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13 Days Aberdares, Rift Valley & Masai Mara

From our menu of women hiking vacations, enjoy a walking and wildlife safaris in Kenya that is designed to keep you away from mass tourism. Visit the game rich Aberdare Sanctuary and the Solio ranch. Spend a night of wildlife viewing from the balcony of your room at Treetops - a tree hotel in the Aberdares. The tour then progresses to scenic places in the Great Rift Valley for more game and walks in Crescent Island, Crater Lake, Hell's Gate and Elementaita with guaranteed interruptions from Giraffes, Waterbucks, Elands, Zebras and various Gazelles.

A safari in Masai Mara, the Africa that every one dreams of, is the grand finale in this vacation for women. 3 days here are for game drives to see Elephants, Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, Topis and Hippos all calling for our attention. A walk guided by Masai Morans is among the many highlights in women hiking vacation.

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Adventure women travel group

Read more about our women-only walking tours in Kenya before you book your tour.

We can customize our vacations for women to suit your specific needs, please 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.

Women Travel Groups to Africa: Oryx, Solio Kenya.

Day 2 + 3. Women Hiking Vacations: Sangare Tented camp

A 3 hrs transfer takes you to Nyeri in central Kenya, home of the Kikuyu tribe. You will drive through the main farming areas of Kenya with a lot of coffee and pineapple plantations. Time allowing, we will make a stop at the open air market of Karatina, which is the biggest farm produce market in the region.

We arrive in time for lunch at the Sangare Tented Camp, our base for two nights.

Sangare is a 6500 acres private wildlife conservancy sandwiched between the Aberdares and Mt. Kenya. The 12-tent camp overlooks a fresh water lake full of exciting bird life where game comes to drink. The Sangare Hill forms a magnificent backdrop for the camp.

Women walking holidays Kenya, Africa: inside a tent of the Sangare Camp.

The ranch whose habitat is open savanna with scattered bushes is home to zebras, reticulated giraffes, antelopes, warthogs, leopards, hyenas, elephants and buffaloes. Bird life in Sangare is rich with + 300 bird species recorded such as Red-winged Starlings, Greater Blue-eared Starlings, Olive Pigeons, Northern Crombec, Grey Flycatcher, Cardinal Woodpecker... At the lake there is the easy to see Red–knobbed Coot, Black Crake, Storks and others. The tents are spacious and luxurious with four poster beds, unique African furnishing, private verandas and en suite facilities with flush toilet and shower.

Days in Sangare ranch are for guided walks and game drives.

Day 4. Women Hiking Vacations: Solio Ranch + Aberdare NP. O/N Treetops

Women Group travel: walking with giraffe at the Aberdare Country Club.
After breakfast we drive to the nearby Solio Ranch. This time we do an extensive game drive in the Rhino sanctuary, which has the world's largest concentration of Black Rhinos. The White Rhino is also found here as well as the Reticulated Giraffe, Leopard, Lion and a wide range of plains, game and bird life. We will drive around in the ranch but since this private sanctuary is little visited by the main tour operators, we will not have many cars surrounding us. Transfer to Outspan hotel for lunch.

A highlight in our vacations for women is the Tree Hotel in the Aberdare National Park, where elephants, Buffaloes, Rhinos and other game coming to a floodlit waterhole right below the balcony of the hotel.

Our hotel of choice is Treetops, which is designed for game viewing on a 3-storey structure standing on stilts. The game viewing is an all-night show and many visitors pass the night time focused on the waterhole where among the species frequenting are elephants, rhinos, hyenas, various gazelles, warthogs, giant forest hogs, the elusive bongo and with luck a leopard or a lion may pay a visit.

Day 5. Women Hiking Vacations: To Lake Elementaita. O/N Lake Elementaita Lodge

A three hour bus transfer takes us to the Rift Valley, where we will stay for 2 nights at the Lake Elementaita Lodge. We interrupt the ride with a visit to the Thomson Falls in Nyahururu. Optional descend to the foot of the falls (a 20 min walk).

Women Adventures vactions: Hiking in Kenya, Africa.
Free afternoon or visit to a Masai manyatta (village) in the vicinity of the lodge. Here you can see how the Masais still live like they've done it for hundreds of years.

Day 6. Lake Elementaita O/N Sunbird Lodge

This lake may not have the big name of Lake Nakuru but its scenic beauty is unmatched. We walk up to the shores of the alkaline lake. From there we proceed up to the hot springs and into the Kikopey Hills surrounding the lake.

We walk mainly in open savanna 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.

Day 7. Women Hiking Vacations: Crescent Island. O/N Lake Naivasha Sawela Lodge

Naivasha town is less than an hour's drive away from Elementaita. Here we visit the colorful market. You find everything ranging from vegetables to clothes and from hardware to souvenirs. We reach the Lake Naivasha Sawela our base for the next 3 nights, before lunch. The property boasts green lawns shaded by mature acacias and spreading fever trees, which stretch down to the lake's shore.

In the afternoon we walk in 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. We return to the Lake Naivasha Country Club in time for afternoon tea.

Day 8. Women Hiking Vacations: Hell's Gate National Park. O/N Lake Naivasha 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 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 Lake Naivasha Country Club.

Day 9. Women Hiking Vacations: Crater Lake. O/N Lake Naivasha Sawela

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 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, Elands, Hartebeests and a range of Gazelles, all which are easily found in the sanctuary.

Women solo travel: game viewing safari in Masai Mara.

Day 10. Women Hiking Vacations: To Masai Mara. O/N Mara Leisure 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 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 or lodge, our home for the next three days, in time for lunch.

Day 11+12. Women Hiking Vacations: Masai Mara. O/N Mara Leisure Tented 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 11+12 we do a morning and an afternoon game drive. We break from the driving with an optional walk through the dry bush along the Talek River, always on the look out for birds and small game.

Day 13. Kiambethu Farm + flight out

Leave Masai Mara in the morning for lunch at the Kiambethu Tea Farm. This is an old colonial home established by the early settlers and the pioneers of tea growing in Kenya. There will be a talk on tea: its arrival in Kenya, the growing, processing and up to when you put it into your cup. A short walk in the tea plantation and into a small remaining part of indigenous forest completes the your travel in Kenya.

We have a healthy farm lunch and thereafter transfer to Nairobi for the evening flight out.

Itinerary changes for our women hiking vacations may be made due to local conditions beyond our control.

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 13, 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, tips and expenditure of personal nature.

To book your tour: Contact Ontdek Kenya Safaris