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WALKING ON LOITA HILLS
WALKING IN ABERDARES RANGE
WALKING IN NAIVASHA
WALKING ON CHYULU HILLS
WALKING IN NGURUMAN ESCARPMENT AND LAKE MAGADI
WALKING IN NGORONGORO; EMPAKAI CRATER AND LAKE NATRON

 

WALKING ON LOITA HILLS FOR 6 DAYS

Note that this is a walking safari where you walk in masai area and camp in tents for the days below.Showers not available . This is the safari that will take you to the Masai land. You will see the Masai Manyattas, people in their traditional ways of life and some wildlife before you get to Nguruman Escarpment. On arrival pick up from aiport and transfer to a hotel on b/b. We will meet and brief on the safari .depart the following day for Loita at 9am.

Day 1: Leave Nairobi at 10.00hrs, drive through the farmlands at the edge the Rift Valley and descend the escarpment via the view point with the vehicle to Narok town. After 30 minutes drive from Narok town, disembark from the vehicle at Maji Moto then proceed to Ndarara manyatta for lunch. After lunch, 2 hours walk to the main Ndarara camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Early breakfast, and after leave Ndarara to Letukunyi; the walk will take 5-6hrs through the scattered bushes. Dinner and overnight at the Letukunyi camp.
Day 3: As in day 2, leave Letukunyi camp early in the morning for an enjoyable walk before the sun is too hot. We will pass Narosora for lunch or to buy what might be out of stock. After spending an hour or two in this modern town in Masai land, proceed to Morinjo for dinner and overnight at Morinjo campsite.
Day 4: After breakfast, leave Morinjo. Walk through the forest; this is one of the few remaining true-forested wilderness area in East Africa. The Walk will take you 5-6 hours. Dinner and overnight at Enkutoto campsite.
Day 5: We have two options;
(1) We leave Enkutoto early in the morning passing along the left side of the Rift Valley via the Nguruman escarpment to Nguruman town for dinner and overnight at a local hotel. Leave Nguruman on day 6 at around 11.00hrs for the transfer back to Nairobi
(2) After breakfast leave Enkutoto not too early, walk leisurely for 4-5 hours to Njoroi campsite for dinner and overnight. In this camp an excellent view of surrounding areas which include Lake Magadi, Ngong hills, Lake Natron and all the way to Tanzania boarder on a clear day.
Day 6: After breakfast, descend down the Escarpment and through small farms to Nguruman town for transfer back to Nairobi via Lake Magadi and the Olorgasaile prehistoric site so as to arrive in Nairobi late afternoon.
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WALKING IN ABERDARES RANGE

The Aberdare Range lies between Mount Kenya and the Great Rift Valley and rises to a height of 4001 metres. It was named by the Scottish expolorer, Joseph Thompson in 1884 after Lord Aberdare, then president of the Royal Geographical Society. Dense mountain forests cover the middle reaches of the mountains and are home to buffalo, leopard, bongo and thousands of elephants. On the high moorlands above 3500 metres, lion, bushbuck, leopard and serval cats can be found. The Aberdares, declared a national park in 1950 offer exceptional hiking terrain and stunning views.
Day 1: Nairobi to Aberdares Fishing Lodge Campsite
Leave Nairobi in the morning by public transport to Nyeri town where a jeep will take you to Kiandongoro Gate. Walk to the fishing lodge for a night at the campsite. Spend the afternoon accompanied by an armed ranger as you visit the Karuru and Magura waterfalls (4 hours walking round trip to the waterfalls.)
Day 2: Aberdares Fishing Lodge Campsite to Honi River Campsite
After breakfast, trek through moorland, viewing high altitude plant life. Elephants, lions, buffaloes, antelopes and various bird species can be encountered as you proceed towards Honi River campsite for dinner and overnight (6-7 hours)
Day 3: Honi River Campsite to Wanderis Roadhead Campsite
After breakfast, hike through the Hagenia Forest to Wanderis Roadhead Campsite for dinner and overnight (5-6 hours)
Day 4: Wanderis Roadhead Campsite to Satima Peak
Hike to the top of Satima Peak which is the highest point in the Aberdares overlooking the Great Rift Valley to the west and to the east, Mount Kenya. Later descend to the campsite for overnight (5 hours)
Day 5: Wanderis Roadhead Campsite to Nairobi
After breakfast walk down to meet the vehicle off the mountain via Wanderis Gate and then proceed back to Nairobi.
The best expedition in the Naivasha area is the hike through the Njorowa Gorge, also known as Hell's Gate. This is a spectacular area, providing one the few remaining places in Kenya where you can walk among the herds of plains game. Buffalo, zebra, eland, hartebeest, Thomson's gazelle and baboons are all usually seen. Lion and leopard hardly ever but you might just see a cheetah.

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WALKING IN NAIVASHA

As well as walking and bicycle safaris, we organise rock climbing and abseiling on the cliffs of the gorge at Hell's Gate
The best expedition in the Naivasha area is the hike through the Njorowa Gorge, also known as Hell's Gate. This is a spectacular area, providing one the few remaining places in Kenya where you can walk among the herds of plains game. Buffalo, zebra, eland, hartebeest, Thomson's gazelle and baboons are all usually seen. Lion and leopard hardly ever but you might just see a cheetah.

WALKING ON CHYULU HILLS

This walking safari will take you into the heart of Maasai Land. While here, you will see the Maasai Manyatta, people in their traditional way of life and some wild animals before reaching the Nguruman Escarpment and Lake Magadi.

