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11 Days in the Aberdares, Rift Valley
& Masai Mara

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With this safari and hiking vacation package you will start with an easy walk in the game sanctuary of the Aberdare Country Club and a game viewing safari in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

More easy walking and game drives are done in the Aberdare National Park, where you go as high as the moorlands and overnight in the tree hotel The Ark.

The tour then moves to scenic places in the Great Rift Valley for more game viewing in the Lake Nakuru National Park, a walk on Crescent Island and a boat ride on Lake Naivasha.

hiking walking aberdare country club sanctuary

A hiking vacation package to Kenya is not complete without Masai Mara - the Africa that everyone dreams of. This takes the last 3 days of the tour with elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs, topis and hippos all calling for our attention. A walk guided by Masai Morans is among the many highlights on this safari and hiking vacation package. We use quality lodge/tented camp accommodation throughout the tour (no basic camping), making this a perfect safari and hiking tour for travelers of all ages.

The tour takes off with min 2 and has a strict limit of 6 participants.


Day 1: Nairobi

Arrival at the airport at night and reception by Ontdek Kenya. Transfer from the airport to the Nairobi Safari Club in Nairobi.

Day 2: Hiking Vacation Package in the Game Sanctuary of the Aberdare Country Club

garden aberdare country club

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. We arrive in time for lunch at the Aberdare Country Club, our base for two nights.

In the afternoon we will hike in the game sanctuary of the Aberdare Country Club. Game viewing will start from the golf course where warthogs and impalas roam free. There are lots of opportunities to encounter gazelles, waterbucks, zebras, reticulated giraffes and the biggest antelopes: elands. On their own these animals are a wonder to watch but to do so while you are on foot is an experience that has always brought joy to our guests. Warning: kindly reserve your memory space! There is a big temptation to take all the pictures on this day but take our word: there will be plenty more photo opportunities.

lioness ol pejeta ranch ole pejeta conservancy

Day 3: Hiking Vacation Package in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy

The Ol Pejeta Conservancy has the highest ratio of game to area of any park or reserve in Kenya. Expect to see the "The Big Five" (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) as well as reticulated giraffes, Grevy zebras, eland, oryx, waterbuck, Grantís gazelle, Thompsonís gazelle, hyena, cheetah, silverbacked jackal and baboon. The conservancy also boasts several hundred bird species.

The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary - established in cooperation with the Kenya Wildlife Service and the Jane Goodall Institute for Conservation Projects for chimpanzees - is a non profit making venture where orphaned chimps can enjoy the peace and harmony of their natural environment.

Day 4: The Aberdare National Park.  O/N The Ark

We will start the day with a game drive through The Salient, the lower but densely forested part of the Aberdares, all the way to the higher moorlands.  We will have the opportunity to step out of the safari vehicle as we go and see the impressive Chania and Karura Falls and the Queen's Cave.  We have our picnic on a scenic place overlooking the moorlands, the Rift Valley and Mount Kenya.  In the afternoon we descend to the Ark where we will spend the night.

Many people who come to the Aberdare National Park expressly visit the tree hotels for game viewing. Their interest is highly justified; to see elephants, buffaloes, rhinos and other game coming to a floodlit waterhole right below the balcony of the hotel is really amazing.  Our hotel of choice is The Ark, which is designed for game viewing on a multiple-deck structure standing on stilts. The Ark gets its name from the shape of the hotel. It is built high up in the Aberdare National park near a waterhole with a walking bridge for game observation.

The game viewing is an all-night show and many visitors pass the time focused on the waterhole where among the species frequenting are elephants, rhinos, hyenas, various antelopes, warthogs, giant forest hogs, the elusive bongo and with luck a leopard or a lion may pay a visit.

Day 5: To Lake Elementaita. O/N Sunbird Lodge

sunbird lodge lake elementaita

A three hour bus transfer takes us to the Rift Valley, where we will stay for 3 nights in the Sunbird Lodge.  This small and luxurious lodge is built on a cliff overlooking Lake Elementaita and all the surrounding hills. The panorama is unmatched. The Sunbird Lodge is not just a place to overnight, it's a place for total relaxation.

Free afternoon or optional visit to the Kariandusi archeological site or a walk to the shore of Lake Elementaita.  Another option is to visit the Gilgil Spinners & Weavers, a place where rugs, table mats and other textile products are made from scratch using the spinning wheel and the hand operated loom.  This place also doubles up as a souvenir shop where you can purchase things without being harassed by numerous sales men.

buffalos buffaloes lake nakuru flamingos flamingoes

Day 6: Safari and hiking vacation package in the Lake Nakuru National Park

We go for a full day game drive to the nearby Lake Nakuru National Park for tens of birds like flamingos, pelicans, eagles... and of course the big game e.g. rhinos, Rothschild's giraffes, buffaloes, lions, waterbucks, impalas, gazelles amongst others.  We have our picnic, provided by the Sunbird Lodge on the little visited Out-Of-Africa view point, a place where you can oversee the whole lake.

Day 7: Boat ride on Lake Naivasha + hike on Crescent Island

Lake Naivasha is just an hour's drive away from Elementaita. We start with a boat ride on Lake Naivasha, on the look out for hippos, waterbucks, Masai giraffes and loads of birds.  The feeding of the African Fish Eagle offers wonderful photographic opportunities.

Later we hike on 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 lodge in time for a late lunch.

Free afternoon spent in the lodge or at the swimming pool.

Day 8: Hiking Vacation Package in Masai Mara. O/N Mara Leisure Camp

wildebeests and zebras in maasai mara

We now take a break from walking to put all our attention on the game viewing safaris. 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 Mara Leisure Camp, our home for the next three days, in time for lunch.

Day 9+10: Safari and hiking vacation package in Masai Mara

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. In case we have the privilige to see the migration of the wildebeests, we go for a full day outing with a picnic lunch to the Mara River, either on day 9 or10.

Day 11: Kiambethu Tea Plantation + to Nairobi for your outbound flight

Our hiking vacation package ends with a 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 hike in the tea plantation and into a small remaining part of indigenous forest completes the tour. We have a healthy farm lunch and thereafter transfer to Nairobi for the evening flight out.

Itinerary changes on your Kenya adventure tour may be made due to local conditions beyond our control.

INCLUDED IN THE HIKING VACATION PACKAGE are all accommodation as per itinerary, all meals from breakfast of day 2 through lunch of day 11, all transport by 4WD Landcruiser Nairobi-Nairobi and airport transfers, bottled water during the walks, services of guides, the park entrance fees and a Flying Doctors Evacuation cover.

NOT INCLUDED are your airfare to Kenya, airport taxes, visa, insurance, drinks, tips and expenditure of personal nature e.g. telephone, Internet, laundry...

The tour takes off with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6 participants.

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