Mount Kenya Climb and Chimps

20 days—See the big five, the Rift valley lakes, spend time with the Chimpanzees and climb to the peak of Mount kenya all within 20 days

$2800-3400 USD

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Safari summary

You will depart for a budget safari with a chance of seeing Mount Kilimanjaro as you will be staying for the first 2 nights of your safari at the foot of the highest mountain in Africa. Later you will proceed for a walk at Hell's gate to explore the gorge and a visit to Elsamere Conservancy the former home of the late Joy Adamson. Visit the Maasai mara which is home to the big five before you proceed to the Rift Valley lakes which are home to flamingos, crocodile, hippos and different species of birds. You will also have a chance to see the Menengai Crater and a hands on experience on coffee and tea factory before you proceed to the Ol Pejeta which is home to the Chimps. Samburu will be your last game reserve which is known for the unique wild species that are not common in other parks which include gravy's Zebra, reticulated giraffe among other wild.
Finally you will have a chance to climb mount Kenya from Sirimon to Chogoria before you are dropped back to Nairobi in time for your onward journey connections.


About this tour
Custom, tailor-made, private
Easy activity
Main focus:

Game drives

Best months: 
All months

Fine details
Safari highlights
  • Cultural visits—orphanages, markets, schools
  • Night game drives
Countries visited
country.name Kenya
Parks visited
Amboseli
Buffalo Springs
Lake Nakuru
Masai Mara
Mount Kenya
Nairobi
Samburu

Itinerary

Day 1

Amboseli | Kilimanjaro | Nairobi

Day 1: Nairobi/Amboseli In the morning you will either be picked from the airport or Nairobi hotel then depart for Amboseli National Park where you will arrive for lunch at campsite. Later proceed for game drive in search of gigantic elephants the park is famous for not forgetting the views of Mt. Kilimanjaro on a clear day with chances of seeing lions, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, hippos, and different species of birds.  Dinner and overnight at budget camp

Day 2

Amboseli | Kilimanjaro

Day 2: Amboseli You will spend the whole day exploring Amboseli National park mainly with more chance of seeing wild animals and Kilimanjaro if you missed on the previous day and a chance to walk to the lookout hill with all meals served and overnight at budget camp

Day 3

Amboseli | Nairobi

Day 3: Amboseli / Lake Naivasha-Crescent Island After an early breakfast leave Amboseli passing via the outskirts of Nairobi and proceed to Lake Naivasha where you will arrive for lunch followed by a visit to Crescent Island where you will walk among giraffe, zebra, monkey among other wild. Return to budget camp for dinner and overnight

Day 4

Day 4: Lake Naivasha-Hell’s gate & Elsamere conservancy After breakfast depart for Hell’s gate park where you will have a chance to either cycle or to walk among giraffe, Zebra, gazelles and different species of birds followed by a guided walk through the gorge before you return to budget camp for lunch and later proceed to Elsamere Conservancy which is the former home of the late Joy Adamson, arriving in time to visit the Museum which contains a small collection of Joy's paintings and artefacts. You will also have a chance of seeing the memorabilia from the film Born Free and a range of photos documenting Joy and George's work with wildlife. Return to budget camp for dinner and overnight

Day 5

Day 5: Lake Naivasha/Maasai mara After breakfast proceed to Maasai mara where you will arrive for lunch at budget camp then proceed for game drive before you return to budget camp for dinner followed by overnight.

Day 6

Masai Mara

Day 6: Masai Mara Game Reserve optional hot air balloon ride. Breakfast will be served then with picnic lunch depart for a full day game viewing in search of black manned lion, elephant, leopard and cheetah, buffalo among other plains game and a visit to the mara river where you will have a chance of seeing hippo and crocodile and if you are lucky you will have a chance to witness the famous wildebeest migration (July-September). Proceed to budget camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 7

Day 7: Maasai Mara/Nakuru Early morning game drive followed by late breakfast then with picnic lunch leave Mara with optional visit to Maasai cultural village en route as you depart for Narok and continue with your journey to Nakuru where you will arrive for dinner and overnight at guest house/budget hotel

Day 8

Lake Nakuru

Day 8: Lake Nakuru/Lake Baringo After an early breakfast proceed for game drive where you will have a chance of seeing rhino, giraffe, buffalo, zebra among other species not forgetting exploring the shores of Lake Nakuru and if you are lucky you might see flamingos. Return to guest house/budget hotel for lunch then depart for Lake Baringo where you will arrive for dinner and overnight at guest house/budget hotel.

Day 9

Day 9: Lake Baringo & Lake Bogoria In the morning proceed for two hour's boat ride to explore Lake Baringo which is inhabited by hippos, crocodiles and you will have a chance of seeing different species of birds followed by breakfast. Relax as you wait for lunch. Later depart for Lake Bogoria where you will have a chance of seeing the natural hot geyser's and if you are lucky you might see flamingos at the Shores of Lake Bogoria. Return to guest house/budget hotel for dinner followed by overnight.

Day 10

Day 10: Lake Baringo/Subukia After breakfast depart from Lake Baringo via the spectacular Menengai volcanic crater, where you will make a stopover for the picturesque crater. Proceed to Subukia farm where you will arrive for lunch at budget camp followed by a guided bird-watching walk and a visit to the tea and coffee processing operations before you return to budget camp to wait for dinner and overnight.

