Adventure across Hills & Plains round Nairobi

Tour Highlights

This 14 days’ safari is a unique combination of wildlife, hikes, farm visits and cultural encounters in areas lesser known but not less captivating stretching from Nairobi down south to the slopes of Kilimanjaro. Accommodations will be in selected places and range from camping simple guest houses to 3 and 4star boutique hotels.

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Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival evening and transfer to Tamarind Tree Hotel, BB

Day 2: Nairobi National Park Excursion with boxed breakfast, optional carnivore lunch, Visit Giraffe Center, Karen Blixen, BB Tamarind Tree Hotel

Day 3: Drive via 14 teen falls to Oldonyo Sabuk base, Hike with packed lunch and descend transfer to Oldonyo Sabuk Resort, HB

Day 4: Drive via Kangundo to Machakos, ascend Kima Kimwe shrine, drive to Maanzoni for lunch and on to Hunters Lodge, FB

Day 5: Visit chyulu caves and hike with packed lunch to Oltiasika, HB Guesthouse /Tents

Day 6: Descend to Lake Arpakai and transfer to Maasai Camp in Merueshi, FB Maasai Simba Camp

Day 7: Drive to Jama's Farm, lunch, short farm hike and observation Hill, transfer to Loitokitok, HB Garden Resort

Day 8: Nalemoru River walk with barbeque lunch at waterfall, transfer Amboseli, HB Kibo Safari Camp

Day 9: Amboseli gamedrives, FB Kibo Safari Camp

Day 10: Hike to the Namanga Hills and transfer to Lerruat Block Cabins, FB Lerruat

Day 11: Ascend lerruat for sunrise, breakfast and drive to Ngong Hills, lunch Lesolo, and hike to Olepolos, FB Ol Talet Cottages

Day 12: Transfer to Ngong Hills start, hike over the seven hills to Ngong town with packed lunch, to Spurwing Guesthouse BB, dinner Dari restaurant

Day 13: Visit Kiambethu tea farm with lunch, coffee and visit cave in Paradise Lost, HB Windsor Golf Club

Day 14: Walk through Karura Forest, lunch, HB Windsor Golf Club

Day 14: Transfer to Airport for departure

Itinerary Details

Day 1: Arrival Nairobi
Meet and greet at Jomo Kenyatta International airport and transfer to Tamarind Tree Hotel for Kenya’s warmest welcome with quick access to Wilson Airport and the heartbeat of Kenya, Nairobi City. Our proximity to Nairobi National Park and Nairobi's major airports makes it the ideal business and leisure hotel.

Accommodation: Tamarind Tree Hotel
Meal plan: optional ala carte
Driving: 25 Km, 45min
Activities: optional

Day 2: Nairobi City
We have a cup of early morning day and take a short drive to Nairobi National park with a breakfast box. Wide open grass plains and backdrop of the city scrapers, scattered acacia bush play host to a wide variety of wildlife including the endangered black rhino, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes and diverse birdlife with over 400 species recorded. Nairobi National Park was first gazetted in December 1946 and is herewith the oldest National Park in Kenya. The park hosts numerous picnic places and a hiking trail at the Hippo Pool.

Accommodation: Tamarind Tree Hotel
Meal plan: FB
Driving: 100 Km, with game drives all day
Activities: game drives, sightseeing & excursions

Day 3: Oldonyo Sapuk
Today we leave the city early and drive 70 km eastwards to a small National Park around the forested mountain. We stop for photos on the way at the scenic fourteen falls on the Athi River. At Oldonyo Sabuk we ascend the 2135m summit in about 3 hours and are rewarded by stunning views over the distant Nairobi to the south, Masinga Dam and Mt. Kenya to the north, and Mt. Kilimanjaro to the west we are accompanied by an armed ranger because of the danger of buffalos roaming around. Sapuk means in the Maasai Language Buffalo. After a lunchbreak, we are picked up by car and drive the Oldonyo Sapuk Resort for dinner and overnight

Accommodation: Oldonyo Sapuk Resort
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Driving: 80 km, 2hours
Activities: hiking, 10km 3 to 4 hours

