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3-Days Aberdare Climb / Camping – Le Satima

Aberdare Climb offers the best trek, hike, and camp in the Aberdare ranges, visiting waterfalls and caves and summiting Oldonyo Lesatima. Le Satima is a wonderful adventure safari that will take you through the Aberdare Ranges. This is a drive-assisted option, while the 5/6 Days is a trekking and hiking safari to the peak of Oldonyo LeSatima.

Aberdare is a fascinating national park with stunning hiking terrain, natural forests, and also beautiful landscapes. With thick rainforest, spectacular waterfalls, cool mountain breezes, and wild moorlands. Aberdare National Park is a hiking, fishing, and wildlife paradise. The rich greens of the lichen coupled with mossy forests here present a contrast with the sandy yellows and browns of most other parks. The cool climate, pervading mists, cold lakes and streams are a world away from the sun-baked hills and savannahs of the more well-known reserves.

Day 1: Nairobi / Aberdare / Reedbuck camp

Depart early for Aberdares National Park through the Treetop Gate for game viewing on the salient. Here, wildlife is abundant and has better visibility. Besides the alpine flora, the park is rich in fauna. Scenic features include magnificent waterfalls, among others, en route to Kiondogoro, where we spent the night at Reedbuck campsite.

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Day 2: Reedbuck – Honi River Camp

Drive up to the Karuru-Mutubio junction to start a 4-5-hour hike on the moorland. The vehicle, particularly carrying our camping gear, will drive to the Honi River camp. The track is dotted with giant heather, tussock grass, open forest glades, and rosewood. Arrive at the River Honi campsite for overnight camping in tents. The hike offers opportunities to encounter buffaloes, elephants, reedbucks, bushbucks, and waterbucks, as well as many antelopes.  We do not expect any problems with animals since we have an armed ranger. A picnic lunch is served en route.

Day 3: Honi / Le Satima Peak (4001M) / Nairobi


Have breakfast and drive on a steep old track through the forest for 2 hours to the roadhead. Finally, embark on a 2-3 hour trek to Le Satima Peak (4001m). On a clear day, there are opportunities to see Mt. Kenya and Mt. Kilimanjaro on the horizon. Another possible view is Lake Naivasha, Lake Nakuru, or the surrounding vicinity. Later, we descend to connect with our vehicle for the return journey to Nairobi. A picnic lunch is served en route.

 {NB: This is a strictly 4X4 trail}

What to bring:

Mountains have their own climate on account of their height. Rain clouds can appear without warning and be gone hours later. An early morning frost is possible at any time of the year, and guests should bring a fleece and light rain jacket, although, during the heat of the day, shorts and T-shirts should suffice.

Sleeping bag: one rated for four (4) seasons is fine. The bag should be a snug fit since if it is too large, there will be more cool air for the body to warm

      • Rain Trouser
      • Rain Jacket [Poncho]
      • Balaclava [Hat Woollen]
      • Warm Clothes down jacket
      • Thermal underwear
      • Fleece Jacket
      • Hiking Boots
      • Gloves
      • Walking Sticks
      • Head Torch
      • Sunglasses
      • First Aid box
      • Ruck Suck 65L (duffel bags are unacceptable) to be carried by porters
      • Day Pack 35 [For your personal effects]
      1. Optional comfort accessories;

Walking poles, hot water bottle, Bivy bag

Wet wipes; ideal for those who want to stay fresh but are unable to bear dips in the freezing mountain weather

4: Passport/Identification Card {ID}

5: Personal travel/ medical insurance

Options are, of course, many and varied, and in many cases, we can be flexible about the itinerary for accommodation facilities and the extension of the safari destinations.

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