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07 DAYS RIFT VALLEY EXPERIENCE

Highlights: Spotting the big five, cycling in Hell's Gate, seeing the wildebeest migration (July-October)


Tour Program

Day 1: Nairobi – Lake Nakuru

Depart from Nairobi heading north stopping for spectacular views over the Great Rift Valley. On the way you will see Mt Longonot, Lake Naivasha, road-side markets, and Lake Elementiata. At Lake Nakuru National Park you will enjoy lunch and a full afternoon game drive. Pass through acacia forest, open plains, stop for clifftop views, and even drive down to the lake shore.

Nakuru is famous for blue lake and pink rim, being home to thousands of flamingo that wade in the shallows of the lake. Once home to a third of the world’s flamingo population, numbers do fluctuate depending on water levels. The park is also renowned for the opportunity to spot some of Kenya’s rarest animals - the black rhino, white rhino, leopard and Rothchild’s giraffe. Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Nakuru – Hell’s Gate National Park – Lake Naivasha

After breakfast, depart Nakuru and head south, passing through Naivasha town and drive around the southern end of the lake, past the flower farms to the entrance of Hell’s Gate National Park. Soon after you enter the park the impressive landscape unfolds before you – a semi-arid world with sheer rugged cliffs, open plains and deep concealed gorges. There are many activities you can do in Hell’s Gate including, walking, cycling, rock climbing, bird watching and trekking through the gorge amongst the geysers – the choice is yours. Enjoy picnic lunch, then mid-afternoon depart for your accommodation on Lake Naivasha for a well-earned hot shower and cold drink. Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3: Lake Naivasha – Crater Lake – Elsamere – Lake Naivasha

After breakfast, drive further around the lake to the entrance of the Crater Lake Conservancy. Here you can get out of the vehicle and trek the short climb up to the rim of the beautiful volcanic crater for views down to the emerald-green crater lake. At times, flamingo populations have boomed here, having migrated from Lake Nakuru. Then with your guide you can walk through the conservancy tracking plains animals including giraffe, zebra, eland, impala, gazelle and waterbuck - while admiring the various species of birds and plants.

Around lunchtime, proceed to Elsamere, home to the late Joy and George Adamson, of ‘Born Free’ fame. This is now a conservation centre and museum where you will enjoy a delicious lunch in their beautiful gardens. You may even have the pleasure of the company of a family of black and white colobus monkeys, as well as a variety of birds – who also have a sweet tooth! After lunch you will enjoy an hour-long boat ride on Lake Naivasha (or Lake Olodian) where you can spot hippos as well as a variety of birds common to this area. Return to accommodation for dinner and overnight. Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4: Lake Naivasha – Maji Moto

Rise early, and depart the Naivasha region heading west across the floor of the Rift Valley to the Maasai village of Maji Moto. Here you will be met by your Maasai hosts and check into your traditional Maasai manyatta (tourist standard mud hut). After lunch, you will learn about this traditional tribe, and visit some of the many projects that they operate to assist their own community – including a widows village, school, beadwork project and medical clinic. You can walk with Maasai Warriors across the Loita Plains, learn traditional hunting skills, and bathe in the hot springs. Dinner and overnight at the cultural village. Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5: Maji Moto – Masai Mara

Enjoy the morning with the Maasai community before continuing to drive through Maasai land towards the Masai Mara Reserve. It is possible to see animals at any point, so keep an eye out along the way. After lunch, proceed into the reserve for an afternoon game drive. Return to your accommodation for dinner and overnight. Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6: Masai Mara

Enjoy a full day game viewing with picnic lunch on the Mara River over-looking the hippo pools and across to the Serengeti. Return to accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Kenya’s most popular reserve, the Masai Mara covers 1,510 sqkm and is an extension of the Serengeti eco system. Although animal populations are good year round, the spectacular migration of thousands of wildebeest and zebra during the months of July to October is what many come to see. Resident large animals are varied, plentiful and easy to see, with around 100 species recorded including the ‘big five’ - elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino - as well as giraffe, hippo, cheetah, hyena, zebra and numerous species of antelope. The reserve is also rich in birdlife with over 450 species seen in recent times, including many spectacular birds of prey. Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7: Masai Mara – Nairobi

After breakfast, undertake a morning game drive before departing the Masai Mara for Nairobi – where you will arrive around 17:00. Meals: breakfast, lunch

Lake Nakuru, Hippos, Flamingoes
Boat Ride, Lake Naivasha
Elsamere Conservation Center
Bush Breakfast, Masai Mara

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