15 DAGEN BERGWANDELEN OP MOUNT KENYA
Met Masai Mara en wandelingen in de Slenkvallei





This Mt. Kenya adventure takes you through our favorite destinations: Crater Lake and Crescent Island sanctuaries, Hellís Gate National Park, with easy to see game such as Giraffes, Waterbucks, Elands, Zebras and various Gazelles.

A safari in Masai Mara, the Africa that every one dreams of has Elephants, Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, Topis and Hippos all calling for our attention. A walk guided by Masai Morans prepares for the Mount Kenya trek to come. Moving on to Mt. Kenya we do the Sirimon - Naro Moru route circumnavigation which is very scenic and with different landscapes. The itinerary includes a day for acclimatization. This is a fully supported Mount Kenya trek with accommodation in mountain huts. We handle all tour logistics leaving you free enjoy the climb.

Day 1: Nairobi

Arrival and transfer to the La Mada or equivalent hotel in Nairobi.

Day 2: Crater Lake. O/N Lake Naivasha Country Club

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 a viewpoint we will be able to see our whole route for the next days.

We arrive at the Lake Naivasha Country Club, our base for three days, before lunch. This lodge opened in 1937 as a staging post for Imperial Airways' flying boat service from Durban to London. The 55-acre property boasts green lawns shaded by mature acacias and spreading fever trees, that stretch down to the lake's shore.

Today's walk is at Crater Lake: 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. Our first count of African game should start here as this sanctuary is home to Giraffes, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Zorillas, Aardvarks, Leopards and a range of Gazelles.

We will also get a close view of the many birds that are found here. Today's program should be taken as light as possible so that clients can be able to wear off the jet lag.

Day 3: Hell's Gate National Park. O/N Lake Naivasha Country Club

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 gate of the 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 savannah 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 Hell's Gate Gorge.

The last part of the walk is done in the 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.

Day 4: Longonot Crater Or Crescent Island. O/N Lake Naivasha Country Club

An early rising will ensure that one gets another magical display of the water birds. After breakfast we do a transfer by bus to Longonot National Park. This is an extinct crater in the Rift Valley. The first part of today's trekking is a steep climb of 555m from 2220m to 2775m. We are encouraged along the climb by the herds of zebras, giraffes and gazelles. The chance should not be lost to observe the birds that are also found here in a wide variety.

This takes us to the rim of the crater, the highest point in the Rift Valley in Kenya and it rewards with a wide view of the crater, which is full of monkeys and soaring eagles.

The second part of today's trek is around the rim of the crater. This is a 3 hrs walk with the picnic on a scenic spot. This point is not only the highest point on the rim, it is also the highest point in the Rift Valley in Kenya. On completing the circuit we descend to the park gate. We then drive back to the camp for dinner and overnight.

An easier alternative to the Longonot walk is a half day walk on the nearby Crescent Island, a peninsula in Lake Naivasha with easy to see game and birds.

Day 5: To Masai Mara. O/N Mara Simba / Sarova Mara / Keekorok

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; 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 6+7: Masai Mara safaris. O/N Mara Simba / Sarova Mara / Keekorok

These are our cultural and activity days in Masai Mara. We do morning and afternoon game drives through the park and on day 7 we hike to a Masai manyatta (=homestead). Here we will see how the typical Masais live.

Day 8: Return to the Rift Valley. O/N Elementaita Lodge

We now return to the Rift Valley. We reach the Lake Elementaita Lodge in time for lunch. We will stay at the Lake Elementaita Lodge, an old colonial house converted into a splendid lodge overlooking the lake. 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 savannah land and occasionally we will stop for a chat with a Masai herdsman. The gentle sloping hills give a good panorama.

Day 9: Transfer To The Mount Kenya Region. O/N Naro Moru River Lodge

A morning transfer takes us to the Kenyan Highlands. We break the ride at the spectacular Thompsonís falls in Nyahururu. We reach Naro Moru, which is the base for climbing Mount Kenya , by lunchtime. O/N is in the Naro Moru River Lodge.

Day 10: Beginning Of The Mount Kenya Expedition

At the lodge we connect with our mountain support team. A 2-hour drive takes us to the park gate (2600 m) from where we walk through the rain forest aiming to get to Old Moses Camp (3400m) in the early afternoon. Today's walk allows us to see birds that are only found on high altitude.

From Old Moses Camp, which is just above the tree line, we get our first sightings on the peaks. Overnight is in the mountain hut of Old Moses Camp.

Day 11: To Shiptonís Camp

Through the Mackinderís Valley we walk to the Shiptonís Camp. This walk will take us 6 to 8 hours. For the first time we encounter the lobelias which will be covering most of the ground. All around us will be various streams and the area is at times quite boggy. Picnic is on a scenic spot along the way. Animals are still with us though just represented by the rock hyrax, its pint-size not withstanding, is the closest relative to the elephant. We should reach Shipton's Camp (4236 m) by early afternoon.

Batian, Nelion and Lenana, the three majestic peaks of Mt. Kenya will be clearly visible from here. This is a point from where great panoramic photos can be taken.

Dinner and overnight in the mountain hut of Shiptonís Camp.

Day 12: Acclimatization Day

Walks in preparation for the climbing of Point Lenana. Dinner and overnight are at Shiptonís Hut.

Day 13: Point Lenana (4985 m), The Highest Point Of The Trekking

We start with a light breakfast early in the morning. We then set off for the ultimate of our trip, Point Lenana, which we hope to reach with sunrise. The view from here is truly rewarding as the whole of the area, including the complete Aberdare range can be overviewed.

After a short rest we start the descending along the Lewis glacier to reach Mackinderís Camp (4200 m) for a hearty brunch. In the afternoon we descend further to Met Station (3050m), which is below the tree line, for overnight.

Day 14: To The Park Gate. O/N Naro Moru River Lodge

Walk to the park gate from where vehicles await us for the transfer to the Naro Moru River Lodge for lunch and overnight.

Day 15: Back To Nairobi

The morning is spent at leisure. Time to reflect the trekking we have done. After lunch transfer to Nairobi for the evening flight.

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 15, all transport Nairobi-Nairobi and airport transfers, bottled water during the walks (except for on Mt. Kenya), services of guides and porters, 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.

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Want to have a longer Mt. Kenya tour, please see our other trekkings.