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From Nairobi: Mount Kenya National Park Full-Day Hike

1. From Nairobi: Mount Kenya National Park Full-Day Hike

Mount Kenya is the biggest mountain in the country, and people often take 3 to 5 days to climb to the summit and back. However, this tour offers you the opportunity to see the beauty of the mountain and take part in a vigorous 6-hour hike, but also to be home to Nairobi for dinner. Your day starts with an early pickup from your hotel in Nairobi before heading off to Mount Kenya National Park, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, due in part to its importance as an area of great scenic beauty. You’ll arrive at the Naro Moru Gate to start your hike at 9:00 AM and head out. Hike through rainforests up the mountain with your knowledgeable guide who will tell you about the flora and fauna surrounding you. This Park is inhabited by, among others, elephants, black-and-white colobus, monkeys, and Cape buffalos. You'll also catch sight of some beautiful birds. At approximately noon, you’ll reach the Meteorological Station and start to head back down the mountain through the bamboo forest. At around 2:00 PM, you’ll arrive back at the Naro Moru gate and enjoy a well-deserved packed lunch. Finally, you'll take the 3-hour drive back to Nairobi. This hike, while strenuous, will certainly be worth it; Mount Kenya is a favorite for hikers due to its snow-capped peaks, breathtaking scenery, and the challenge it presents.

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3-Day Maasai Mara Luxury Safari - Experience Kenya by Air

2. 3-Day Maasai Mara Luxury Safari - Experience Kenya by Air

Come to the incredible country of Kenya and experience the breathtaking beauty of the Maasai Mara National Reserve from both land and air. The Maasai Mara is a huge game reserve in southwestern Kenya, basically the northern continuation of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania with an area of 1,510km. Your 3-day adventure begins and ends in Nairobi. The park is named after the Maasai people, the native inhabitants of the area, and their description of the area as viewed from afar: Mara, which is Maa (Maasai language) for "spotted." This is an apt description for the circles of trees, scrub, savanna, and cloud shadows that dot the area. Detailed Itinerary • Day 1: Enjoy a pickup from your hotel and head to Wilson Airport for your flight to the Maasai Mara. The flight takes about 1 hour (there may be stops along the way). After arrival in Maasai Mara, continue to your camp/lodge and enjoy a delicious lunch after check-in. Following lunch, visitors go on a game viewing drive. In the evening, return to the lodge for dinner and your overnight stay. • Day 2: A full day in the Maasai Mara with morning and afternoon game drives. See zebras, gazelles, wildebeests, and many other animals. • Day 3: Day 3 begins with an early start and a game drive before breakfast. Then, transfer to the airstrip for your approximately 1-hour flight back to Nairobi. During the flight, there may be stops along on the way.

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Mount Kenya: 5-Day Climbing Experience from Nairobi

3. Mount Kenya: 5-Day Climbing Experience from Nairobi

• Day 1: Nairobi, Sirimon, Judmaier Camp (Old Moses Camp), 3-4 hours, 5.6 miles, 2,820-foot ascent Get picked up at 7:30 AM from your accommodation in Nairobi. Drive around 4 hours to Nanyuki for lunch. Proceed 1 hour and 800 feet to Sirimon Gate. From the gate, follow the trail as it winds uphill through the forest which becomes uncultivated land after about 3 hours. After 3.5 hours, the route veers right to Judmaier Camp, where you'll have dinner and stay overnight at 10,826 feet. Lunch and dinner are included.  • Day 2: Judmier Camp, Shipton Camp, 6-7 hours, 10 miles, 2,950-foot ascent After breakfast, follow the track uphill, forking left at the junction. After 1 hour from Old Moses Camp, the trail crosses Ontulili River. Head right toward the Moorland and cross Liki North. Continue uphill to Mackinders Valley, from where you'll find panoramic views up the valley toward the main peaks. Dinner and overnight at Shipton Camp at 13,779 feet. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.  • Day 3: Shipton Camp Spend the day acclimatizing. Walk to Kami Hut down to the Hauseberg Lakes, Hauseberg Tarn and Nanyuki Tarn. Trek back to Shipton for dinner and overnight. • Day 4: Shiptons, Point Lenana, Mount Meru Bandas (Chogoria Gate), 11-12 hours, 20 miles, 2,575-foot ascent Leave at 3:00 AM up a steep, stony quarry that cuts through a cliff clearing. Head toward lower Hall Tarns and arrive at Mount Kenya Point Lenana, 3.7 miles from Shipton Camp, at 6:30 AM. After the sunrise, descend 3.7 miles and about 2 hours down to Mintos Hut for breakfast. Head 4-5 hours further down to Mount Meru Bandas at 9,678 feet, for dinner and overnight on Mount Kenya. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.  • Day 5: Chogoria Bandas, Chogoria, Nairobi Descend 2 hours and 9 miles to the forest clearance and catch a 4×4 transfer vehicle to Chogoria Village where you will find your driver waiting to transfer you back to Nairobi. Breakfast and lunch are included.

