7-DAY MT KENYA CLIMBING AND SAMBURU SAFARI
Climbing Mount Kenya is an experience of a lifetime. This is the second highest Mountain in Africa standing at 5199m. This itinerary combines Mount Kenya climbing adventure and a wildlife safari in the spectacular Samburu National Reserve where wildlife and birdlife abound. You also get to meet the Samburu worriers and indulge in their rich culture.
8 Days Mount Kenya Climbing Combined With Samburu Safari:
Day 1: Arrival – Nairobi
On arrival in Nairobi, met and assisted. Transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay at Nairobi Safari Club on bed and breakfast.
Day 2: Nairobi/Sirimon/Judmier Camp (Old Moses Camp) 3-4 hrs, 9km, 860m ascent
Depart Nairobi at 9 am 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, B,L,D
Day 3: Judmaier 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 peaks. Dinner and overnight at Shipton Camp, 4200m, B,L,D
Day 4: Shipton Camp
Spend the day acclimatizing. Walk to Kami Hut down to Hauseberg Lakes (Hauseberg Tarn and Nanyuki Tarn). Walk back to Shipton for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Shiptons/Point Lenana/Mount Meru Bandas (Chogoria Gate) 6 hrs, 14km, 785m ascent
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 Mintos hut, 2hrs, for breakfast and further 3 hrs down to Mount Meru Bandas, 2950m, for dinner and overnight, B, L, D
Day 6: Chogoria Bandas/Chogoria/Samburu
Descend 2hr, 15km to forest clearance to catch a 4×4 transfer vehicle to Chogoria Village where you will connect with your transfer vehicle to the semi-desert area of Shaba National Reserve. Afternoon game viewing drive in this reserve. Lunch, dinner and overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge, B,L,D.
Samburu Game Reserve is situated in the hot and arid fringes of Kenya’s vast Northern Frontier District. The area is home to the Samburu tribe, pastoral relatives of the Masai. The landscape is rugged and dramatic – against a backdrop of volcanic mountains, gaunt hills and withered scrub tree punctuate the sparse and dry terrain with clusters of the incredibly hardy desert rose providing the ocassional flash of vivid colour. The Ewaso Nyiro river, lifeline of the area, runs along the southern boundary dividing Samburu from Buffalo Springs Reserve. Crocodile and hippo share the river with the many small herds of elephant which bathe and frolic in the muddy brown waters during the heat of the day before returning later to browse on the lush vegetation of the riverine forest. Buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and plains game may also be seen but a special feature of this Reserve are the various species of game unique to these northern parks – Beisa oryx, the long necked gerenuk, Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe and the blue shanked Somali ostrich.
Day 7: Samburu
Early rise for a game viewing drive in the adjacent Samburu National Park. Further game viewing drive in the Park. Return to Sarova Shaba Lodge for lunch. Afternoon at leisure for perhaps a game viewing drive in this reserve. Overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge, B,L,D.
Day 8: Samburu – Nairobi – Departure
Early morning game viewing. After breakfast, return to Nairobi to arrive in the afternoon. Later transfer to the airport for your flight home (optional lunch at the Carnivore Restaurant: US$ 45 per person) B
The above price inclusive of:
-Guarantee price/guarantee safari on confirmation
-All ground transport whilst on safari in a comfortable safari van fitted with pop up roof for ease of game viewing and photography
-Transfer to and from the base of the mountain
-1 night accommodation in Nairobi on bed and breakfast
-Full board accommodation whilst on safari and on the mountain with meal plan as described, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner
-Accommodation in double/twin/triple sharing on safari and in Nairobi
-All park entrance fees to include government taxes
-Service of an English speaking professional driver/guide
-All game drives as detailed in the itinerary
-Arrival and departure transfers
-Bottled mineral water whilst on safari
-Specialised services all through
-Treated water on the trek.
-Shared accommodations in camps/huts on the mountain as per the itinerary
-Service of an English speaking professional guide, porters and skilled cook
-Tips, laundry, sleeping bags, beverages/Drinks and climbing gears
-Medical evacuation (if you need this, US$ 25/person value exclusive of hospitalization and treatment bills)
-Passport and visa
-Items of personal nature
-Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary
8 Days Mount Kenya Climbing Samburu Safari