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Private Mt. Kenya Hiking Tour

1. Private Mt. Kenya Hiking Tour

After a pickup from your hotel at 6a.m depart from your hotel drive to Nanyuki. Nanyuki continues to be an important town for Mt Kenya climbers and is close to ranches, game parks conservancies in the region. From Nanyuki Town we drive toward the Mt. Kenya to the Sirimon gate at 2650 meters. The distance between Nanyuki and Sirimon Gate is 23 km. On arrival, you begin a 3½ hour (9 km) hike through the forest, bamboo, rosewood, and heather zones to Old Moses camp at 3300m. We gain 740m on the ascent and begin to truly acclimatize. The forest and bamboo are home to hundreds of buffaloes, bushbucks, and a plethora of bird species. We hike a little higher about 1km from Old Moses camp to 3600m to see 2 Mt. Kenya peaks – Nelion and Batian. After taking pictures we descend from 3600m to Old Moses Camp at 3300m for our picnic lunch. After lunch, we descend for 9 km (1.5 hours) to Sirimon gate where you get your driver-guide and transfer back to Nairobi and be dropped off at your hotel.

Day Tour to Mount Kenya from Nairobi

2. Day Tour to Mount Kenya from Nairobi

07:00 am: Pick up from your Nairobi hotel/ residence and drive to Nanyuki town the capital of Laikipia County. Presently Nanyuki is a base for the Kenya Air Force and a training area for the British Army. Nanyuki continues to be an important town for Mount Kenya climbers, supply centre for farms and is close to ranches, game parks conservancies in the region. From Nanyuki Town (1980 meters) we drive toward the Mount Kenya to the Sirimon gate at 2650 meters. The distance between Nanyuki and Sirimon Gate is 23 km’s. 10:30 am :On completion of park entry formalities at the Sirimon Gate, you begin a 3½ hour (9 km’s) hike through forest, bamboo, rosewood and heather zones to Old Moses camp (also called Judmeier Camp) at 3300 meters. We gain 740 meters on the ascent and begin to truly acclimatize. The forest and bamboo are home to hundreds of buffaloes, elephants, bushbucks and a plethora of bird species 13:30pm: We hike a little higher about 1 km from Old Moses camp to 3600 meters to see 2 Mount Kenya peaks – Nelion and Batian next to each other. These peaks are climbed only by professional alpinists. 14:00pm: After taking pictures we descend down from 3600 meters to Old Moses camp at 3300 meters for our picnic lunch. 15:00 pm: After lunch we descend down for 9 km’s (1.5 hours) to Sirimon gate where you get your driver guide and transfer back to Nairobi. 19:00pm: We arrive back to Nairobi, transfer you to your hotel/ residence.

From Nairobi: 3 Days Samburu Wildlife Safari

3. From Nairobi: 3 Days Samburu Wildlife Safari

Day 1: Nairobi to Samburu National Reserve. Morning pick up from Nairobi hotel/apartment/airbnb/airport at 5:40 AM. You will then drive to the rich agricultural area around Mount Kenya and you will have the opportunity to cross the equator just before you arrive in the famous town of Nanyuki. Here you will eat lunch at a budget hotel before making your way to Samburu via Isiolo. Check-in at the camp and then proceed on a game drive, which will take you near the elephant bedroom tower. Dinner and Overnight at Heshima Camp or similar. Day 2: Samburu Full Day Game Drive. This day will be spent exploring this breathtaking game reserve. The reserve is reach in wildlife with fame for abundance in rare northern specialist species such as the Gravy Zebra, Somali Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk and the Beisa Oryx (Also referred as Samburu Special). It is also home to elephants, lions, rhino, leopards, buffalo, endangered wild dogs and the pun cake tortoise. Over 450 species of birds have been identified here including vultures, kingfishers, marabous, bateleurs and guinea fowl (among others). Dinner and Overnight at Heshima Camp or similar. Day 3: Samburu National Reserve - Nairobi. Wake up and head out on an early morning game drive. After the game drive, you will return to the camp for breakfast. You will then visit a Samburu village nearby, where you will get the chance to interact with the local people and experience their culture. This is a good opportunity to purchase traditional Samburu souvenirs, art and collectibles. drive to the view point Mt Ololokwe, later drive to Isiolo natural swimming pool You will then leave and head back to Nairobi, stopping in Nanyuki for lunch. You will arrive in Nairobi in the evening and be dropped off at your hotel/apartment/airbnb/the airport.

Mount Kenya: 5-Day Climbing Experience from Nairobi

4. 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.

From Nairobi: Mount Kenya National Park Full-Day Hike

5. 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.