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Mount Kenya: 4-Day Climbing Experience from Nairobi

4. Mount Kenya: 4-Day Climbing Experience from Nairobi

• Day 1: Nairobi - Met Station at 10,006 feet, 3-4 hours, 6.2 miles, 1,312-foot ascent After pickup in Nairobi, drive to the Naru Moru Park Gate for lunch. From the gate, trek up through the magnificent montane forest, bamboo, and giant heather zone before reaching the high altitude moorland and the first cabins at Met Station for dinner and overnight. This is a gentle trek that takes 3-4 hours, gaining an elevation of 1,968 feet. • Day 2: Met Station - Mackinders Camp at 14,107 feet, 5-6 hours, 6.8 miles, 3,937-foot ascent After a short walk to the end of the forest line, hike across a marshy vertical bog of the lower moorlands. Stop for a picnic lunch at the Picnic Rocks before continuing further to Mackinders Camp, gaining 4,265 feet in altitude in about 5 hours. Dinner and overnight at Mackinders camp.  • Day 3: Mackinders - Pt Lenana at 16,355 feet - Old Moses Camp, 11 hours, 2,247-foot ascent, 5,528-foot descent. Leave at 3:00 AM for a predawn summit attempt, trekking for 3-4 hours across bare rock and scree slopes characteristic of the alpine region. Reach Point Lenana, the hikers summit, arriving in time to catch the African sunrise. Later, descend to Shiptons Camp on the Sirimon Route for breakfast. After breakfast, begin a 5-hour descent via Mackinder's Valley to the Old Moses Camp. The descent is gentle and offers ample time to enjoy fascinating scenery, which includes the moorlands, before reaching the camp. Dinner and overnight at Old Moses Camp.  • Day 4: Old Moses at 10,826 feet - Nairobi, 3 hours After an early morning breakfast, descend for 3 hours through the rain forest to the Sirimon Park Gate to catch a vehicle for the return journey to Nairobi. Arrive back at your accommodation in the early evening.

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Nairobi: Ol Pejeta Conservancy and Chimpanzee Sanctuary Tour

5. Nairobi: Ol Pejeta Conservancy and Chimpanzee Sanctuary Tour

Get an early start on the day with 6:00AM pickup from your centrally-located Nairobi hotel. From there, you will begin your 3.5-hour drive to the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, passing through a scenic landscape of coffee and tea estates. Make the first stop at the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a refuge for chimpanzees from around West and Central Africa. Learn about some of the 38 chimpanzees that live in the sanctuary’s natural enclosures, and see the primates as they approach a feeding platform. Later, continue into the Ol Pejeta Conservancy for a game drive across the open plains, which are home to a remarkable population of rare animals including wild dogs, zebras, cheetahs, and hartebeest, as well as the “Big Five” (lions, cape buffalo, African elephants, leopards, and rhinoceros). You can also later choose to visit one of the lodges within the game sanctuary for lunch. Following your meal, visit a rhino homestead and a manyatta, a reproduction of a traditional Kenyan homestead, where you can learn about Maasai, Polot, Turkana, and Samburu cultures. Meet village residents, see traditional-style homes and dances, and shop for unique souvenirs, and in the mid-afternoon, begin the return trip to Nairobi where your tour concludes with drop-off to your accommodations at around 6:30PM.

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Ol Pejeta Conservancy Full Day Tour From Nairobi

6. Ol Pejeta Conservancy Full Day Tour From Nairobi

Get an early start on the day with a 5:00 am pickup at your accommodation in Nairobi. Then begin the trip to Nanyuki Town, where you’ll stretch your legs by the official equator line. On the way, enjoy panoramic views of the green vegetation and the beauty of the Kenyan coffee farms. Continue for another 15 minutes to Ol Pejeta Conservancy for the first game drive of the day. Explore the park’s northern area, which is home to a plentiful population of chimpanzees, and keep watch for some of the Big Five that live within the conservancy: lions, cape buffalo, African elephants, leopards, and rhinoceros are all spotted here - including the very rare white rhino. Visit the chimpanzee sanctuary, the only one of its kind in Kenya that rescues and takes care of orphaned chimpanzees. You will enjoy a hot lunch at the Sweet Waters Serena Camp and 30 minutes of relaxation before going back to the park for more game drives. You will depart the park at around 4.30pm heading back to Nairobi. You can expect to arrive at 8.00pm with a lot of memories following a great tour.

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What people are saying about Central Kenya

Wow, what an experience! Loved it!

The flight on the tiny plane was so much fun, and landing in the middle of the Savannah with Giraffes watching us was great! The Eagle View lodge is beautiful, the staff super friendly and the Maasai Safari guides really knew where to find the best sights. We saw so many animals!

Very good hiking, amazing landscapes. Lucky with the weather. A bit long drive for a day, but definitely worth it.

Make full use of time to make the most game driver in this three-day two-night trip

Everything is excellent. Hotel, foods , guide, game drives. I love everything.