Day 4: Kima Kimwe – Hunters Lodge
On top of Kiima Kimwe (1885m), 1.5 hours walk from Machakos town, stands a big Kiuumo tree, which served as Masaku’s shrine. Masaku was a chief and spiritual leader with immense powers which were later inherited by the late Paul Ngei, a grandson and another famous leader of the Kamba community. The shrine and the tree date back to more than 200 years is still intact and has still significance to the community however more to the older generation. A 2-hour drive through farmland and coffee plantations takes us to Machakos, the base of the mountain. Our guide takes us up to the shrine through small paths of farmland and settlement. We marvel at the tree’s and the view. Our driver picks us here up and takes us for lunch to Maanzoni Lodge along the Mombasa Road. After lunch we drive for 100 km along the busy road to Kiboko for dinner and overnight. The Lodge build in 1958 on 25 acres of Kiboko Springs land is paradise for bird lovers. Dinner and Overnight will be at the lodge.

Accommodation: Hunters Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Driving: 330 km, 6 hours
Activities: Hiking, 2 km, 1.5hours

Day 5: Chyulu Hills
After breakfast, we drive to the Chyulu Hills park gate and embark on a journey up the scenic hills which rise up to 2188m. Being a National Park, the area is teeming with wildlife therefore an armed ranger provides security. The whole of the Chyulu Hills Mountain Range spans over 60km from one end to the other and offers stunning views of gentle rolling hills with grove of trees in the intersections between the hills. Numerous lava tube caves crisscross the depth of the Chyulu Hills and are locally known as the Kisulu caves. With 19.5km length the cave are amongst some of the longest in the world. We explores only the first section which is 2 km long. After lunch we use the numerous animal trails crisscrossing the open undulating landscape, which provide convenient routes to hike to the ridge of the mountain range (1900m) where our car picks us up to take us to Oltiasika on the western slopes of the hills. We marvel at the stunning views of Kilimanjaro as the sun sets and the camp cook prepares our dinner. We spent the night in a simple guesthouse or pitch our tents in the large compound.

Accommodation: Guest house or Fly Camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Driving: 70 km, 2hours
Activities: 4 hour hike, 1 hour cave exploration

Day 6: Maasai Plains
We wake up to an early morning cup of tea as we watch the sunrise which tosses the Kilimanjaro in a pinkish golden light. We take a stroll around the campsite while the crew prepares our breakfast. After breakfast we embark on a 3 to 4 hour descend to the Maasai Plains. Our walk takes us past giraffes, zebras, gnus, gazelles and herds of Maasai cattle all heading to the same place; a seasonal lake in middle of this semi - arid land - Lake Arpakai. Along the way, our Maasai guide will explain how the modern way of life is influencing the lifestyle of his people. We have the option to arrange with our Maasai guide to visit a Maasai Homestead. Once we have reached the plains our driver picks us up and takes us to the Maasai Simba Camp for lunch. In the afternoon the resident guide takes us for a nature walk and explains the various plants and their medicinal values while we may also spot some giraffes and zebras. As the sun sets we enjoy our dinner and are entertained by Maasai dancers.

Accommodation: Maasai Simba Camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Driving: 60 km, 2 hours
Activities: 3 hour hike, 1.5 hour guided nature walk, optional homestead visit

Day 7: Loitokitok - Kilimanjaro
Today after breakfast we drive to Oldera Farm for lunch. On the large farm cattle, camels and goats are kept while various crops are cultivated. We learn more about farming in the area. After lunch we climb the observation hill which gives us 360 degree view over the plains with Kilimanjaro in the west and Chyulu Hills where we came from is in the east. In the late afternoon we drive to Loitokitok for dinner and overnight at the Kibo Slopes Garden Resort

Accommodation: Kibo Slopes Garden Resort
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Driving: 70 km, 2 hours
Activities: 2 hour hike, 2 hour farm walk

Day 8: Nalemoru Riverwalk
After breakfast we are driven to the start of the Nalemoru River walk. The 8km walk takes us through a scenic riverbed in a deep gorge close to the Tanzanian border. Along the way, we find the acacia trees, gum trees, wild olive trees, mahogany and other tropical trees. At a scenic waterfall (though dry during the dry season) we stop for an already prepared barbeque lunch and have to watch out for baboons which might be interested in our delicious food. The terrain is a bit rough and walking poles will assist. Afterwards we hike via the Outward Bound School, a Kilimanjaro Climbing base dating back to the colonial time to Loitokitok, have a look at the Town and the colorful market (especially on market days). In the late afternoon we drive to Amboseli National park (40km) for dinner and overnight at Kibo safari camp

