Welcome to Nairobi! After your arrival, check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure.
NAIROBI – ISIOLO (B, L)
Departe Nairobi in the morning and drive towards Samburu Game Reserve via the slopes of Mount Kenya through the rich agricultural land where you are able to see Pineapple farms, Coffee and Tea Plantations. Also see fruit vendors with the possibility to visit Karatina Market, the largest open air market in Africa. Lunch will be served en-route.
Overnight: Isiolo Town
ISIOLO – SAMBURU (B, L, D)
After an early breakfast, you drive to the entrance of Samburu Game Reserve and spend the day game viewing in the park. The highlights of Samburu game reserve is the spectacular scenic beauty, rivers and forests. It is an area where the local people have a rich and colourful heritage. The reserve has numerous permanent springs and a wealth of wildlife especially the cats (leopard, cheetah, lion); Beisa Oryx, Somali Ostrich, Elephant, Reticulated Giraffe, Grevy’s Zebra, gerenuk, buffalo, grant’s gazelle, waterbuck, baboon, impala, dik-dik, antelope and Crocodile in the Ewaso Nyiro River. Over 365 species of birds have been identified in the sanctuary among them Somali ostrich, go-away birds, secretary bird, lilac-breasted rollers, weavers, sunbirds, hornhills, spurfowl, gineafowl, vultures.
SAMBURU – NGURUNET (B, L, D)
Depart early in the morning to Laisamis via Isiolo on the Marsabit Highway. From Laisamis head west through the Kaisut desert to Ngurunet, which is Rendille people territory, with plenty of camels. They are used to drink the blood of camels with milk. Very strong is their tradition and family based life. At Ngurunet, you find the Samburu living in a traditional way of life. Here, you are welcomed by villagers who are happy and excited to share their lives with you.
Malgis Lugger area
NGURUNET – MALGIS LUGGER (B, L, D)
Today, hike through the great nature. Start together with the camels as pack animals and your local Rendille camel guides. The route may vary each time but basically, you head south of the Ndotos Mountains to the Malgis Lugger, which brings water from the Wamba, Maralal and Baragoi areas. Camp near the riverbed.
Overnight: Malgis Lugger area
Malgis Lugger area
HIKE ALONG MALGIS LUGGER (B, L, D)
Spend the day again walking upstream. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings and camp near the river again. The local Rendille and Samburu people dig wells here. Please keep in mind, that taking pictures is not welcome.
Overnight: Malgis Lugger area
MALGIS LUGGER – BARAGOI (B, D)
Leave camp early and head uphill with camel guides into the upper forest. A stick is handy here to fend off bushes. Views from the top are excellent on clear days and the forest is a beautiful change after the hot arid desert. Look out for elephant, buffalo, wild dogs and birds, particularly and Go-away-bird. Meet up with your safari vehicle and proceed to Baragoi for dinner and overnight.
BARAGOI – MARALAL (B, D)
Head south via the rocky hills to Maralal. Near the city is one of the most breath taking scenes in all of Kenya – the Losiolo escarpment, an endless stretch as land drops down to the Suguta valley.
MARALAL – BARINGO (B, L, D)
After breakfast, spend part of the morning visiting the Maralal market and socializing with the local people. Maralal is the unofficial capital of the Samburu people that boasts a colourful Samburu market. Maralal is also the home of the Maralal International Camel Derby that happens once a year between July and October and attracts rides and spectators from all corners of the world. Thereafter, proceed south to Lake Baringo, creased with papyrus and well developed acacia forest with picnic lunch en-route.
BARINGO (B, L, D)
Enjoy a full day at the Lake Baringo. Different options are available (at an extra cost) such as a visit to a Njemps village where you get to learn their culture and get a sip of the local handicrafts and dances. Or choose an evening boat ride at the lake to see the hippos, crocodiles, monitor lizards and beautiful sceneries. The lake itself is an ornithological paradise with over 1200 different bird species.
BARINGO – NAKURU (B, L, D)
After breakfast, continue to the Lake Nakuru in the south. It is another shallow soda lake that has been described as “an ornithologist’s paradise and one of the world's most magnificent sights”. Arrive in time for lunch at your lodge, followed by an afternoon game drive. Lake Nakuru is a soda lake on the floor of the rift valley home to over 400 species of birds among them Marabou storks, hammerkops, fish eagles, pelicans, flamingos (Greater & Lesser). The Lake has also earned a reputation as an important haven for endangered species- particularly the Rothschild Giraffe and the black and white rhino. Some of the other game resident here are Lions, Leopard, hippos, waterbuck, buffalo, Common zebra, spotted hyenas, warthogs, Jackals, Rock hyrax, bat-eared fox, Olive baboons, velvet monkeys and mongoose among others. Other highlights at Lake Nakuru National park are the spectacular view points: Baboon cliff, Lion hill and Out of Africa; the beautiful hill: Enasoit, Lion hill ridge and Honeymoon not forgetting the Makalia waterfalls at the southern end of the park. The park is also famous for its unique vegetation including the largest euphoria forest in Africa and the yellow acacia woodlands.
NAKURU – NAIVASHA (B, D)
Continue today to Naivasha and spend the day exploring Hell's Gate National park, which is one of Kenya's smaller national parks. Here are different optionals available (at an extra cost): Explore the park on foot on or bike on your own. Other options are a boat ride or bird walk at the lake.
NAIVASHA – LONGONOT – NAIROBI DEPARTURE (B, L)
In the morning, drive to Mount Longonot, to the park gate whereby you start your morning hike. Mount Longonot is one of the volcanic mountains of the Great Rift Valley of geological importance. During your hike, you may see herds of Zebras, Kongoni, Giraffe, warthogs ans also a great variety of birds. As you heave yourself over the rim of the crater, your reward is the awesome sight of Naivasha and the Great Rift Valley. Return to the hotel for lunch and thereafter depart for Nairobi.