4 Days Mt Kenya Traverse Sirimon-Naromoru route

Mt Kenya traverse Sirimon-Naromoru combines the drier/ easier Sirimon route and the shorter but steeper Naromoru route. Accommodation either in bunkhouse/ tent.

Overview:

Mount Kenya has been thought of and held in reverence by the local communities as God`s residence. The snow on the peaks astonished the explorers who could not figure out its existence right at the equator. The roads were initially dug for the military purpose to help access the forest to flush out Maumau freedom fighters. The mountain has not escaped the attention of notable filmmakers who shot awarding cinemas and documentaries. {Nowhere in Africa, The Night Climbers of Cambridge, No Picnic on Mt. Kenya, are just but a few.} Book writers have also written with some best-selling titles “The Ascent”

Mt. Kenya was recognized as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and later to UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mt Kenya is regarded as the most visually stunning of the ice-capped African peaks and is home to a great diversity of wildlife, including leopard, elephant and buffalo. The ascent is an exhilarating and diverse trek, with relatively few hikers compared to Kilimanjaro. Many would argue that Mt. Kenya, whilst not being as high as Kilimanjaro, is certainly the more enjoyable, interesting and dramatic of the two mountains.                                                                                                                                              

 The Sirimon route is considered by many to represent Mt. Kenya as one of the easiest routes to reach point Lenana. The route is on the dry side of the mountain and affords walks through old-growth forest on lower slopes and giant heather, alpine flowers and lobelia at higher elevations.

The Naromoru route is the fastest and therefore also one of the most popular routes onto the mountain, though its steepness and direct approach to the peak makes it more challenging to acclimatise on than others. The “Vertical Bog”- a steep complex of wet moorland that can be extremely taxing and unpleasant after rains. We do recommend prior exposure to high altitudes and ample time for acclimatization.

Accommodation is available in mountain huts throughout the trip and camping options.

Transfer from Nairobi to Nanyuki the base of the mountain where you meet your mountain climbing crew, having crossed the equator. Drive to the Sirimon Park Gate for registration and formalities, then trek through forest, bamboo, rosewood and heather zones to our Old Moses Mountain Camp.

Day 2: OLD MOSES CAMP (3,300m) – SHIPTON’S CAMP (4,200m.)
Trek to Shipton’s camp. The hike is awesome but a good test on individual endurance. The exciting trek up takes you across hills and valleys through the entire stretch of the sprawling moorlands where you see several unique and interesting plants and animals including the giant groundsels, lobelias and the mountain rock hyrax.

Day 3: SHIPTON’S CAMP to PT. LENANA (4,985m.) – MACKINDER’S CAMP (4,300m.) – MET STATION (3,000m).
Pre-breakfast is served at 2:30 am and start summit attempt at 3:00 am. The route goes through steep screes and a bare rocky track to reach the hikers’ summit, Pt Lenana in time for sunrise – Kilimanjaro is usually visible 340kms to the south. The climb is on frozen scree going through the Harris tarn and requiring some scrambling on the final stretch to reach the summit. This is unavoidable on any route but we aim to reach the summit and witness the magical sunrise over the equator at 6:30 am. Descent via the Naromoru route on the opposite end of the peaks to reach Mackinder’s camp for hot breakfast. We feel tired but absolutely ecstatic. After an hour’s rest, we proceed our descent on a trodden trail past the famous vertical bog to Met Station in approximately 4 hours

Day 4: MET STATION – NAIROBI
After breakfast, you descend further on a broad track through bamboo and virgin rain forest to meet vehicles at the park gate for your return journey to Nairobi arriving by early evening.

5 Days Mt Kenya Sirimon – Chogoria Crossover Climb

5 Day Mt Kenya crossover climb Sirimon – Chogoria, a classic trek combining two of the most splendid routes. Sirimon route is a gentle ascent trail while the Chogoria route is the most scenic, have an acclimatization day to boost summit-reach success rate.

