Meals: Bed and Breakfast
Arrival Of Your Flight In Nairobi. Met By Africa Thrills Representative Outside Customs And Immigration Hall And Transferred To The Nairobi Serena Hotel. Overnight The Hotel.
After Breakfast We Head For The Aberdare Ranges For Some Whitewater Rafting On The Tana River. This River Flows From The Aberdare Ranges And Eventually Reaches The Indian Ocean. Our Drive Will Take Us Through The Nairobi City Center And Then Into The Northern Highlands, Often Referred As The "White Highlands". It Was Here That The Colonial Settlers Set Up Their Ranches In The Fertile Lands Of The Kikuyu People. We Will See The Great Del Monte Pineapple Estates And The Vast Coffee Estates For Which Kenya Is Famous. On Further As We Near Mount Kenya There Are Smaller Cattle Ranches, Many Of Which Are Now Indigenously Owned And Farmed. Our Drive Will Take 2 Hours.
After Reaching The Tana River And A Briefing On Whitewater Rafting We Will Climb Aboard Our Rafts. Our Rafts Are Small Semi-Rigid With Paddles Rather Than Oars With A Maximum Of Five People To A Boat. The River Varies In Temperament According To The Recent Rainfall In The Aberdare Mountains. There Will Be Lots Of Excitement Interspersed With Some Very Pleasant Paddling Where We Can Take In The Stunning Variety Of Birdlife. The Adventure Starts By Rafting Class Ii - Iii Rapids For Approximately 2 Miles (3 Km). After That The River Slows Down And We Are Able To Relax For About An Hour Or More And View The Abundance Of Birdlife Or Take A Swim. The Final 4 Miles (7 Km) Is Class Iii Waters And A Class Iv Rapid Just For Fun. Due To The Water Levels The Rapids May More Or Less Intense - But With Names Like "Raging Thunder", "Zig Zag", "Captain'S Folly", "Spasm" And "Sphincter Flexor" You Know It Will Be A Riot.
During The Afternoon We Will Spend Some Time "Surfing" The Rapids With Our Boat And Getting Out Of The Raft For Some Adrenaline Pumping Adventure. If We Choose We Will Jump Into Flowing Rapids And Off A 30-Foot Waterfall! After Rafting For Approximately 5 Hours We Will Have A Barbecue By The River Before A Relaxing Evening At The Camp.
Head Into The Rift Valley And Look Over The Edge With Its Amazing Views And 1,000 Foot Sheer Drop To The Valley Floor. In Hell'S Gate We Will Be Greeted By Our Mobile Camp, Which Is Already Set Up, And Waiting With Cool Drinks. Camp Is Set Up On The Edge Of An Escarpment (6,000 Ft In Elevation) And Looks Down Into The Valley. The View Is Great And We Will See Wildlife Wandering The Valley Floor. The Geological Formation Of The Park Is Fascinating With Many Different Rock Types.
In The Afternoon We Mount Our Mountain Bikes And Ride Down Into The Valley On The "Giraffe Circuit". This Is Aptly Named Since It Is Common To See Giraffe Fairly Close While Riding. We Will Also Be On The Lookout For Wildebeest, Buffalo, And Other Game. On The Way We Pass Fischer'S' Tower. This Is An Impressive Volcanic "Boss" - A Massive And Scenic Rock Plug Originally Made Lava Extruded From The Ground For A Several Hundred Feet. The Entire Time We Will Have A "Sag-Wagon" Follow Us In Case We Decide That A Ride Is Preferable To Biking. Biking Will Take Us Roughly 3 - 4 Hours And A Climb Of 500 - 700 Vertical Feet.
After Our "Biking Safari" We Head Back To Camp And Enjoy Waiting Drinks And Snacks. After Dinner We Will Sit Up Around The Fire And Listen To The Stories Of The Bush Told By Our Guide And Camp Staff.
This Morning We'Re Up And Off To Mount Longonot (45 Min Drive), One Of The Tallest Volcanoes In East Africa (9, 111 Ft - 2,777 Meters). The Mountain Overlooks Lake Naivasha And Between The Mountain And The Lake Lies The Njorowa Gorge, Better Known As Hell'S Gate. The Njorowa Gorge Was Once The Outlet From Lake Naivasha. Today The Passageway Is Dried Up Leaving Sheer, Red Crumbling Cliffs.
Once At The Mountain We Will Hike Up Its Flank. The Ascent Of 1,300 Ft. Will Take Roughly 1 1/2 - 2 Hours At Our Own Relaxed Pace. From The Top We Will Be Awed By The Stunning Views Of The Surrounding African Plains, Lake Naivasha And The Volcano'S Caldera. The Sunken Caldera Lies 400 Ft. Below Us And While Longonot Has Been Dormant Only 700 Years The Caldera Gives The Impression We Are Looking Back Into Prehistoric Times.
