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Ultimate Kenya Mt Kenya Trek & Maasai Mara Safari 12 days

Overview

Get ready for an exciting Ultimate Kenya, Mt Kenya Trek & Maasai Mara Safari 12 days expedition through the rugged landscapes of Kenya with Exodus Safaris, where adventure awaits at every turn. This action-packed journey combines thrilling outdoor activities with cultural immersion, promising an experience that will ignite your sense of adventure and leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

Your adventure begins with sightseeing in the vibrant capital city of Nairobi, where you'll have the opportunity to explore iconic landmarks such as the bustling Maasai Market and the historic Karen Blixen Museum. Immerse yourself in the city's rich history and cultural heritage as you wander through its bustling streets, sampling local delicacies and soaking in the vibrant atmosphere.

From Nairobi, your journey takes you to the towering peaks of Mount Kenya, Africa's second-highest mountain and a beacon for adventurers from around the world. Strap on your hiking boots and prepare for an epic ascent as you trek through pristine alpine forests, rugged moorlands, and icy glaciers on your way to the summit. Along the way, marvel at the breathtaking vistas that unfold before you, from cascading waterfalls to panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

After conquering the summit of Mount Kenya, your adventure continues with a thrilling safari through some of Kenya's most iconic national parks and reserves. Set out on game drives across the vast savannahs of the Maasai Mara, where you'll have the chance to encounter Africa's most beloved wildlife up close and personal. From the majestic lion to the graceful giraffe, every sighting offers a glimpse into the natural beauty and biodiversity of this incredible region.

But the adventure doesn't end there – immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Kenya with visits to Maasai Mara villages, where you'll have the opportunity to participate in traditional dances, learn about age-old customs, and gain insight into the daily lives of the Maasai people. It's a chance to connect with a centuries-old way of life and forge lasting friendships with the local community.

As your expedition draws to a close, take a moment to reflect on the incredible experiences you've had and the unforgettable memories you've made along the way. From conquering mountains to encountering wildlife in their natural habitat, this journey through Kenya is sure to leave a lasting impression and inspire future adventures. So pack your sense of adventure and join us on this thrilling expedition with Exodus Safaris, where every moment is an opportunity to explore, discover, and connect with the world around you.

Highlights

  • Go on a thrilling adventure in the Maasai Mara National Reserve and spot some of Africa's finest wildlife.
  • Take a hike to the summit of Mt. Kenya, the second-highest mountain on the continent.
  • Get a glimpse into the traditional life of a Maasai warrior in an authentic tribal community.

Brief ItineraryΒ 

Experience an exciting journey to Kenya with this 12-day itinerary!

  • On day 1, arrive in Nairobi and get ready for your outstanding adventure.
  • Day 2, take a flight to the breathtaking Chigoria and start your Mount Kenya trek.
  • From days 3 to 6, explore and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Mt. Kenya region.
  • On day 7, visit Lake Naivasha and marvel at its delightful scenery.
  • For a unique cultural experience, spend day 8 immersed in the Maji Moto Maasai camp.
  • On day 9, stay overnight in the traditional Maasai "Olpul" bush camping. Spend day 10 driving to the spectacular Maasai Mara and witness the wild beauty of the park on day 11.
  • Finally, on day 12, make your way back to Nairobi and depart for home.

Included/Excluded

  • Park fees
  • All activities
  • All accommodation
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation
  • All flights during the tour
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • International flights
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips
  • Personal items
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Drinks

Tour Plan

Day 01 Arrive in Nairobi

As soon as you land at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, your ride to your final destination will be awaiting. Your transport will be ready and waiting to take you to the place you are staying. Experience a seamless transfer to your lodging by being greeted and chauffeured to your new home away from home.

Depending on your arrival time, you tour could include;

  • Your day could include a visit to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, where you can learn about and even adopt an elephant for $50.
  • Afterwards, you can visit the Giraffe Center for a close-up giraffe encounter, followed by a trip to Mamba Village to view and feed crocodiles and ostriches, as well as the opportunity to ride camels and horses.
  • You'll likely want to make a stop at the Karen Blixen Museum too, which used to be the home of a Danish Baroness and was later restored and furnished for the 1985 Oscar-winning movie Out of Africa, starring Meryl Streep.
  • Another option is the Bomas of Kenya cultural center, which provides visitors with a look into different traditional construction styles from around the country, and daily drumming and dancing performances.
  • Shopping enthusiasts may want to check out Kazuri Bead Factory, a women’s cooperative bead and pottery-making shop, or Utamaduni Craft Center, which offers African crafts, antiques, and art.
Day 02 Fly to Chigoria & Begin Mt. Kenya Trek

Mt. Kenya presents a stunning vista of a wide, symmetrical volcanic cone with a diameter of 74 miles (120 km). At the heart of the mountain lies two peaks: Batian, standing proudly at 17,057 feet (5199 m), and Nelion at 17,021 feet (5188 m). Trekkers, however, can ascend to the almost-as-it summit of Lenana, reaching an elevation of 16,354 feet (4985 m).

An early morning departure from Nairobi kickstarts your journey to Chigoria, a drive of four to five hours. From there, you'll enter the Mt. Kenya Forest at an altitude of 5,249 feet (1600 m) and make your way up to 8,530 feet (2600 m).