Mount Kenya has been thought of and held in reverence by the local communities as God`s residence. The snow on the peaks astonished the explorers who could not figure out its existence right at the equator. The roads were initially dug for the military purpose to help access the forest to flush out Maumau freedom fighters. The mountain has not escaped the attention of notable filmmakers who shot awarding cinemas and documentaries. {Nowhere in Africa, The Night Climbers of Cambridge, No Picnic on Mt. Kenya are just but a few.} Book writers have also written with some best-selling titles“The Ascent”Mt. Kenya was recognized as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and later to UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mt Kenya is regarded as the most visually stunning of the ice-capped African peaks and is home to a great diversity of wildlife, including leopard, elephant, and buffalo. The ascent is an exhilarating and diverse trek, with relatively few hikers compared to Kilimanjaro. Many would argue that Mount Kenya, whilst not being as high as Kilimanjaro, is certainly the more enjoyable, interesting and dramatic of the two mountains.

Sirimon route is considered by many to represent Mt. Kenya as one of the easiest routes to reach point Lenana. The route is on the dry side of the mountain and affords walks through old-growth forest on lower slopes and giant heather, alpine flowers and lobelia at higher elevations.

Chogoria route is on the east side of the mountain and the most scenic and rewarding for hikers interested in seeing beautiful panoramic landscapes and the exotic flora on Mt Kenya. Being on the windward, the forest is thick and healthy often with undergrowth and umbrella canopies.

Day 1: Nairobi – Old Moses camp.
Pick up from your hotel/ residence and drive to Nanyuki town where you meet the mountain crew. Proceed to the Sirimon Park gate (2650m) for park registration and formalities. After being served with picnic lunch, trek up through magnificent montane forest, bamboo and giant heather zone before reaching the high altitude moorland and our first hut (Old Moses camp 3,300m) for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Old Moses – Shipton camp (4200m).
After breakfast, follow the track uphill, forking right at the junction. After a water break, you continue on the track crossing Ontulili River before turning right contouring through the Moorland and crossing Liki North River and continue uphill to Mackinders Valley from where there are panoramic views up the valley towards the Shipton Camp. This camp is a surreal setting below the towering peaks and glaciers. The resident population is of Rock hyrax and sunbirds.

Day 3: Shipton Camp – Acclimatization Day
For better acclimatization, you can take a rest day at the Shipton camp. Short walks/day hikes are possible on the summit climb to Oblong and Hausberg tarns gaining an elevation of 370m before returning to the camp for lunch. The afternoon is at leisure.
N.B: Climbing high and sleeping low is excellent for acclimatization – but you can do that almost as well toughing in the sun watching the eagles!

Day 4: Shipton – Point Lenana(4,985m)- Mt Kenya Bandas (2,900m)
Get served with pre-breakfast tea at 2:00 am and start the summit attempt at 3:00 am.
The climb starts on frozen scree and continues on a rocky track with some very minor scrambling. With a good moonlight, you barely need a torch but without the moonlight, you definitely need one as the pollution-free sky bangs on the ground giving you as good a view of the Stars as almost anywhere on Earth.
The climb takes 3-4 hours and to add to the exhilaration, Mt Kilimanjaro is also visible from the horizon to the south.
Descend to Minto`s hut for full breakfast. After a short rest descend further to Mt Kenya Bandas along the Gorges valley where you can enjoy good panoramic views of the Temple, Lake Michaelson, Mushroom rocks and Giants billiards table Mountain.
Dinner and overnight at the Mt Kenya Bandas, where you can enjoy log fires, hot showers and a spread bed.

Day 5: Meru Bandas- Chogoria town.
After breakfast, you have the option to be picked from the door of your room or descend on a broad track through bamboo and virgin rain forest to meet vehicle for transfer to Chogoria town and further to Nairobi arriving by 17:00hrs.

5 Days Mt Kenya “Easy Climb”

5 Days Mt Kenya climb Sirimon route termed as “easy climb”. It is a 5-Days 4-nights to Point Lenana 4,985m asl, and back. Accommodation in Old Moses camp, Shipton’s camp via Mackinder’s valley. Sunrise from Mt Kenya.

Sirimon route is considered by many to represent one of the easiest routes in Mt Kenya to reach point Lenana. The route is on the dry side of the mountain and affords walks through old-growth forest on lower slopes and giant heather, alpine flowers and lobelia at higher elevations.