Day 1: Nairobi to Manyatta
Leave Nairobi at 10am and drive through farmland at the edge of the Rift Valley and descend the escarpment via the viewpoint with vehicle to Narok town for lunch. After a 30 minute drive from Narok, disembark from the vehicle at Maji Moto and proceed to Ndarara Manyatta for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Ndarara Manyatta to Morinjo Safari Camp
Leave Ndarara Camp early in the morning for an enjoyable walk before the sun is too hot. Pass through Narosora for lunch. After spending a short while in this modern town, proceed to Morinjo Safari Camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Morinjo Safari Camp to Enkutoto
After breakfast, leave Morinjo and walk through the forest. This is one of the few remaining true-forested wilderness areas in East Africa. The walk will take 5 to 6 hours. Dinner and overnight at Enkutoto
Day 4: Enkutoto to Nguruman
Leave Enkutoto early in the morning passing along the left side of the Great Rift Valley to the viewpoint for lunch. After lunch descend via the escarpment to Nguruman town for a hot shower, dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Nguruman to Nairobi via Magadi
After breakfast depart for Nairobi via Magadi to see the fauna. Arrive in Nairobi in the afternoon.
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WALKING IN NGURUMAN ESCARPMENT AND LAKE MAGADI

Day 1
Depart Nairobi around 0800, for the 3 hour drive down the Mombasa road to Kibwezi. Here we will leave the tarmac, and take a dirt road, (probably an optimistic term for it), for the 30 km to where we start walking to the caves. First though, lunch of cold cuts, salads, bread and cheese, cold beer or soft drink, then an hour walk to the entrance of the caves. Afternoon spent exploring. Day 2
Explore sections of one of the longest "Lava Tube" caves in the world - Leviathan. These caves, which world-wide, are relatively rare, are thought to have been formed when molten lava, of specific type and viscosity flowed down a slope of a specific angle. The surface layer cooled and solidified, but the lower part, still molten, continued to flow on down. At this point, somewhere up the hillside a collapse of the surface crust occurred through which air enters, and so a tube evacuated itself just below the surface. Afternoon and the evening spent down in the caves looking at some of the fascinating formations found therein - Sink holes, lava ropes, stalagmites and stalactites, benches and of course the secondary, water formed features.
Day 3
Early morning departure by road for the top of the Chyulu Hills. Superb walking country with gently undulating grasslands, interspersed with dense patches of forest. Possibility of viewing herds of eland and other antelope, giraffe, zebra and wildebeest with slightly lesser chance to see elephant, lion and buffalo and the other game that live in the area. Probable views of Kilimanjaro just 50 km away. Night somewhere along the crest. Probably cool and windy with low cloud in the early morning.
Day 4 Full day of walking
Day 5
Early morning game drive or short walk before a late breakfast / early lunch . It's then along the crest road and down the western side of the hills for the drive back to Nairobi arriving before nightfall.
Options are of course many and varied and in many cases we can be flexible about the itinerary whilst we are actually on the safari. One may, for instance, wish to spend an extra day caving (or cut out a day), thus spend less time (or longer) walking the Chyulus.

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WALKING IN NGORONGORO; EMPAKAI CRATER AND LAKE NATRON

Northern Tanzania itinerary for the fit and sportive person who wants to get off the classic safari route and appreciate the beauty of landscape and wildlife joined with some cultural interaction of different tribes.Walking the Highlands of Ngorongoro Conservation area and the Empakai crater, the plains of Salei, down the Rift valley escarpment and up an active volcano makes this safari a complete African experience. The trek up Lengai is quite strenuous but an alternative walk to waterfalls can be arranged for those not wanting to attempt it. Ngorongoro isn't your ordinary crater, it's the world's largest unbroken caldera, with a floor covering 250 sq km of a special spot on earth . Its walls are 2,000 feet high. The caldera floor is a mosaic of grasses, an acacia forest, lakes and rivers and is home to nearly 100,000 wild animals.

A small day pack with camera, sun cream and water bottle is all you are expected to carry.

Day 1 - NAIROBI/ARUSHA/NGORONGORO LODGE
Late afternoon game viewing in the crater. 3500m.
Day 2 - NGORONGORO/ EMPAKAI CRATER
Morning game viewing in the crater then drive through highlands to the rim of Empakai crater.
Day 3 - TREK EMPAKAI CRATER.
Walking in the crater, we explore this unique forested crater on foot, and marvel at the variety of its wildlife and flora.
Day 4 - TREK RIFT VALLEY/SALEI PLAINS
With Maasai guides we walk down the Rift Valley escarpment to the Salei plains.
Day 5 - TREK RIFT VALLEY/LAKE NATRON
The views over Lake Natron are magnificent. The flamingo colonies from this distance are a splash of dark pink colour on the lake. We reach the floor of the Rift valley
Day 6 - TREK LENGAI/LONGIDO
1am is time to start our climb. We reach the summit to watch the sun rise on Kilimanjaro 200 km away. Inside the crater we witness small eruptive cones spurting liquid magma which in turn form pools of hot lava. It is a powerful magical place sacred to the Maasai. In the afternoon back in our vehicles, we cross the Rift Valley towards Mount Longido.
Day 7 - NAIROBI OR ARUSHA
On a little used track we reach the main road to the border. After border formalities we head back to Nairobi.

Cost includes:
7 days safari / 4 days walking / 5 nights camping / 1 night Ngorongoro lodge
Transport in 4WD Landcruiser or Landrover with roof hatches for game viewing.
European guide
Full board except meals in Nairobi or Arusha
Treated drinking water
All camping equipment including tables, chairs, cutlery & crockery, igloo-type tents, mattresses, wash bowls, bush toilet, safari shower (water permitting). Cook & drivers who assist with the camp
First aid kit is available for use by group participants
National park entry & camping fees
Not included:
visas
Alcoholic drinks - we suggest that you bring a bottle of spirits to share for the evening sundowners.
Sleeping bag, torch light & personal toiletries
Tips for cook & drivers
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