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Great Rift Valley, Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara

Join Ontdek’s eco travel in Kenya - it will slow you down giving you time to explore selected areas rather than being on whistle stop itineraries traversing the whole country. You have walking safaris in the Crater Lake and Crescent Island sanctuaries, Hell’s Gate National Park with sightings of Giraffes, Waterbucks, Elands, Zebras and various Gazelles.

Eco travel in Kenya: walking with zebras

You will visit Lake Nakuru but from the safe hideaway of the Sunbird Lodge on the shore of the scenic Lake Elementaita.

Masai Mara, the Africa that everyone dreams of, takes the last 3 days of this eco travel with Elephants, Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, Topis and Hippos all calling for your attention. A walk guided by Masai Morans in the community ranches outside the park makes this an all round eco tour in Kenya.

All Ontdek safaris are genuine eco travels – we keep you away from mass tourism, give you one-on-one interaction with local safari guides and do our utmost best to see that you are not cooped up in a safari bus during your trip. We handle all ground logistics on your eco tour leaving you free to enjoy your vacation.

Read more about Ontdek's responsible tourism approach.

We can also customize the eco tour to suit your days of travel. We look forward to consulting with you. Contact Ontdek Kenya Safaris.


Day 1. Nairobi

Arrival at the airport at night and reception by Ontdek Kenya. Transfer from the airport to the Nairobi Safari club or equivalent hotel in Nairobi.

Day 2. Kenya Eco-tourism: Crescent Island. O/N Sawela Lodge, Lake Naivasha

After breakfast there is the briefing by the guide about this eco tour. 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.

Ecotourism in Kenya: hiking with wildebeests at Crescent Island

The eco tour starts off with a guided 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 Kenya birds species recorded. The walk is gentle and satisfying.

Day 3. Kenya Eco Travel: Hell’s Gate. O/N Sawela Lodge

We wake up for breakfast with the sun giving a wonderful effect over the lake. An early morning here should not be missed by anyone with an eye for birds since the lake boasts a wide variety of water and woodland birds.

After breakfast we do a short transfer to the Hell's Gate National 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 savanna in a volcanic area with huge rock boundaries. There are camphor and acacia trees all over and this is where to look for the giraffes as they mainly feed on them. A picnic lunch will be at a view point over the Hell's Gate gorge.

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 lodge.

Day 4. Kenya Eco travel: Crater Lake. O/N Sawela Lodge

An early rising will ensure that one gets another magical display of the various birds. 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 trek on the crater rim from where we see the lake from various angles.

Pleasant interruptions on the walks will be from giraffes, black and white Colobus monkeys, elands and a range of gazelles.

Eco safaris in Kenya

Day 5-6. Kenya Eco Travel: Lake Elementaita Region. O/N Sunbird Lodge

Lake Elementaita in the Great Rift Valley may not have the big name of Lake Nakuru but its scenic beauty is unmatched. This is an alkaline lake with open savanna plains and has as many bird species as Lake Nakuru.

The Sunbird lodge, patched on a cliff with a good panorama on the lake and the open fields is arguably one of the most scenic small lodges in Kenya. It is a place to cut off and enjoy the scenery, the birds, hot air balloon rides over the lake and the Soysambu game conservancy.

2 days at the Sunbird Lodge are spent doing guided walks, a visit to the Kariandusi archeological site where stone tools were discovered and are still on display. The site also brings to focus how much the water masses have shrunk and how much we urgently need to focus more on conservation. On one afternoon go for a game drive in the neighboring Soysambu Conservancy.

Day 7. Eco Travel in Kenya: Lake Nakuru National Park. O/N Sunbird Lodge

Lake Nakuru National Park is only 45 min from Sunbird Lodge. The park is mainly known for its thousands of flamingos as well as vast herds of buffaloes, tens of rhinos and cats like leopard and lion. Of the big five only the elephant is missing.

There is the option to take a full day at Lake Nakuru or take the excursion as ½ day going back for lunch at Sunbird.

Day 8. Kenya Eco travel: Masai Mara. O/N Mara Leisure Camp / Oloshaiki Camp

Eco tours in Kenya | Serval Cat at Masai Mara
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, giraffes, buffaloes, gazelles and all the big cats are found here. So, after breakfast we start our journey passing through Narok Town, a colorful 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, our home for the next three days, in time for lunch.

Day 9+10: Masai Mara. O/N Mara Leisure Camp /Oloshaiki Camp

These are our cultural and activity days in Masai Mara. We do a morning game drive through the park and hike to a Masai manyatta (=homestead). Here we will see how the typical Masais live. An afternoon game drive makes the day complete.

On day 10 we do a morning and an afternoon game drive. We break from the driving with an optional walk in a natural area with rolling hills and grasslands, out of the park boundaries.

Day 11: 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. Late afternoon transfer to Nairobi City for last minute shopping. Evening transfer to the airport for outbound flight.

Itinerary changes may be made due to local conditions beyond our control.

PRICE: Our attractive price based on the size of your party includes all accommodation as per itinerary, all meals from breakfast of day 2 through lunch of day 11, all transport Nairobi-Nairobi and airport transfers, bottled water during the walks, services of guides, the park entrance fees and a Flying Doctors Evacuation cover.

The only extras on you are spendings on airfare to Kenya, airport taxes, visa, insurance, drinks at the table, tips and expenditure of personal nature.

FOR A PRICE QUOTE: Contact Ontdek Kenya Safaris.