Day 1 – Nairobi – Nanyuki – Old Moses Camp.
Pick up from your hotel/ residence or at the airport on arrival processed through the rich agricultural highlands of central Kenya to Nanyuki. On arrival in Nanyuki, you will meet your team of mountain crew and be transferred to Sirimon park gate 2,650m asl. Park registration and formalities will be done while picnic lunch is prepared. Walkthrough the rain forest for 9km (3-4 hrs) to the first mountain hut, Old Moses Camp (3,300 m).

Day 2 – Old Moses Camp – Shipton’s Camp. 
After breakfast at Old Moses, continue climbing through Mackinder’s valley to the second hut, Shipton’s hut (4,200m) for dinner and overnight. Picnic lunch will be provided en-route.

Day 3 – Acclimatization day at Shipton’s Camp. 
You will have a full day of acclimatization by climbing neighbouring ridges and sleeping at a lower altitude. You can hike to the base of the peaks where technical climbing starts. You can also decide to have a rest at the camp. All meals will be at the camp. This will be an acclimatization day to give you more chances of making it to the summit of point Lenana.

Day 4 – Accent day.
Have a pre-breakfast tea at 2:30 am before summit attempt -point Lenana 4,985m at 3:00 am. This section is a steep hard slog to the summit. On a very clear day, you should see Mt Kilimanjaro to the south. Upon reaching the summit, take photos with a 360° panoramic view. Descend to Shipton’s camp for a hot full breakfast and soon after descending to old Moses camp with picnic lunch en route. Check-in at Old Moses camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 5 – Old Moses Camp – Nairobi.
After breakfast, hike from old Moses to catch transport to at the gate. You will have an early lunch in Nanyuki before proceeding to Nairobi where the tour ends with a drop of at the airport or at your pick up point.

3 Days Safari to Meru National Park.

3 Days Meru National Park is an off-beaten track, an authentic African safari experience in the verdant swamp and the endless jungle of green rolling hills, abundant wildlife.

Meru National Park – Get a chance to see the BIG five and the SPECIAL five in their natural habitat, christened as “God’s Backyard”.

 Meru National Park, where George and Joy Adamson released their most famous lioness, Elsa, back into the wild (a story immortalized in the book and film Born Free), is increasingly re-appearing on safari itineraries. It was founded in 1966. Expectations include predator sightings, including lions and cheetahs. The overall wildlife-viewing rating here is high. The characteristic northern varieties of plains mammals are easily seen – magnificent reticulated giraffe, fine-striped Grevy’s zebra, dapper Beisa oryx, skittish and beautifully marked lesser kudu and the distinctively long-necked browsing gerenuk gazelle. You’ll also see Grant’s gazelles (though not Thomson’s) and some of the biggest herds of buffalo you’ll encounter anywhere in Kenya, as well as good numbers of elephants. All the mammals thrive because of Meru’s abundant water, and in many of the streams and rivers, you can see crocodiles, freshwater turtles and hippos.

As well as unmistakable ostriches and the smartly plumaged vulturine Guinea fowl that you’ll see as you drive around, look out for red-necked falcons, which nest in the stands of doum palms, and after dark the remarkable Pel’s fishing owl, a rare and very large owl with a wingspan of around 1.5m. You’re most likely to identify by its unusual call – a deep, horn-like note, audible for a couple of kilometres. The characteristic of the streams is the African finfoot (much sought-after by birdwatchers), though these are hard to see from the banks, and you’ll probably have more luck with kingfishers, including the ubiquitous pied and more elusive giant kingfisher. The forested areas along the watercourses are also good for specialist flower-feeding sunbirds, including the smaller black-bellied sunbird that feeds on parasitic Loranthus flowers growing in riverbank acacias. If you’re a keen birder, you’ll also want to spot some of the park’s four species of honeyguides – and you won’t need reminding to look out for flocks of gloriously coloured golden-breasted starlings, for which Meru National Park is a stronghold. Not to forget the protected rhino sanctuary making sighting easy.

A safari to Meru National Park is ideal for travellers searching for something off the beaten track. The park is one of the most scenic parks in Kenya with Mt. Kenya visible in the far distance. It has unbelievable sunsets over nearby Nyambene hills. It is also known for its combination of the big five {Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo} and the special five.{Reticulated giraffe, Grevy zebra, Beisa oryx, Gerenuk antelope and the Somal ostrich}.

