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Days Aberdare Foot Walk|
Areas of interest: Aberdare Range, Mweiga,
Nyandarua, Great Rift Valley, Lesatima, Kinangop, Bamboo Forests
Trekking, Wildlife, Birdlife, Camping, Scenery, Photography
Aberdare Range lies between Mount Kenya and the Great Rift Valley; it was named
after Lord Aberdare, president of the Royal Geographical Society by the explorer
Joseph Thomson in 1883. The local Kikuyu people who cultivated in the range’s
watered slope called it “Nyandarua”, which means ‘drying hide’
as the mountain’s shape looked like an animal skin pegged out to dry with
sticks under the spinal ridge to keep it above the ground.
Most of the
Aberdare Range (the highest point being ‘Lesatima’ at about 4,000m/13,120ft)
falls within the confines of the Aberdare National Park, which encloses the high
mountains, plus a great area of lower forest called the Salient where most of
the park’s big game is found. Beyond the forest are areas of bush and open
grassy moor land – an ideal place for wilderness trekking. one special
feature of the region is the Karuru Waterfalls, which are the highest in Kenya
plunging 273 m (895 ft) in three steps.
Note: Clients should arrange
to have good weatherproof clothing, a warm sleeping bag, a water bottle, good
walking shoes and a comfortable pair of shoes to wear in camp.
1 - Mweiga
We depart our office in the morning and go north to Mweiga
to meet our guide and then up into the forested eastern slopes of the Aberdares
ranges where we make camp.
Mweiga is located in the Nyeri Area. Nyeri
was first a British fort founded in 1903 by early British settlers. In the fifties,
the Nyeri area and the Aberdare Mountains were on the front line of the “Mau
Mau” uprising and there is a monument in the city centre to commemorate
the Kikuyu people killed.
Day 2 & 3 - Walking
2 days will be spent walking; carrying only what is needed for the day’s
walk. After each days walk, we will be met by the vehicle in the moor lands where
a suitable clearing will be allocated to set up camp. If weather permits, we may
also have an option of a game drive – a welcoming chance to relieve ourselves
from the walking.
Over 40 species of wildlife inhabit these mountain
ranges, hiding in the heavily forested slopes and in the upper moor lands. Walking
is always cool with plenty of clear mountain trout filled streams. Our walk starts
below the bamboo forest, climbing up onto the moor lands.
There is always
likelihood of encountering large game that may prove precarious whilst walking
through the African bush but our trained and armed game ranger knows the area
and habits of the game and will help us avoid such confrontations as much as possible.
The Aberdares is noted as a rhino sanctuary but keep an eye out for the elusive
rare bongo, which is best, spotted in the upper bamboo zone and hypericum scrub.
Day 4 - Nairobi
We depart the moor land camp (10,000ft) and descend
by vehicle looking for game along the way. We drop off the guide and head back
to Nairobi arriving before dusk.
Price Per Person
2 people US$ 1120
4 people US$ 1060
What is included in the price
by Four Wheel Drive safari vehicle
- Services of English speaking driver/safari
- Flying Doctors evacuation cover
-- All airport/hotel/airport transfers
- Game park entrance fees
- Services of an armed ranger
- All campsite
- All camping equipment including use of our 2-person tents, stools,
foam mattresses, except sleeping bags
- Three meals a day while on safari
whether vegetarian or non-vegetarian prepared by our safari chef
is not included in the price
- Personal travel insurance
- Sleeping bags
- Hotel accommodation in Nairobi before and after the safari
- All airport
taxes and visas
- Any other extras not stated as included above e.g. alcoholic
beverages, gratuities to staff, etc
6 DAYS KENYA WILD PLAINS
DAY 1: Nairobi - Ndarara
Depart Nairobi passing
through the Great Rift Valley, After descending 2,000 ft. to the valley floor
which is studded with volcanic mountains, you begin to see an animal kingdom unrivalled
anywhere else in Africa. Masailand is the home of huge herds of plains game. Our
route then takes us up onto the Mau Escarpment and through the small trading town
of Narok where you stopover for 30 minutes before heading South and winding up
into the forested Loita Hills close to the Tanzanian border. You will be dropped
at Maji Moto (Kiswahili means hot waters) where a hot spring bubbles out of the
earth at the foot of the hills. A relaxing bath is a must as you visit Ndarara
Mayatta for lunch. Late in the evening reach Ndarara Camp for Dinner and overnight.
DAY 2: Ndarara - Letukuyi
After breakfast leave Ndarara for
Letukunyi, taking you about 5-6 hours walk through the scattered bushes and exploring
the beautiful Loita Hills in the Nguruman Escarpment through the forests where
you see striking black and white colombus Monkeys. Occasionally we may see leopard
or bushbuck as you visit various secret waterholes. There are also a variety of
highland birds to view, such as the turaco, parrot, hornbill, starling, sunbird
and the birds of prey. Dinner and overnight at Letukunyi Camp.
3: Letukunyi – Morinjo
Leave Letukunyi Camp early in the morning
for an enjoyable walk before the sun is too hot . Pass through Narosura for lunch
or to buy what might be out of stock. After an hour or two in this remote town
in Maasai land, proceed to Morijo for dinner and overnight at Morijo Campsite.
DAY 4: Morinjo - Enkutoto
After breakfast, leave Morijo and
walk through the forest, few of the remaining true-forested wilderness area in
East Africa. The walk will take 5-6 hours across the rolling highlands up to OSupuko,
the summit of the Loita Hills (8,660 ft.), with incredible views, before descending
to the Camp. This is a favourite roost for velvet monkeys. Walk through the forests
and glades in search of bohor reedbuck, East African Eland, Warthog, and the striking
black and white Colombus Monkeys. Occasionally we may see Bushbuck as we walk
to Enkutoto Campsite.
DAY 5: Enkutoto – Njoroi
breakfast, leave Enkutoto, walking leisurely for 4-5 hours to Njoroi Campsite
for dinner and overnight. In the camp enjoy an excellent view of the surrounding
area such as lake Magadi, Ngong hills, Lake Natron and all the way to Tanzania
border on a clear day.
Dinner and overnight at the Njoroi Campsite.
DAY 6: Njoroi - Nguruman - NAIROBI
After breakfast, descend the Escarpment
through small farms to Nguruman town for transfer back to Nairobi via Lake Magadi.
Ololgesalie prehistoric site which is 40 Km from Nairobi where the Leakey Family
discovered axes and tools thought to have been
Cost per person US$
What is included in the price
- Transport by safari vehicle
- Services of English speaking driver and chef
- Flying Doctors Emergency
- All airport/hotel/airport transfers
- Game park entrance
- Services of local Maasai guides
- - All campsite fees and community
- 1 litre drinking water per person per day
- All camping equipment
including use of our 2-person tents, stools, foam mattresses,
- Three meals
a day while on safari whether vegetarian or non-vegetarian prepared by our safari
What is not included in the price
- Personal travel insurance
- Sleeping bags
- visits to cultural villages
- All airport taxes and