakfast in the bush before being driven back to your lodge with game drive enroute. The balloon package is optional and at an extra cost. The package includes a champagne bush breakfast in the wild and offers a memorable experience which we recommend.
After the balloon ride, spend the rest of the morning free at leisure at the lodge, then after lunch proceed for an afternoon game drive.OR06:30 am - Enjoy early morning game drive, then drive back to the lodge for breakfast. Lunch will also be served at the lodge, then take the early afternoon enjoying activities such as swimming at the pool, shopping at the curio shop or just reading articles or your nice travel book or magazine. At 1600 hrs - we will depart for another game drive which ends when sun sets.
Alternatively, we can leave in the morning after breakfast for a full day game drive with packed lunch(picnic) take your lunch at the obervation point near  Mara river. Return to the lodge in the evening.
Overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge/AA LODGES or camp of your choice (lunch, dinner and breakfast)

Day 12: Maasai mara  -Nairobi.

Early breakfast , safari photo on the way to the gate. Check out at around 9 am. Drive towards Nairobi, Arriving by around 13 h to your hotel or Direct to the Airport after lunch.

KT& safaris will help you realise you  great Adventure  in Kenya. Welcome.

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