Day 1: NAIROBI – MERU NATIONAL PARK

Pick you from your hotel, residence or at the airport and drive north to Meru National Park. Arrive in time for late lunch at your reserved lodge or camp. After checking in, relax as we wait for the heat of the day to subside before enjoying an evening game drive in this untamed wilderness until dusk. Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge or camp.

Day 2: FULL-DAY MERU NATIONAL PARK

Spend the full day in the Meru National Park with a morning and afternoon game drive. Meru was made famous by the book and film Born free that recounted the story of the lives of George and Joy Adamson, and the lioness, Elsa. Wild animals to be spotted in Meru National Park include; large herds of Buffalo, Bushbuck, Eland, Duiker, Elephant, Gazelle, Giraffe, Genet, Hartebeest, Kudu, Impala, Waterbuck and Gravy Zebra. You will also spot the Baboons, Jackal, Hyena, Kudu, Lion, Oryx, Mongoose, Oribis, Vervet Monkeys and Warthogs. In addition, you may see Wild dog, Caracal, Bushbaby, Cheetah, Dik-dik, Civet, Leopard, Bushpig, Otter, Porcupine, and Black and White Rhino.

Along the rivers, you will see abundant Hippo and Crocodiles. Birdlife includes Peter’s fin foot which inhabits the Murera and Ura Rivers, the Pel’s Fishing Owl, Rollers, Bee-eaters, Kingfishers, Starlings and numerous Weavers. Picnic lunch at the park. Dinner and overnight at the camp.

Day 3: MERU – NAIROBI

After an early morning game drive, return back to the camp for breakfast, then you will check out and depart to Nairobi.

Accommodation
We can offer this safari with a different variety of camps/lodges according to your budget and wishes.

3 Days Safari in Maasai Mara.

3 Days Safari in Maasai Mara takes you to the heart of Maasai Mara Game Reserve where you will explore the reserve for 2 nights. Maasai Mara Game Reserve is home to abundant wildlife including the big 5. Explore and discover the Maasai Mara in a unique way in a private safari using our customized safari vehicles.

DAY 1- NAIROBI – MAASAI MARA.
Pick up from your hotel, residence or Airport in Nairobi by 7:00 am. Your safari takes you to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve and into the domain of the Maasai, Kenya’s cattle-herding nomads determined to preserve their traditions. The Mara is magnificent, home to Kenya’s richest concentration of wildlife, and regarded by many travellers as an essential stop on any tour of Africa. When westerners think of Africa and safari, this is the place they imagine – golden grassland plains pocked with acacia, wildebeests, zebras, lions, and jackals bound by together by the cycle of life and death.
Arriving in Maasai Mara just in time for hot lunch. Relax as the heat of the day subsides before embarking on an evening game drive. This will extend until late evening when you settle for dinner and overnight. Accommodation overnight in a camp or lodge.

DAY 2- MAASAI MARA.
Spend the day in the expansive dotted plains, Kenya’s most popular game reserve where you will have the best opportunity of spotting the Big Five – lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant. Game drives are flexible, with the option of going out with picnic lunch boxes to spend the entire day in the park, or you can choose to have early morning and late afternoon game drives. You will also have the option of visiting a local Maasai village (at a cost of US$20 per person).
Full board accommodation in camp or lodge.

DAY 3- MAASAI MARA – NAIROBI.
After breakfast at the camp/ lodge, check out and drive to Nairobi arriving for late lunch.

Accommodation
We can offer this safari with a different variety of camps/lodges according to your budget and wishes.

3 Days Amboseli Safari

3 days Amboseli national park is a short safari. Welcome to African wildlife theatre capitalising on the diversity of wildlife in their natural habitat, in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro. Get close to free-ranging elephant herds.

Overview
 Amboseli National Park is situated in southern Kenya. It is a premier park known for its large elephant herds and views of immense Mount Kilimanjaro at the backdrop bordering Tanzania. Observation Hill offers panoramas of the peak and the park’s plains and swamps. Lake Amboseli dominates the western section of the park, which is dry outside the rainy season.

