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10 Days Rift Valley & Masai Mara

Women walking holidays Lake Elementaita Kenya
A 10 day women walking holiday in Kenya with game viewing walks away from mass tourism. We start with the Naivasha area with walks in the Crater Lake and Crescent Island sanctuaries and Hell’s Gate National Park with guaranteed interruptions from Giraffes, Waterbucks, Elands, Zebras and various Gazelles. This women walking tour then moves on to Lake Nakuru National Park, which is colored pink with thousands of flamingos. The open grasslands are home to the White Rhino and the Rothschild’s Giraffe. The Black Rhinos are found in the forest around the lake.

Masai Mara, the Africa that everyone dreams of, takes the last 3 days of the women walking holiday with Elephants, Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, Topis and Hippos all calling for our attention. A walk guided by Masai Morans makes this a perfect walking tour in all senses.

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

We can customize this women walking holiday 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 hotel in Nairobi.

Day 2. Women walking holiday: Crescent Island. O/N Lake Naivasha Sawela Lodge

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 Lake Naivasha Sawela Lodge, our base for three days, in time for lunch.

Adventure travel for women,Crescent Island, Kenya, Africa

In the afternoon we do our first African game viewing 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. We return to the Lake Naivasha Country Club in time for afternoon tea. Today's program should be taken as light as possible to wear off the jet lag.

Day 3. Women walking holiday: 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 a view point over the 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 Lake Naivasha Sawela Lodge.


Day 4. Crater Lake. O/N Lake Naivasha 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 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 and a range of gazelles.

Day 5. Women walking holidays: Visit Lake Nakuru National Park. O/N Sunbird Lodge, Elementaita

The nearby Lake Nakuru National Park is the oldest 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. We do a game drive around the lake and have lunch at a viewpoint over the lake that is hardly visited by tourists.

Afternoon transfer to the Sunbird Lodge where we'll stay for 2 nights. This small and luxurious lodge is built on a cliff overlooking Lake Elementaita and all the surrounding hills. The panorama is unmatched. Sunbird is not just a place to overnight, it's a place for total relaxation.

Day 6. Walking only Vacations: Lake Elementaita. O/N Sunbird Lodge

Elementaita may not have the big name of Lake Nakuru but its scenic beauty is unmatched. A short descent takes us to the shores of the alkaline lake. From there we proceed up to the yellow fever tree forest, a haven for bird watchers.

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.

Afternoon is spent in the lodge or with an optional visit to the nearby Kariandusi prehistoric site, a site discovered by Louis Leakey.

Women adventure travel groups to Africa Safari. Masai Mara: Cheetah

Day 7. Women walking holiday: 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, our home for the next three days, in time for lunch.

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Day 8+9. 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 9 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 10. Kiambethu Tea Farm + to Nairobi for outbound flight

Leave Maasai 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 your women walking holiday in Kenya.

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

Itinerary changes on our women walking holidays 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 10, 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.

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