Eyes on nature expeditions - vacations and travel
Kenya Walk Safaris
|Contact provider for price||10 Days||Year-round|
|Luxury accommodations||Exertion level: 3|
|Operator: Eyes on nature expeditions||15 people max|
- Nairobi, kenya
- Active & Adventure trips
Kenya is one of the great destinations for lovers of wildlife. One drawback to the traditional safari, however, is that visitors to the great game parks are confined to vehicles. There are often, of course, good reasons for this; but it is also possible to enjoy some of the parks on foot. Our itinerary does just that, allowing you to enjoy some of Africa's finest wildlife in safety but with the sense of freedom and participation that being on foot confers. In the company of a knowledgeable local guide, and with a vehicle waiting at the end of the day to convey you to your comfortable accommodation for overnight, this is perhaps one of the great traveling experiences.
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- This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.
- Family oriented trip.
ItineraryDay 1: Nairobi.
Arrival at the airport at night and reception. Transfer from the airport to the Panafric /Safari Park hotel in Nairobi.
Day 2: Crater Lake. O/N Crater Lake Camp
After breakfast there is the briefing by the guide about the program. By 9.00 a.m. we leave Nairobi via Nakuru road to the Rift valley. The Nairobi - Nakuru road is on a contour along the rim of the Rift valley and on viewpoints we will be able to see our whole route for the next days. Our destination is Crater Lake a lesser lake in the Rift Valley but a place where nature is at its best. We start our walk from the lodge of the sanctuary. We then 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 lightly as possible so that clients can be able to wear off the jet lag.
Accommodation is in the luxury-tented camp of Crater Lake. Each tent is furnished with a giant four-poster bed, and an en suite bathroom with hot shower.
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 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 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 Crater Lake Tented Camp will be at the Rangers post. The last part of the walk is done in the Hell's Gate 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. We climb back to the rangers post for transfer back to the Crater Lake Camp through the geo-thermal plant of Ol Karia.
Day 3 & 4: Longonot Crater. O/N Crater Lake Camp
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 550m from 2220m to 2770m. 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 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 solid 3 hrs walk with the picnic on a scenic spot, the highest point on the rim. On completing the circuit we descend to the park gate. A bus transfer to Naivasha town for a well deserved drink in the best known pub of the area, "La Belle Inn". Here we can see how the "urban" African town goes through life. We then drive back to the hotel.
Day 5: To Masai Mara. O/N Siana Springs Tented Camp.
We now take a break from walking to put all our attention to watching wildlife. 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 Siana Tented Camp, our home for the next three days, in time for lunch. The camp is situated in the heart of the private Siana Ranch, which is on the eastern edge of Masai Mara Park. The plains here are filled with game and there is the advantage of being away from the crowds in the main Mara Park.
Day 6 & 7: Masai Mara. O/N Siana Springs
These are our cultural and activity days in Masai Mara. We do a morning game drive through the park and visit a Masai manyatta (= homestead). Here we will see how the typical Masais live. An afternoon game drive makes the day complete.
On day 7 we do a morning and an afternoon game drive.
Day 8: Towards Lake Elementaita. O/N Lake Elementaita Lodge.
After breakfast we transfer to Lake Elementaita, which we reach by lunch time. A free afternoon is spent in the lodge.
Day 9: Lake Elementaita. O/N Lake Elementaita 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 into the Kokopey Hills surrounding the lake. We walk mainly in open savannah 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 3 hrs after which we go back to the Lodge in time for lunch. After noon is spent in the lodge.
Day 10: Transfer to Nairobi.
After breakfast transfer to Nairobi in time for lunch at the Carnivore Restaurant, which is well known for its barbecued game meats. Giraffe, Zebra, Gazelles, Crocodile and Ostrich are absolute delicacies. Transport to airport.