The park offers excellent viewing of large concentrations of African animals living in this natural habitat. Varied wildlife includes giraffes, zebras, cheetahs and hundreds of bird species. The proud Masai people continue to live outside the park borders, following their ancient traditions and tending to their much-treasured cattle. A visit to their homestead gives one insight into this lovely community. A 2-nights 3-days Safari takes you to Amboseli National park, where you will explore the park. 

Day 1 – Nairobi to Amboseli
Pick up in Nairobi in the morning and drive to Amboseli National Park arriving in time for lunch. Have a short rest as the heat of the day subsides before your afternoon game drive starts. Explore the park and see large herds of elephants – the signature of Amboseli, as well as other game animals like zebras, giraffes and many more with Mount Kilimanjaro providing a beautiful background (coming out of the clouds during sunset and sunrise). Dinner and overnight in lodge/ Camp.

Day 2 – Full day in Amboseli
Our early morning game drive is most rewarding – it offers the opportunity to find predators either hunting or feeding on their prey. Picnic breakfast at the observation hill offering spectacular 360 degrees views throughout the park with its arid areas, marshes and lakes, and on a clear day Mount Kilimanjaro. Lunch and time for relaxation or a swim in the pool. Afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight in lodge/ Camp.

Day 3 – Return to Nairobi
Early morning game drive with the last chance to get a glimpse of Mount Kilimanjaro. Return to the camp for late breakfast at the lodge and drive back to Nairobi.

Accommodation
We can offer this safari with a different variety of camps/lodges according to your budget and wishes.

4 Days Sirimon Route

4 Days Sirimon Route is for those with fewer days to spare. Sirimon route is considered by many to represent one of the easiest routes to reach point Lenana.

Mount Kenya has been thought of and held in reverence by the local communities as God`s residence. The snow on the peaks astonished the explorers who could not figure out its existence right at the equator. The roads were initially dug for military purposes to help access the forest to flush out Maumau freedom fighters. The mountain has not escaped the attention of notable filmmakers who shot awarding cinemas and documentaries. {Nowhere in Africa, The Night Climbers of Cambridge, No Picnic on Mt Kenya, are just but a few.} Book writers have also written with some best-selling titles “The Ascent” 

Mt Kenya was recognized as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and later to UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mt Kenya is regarded as the most visually stunning of the ice-capped African peaks and is home to a great diversity of wildlife, including leopard, elephant, and buffalo. The ascent is an exhilarating and diverse trek, with relatively few hikers compared to Kilimanjaro. Many would argue that Mt. Kenya, whilst not being as high as Kilimanjaro, is certainly the more enjoyable, interesting, and dramatic of the two mountains.

Sirimon route is considered by many to represent one of the easiest routes to reach point Lenana. The route is on the dry side of the mountain and affords walks through old-growth forest on lower slopes and giant heather, alpine flowers, and lobelia at higher elevations.

Day 1: Nairobi to Sirimon Gate
Pick up at your hotel/ residence at 07:00 am and drive through the fertile agricultural Central Highlands to Nanyuki by 10.00 am. You will have a short break as you do your last-minute shopping as this is the last town before you start your Trek. Meet your mountain crew and proceed to Sirimon Gate 2,650m for registration and formalities. Picnic lunch will be served here before starting the hike through the rain forest to Old Moses Camp at 3,300m. Dine and overnight in the camp {bunkhouses}

Day 2: Old Moses-Shipton’s Camp
Early breakfast is served at 6:30 am. Hike through the Likii and Mackinder’s Valleys to Shipton’s Camp at 4,200m. Picnic lunch is served en route. The distance to Shipton’s Camp from old Moses camp is 17kms and it takes 6-7 hours. Dinner and overnight at the camp.

Day 3: Point Lenana-Old Moses Camp
Wake up at 2:30 am and enjoy tea and biscuits before proceeding to Point Lenana at 4,985m. This takes 3 hours, arriving in time for sunrise. If the weather is clear and permitting you will see Mount Kilimanjaro to the south. Descend to Shipton’s Camp for a full breakfast. Leave at 10:00 am for Old Moses. Dine and overnight at the camp.

Day 4: Old Moses to Nairobi
After breakfast, leave the camp for the Sirimon Park gate. The morning descend is 9kms long. Drive to Nanyuki town and bid farewell to the mountain crew. Afterwards, drive back to Nairobi arriving in the late afternoon.

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