Mt. Kenya Trek Itinerary #1


Trip Overview

• 10 Days / 11 Nights
• Arrival/Departure Airport Transfers
• 1 night at Nairobi Serena Hotel (breakfast included)
• 3 nights at Serena Mountain & Mara Serena Safari Lodges
• 5 Day Mt. Kenya Summit Trek

• Safari transport in 4X4 Land Cruisers
• English speaking drivers and guides
• Park & Conservancy entrance fees included
• Lunches at Cafe Maghreb Restaurant
• Day room at Nairobi Serena Hotel

 

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival At Nairobi

Meet on arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by a Serena Representative and transfer to Nairobi Serena Hotel where you have been booked on bed & breakfast.

The Nairobi Serena Hotel

Justly famed for its exceptional standards of efficiency, service and five-star hospitality, the elegantly sophisticated Nairobi Serena is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World group and is consistently voted ‘Best Hotel” in Nairobi by airlines and international travel magazines alike. Despite its pivotal central location, the Serena remains true to its title and offers an oasis of serenity amidst the bustle of one of Africa's most vibrant capital cities. 

DAY 2 - Nairobi to Mount Kenya

Breakfast in the Hotel.

08:30hrs After a Pre-Safari briefing, depart with your Safari Driver Guide and drive via the Great North Road, through the famed Kenyan highlands onto Mount Kenya National Park.  Drive on  to the Serena Mountain Lodge – located at 2,134 meters on the slopes of Mount Kenya.

Serena Mountain Lodge - Tree Hotel

Standing out amid the primeval forests of Kenya's highest mountain, Mount Kenya, this timbered tree hotel offers champagne-clear mountain air, sweeping views across the tree-canopy, sparkling trout streams, and gentle forest walks. 

The open-air viewing-deck looks down on to its own water hole and salt-lick, which attracts numerous animals.  Lunch in the lodge followed by an afternoon at leisure.

15:00hrs Depart for a Guided Forest Walk through the forest, accompanied by the Resident Naturalist. 

Dinner and Overnight at Serena Mountain Lodge

DAY 3 - Mount Kenya Trek (Sirimon / Naromoru Circuiting)

Transfer by vehicle from the lodge to Sirimon Gate (2600m).

Hike for 3 hours to Old Moses Camp (3300m) for overnight in tents.

DAY 4

Morning start and Hike to Shiptons Camp or Kami Hut for overnight in tents. (Takes 5 -6 hrs).

DAY 5

Predawn attempt of point  Lenana (4985m) taking 3-4 hours and peak circuit via the Austrian Hut, Two-Tarn Camp and back to the Camp at 5.00 – 6.00 p.m.

Day 6

Hike via the Hausberg Col to Mackinders Camp for overnight. 5-6 hours hike.

Day 7 - Descend from Mt. Kenya

Descend through the Naromoru route to Metrological  Station or Naromoru Gate for your transfer back to the Lodge.

Return to the lodge in time to refresh for lunch.  After lunch, check-out and embark on a leisure drive through the Central Highlands to the Equator Point just before Nanyuki Town for a brief stopover.  Drive on to the nearby 110,000-acre Ol Pejeta Conservancy, which lies on the Laikipia plains. Enjoy a game viewing drive en-route to Sweetwaters Serena Camp.

16:00hrs enjoy an afternoon game viewing drive in the Conservancy. 

Dinner and Overnight at Sweetwaters Serena Camp

Day 8 - Olpejeta Conservancy

Full day in the Conservancy with morning and afternoon game viewing drives. Host to all the members of the ‘Big Five' (elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard), the conservancy has a higher wildlife-to-area ratio than any Kenyan national park and is one of only four private game conservancies to have been founded in Kenya.

All meals and overnight at Sweetwaters Serena Camp

Day 9 - Olpejeta to Nairobi & Onward to Maasai Mara

07:00hrs Depart and drive to Nairobi to arrive at Nairobi Serena Hotel for an early lunch at the Café Maghreb Restaurant. 

13:30hrs Transfer to Nairobi’s Wilson Airport for your scheduled flight to Masai Mara National Reserve departing at 14:45hrs.

15:45hrs On arrival at Mara Serena Airstrip, you will be met by your dedicated Lodge Driver Guide and proceed to Mara Serena Safari Lodge for check-in.  

Mara Serena Safari Lodge

Perched on the saddle of a hill, the Mara Serena Safari Lodge has one of the most spectacular views imaginable across the vast plains, forests and rivers that make up the Maasai Mara – one of the world’s richest wildlife sanctuaries. Enjoy game viewing en-route.

Day 10 - Maasai Mara

Full day in the Mara with morning and afternoon game drives in the Reserve at 06:30hrs and 16:00hrs respectively.   The reserve is home to all the “big five” and it is also possible to observe; baboon, eland, ostrich, bat-eared fox, jackal, Cheetah, and the rivers abound with hippos and crocodiles. 

Hippo Pool Breakfast

This morning, crown your game viewing experience with a “Bush Breakfast” by the Mara River Hippo Pools! One cannot resist the charming “Jambo” from the chefs and Masai warriors as they welcome you to our wonderfully set breakfast buffet of cold cuts, fruits, cereals and hot dishes with eggs made to your specifications as you wait. The hippos keep you company and only say “Kwaheri” (good bye) after you have had enough.

All meals and overnight at Mara Serena Safari Lodge

Day 11 - Maasai Mara to Nairobi & Departure

Breakfast in the lodge.

10:00hrs Transfer to the nearby Mara Serena Airstrip for your schedule flight to Nairobi departing at 11:00hrs. 

12:15hrs Meet upon arrival at Nairobi Wilson Airport by our representative and transfer to lunch in the Café Maghreb Restaurant.   

You have been booked a Day room to refresh and relax before your transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your homebound flight.

 

Places You Will See

  • Nairobi
  • Mt. Kenya
  • Olpejeta Conservancy
  • Maasai Mara

What Isn't Covered

  • International and Visa Entry Charges to Kenya
  • Mountain climbing gear
  • All personal items (drinks, laundry, phone calls, tips, travel insurance, etc.)

Accomodations Provided By:

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