Some experienced climbers may even opt to continue up to the park gate that rises to 9,678 feet (2950 m). Evening meals will be served around a open campfire after a day's walking of 8.5 miles (14 km).

Day 03-06 Mt. Kenya Trek

Day 2: Today marks the second day of your trek and you'll be walking up to a secluded camping spot at Lake Ellis, some 11,154 feet (3400 m) above sea level. The terrain is mostly moorland and tussock grass, but is highlighted by the beautiful heather and proteas. In addition, when in the springtime, there are a variety of other blooms such as gladioli, kniphofia and Senecio. On this day, you can expect an elevation gain of 2,624 feet (800 m) over a distance of 8.5 miles (14 km).

Day 3: Today, the adventurous walk is far from the beaten path. Meander through the lake, traverse the valley and climb the ridge up a mountain for three hours until the standard Chogoria route at a height of 13,451 feet (4,100 m) appears. Splendid scenery overlooking the Gorges Valley and in the opposite direction to Itinguni and the Northern Moorlands will take your breath away. Lunch is had at a minute stream crossing before progressing to Minto's Hut, the camp for the night, which stands tall at 13,779 feet (4200 m).

Take some time to make a trek to the "Temple" if you can spare the energy. This massive mountain face is named for the way viewers look over the edge - they appear as though they are on bended knee in prayer! Rest up early as there's a 2,624-foot (800 m) climb ahead of you throughout the 8 kilometers (5 miles).

Day 4: Today, you'll cover a total distance of around 12.5 miles (20 km). This is a considerable amount of time and effort, but it will be worth it when you reach the summit! Start off your amazing day with a hot beverage and a light snack, then head out no later than 2:30am to make the most of the walk in the dark. When you get to the top, you'll be treated to a spectacular view of the sunrise. Make sure that you get to Pt Lenana via Simba Col in time for first light.

Make your descent down the Sirimon Track to Shipton's Camp and enjoy a second breakfast before you set off on a journey of 6-7 hours to Judmier Camp. Walk a different route than usual to complete your journey down the peak.

Day 5: Today, you'll have a leisurely morning with breakfast before making your last hike of the trip - six miles (10 km) down a dirt track to the park gate. There, you will meet your transport to take you back to Nairobi, stopping for lunch at a riverside camp along the way. Your journey will end with a stay at Lake Naivasha for the evening. Adieu to your guides and porters, as you depart the area.

Day 07 Travel to Lake Naivasha

Get up early and embark on a boat tour of Lake Naivasha for an up-close look at hippos, waterbucks and a plentiful variety of birds. Admire the abundance of wildlife from a safe distance on an enjoyable walking safari around Crescent Island - home to giraffes, zebras and other animals that are not exposed to any danger from large predators.

Other activities you may engage in include;

  • Explore the lake's conservancy land and take in the sights of zebras, giraffes, and other animals.
  • Visit a local Kenyon farmer's homestead to gain a deeper understanding of subsistence farming and socialize with their family for tea.
  • End your safari with a visit to Hell's Gate National Park and discover its canyons and wildlife.
Day 08 Maji Moto Maasai Cultural Camp

Today you'll embark on a drive lasting around 3.5 hours to Maji Moto Maasai Cultural Camp, where the traditional way of life of real Maasai people is still very much alive.

During your stay, you can join on walks with Maasai warriors, experience warrior training, visit a widow village, make beading, gather around a campfire, and dip into a hot spring. You may also get to see the community's projects, including a school, beekeeping conservation, and a tree nursery.

Day 09 Maji Moto Maasai "Olpul" Bush Camping

Embark on a journey across the plains that will lead you to a forest bush camp. Here, you will construct a Maasai temporary camp and sleep outdoors under the night sky. For dinner, savor an "Olpul"-style meal with warriors and elders, complete with traditional songs, tales, and blessings near a blazing campfire.

Enjoy the ceremonial local brew which is created with honey, aloe root, and herbs for special occasions. At the bush camp, you'll get to sleep on leafy beds in your sleeping bag beneath the stars and warriors will be guarding you throughout the evening.

Day 10 Drive to Maasai Mara

Take a journey to the well-known Maasai Mara National Reserve, an African treasure renowned for its sprawling savannahs filled with wildlife. Dependable rainfall and vegetation provide sustenance for the myriad of herbivores that make this land their home, including zebras, giraffes, wildebeest, elephants, impalas and various species of gazelles. Predators such as cheetahs, leopards and an abundance of lions also inhabit this area.

The Mara is part of Tanzania’s Serengeti Plains, and is also surrounded by private and communal conservancies. Naboisho Conservancy is one such protected area, home to almost 70 lions and providing visitors with the chance to observe incredible animals up close. Enjoy night game drives, a walking safari and bush dinners during your stay in the Mara.

Day 11 Maasai Mara Safari

Drive out in the morning and take in the sights of the Maasai Mara Reserve on game drives and bush walks. Make sure to take a night game drive as well. If you are feeling adventurous, you have the option of taking a hot air balloon safari. You may get picked up before dawn and soar through the sky for an hour for an incredible view of the savanna! Upon landing, there will be breakfast waiting for you on the plains. Finish off the day with another game drive in the afternoon.

Day 12 Return to Nairobi & Depart

End your African getaway with a scenic early morning game drive, and then make your way back to Nairobi to hop on your flight back home.

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