8 days Lake Area and Volcano Region Circuit


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This tour lays bare the splendor of the Great Rift Valley in Midwest Kenya on an itinerary that takes you away from mass tourism and close to Kenyan nature at its wildest and interspersed by treks that anyone can comfortably participate in with comfortable accommodation in the middle of nowhere.

Programme and itinerary :
If the driving time appears long, we take into account the frequent stops, passage through villages and different terrains, the landscape is extremely varied and changing.

Day 1: NAIROBI - LAKE BARINGO
(5 hours’ drive)

Morning arrival at Nairobi airport and depart for Lake Baringo on a road featuring spectacular views of the Great Rift Valley. Arrive and check in for lunch at Robert's Camp, a small cottage on the banks of Lake Baringo, a freshwater lake and refuge for more than 400 different species of birds. A large population of hippos and crocodiles also lives in the waters of the lake, cohabiting peacefully with local fishermen. Take a boat trip in the late afternoon and observe hippos and avian fauna from a close range; kingfishers, fish eagles, egrets, ibis ... Return to the cottage for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: LAKE BARINGO

Participate in an easy hike in the morning for a 3 hours duration taking the path that climbs up the lava cliffs that border and overlook the lake basin. Return to the cottage for lunch. Visit a traditional Pokot village located near the lake in the afternoon. Return to the cottage for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: LAKE BARINGO - MENENGAI CRATER
(3 hours’ drive)

Depart after breakfast driving towards Nakuru. Arrive and check in for lunch at Maili Saba Camp, a small permanent canvas camp perched at the top of Menengai Crater whose clouds of steam escaping from the subsoil point out to active volcanic activity. Hike down to the floor of the crater in the afternoon and then go back up to the camp (2 hours of hiking with a vertical drop of about 200 meters). Menengai Crater is the second largest crater in East Africa, 12 km in diameter and 480 meters deep. Dinner and overnight at Maili Saba Camp.

Day 4: LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK- LAKE ELEMENTAITA
(1 hours’ drive)

Depart for Lake Nakuru after breakfast. Visit Lake Nakuru National Park on a game drive all afternoon in search of animals to the shores of the lake where several hundreds of species of birds are present including thousands of flamingos. Also present is the Rothschild giraffe and two species of rhinoceros can be observed. Drive back to the camp at sunset. Exit the park before sunset to check in for the night in a bungalow at Punda Milia Camp, erected on volcanic terrain away from mass tourism, at the edge of the Soysambu private conservancy.

Day 5: LAKE ELEMENTAITA - LAKE NAIVASHA
(1 ½ hours’ drive)

Depart after breakfast for the neighboring Lake Naivasha. On the way, visit the shores of Lake Elementaita, an alkaline lake like Lake Nakuru, which hosts flamingo migration and has a large population of pelicans. Arrive and check in for lunch at a cottage, Sanctuary Farm, shaded by large yellow-barked acacia trees, not far from the shores of Lake Naivasha where gazelles, giraffes and domestic animals cohabit peacefully. Then visit Crescent Island on foot; a peninsula whose only resident animals are wildebeest, zebras, gazelles, giraffes and various birds such as hummingbirds, weavers, hornbills, ibises, and fish eagles . Crescent Island is a really special place where it’s possible to walk on foot among wild animals Return to Sanctuary Farm for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: LAKE NAIVASHA – HELL’S GATE NATIONAL PARK
(30 minutes’ drive)

This day is dedicated to mountain biking in Hell's Gate National Park, an animal and geological sanctuary of the Rift Valley (nick-named "Hell’s Gate" due to the steam fumaroles that are permanently emitted from the subsoil ) The easy mountain bike ride for a dozen kilometers in the park guarantees an encounter with zebras, giraffes, antelopes and gazelles . Thereafter set out on foot downhill to a narrow canyon, vestige of an old lava flow. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the park and return by bike or vehicle to the Sanctuary Farm cottage.

Day 7: LAKE NAIVASHA – MOUNT LONGONOT
(1 hours’ drive)

Depart after breakfast for the ascension of Mount Longonot which culminates at 2570 meters. The trek lasts about 5 hours over a distance of 12 Km if you go around the crater by its rim, the vertical elevation is of about 300 meters. An exceptional panorama of the immense landscapes of the Great Rift Valley opens up at the summit. Enjoy a picnic lunch during the trek and return in the late afternoon to be taken back to the Sanctuary Farm cottage by car.

Day 8: LAKE NAIVASHA - NAIROBI
(2 hours’ drive)

Last morning at Sanctuary Farm with a boat trip on Lake Naivasha to approach the hippos. Depart after lunch for Nairobi and transfer to the international Airport for the return flight.

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Kenya safari Impalas camping at Lake Nakuru

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Kenya safari waterbuck antelope Hell's Gate Naivasha

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Kenya safari Mount Longonoto

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Kenya safari Mount Longonot safari

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Kenya safari Lake Baringo hippos

Rates
Base 2 people 2750 USD per person
Base 4 people 1950 USD per person
Base 6 people 1680 USD per person

Rates Include

  • Meet & Greet and transfers at Nairobi airport
  • Private and personalized services in a safari minibus
  • Full board accommodation on safari
  • Bottled mineral water in the vehicle
  • All park entry fees for excursions and guided game drives in parks and reserves
  • "Flying Doctors" Evacuation Insurance

Not included

  • International flight to Kenya
  • Drinks during safari
  • Your personal medical and repatriation insurance
  • Entry visa (40 Euros)