4 DAYS 3 NIGHT MT KENYA CLIMBING

6. 4 DAYS 3 NIGHT MT KENYA CLIMBING

Day 1: Nairobi/Sirimon/Judmier Camp (Old Moses Camp) 3-4 hrs., 9km, 860m ascent Pick up from your Nairobi hotel/ residence and drive at 7am to Nanyuki town for lunch, taking about 4 hours. Proceed to Sirimon Gate, 1 hr, 2440m. From the gate follow the track as it winds uphill though the forest which becomes heath land after about 3 hrs. About 3½ hours from the gate the track veers right to Judmier Camp, 3300m for dinner and overnight. L D Day 2: Judmier Camp/Shipton Camp 6-7hrs, 14km, 900m ascent After breakfast, follow the track uphill, forking left at the junction. After one hour from Old Moses Camp, the track crosses Ontulili River. Go right contouring through the Moorland and crossing Liki North and continue uphill to Mackinders Valley from where there are panoramic views up the valley towards the main peak Dinner and overnight at Shipton Camp, 4200m, B,L,D Day 3: Shipton Camp/Point Lenana/Judmaier Camp (Old Moses Camp) 9-10hrs, 21k Leave at 3am up a steep stony quarry that cuts through a cliff clearing visible part towards lower Hall Tarns arriving point Lenana at 6:30am, taking about 3hrs. After the sunrise, descend down to Shipton Camp, 2hr for breakfast and further, 4hrs, down to Old Moses Camp for dinner and overnight, B,L,D Day 4: Judmaier Camp/Sirimon/Nairobi 2-3hrs, 9km After breakfast, walk down through the rainforest for 2 hours to connect with your transport vehicle back to Nairobi. Upon arrival drop off at your hotel.

Mount Kenya: 4-Day Climbing Experience from Nairobi

7. 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.

Nairobi: 3-Day All-Inclusive Samburu National Park Safari

8. Nairobi: 3-Day All-Inclusive Samburu National Park Safari

Day 1: Nairobi to Samburu National Reserve (L, D) After you are picked up from your Nairobi accommodation/Nairobi Airport, you will travel via the central highlands of Kenyawith which will provide you with views of coffee, tea, sisal, pineapple, and other farming activities. You can also view Mount Kenya from a distance, complete with its snow capped peaks. In the afternoon, enjoy a game viewing drive through the Samburu, Shaba, and Buffalo Springs reserves. Day 2: Full Day at Samburu National Reserve (B, L, D) The day shall be spent with game viewing drives with relaxing interludes at the Samburu Game Reserve. Game viewing drives in this dry and scenic game reserve are concentrated along the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River. This is where most wildlife is found, such as elephants, giraffes, zebra, lions, cheetahs, buffalo, oryx, and other animal species. Day 3: Samburu to Nairobi (B, L) Begin with a morning game viewing drive at Samburu. An exit game viewing drive shall follow, before you depart Samburu for Nairobi with a lunch stop en-route. You'll arrive in Nairobi in the late afternoon, at which point you will be dropped off at your Nairobi hotel/Nairobi Airport.

Aberdare National Park Tour From Nairobi

9. Aberdare National Park Tour From Nairobi

Your driver will pick you up early in the morning from your Nairobi hotel. After a brief introduction, you will set off towards the Mount Kenya Region. Enjoy great views of Mount Kenya as you approach the main gate to Aberdares National Park. The game drives starts immediately as you enter the main gate. Picturesque, steep forested ravines and open moorland characterize the Aberdare National Park.The park provides a habitat for elephants, black rhinos, leopards, spotted hyenas, olive baboons, black and white colobus monkeys, buffalos, warthogs and bush bucks among others. Rare sightings include those of the Giant Forest hog, bongo, golden cat, serval cat, African wild cat, African civet cat and the blue duiker. Later, you will have lunch at the famous Tree top hotel. Treetops is in a way part of nature as it has an ancient tree growing right through the hotel, with the lodge being built around it. It is the perfect fusion of nature and comfort, sporting a rustic look that fits right into the Aberdares. Later depart via game drives for Nairobi, arriving late in the afternoon.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy Full Day Tour From Nairobi

10. 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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Our trip started early in morning (5:00 am) from Nairobi. During our way to Nanyuki Town we saw The Sun rising and beautiful Mount Kenya. In Namyuki we visited The official equator line. From there we drove to Ol Pejeta Vonservancy and spent rest of The day looking for The Big Five. We saw all other but not leopard. Whole Private Day Tour was spectacular.

Small technical problem on the road loss of 2 hours with change of guide and vehicle. So no stop on the equator line. The park is fabulous.