Cultural Excursion

Rift Valley & Western Kenya Ecotour

Nairobi, Kenya

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This is an epic journey to discover Kenya’s diverse environments and ecosystems while supporting local economies. From Nairobi you will descend into the Great Rift Valley, an area of great scenic beauty and offering unlimited opportunities for wildlife watching and hiking adventures. The Rift Valley lakes are recognized worldwide as important habitats for birds and our tour starts with Lake Naivasha, the only freshwater lake in the valley. During your walk down the Hell’s Gate gorge and climb up Mt Longonot, you’ll witness firsthand the effects of the powerful tectonic forces and volcanic activities that created the Rift Valley. You will then watch rhino, buffalo, zebra etc and birds including the beautiful flamingoes at Lake Nakuru before proceeding on to western Kenya, a destination that is way off the beaten path and less popular to conventional travelers but offering great natural and cultural diversity. Your epic adventure ends with a tour of the Masai Mara.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Nairobi - Lake Naivasha

Today you will head from Nairobi and drive for two hours to the camp near Lake Naivasha. After lunch take a boat ride to Crescent Island. The island is an important bird sanctuary and you will walk around to watch some of the birds and the resident population of antelopes.

Overnight: Carnelley’s Campsite (Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 2 - Hell's Gate

Leave after breakfast for a drive to the nearby Hell’s Gate National Park. Hike for 4-5 hours from the Park Gate past Fischer’s Tower and steep rock cliffs and down through the deep gorge with bubbling hot springs. Return to the camp in the afternoon.

Overnight: Carnelley’s Campsite (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 3 - Mount Longonot

Today you will drive to the base of Mount Longonot and hike for two hours to the crater rim (2,800m). Circumnavigate the crater in 2-3 hours then descend and return to the camp for dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Carnelley’s Campsite (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 4 - Lake Naivasha - Lake Nakuru - Kembu Farm

Drive to Lake Nakuru National Park for game viewing. This park is an ornithologist’s paradise famed for its large concentration of flamingoes and nearly 450 species of other birds and as a rhino sanctuary. Also found here are waterbuck, buffalo, impala, zebra and several other animals. In the evening transfer to Kembu farm in Njoro for overnight.

Overnight: Kembu Cottages and Campsite (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 5 - Kembu Farm

Kembu farm is located on the western wall of the Great Rift Valley. Here, you'll walk around the expansive farm and visit the dairy, racehorses, a women’s co-operative knitting project on the farm (Kenana Knitters) and the local primary school and make voluntary donations for the school. It’s advisable to buy some of the products from the local women’s knitting project. Spend the afternoon lounging around and enjoying panoramic views of the Great Rift Valley or play soccer and volleyball with the farm workers. You will camp overnight on the farm.

Overnight: Kembu Cottages and Campsite (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 6 - Kembu Farm - Kaimosi

From the Rift Valley, we journey to the west through Eldoret to Kaimosi, a small rural village in western Kenya. We spend the night at the local Mago Guest House, an income generating project of the Mago Youth Polytechnic which offers vocational training to poor local students. Enjoy an evening tour of the local Mago Youth Polytechnic to interact with students.

Overnight: Mago Guest House (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 7 - Kaimosi

Today you will have a chance to spend time with the local Luhya people of this area. Take a walk to the local market and interact with the friendly local people, visit the local tea factory and plantations and learn how tea is picked, processed and also participate in tea testing. Stay overnight at the Mago Guest House.

Overnight: Mago Guest House (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 8 - Kaimosi - Kisumu

Drive south across the equator to Kisumu on the shores of Lake Victoria, the largest freshwater lake in Africa. Visit the local open air market at Kisumu before proceeding to our camp at the Kisumu Impala Sanctuary. In the afternoon enjoy a tour of Kisumu Impala Sanctuary to watch birds, hippos, Sitatunga antelope, impalas and several other animals.