Accommodation: Kibo Safari Camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Driving: 40 km, 1 hour
Activities: 4 hour hike

Day 9: Amboseli National Park
On this day we enjoy full day game drives in the Amboseli National park with lunch boxes. Amboseli has a hot, dry climate with average rainfall of 350-400 mm per year. In the park there are however large wetland areas which are fed not only by the rain but also by the melting ice and snow from the 5895m high towering Kilimanjaro above. During the rainy season a large soda lake is formed. Amboseli derives its name from Maa Language spoken by the Maasai People. They call it Em Posel which means “salty dust “. Our game drives, reveal the fascinating fauna and flora of the park. The park is famous for large herds of elephants however there are numerous grass-eating animals such as wild buffaloes, gnus, zebras, impalas, giraffes, gazelles and gerenuks. Carnivores are there as well; lions, cheetahs, jackals and spotted hyenas give themselves - if they like - the honor to be seen. We do a morning game drive, return after lunch for a siesta at the camp and embark in the afternoon again for an afternoon game drive.

Accommodation: Kibo Safari Camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Driving: 80 km, all day with game drives.
Activities: game drive

Day 10: Oldonyo Orok - Lerruat
Today after an early breakfast we leave the park through the Namanga gate and after a 2 hours’ drive we reach Namanga town in the backdrop of a black hill. Oldonyo Orok, also known as Namanga Hill soars to an elevation of 2543m. The hill is a gazette natural forest reserve that serves as a water catchment for Namanga town and the surrounding area. Its largely unexploited vegetation makes it one of the few intact forests in Kenya. As we hike up the hill along the banks of the Namanga River the vegetation gets thicker. At some clearings we can view the town below and the distant mt. Longido and Kilimanjaro, a sight to behold. With some luck we may spot on the trail buffaloes, different antelope species and monkeys. Because of the wildlife an armed ranger escorts us. Our Maasai guide explains the medicinal values of the different plants. We pass by some caves which are used by the Maasai Warriors for their traditional ceremonies. It takes us about 4 hours to reach the summit and another 3 to descend. Tired but full of fond memories we drive for 1.5 hours to another marvel of our safari the Lerruat Block cabins at an altitude of 2100m. The stunning views and the excellent cuisine let us quickly forget the strains of the day.

Accommodation: Lerruat Log Cabins
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Driving: 160 km, 3 hours
Activities: 5 to 6 hour Oldonyo Orok hike

Day 11: Lerruat – Ngong Hills
Today before breakfast we take a short hike to the summit of the Lerruat hill to watch the sunrise and return for breakfast before we drive through a scenic tarmac road to the Ngong hills, the local hiking attraction for the Nairobi City residents. We stop for lunch at Corner Baridi and hike from there through a hilly sparsely populated ranch land, dotted with a few substance farming fields. The 2 hour hike ends at the Ol talet cottages, a unique place and unforgettable getaway in a serene environment immersed in the African bush and connect with the true essence of Maasai Land. Our cook has prepared a delicious dinner. If we are more than 8 pax we also use the Oloika cottages nearby.

Accommodation: Oltalet Cottages
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Driving: 90 km, 2 hours
Activities: 1 hour sunrise hike, 2 hour hike at Corner Baridi

Day 12: Ngong Hills Hike
During the British colonial rule, the area around the Ngong Hills was a major settler farming region, and many traditional colonial houses are still seen in the area. There is 7 peaks ridge along the Great Rift Valley, located southwest near Nairobi. From the eastern slopes one overlooks the Nairobi National Park and from the North the Nairobi City. The western slopes offer a magnificent view over the Rift Valley dropping down over 1000m below. The highest Point is the 6th Hill with 2460m above sea level. The iconic hills are also the source of Athi River, the second longest river (400km) in Kenya. Today after breakfast we drive to the gate of the Nature reserve and take up the 7 Hill challenge. The first 3 hours take us through grassland with views over the Rift Valley to the summit (2460M) which is covered by a dense forest with indigenous trees and plants. Here we unpack our lunch and take a rest while chatting with some local herdsman. Another 2hour hike over 3further hills takes us down to grassland and further to the first windmill farm in Kenya. Here our driver is waiting for us to take us to the leafy suburb of Karen for an overnight in a guesthouse. For an exquisite dinner we drive to the nearby Dari gourmet restaurant.

