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De Grote Slenkvallei en Mt. Kenya

A Mt. Kenya expedition with guided walks in the Crater Lake and Crescent Island sanctuaries and Hellís Gate National Park with easy to see game such as Giraffes, Waterbucks, Elands, Zebras and various Gazelles.

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 mountain trek with accommodation in mountain huts. We handle all tour logistics leaving you free to enjoy the climb. For tailor-made tours as well as extensions in Samburu please contact us.

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.

Day 5: 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.

Afternoon spend relaxing or walking around the garden and along the river trail in look for colorful assortment of birds which are residents in this area such as African Green Pigeon, a range of Sunbirds like the Tacazze, Bronze and the Variable Sunbird, Rufous Chatterer, Chin-spot Batis, Giant Kingfisher, Mountain Wagtail, Turacos, White-headed Wood-hoopoe, Golden-breasted Bunting, Northern Pied Babblers among others. O/N is in the Naro Moru River Lodge.

Day 6: 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 7: 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 8: Acclimatization day

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

Day 9: 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 10: 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 11: Back To Nairobi Or To Samburu National Park For A Safari

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


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 (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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DEPARTURES are at the traveler's convenience.

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