A thrilling 12-day adventure that combines the majesty of Mount Kenya with the awe-inspiring wonders of a Kenyan safari. This journey promises a perfect blend of nature, wildlife, and cultural experiences, offering an unforgettable exploration of Kenya’s diverse landscapes and rich heritage. Lace-up your hiking boots as you ascend the iconic Mount Kenya, an ancient volcanic cone boasting dramatic peaks and lush forests. Trek through scenic trails, camp under the stars, and challenge yourself to reach the summit, where breathtaking panoramas await.
Following your exhilarating mountain expedition, venture into the world-renowned Maasai Mara National Reserve, a wildlife haven where the drama of the savannah unfolds before your eyes. Witness the Great Migration, encounter majestic predators, and immerse yourself in the Maasai culture during your stay at a genuine Maasai community. From thrilling wildlife encounters to cultural encounters with local tribes, this 12-day journey promises a truly unforgettable experience that will leave you with memories to cherish for a lifetime. Are you ready to embark on this extraordinary expedition? Let the adventure begin!
Day by Day Itinerary: 12 Days Mount Kenya & Safari
Day 1: Arrive in Nairobi, transfer to accommodation, optional visits to wildlife trusts and cultural centers.
Day 2: Fly to Chogoria, start the Mt. Kenya trek, and camp in the forest (8.5 miles).
Days 3-6: Continue the Mt. Kenya trek, camp at Lake Ellis, Minto’s Hut, and summit (approx. 32 miles).
Day 7: Visit Lake Naivasha, boat tour, walking safari on Crescent Island.
Day 8: Drive to Maji Moto Maasai Cultural Camp (3.5 hours).
Day 9: Trek to a forest bush campsite, and experience Maasai traditions (bush camping).
Day 10: Drive to Maasai Mara, stay at Naboisho Conservancy.
Day 11: Explore Maasai Mara on game drives, night game drives, optional hot air balloon safari. Day 12: Return to Nairobi, morning game drive, depart.
12 Days Mount Kenya Climb + Wildlife Safari Highlights
Highlights of the 12-day Mount Kenya trek and safari include:
- Ascend Mount Kenya: Conquer the breathtaking peaks of Mount Kenya, the second-highest mountain in Africa, and trek through lush forests, moorlands, and high-altitude terrains.
- Scenic Beauty: Immerse yourself in stunning landscapes, from the dense forests of Mount Kenya to the vast savannahs of the Maasai Mara, offering diverse and captivating views.
- Maasai Cultural Experience: Engage with the authentic Maasai community, learn about their traditional way of life, and participate in cultural activities, including bead-making and warrior training.
- Lake Naivasha: Enjoy a serene boat tour on Lake Naivasha, surrounded by hippos and waterbucks, and explore Crescent Island, walking among giraffes and zebras.
- Wildlife Safari: Embark on thrilling game drives in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, witness the Great Migration, and spot iconic African wildlife, including lions, cheetahs, and elephants.
- Night Game Drives: Experience the nocturnal wonders of the Maasai Mara with night game drives, providing a chance to encounter elusive predators and other fascinating creatures.
- Hot Air Balloon Safari (Optional): Take to the skies for a breathtaking hot air balloon safari, offering a bird’s-eye view of the savannah and an unforgettable champagne breakfast.
- David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust: Get up close to adorable baby elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and consider ‘adopting’ an elephant to support their conservation efforts.
- Giraffe Center: Interact with gentle giraffes and contribute to giraffe conservation at the Giraffe Center.
- Karen Blixen Museum: Visit the historic home of Karen Blixen, the author of “Out of Africa,” and learn about her fascinating life and times in Kenya.
- Authentic Bush Camping: Experience a night under the stars at a traditional Maasai bush camp, sleeping in leafy beds and sharing cultural traditions around a campfire.
- Cultural Crafts and Art: Explore local craft centers and art shops, discovering unique African crafts, antiques, and artwork as souvenirs to cherish the memories of your journey.