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7 days in Naivasha and Nakuru

How unfortunate that in most "active senior travel" in Kenya the Rift valley is considered as a "filler" in the itineraries with whistle-stops in Nakuru and Naivasha. In our opinion the Rift Valley lakes and the game conservancies around them are worth as much time as the big parks in Kenya. Add the fact that they are not visited by mass tourism + you can do game viewing walks and you will understand why we consider the Rift Valley a highlight in our active senior travel. Go directly to the itinerary.

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From the samples of our active senior travel, this is a relaxed 7 days senior hiking vacation with lots of game, reduced road transfers and good accommodation (no camping) in areas not visited by mass tourism. Lake Elementaita is the starting point of this Kenya hiking adventure that shows a variety of landscapes found in the Rift Valley. Lake Nakuru is colored pink with thousands of flamingos and Lake Naivasha has a huge population of hippos. Hike in the savannas in Hellís Gate, Crater Lake and Crescent Island that are home to plains game such as baboons, giraffes, elands, zebras, various gazelles and warthogs. We handle all the tour logistics leaving you free to enjoy your active senior vacation.

Contact Ontdek Kenya Safaris for a private departure.


Day 1. Nairobi

Arrival at the airport at night and reception by Ontdek Kenya. Transfer from the airport to the Eka Hotel or a good B+B in Nairobi.

Day 2. Active senior hiking vacation: Lake Elementaita

After breakfast there's the briefing by the guide about the tour. 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 tour.

We arrive at the Pelican Lodge, our base for 2 days, in time for lunch. This lodge is built on the shore of Lake Elementaita and has a wonderful view over the surrounding hills. It's a place for tranquility, great scenery, unique accommodation and food worth traveling for.

In the afternoon we do a guided hike on the shore on the lookout for numerous water and woodland birds. We hike towards the hot springs; if you're in a very good shape, you can even walk into the Horseshoe Crater.

Day 3. Active Senior Travel: Lake Nakuru National

Today we go to the nearby Lake Nakuru National Park, famous for its thousands of flamingos as well as vast herds of buffaloes and tens of rhinos. There is a good chance to see cats such as leopard, cheetah and lion.

We go with a picnic lunch, provided by the lodge where we are staying and we spend the whole day on game drives in the park. Today we will occasionally get out of the car but there's no real walking. The picnic will be at the little visited Out of Africa View Point, overlooking the lake.

Day 4. Active Senior Travel: Crescent Island Hike

This tour remains in the Rift Valley lakes so we now move to the Lake Naivasha Country Club, our base for three days, in time for lunch. The 55-acre property boasts green lawns shaded by mature acacias and spreading fever trees that stretch down to the lake's shore.

In the afternoon we do a game viewing hike 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.

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

Day 5. Active Senior Travel: Hell's Gate Hike

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 hiking 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 viewpoint on the Hell's Gate canyoun.

The last part of this active senoir travel is a hike in the Ol Njorowa gorge which has 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 6. Active Senior Travel: Crater Lake

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 circular hike 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 7. Senior hiking vacation: Kiambethu Tea Farm + to Nairobi for outbound flight

Our active seniors vacation 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 seniors trip may be made due to local conditions beyond our control.

Our attractive price based on the size of your hiking party includes all accommodation as per itinerary, all meals from breakfast of day 2 through lunch of day 7, 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. Your only extras on this hiking vacation are: airfare to Kenya, airport taxes, visa, insurance, drinks at the table, tips and expenditure of personal nature.

FOR A PRICE QUOTE: Contact Ontdek Kenya Safaris.