Day 11

Day 11: Subukia/Ol pejeta game sanctuary After breakfast leave Subukia with picnic lunch followed by a stopover at the equator for photo and demonstration then proceed to Ol Pejeta game sanctuary where you will have a chance to see the rhino, elephant, buffalo, warthog, lion not forgetting the chance to see the Chimpanzee before you proceed to budget camp/hotel to wait for dinner followed by overnight.

Day 12

Samburu

Day 12: Nanyuki/Samburu After breakfast proceed to Isiolo then an unforgettable journey into Samburu Game Reserve - a haven of beauty and peace in semi-arid land, rugged landscape and majestic surroundings where you will arrive for lunch at budget camp followed by game drive and later depart for game drive. Return to the budget camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 13

Samburu

Day 13: Samburu You will spend the full day exploring Samburu game reserve where you will have a chance to see Grevy Zebra, Beisa Oryx, Reticulated giraffe, Somali Ostrich, long-necked gerenuk,  dainty dik dik, as well as some of the most beautiful bird life in Kenya. You'll also see herds of elephant, plains game and their predators. Dinner and overnight at budget camp.

Day 14

Samburu

Day 14: Samburu/Nanyuki After breakfast leave Samburu for where you will arrive in time for lunch at budget camp and later you will prepare for the mountain climb. Dinner and overnight at budget camp.

Day 15

Day 15: Nanyuki/Sirimon gate-Old Moses  (3300m) After breakfast proceed to Sirimon park gate where you will go through the park formalities then commence our ascent of Mt Kenya, following the Sirimon route, this is one of the longest and gentlest on the mountain. It is also one of the most spectacular. We walk up to our first campsite at 3,000m, a total ascent of 700m in just 2-3 hours. On this route, we will pass through zones of dense forest, bamboo, giant heather and out onto high open moorland. 3-4 hours.

Day 16

Day 16: Old Moses/Shiptons camp (4200m) Traversing the Likii valley, climb and pass over a ridge to enter on a steep descent into the picturesque Mackinder,s . You arrive at Shiptons camp for hot lunch( or hot Lunch en route depending on your trekking pace.) after a 4 hour trek. Afternoon/ Evening at leisure.  

Day 17

Day 17:Shipton's Camp-Acclimatisation trek to Hausberg Col. 4,600m. (approx. 7Kms return. / 4-5hrs). Ascent +364m This is invaluable day spent for acclimatisation and will make the summit day more enjoyable. Highly recommended is a short walk on the summit circuit trail up to the Hausberg col (4,6OOm) OR go farther, passing between Oblong and Hausberg Tarns to Nanyuki and Two Tarns to enjoy panoramic views of peaks Batian (5199m) and Nelion (5188m). Having reached a high altitude of over 4600m the true acclimatisation benefit of this day becomes clear, Climbing high and sleeping low is excellent for acclimatisation.

Day 18

Mount Kenya

Day 18: To Lenana Summit, 4,985m & down to Lake Elis 3,600m. Trek via the Summit to Lake Elis, (approx. 15Kms / 10hrs.)   Ascent: 749m to the summit then descend -3600m to Lake Elis.  After the rest day comes the highlight of the Mount Kenya trek: the stiff, but exhilarating, scramble by starlight up to Point Lenana, the "trekkers' summit", in time to see the African dawn from a vantage point of nearly 5,000m. We leave at 4am and climb the 800m to the peak in 4 hours. A further 3 hours down to a late breakfast by Hall Tarns in the magnificent Gorges Valley. Then in the afternoon another 3 hours down past spectacular chasms, waterfalls and weirdly eroded lava flows. descend further down  to  Lake Elis one of the biggest lakes on the mountain. Spend the rest of the evening relaxing by the lakeside.

Day 19

Day 19: To Meru Bandas, 3,000m. Trek. After breakfast descend further down to Meru Bandas campsite . This is a simple trek through the Giant heather and rosewood forest  to Meru bandas campsite arriving for lunch and spend the rest of the evening relaxing by the campsite. Wildlife viewing in the evening at a nearby valley can be organized.

Day 20

Nairobi

Day 20: To pick up point, 2,600m. trek./Nairobi  After breakfast walk down through the giant bamboo forest to meet your transfer vehicle to Chogoria then board your vehicle to Nairobi where you will arrive in time to be dropped off at the airport to catch your home bound flight THE TOTAL COST OF THE ABOVE ITINERARY:- A) BASED ON 2 PEOPLE IS U.S.D 3,400 PER PERSON SHARING B) BASED ON 4 PEOPLE IS U.S.D 3,000 PER PERSON SHARING C) BASED ON 6 PEOPLE IS U.S.D 2,800 PER PERSON SHARING INCLUDED:- * Accommodation on on full board basis in budget camps with bed & mattress/guest house or budget hotel during safari and in patch up tents & sleeping bags (that we will provide free of charge if you do not wish to bring yours) during the mountain climb * Park entry fees, visit Crescent Island, visit to Hell’s gate, visit to Elsamere Conservancy and two hour’s boat ride on Lake Baringo * Transport in safari minibus fitted with HF communication radio with pop up roof for that eye-catching with guaranteed window seat * Bottled drinking water - 1 liter per day per person * Services of English speaking driver/guide * Services of a cook * Mountain entry fees * Camping fees * Rescue fees * Guides salaries * Porters salaries * Qualified guides Note that mountain equipment is available for hire NOT INCLUDED:- Return international and domestic flights, visa fees, accommodation in Nairobi, optional excursions (e.g. visit to cultural villages, horse ride, hot air balloon ride, guided bird walk, etc), drinks, tips, medical/luggage/personal insurance and all Items of personal nature.  

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