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13 Days in Aberdares, Rift Valley & Masai Mara
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Day 4. Solio Ranch + Treetops (Aberdare NP)

After breakfast we drive to the nearby Solio Ranch. This time we do an extensive game drive in the Rhino Sanctuary, which has the world's largest concentration of Black Rhinos. The White Rhino is also found here as well as the Reticulated Giraffe, Leopard, Lion and a wide range of plains game and bird life. We will drive around in the ranch but since this private sanctuary is little visited by the main tour operators, we will not have many cars surrounding us. Back to Outspan for lunch.

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 Treetops, which is designed for game viewing on a 3-storied structure standing on stilts. Treetops gets its name from the original hotel in which Princess Elizabeth arrived on Feb 5, 1952 and checked out on Feb 6 as the queen of England after her father, King George died in London during the night. 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.

Africa adventure travel. Hiking Safari Elementaita Kenya

Day 5. Kenya Adventure Tour: to Lake Elementaita

A three hour bus transfer takes us to the Rift Valley, where we will stay for 2 nights at the Sunbird Lodge, on the shore of lake Elementaita.

Free afternoon or optional visit to the Kariandusi archeological site or a walk in the vicinity of the lodge.

Day 6. Walking Adventure Tour: Sunbird Lodge

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 towards the Kikopey Hills surrounding the lake.

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.

Alternative day 6: Full day game drive in to the nearby Lake Nakuru National Park for tens of birds like flamingos, pelicans, eagles... and of course the big game e.g. rhinos, buffaloes, lions, waterbucks, impalas, gazelles amongst others.

Day 7. Kenya Adventure Tour: Crescent Island. O/N Sawela Lodge or equivalent

Naivasha town is less than an hour's drive away from Elementaita. Here we visit the colorful market. You find everything ranging from vegetables to clothes and from hardware to souvenirs. We reach the Sawela Lodge, our base for the next 3 nights, before lunch. The property boasts green lawns shaded by mature acacias and spreading fever trees, which stretch down to the lake's shore. In the afternoon we walk 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 the late afternoon.

Day 8. Walking Adventure Tour: Hell's Gate National Park

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.

Natural Habitat adventures, Kenya Hell's Gate savanna

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 lodge will be at a view point on the Hell's Gate Gorge.

The last part of the walk is done by descending into the gorge. In the steep canyon there's wild vegetation and running water from geysers, both hot and cold. Conditions allowing we will walk 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 lodge.

Day 9. Kenya Adventure Tour: 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 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, Hartebeests and a range of Gazelles, all which are easily found in the sanctuary.

Day 10. Walking Adventure Tours in Masai Mara

We now take a break from walking to put all our attention in African 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 tented camp or lodge, our home for the next three days, in time for lunch.

Overnights will be at the Mara Leisure Tented Camp or Simba Lodge.

Adventure Tour walking, Kenya Aberdare Game Sanctuary

Day 11+12. Walking Adventure Tour 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. On day 11+12 we do a morning and an afternoon game drive.

We break from the driving with an optional walk through the dry bush in a still unspoiled area out of the park boundaries, always on the look out for birds and small game.

Day 13. Kiambethu Tea Plantation + to Nairobi for your outbound flight

Our walking adventure 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.

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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 13, 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 your airfare to Kenya, airport taxes, visa, insurance, drinks, tips and expenditure of personal nature.

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