7-Day Cultural Adventures – Hell’s Gate / Masai Mara - 7 Days

Overview

Mount Kenya Heritage centre is a cultural centre comprising of all the amenities, structures that comprised of a African traditional homestead. The centre offers a new concept in tourism industry where we focus more into re-living old and dying cultural practices with intention of reviving and restoring some of the old practices. From “Mount Kenya Heritage Centre” the visitors get a view of the second largest mountain in Africa, Mount Kenya, and the Abadares mountains.

Itinerary

Day 1
Mount Kenya Heritage Centre

Depart from Nairobi after breakfast for a journey north along Thika road. Pass near Muranga town and then to Kangema. Drive northwards and then cross river Mathioya south to Gondo bus stop. Proceed on the weathered road to Mount Kenya heritage centre, on arrival you will be welcomed by songs and dances at the kikuyu traditional homestead. Learn life of the indigenous kikuyu community as you take a guided tour of the homestead. From the village set up, thrilling entertainments and the friendly and welcoming faces. Take a sample of traditional African food as you get the brief history of Kikuyu community before and after the independence in Kenya. After lunch depart from center for an educational tour to a coffee farm where you will have an opportunity to learn how the coffee is harvested by observing or participating modestly. Later proceed to the community coffee factory to learn more about the coffee process.
Main Destination:
Mount Kenya (Mountain)
Accommodation:
Tented Camp
• Mid-range tented camp located in or near Mt Kenya
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 2
Lake Naivasha

Early morning departure to Lake Naivasha with a stop over at the Great rift valley where we stop for a while for photos taking at the escapment and then continue to the little Italian church which is just nearby. Afternoon game viewing walk at the privately owned Crescent Island, which is a peninsula on the Eastern shore of Lake Naivasha. There is a lot of easy to see game e.g. giraffes, wildebeests, waterbucks, elands, zebras and impalas. It is also a heaven for birds with +200 species recorded. Dinner and overnight stay at the Camp / Lodge.
Main Destination:
Lake Naivasha (Lake)
Accommodation:
Fish Eagle Inn
• Mid-range hotel located in or near Lake Naivasha
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 3
Hell's Gate National Park

Early breakfast, then visit the adjacent Hell’s Gate National Park with a packed lunches this park can be explored on foot or by cycling- bicycles are available for hire at an extra cost. Famous for its natural hot geysers, eagle and vulture breeding grounds, visitors have the choice of driving, walking, camping, and cycling and rock climbing within the park. Special location to view include Fischer’s Tower, formerly a volcano’s plug, the Central Tower and Njorowa Gorges. Two extinct volcanos: Olkaira and Hobley’s. Natural steam vents rise from fissures in the volcanic rock. Obsidian, a striking black glassy rock formed from cooled molten lava, is a feature of this landscape. Game to view includes: hyrax, buffalo, Masai Giraffe, eland, Coke’s Hartebeest and sometimes cheetah. A haven for ornithologists and rock climbers, the cliffs of Hell’s Gate are breeding grounds for vultures, Verreaux’s Eagles, Augur Buzzard, thousands of swifts, and about 103 species of bird have been recorded.
Main Destination:
Hell’s Gate National Park
Best Time to VisitJune to March (Little rain)
High SeasonThe park is never busy
Best WeatherJune to February (Little rainfall)
Accommodation:
Fish Eagle Inn
• Mid-range hotel located just outside Hell’s Gate NP
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 4
Masai Mara - afternoon game drive

After breakfast depart from your camp to the famous Maasai Mara. Drive southward crossing the Great Rift Valley towards Narok, a small Maasai town well known for the most beautiful curios ever. Proceed to Maasai Mara for lunch at the Camp. After lunch proceed for an afternoon game drive viewing many animals that inhabit this unique park. Dinner and overnight at the Camp / Lodge.
Main Destination:
Masai Mara National Reserve
Best Time to VisitJune to October and September to October
High SeasonJune to October and December to March
Best WeatherJune to October (Sunny, but not too hot)
Accommodation:
Enchoro Wildlife Camp
• Budget tented camp located just outside Masai Mara NR
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 5
Masai Mara - optional balloon safari

Full day spent exploring Masai Mara in search of the “Big Five”. Morning and afternoon game drives are offered. Optional hot air balloon safari can be arranged at an extra cost of US$ 450 per person. The Mara offers wildlife in such variety and abundance that it is difficult to believe: over 450 species of animals have been recorded here. You will easily see Lions, Rhinos, Hippos, Crocodiles, Giraffe, Wildebeests, Zebras, Buffalo, Warthogs, Hyenas, Jackals, Wild Dogs, Buffalo, Leopard, many kinds of Antelopes and Elephant. It is in the Mara that perhaps the most spectacular event of the natural world takes place. This is the annual migration of millions of Wildebeest and Zebra from the Serengeti (Tanzania) in search of water and pasture. Following on their heels are the predators of the Savanna Lion, Cheetah, Wild Dog, Jackal, Hyena and Vultures. Optional: Balloon safari, a visit to Maasai Village and a nature walk in the park guided by Masai men can be arranged on this day.
Main Destination:
Masai Mara National Reserve
Accommodation:
Enchoro Wildlife Camp
• Budget tented camp located just outside Masai Mara NR
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 6
Masai Mara - the Big Five

Breakfast and then depart for another full game drive which will provide you another opportunity to view the “Big Five” Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo and Leopard. We will continue with game drive for a tour to the famous Mara River where the biggest migration of animals in the world takes place. Lunch at the picnic sites near the river as we enjoy the beautiful park. After lunch continue with the game drive in the park until late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the camp / Lodge.
Main Destination:
Masai Mara National Reserve
Accommodation:
Enchoro Wildlife Camp
• Budget tented camp located just outside Masai Mara NR
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 7
Masai Mara - Nairobi

Depart Maasai Mara after an early breakfast for a journey back to Nairobi where your safari will end. Note: We can also add one more day to include Lake Nakuru National park which I think it’s very important. That means we drive to Nakuru for an afternoon game drive after cultural tour in Mount Kenya region.
Main Destination:
Nairobi (City)
Accommodation:
No accommodation (End of tour)
Meals & Drinks:
• Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
End of tour
• Additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost.
• You’ll be dropped off at the airport.

Includes and Excludes

Includes

  • • Park fees(For non-residents)
  • • All activities(Unless labeled as optional)
  • • All accommodation(Unless listed as upgrade)
  • • A professional driver/guide
  • • All transportation(Unless labeled as optional)
  • • All Taxes/VAT
  • • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • • Meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • • Drinking water(On all days)

Excludes

  • • International flights(From/to home)
  • • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • • Tips(Tipping guideline US$5.00 pp per day)
  • • Personal items(Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

What You Need to Know?

  • This tour is not available to single travelers.
  • Rates are per person and exclude the international flight from/to your home country.
  • This tour accepts children who are 12 years and older.

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7-Day Cultural Adventures – Hell’s Gate / Masai Mara