Day 01 Nairobi/Masai Mara
Pick from your Nairobi hotel. 9.30A.M. Depart for Masai Mara Game Reserve via the viewpoint of the Great Rift Valley, lunch enroute. Arrive in time for an evening game drive in this pristine, unequalled 'big game country'. Dinner and overnight at the Mara Sarova camp.
Day 02 Masai Mara
This will be a day of tracking game with your guide, after an early breakfast. The Mara's landscape is scenic savannah grassland on rolling hills, which enables the reserve to attract sufficient rainfall to maintain and support a large population of herbivores, together with the predators that follow. Elephant, lion, buffalo can be seen with relative ease though luck is a necessary factor for spotting rhino and leopard that complete the big five as the two animals are very timid and sparsely numbered. Plains game like wildebeest, zebra and Masai giraffe abound as well as hippos and a wide variety of antelopes including impala, dik dik, hartebeest, Grant's gazelle and Thompson's gazelle among others. We will cater for a picnic lunch at the hippo pool. In the evening, return to the Mara Sarova Camp dinner and overnight stay.
Day 03 Masai Mara/Nakuru
After breakfast, leave Masai Mara for Nakuru National Park with a stop for lunch enroute, with scenic views of Lake Naivasha and Mt. Longonot, which are in the Great Rift from afar on the main highway. Lake Nakuru National Park is famous for it's enormous population of pink flamingos. Dinner and overnight at the Lake Nakuru Lodge.
Day 04 Lake Nakuru/Samburu
After breakfast a morning game drive will follow in Lake Nakuru National Park, the abode of various water birds that breed in the lake's salty water including flamingos, white pelicans and marabou stork; white rhino may be seen as well as the rare Rothschild's giraffe, cape buffalo and other plains game in this park that is 188 square kilometres. Depart for Samburu Game Reserve for dinner and overnight at the Samburu Larsen's Camp/ Lodge via the Thompson Falls, which are named after Joseph Thompson, one of the first European explorers who walked from Mombasa to Lake Victoria in the 1880's. Lunch and game drive enroute.
Day 05 Samburu
Morning and afternoon game-viewing sessions tracking the rare, drought resistant animals species which can only be seen north of the equator; these are: the reticulated giraffe, grevy's zebra, the gerenuk or giraffe-gazelle, Beisa Oryx and the blue shanked Somali ostrich. The Ewaso Nyiro River traverses this park, it's source being the Aberdare ranges. There are therefore very high chances of spotting crocodile in a natural environment though its water level varies seasonally. You will have a lunch and leisure break in the mid afternoon. Rest of meals and overnight at the Larsen's Camp/Samburu Lodge.
Day 06 Samburu/Mt. Kenya
After breakfast, another game drive in Samburu before departing for Mt. Kenya to arrive for late lunch. Afternoon at leisure and a walk to the Mau Mau caves. Organize gear for the trip and begin the acclimatization process as the town is at the foothills of Mt. Kenya, at altitude of 1950m. Dinner and overnight at the Naro Moro River Lodge.
Day 07 Mt. Kenya/Old Moses
After breakfast, drive to Sirimon Park gate, 2,660m above sea level. Begin your 3 hours walk to Old Moses hut in average hiking time of 3 hrs. Dinner and overnight in the hut.
Day 08 Old Moses/Shiptons
After breakfast hike to Shiptons in an average hiking time of 5-7hrs which depends directly on one's level of physical fitness. Lunch will be taken en-route. The altitude here is 4200m above sea level; dinner and overnight in the hut.
Day 09 Shiptons/Pt. Lenana/Meru
You will wake up to a pre-dawn attempt of Point Lenana, altitude 4985m. After your photography and viewing session descend to Minto's hut on the Chogoria trail for a full breakfast and then down to Meru for dinner and overnight in tents. (At extra cost, you may upgrade your accommodation and spend the night at the Meru, Kenya bandas subject to availability.
Day 10 Meru/Sweet waters Camp
After descent from Chogoria town, which is 32kms walk. (Halfway done, you may take transport for 16kms to the town at extra cost). Lunch in Chogoria then depart for Sweet waters camp. Dinner and overnight at the camp.
Day 11 Sweet waters/Ark
Morning game drive in Sweet waters and then depart for The Ark to arrive at The Aberdares Country Club for lunch. Afternoon depart for The Ark in their own vehicle. Note that this requires that you change vehicles and only carry an overnight bag. Excess baggage can be stored at Aberdares Country Club at no extra cost.
Day 12 Ark/Nairobi
Depart after breakfast for Nairobi to arrive at lunchtime.