Overnight: St. Anna Guest House (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 9 - Kisumu

In the morning you will visit a fish landing beach to interact with local fishermen as they return from their nightlong fishing expeditions. Witness fresh fish being offloaded from fishing boats as fishmongers scramble buy from the fishermen. Then take a boat ride to see the beautiful shores and islands of Lake Victoria. Enjoy fresh fish from the lake for lunch at a local café on the beach and return to camp in the afternoon.

Overnight: St. Anna Guest House(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 10 - Kisumu - Masai Mara

You will leave the Lake Victoria basin and drive south to Masai Mara. The 5-6 hour drive takes you through agricultural country with large plantations of sugarcane and tea. Arrive at the Mara in time for afternoon game drive. You will camp overnight.

Overnight: Mara Manyatta Campsite (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 11 - Masai Mara

Enjoy a full day of game drives in the Masai Mara. The Mara Game Reserve is largely plains and the open grasslands are habitat to rich and varied wildlife such as lion, leopard, cheetah, buffalo, zebra, giraffe etc. There are also several species of birds. The annual migration of millions of wildebeest and antelope from July to September is a spectacle never to be missed by any visitor to the Mara. Enjoy the evening at the camp.

Overnight: Mara Manyatta Campsite (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 12 - Masai Mara - Nairobi Departure

In the morning enjoy one more game drive before you transfer back to Nairobi.

Accommodation Information

Carnelley’s Campsite

Carnelley’s is a tranquil campsite with beautiful bushy grounds. The monkeys swing from the trees and the hippos graze on the pier. Over the years Camp Carnelley's has become one of the most famous locations on Lake Naivasha. They are not just a campsite, they have it all from accommodation, "Lazybones" bar and restaurant, onsite activities and custom excursions including the ultimate safari.

The Kembu Cottages and Campsite

The Kembu Cottages and Campsite is located on a working farm overlooking the Great Rift Valley. Enjoy crisp clean air and ample space to roam - an ideal family retreat. It offers a wonderful high altitude climate - relaxed, peaceful, friendly. There are numerous day trips within easy reach of the farm - Lake Nakuru National Park, Lake Bogoria National Reserve, Menengai Crater, Mau Forest, and Kiplombe Valley. The enjoyable hours spent exploring the wilds of this wonderful area are made more idyllic knowing there is a warm and inviting base awaiting your return.

Mago Guest House

In a world of beauty you can find the unique Mago Guesthouse in the small rural village named Mago. The guesthouse has started in 2007 and is the only midrange guesthouse in this region. It is an income generating project of the Mago Youth Polytechnic School to support its various educational programs and its community. The guesthouse also serves as a hotel school for catering and hospitality students.

St. Anna Guest House

The St. Anna Guest House was established in 1998 under the initiative of the Franciscan Sisters of St Anna Lwak. It is located in a secure and serene setting in plush Milimani estate; the Guest House offers both accommodation and restaurant services to its clients plus conference and transport facilities.

Mara Manyatta Campsite

The Mara Manyatta Campsite is in the world famous Masai Mara Game reserve. The tents are spacious and erected on hard surfaces and are covered with Makuti to protect against the harsh weather conditions such as rain and heat. All tents are en-suite with built in toilet, hot shower, mosquito nets, electric lights, and power sockets. Enjoy meals cooked by the resident camp Chef.

Location

Region: Africa - Eastern and Southern

Address:
Nairobi
Kenya

Amenities/Activities

Breakfast Breakfast

Ecologically Responsible Ecologically Responsible

Wildlife Wildlife

GBC Staffpick GBC Staffpick

Hiking Trekking Hiking Trekking

Voluntour Activities Voluntour Activities

General Information

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in basic tents when camping and local guest houses
  • All meals for duration of safari prepared by an experienced safari cook
  • Professional English-speaking guide: all guides are local experts and have also taken several language and wildlife courses
  • All National Park entrance and camp site fees
  • Private vehicle during safari
  • Full support before, during & after your trip

Price Excludes

  • International & domestic flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation before and after the safari in Nairobi
  • Sleeping bags
  • Taxes and fees
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Entrance visas when applicable
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Expenditure on all drinks
  • Tips and gratuities to guides, drivers
  • Expenses of a purely personal nature