Accommodation: Spurwing Guesthouse
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Driving: 20 km, 30 Min
Activities: 5 to 6 hour hike (7 Hill Challenge), gourmet dinner

Day 13: Tea & Coffee Plantations around Nairobi
Today we look at the tea and coffee production in Kenya. These commodities besides tourism are the main pillars of Kenya’s foreign exchange earnings. Tea was first introduced to Kenya by the Caine brothers in the present day Limuru area and coffee was brought by the Holy Ghost Missionaries in 1893. In 1899 the Railway from Mombasa reached Nairobi and the foundation for present day metropolis was laid. Around the city large coffee and tea plantations were started and were driving the phenomenal growth of the city. After breakfast we visit the Kiambethu tea farm in Limuru and learn more about tea farming before having a sumptuous lunch. After lunch we drive to lower altitudes in Kiambu where the area is suitable for coffee growing. We visit a coffee farm at Paradise lost and learn more about coffee growing and processing. Finally we visit a scenic cave and waterfall dating back to the Stone Age. In 1996 human remains and arte facts were uncovered dating back 12000 years. The cave was also used as a hide out for Mau Mau fighters during the struggle for independence. In the late afternoon we drive to the Windsor Golf club, a Victorian style city hotel in the leafy and serene area just 20min away from the city center for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Windsor Golf Club
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Driving: 70 Km, 2 Hours
Activities: Tea and Coffee Excursionsm Stone age cave visit

Day 14: Tea & Coffee Plantations around Nairobi
Today is our final day which we dedicate to the memory of Dr Wangari Mathai, an environmental scientist and political activist as well as Nobel price holder. She and her Greenbelt movement was instrumental in protecting the forest from land grabbers when it came under threat in 1999. This remarkable natural resource is one of the largest gazetted forests in the world fully within a city limits. It covers an area of about 1,000 ha (2,500 ac) and today is a shining example of how country-based corporate social responsibility and individual philanthropy can serve to secure and protect a country’s natural resources. We take a guided walk across the forest reserve starting from the main gate at the Kiambu road and ending at the River café. Our 10 km hike takes us past a waterfall, caves and marshlands with a large birdlife including migratory birds from Europe and Asia and secondary and primary indigenous tree’s. At the river café we take our lunch and finally drive through the Village Market where we can buy some souvenirs back to the Windsor Golf Club for Dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Windsor Golf Club
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Driving: 20 Km, 1 hours
Activities: Karura 4 hour nature walk, souvenir shopping

Day 15: Transfer to Airport for departure
Depending on our flight we can relax at the hotel, or opt to play golf or do some more shopping in the capital city. Finally we are transferred to the airport for our departure flight.

Driving time: 1 hour, Distance: 25 KM,
Activities: optional
Meal Plan: B

  • Tour Days: 15
  • Departure: Every day from Nairobi with minimum 2 pax
  • Price Guide:
    PRICE GUIDE 2022
    No of PeopleUSD $ - Per Person Sharing
    6 and more$ 3,320/=
    5 pax$ 3,525/=
    4 pax$ 3,595/=
    3 pax$ 4,030/=
    2 pax$4,925/=
  • Important:

    Service Included:

    • Transport in 4x4 vehicles with pop up roof for game viewing
    • Accommodation as indicated on the itinerary
    • Meals as specified in the itinerary
    • English speaking experienced driver / guide up to 3 pax
    • From 4 pax English speaking guide +driver
    • Local English speaking guides
    • Pick up and drop off Nairobi airport
    • 1 ltr drinking water per day Activities as indicated in the itinerary
    Not Included:

    • Drinks in hotels and lodges, meals not mentioned in the itinerary
    • Activities not mentioned in the itinerary
    • Expenses of personal nature
    ** Rates valid up to 19th December 2022
    ** Single room supplement applies
    **Easter and Christmas supplement quoted extra – please contact us

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