After The Climb We Return To Camp Before Heading Out To Explore The Geothermal Plant Located In Hell'S Gate National Park. This Facility Produces 15% Of Kenya'S Power Requirements By Tapping The Geothermal Power Produced By The Many Steam Vents All Around The Volcano-Strewn Area. It Is Fascinating To See How This Is Done Without Polluting The Fragile Countryside.
We head out today to the Hells Gate Gorge. One of Kenya's best kept secrets, this is a small volcanic canyon with wonderfully colorful sandstone walls. We start by hooking up our climbing gear and rappelling down 45 feet to the lush canyon floor. We can rappel down as many times as we desire.
After rappelling we hike down the canyon across sand and often through a warm water stream. Pumice will frequently float by in the water as evidence of the volcanic history found here. The canyon bed is mostly sand and we will probably spend much of the time barefoot. The 3 - 4 hour walk has been called one of the highlights of this trip in Kenya due to the spectacular scenery. Layers of time can be traced in the 400-ft high sandstone walls. Among the many colored rocks we can see the history of volcanic eruptions and the associated ash. This gorge has been compared to an intimate Grand Canyon due to these colors. Despite its beauty fewer than two dozen outsiders walk this streambed in a year!
The Safari vehicle and cold drinks will be waiting for us at the far side of the canyon. We then head off to Mt. Suswa across Masai villages and open plains before driving up the mountain. The road up this volcano is rarely used and rates in our book as "Class V" - or about as rough as it gets. Just driving up this volcano is an adventure and is reminiscent of theme park rides. After 1 1/2 hr of driving we will arrive at our waiting
Today We Have A Full Day Of Cave Exploration In Lava Tubes. After A Relaxing Morning We Head Down Into The Caves Located Right Next To Our Camp. These Lave Tubes Are Large And Easily Navigated. We Will See Evidence Of The Hot Lava And How It Formed These Caves Centuries Before. There Are Numerous Caves To Explore, Each With Different Characteristics And Mysteries. After Lunch We Will Head Off And Hike Into Some Other Caves Running Deeper Into The Ground. Like The Gorge We Were In Yesterday, Fewer Than Two Dozen Outsiders Get To This Remote Spot A Year! Overnight.
Meals: Full Board at Mara Serena Lodge
From Mount Suswa We Drive To The Famous Masai Mara Game Reserve Where We Will Spend Four Days In One Of The Most Spectacular Natural Wonders Of The World (4.5 - 5.5 Hr Drive). Just Driving To Camp We Will See An Abundance Of Wild Game. On The Bank Of The Tarek River Is The Unique Dream Camp. This Environmentally Friendly Safari Camp Will Be Our Home For The Next Four Days While We Head Off Into The Bush And Explore The Wilder Parts Of The Mara. The Camp Boasts A "Viewing Tower" Which Is Excellent For Seeing Game As It Comes Down To The River. The Permanent Safari Tents Are Larger Than Most And Possess Furniture Made Of Local Materials With A Private Shower.
The Masai Mara Is Home To A Wide Variety Of Wildlife. We Will Most Likely See Lion, Cheetah, Hyena, Elephant, Rhino And A Wide Array Of Plains Game. If We Are Lucky We May Spot A Leopard, Crocodile And The Smaller Cats. Depending Upon Our Arrival Time We May Head Out For An Evening Game Drive.
Meals: Full Board at Mara Serena Lodge
The Masai Mara Is 1600 Square Kilometers Of Green Rolling Countryside, Scattered Trees And Meandering Rivers Bordered By Dense Tropical Riverine Forest. The Mara Is Densely Populated By More Than 90 Species Of Mammals And 450 Birds. This Park Along With Its Neighbor, The Serengeti National Park In Tanzania Forms An Ecological System Comprising One Of The World'S Finest Wildlife Sanctuaries. In The Mara Can Be Found Lions In Prides Of 15 Or More, Cheetah On The Plains, Leopard, Hyenas, Cape Buffalo (In Herds Of Up To 1,000 Animals), Thompson'S And Grant'S Gazelles, Impala, Topi (This Is The Only Place In Kenya Where They Occur In Numbers), Zebra, Warthog, And Giraffe Among Many Others. During July And August The Mara Is Also The Scene For One Of The Greatest Animal Spectacles In The World - The Annual Wildebeest Migration. During These Months More Than A Million Wildebeest And Around 200,000 Zebra Cross The Mara River From The Serengeti To Graze On The New Grass Which Has Sprouted Following The Annual Rains.
While Here, We Will Track Game On Foot And By Vehicle. In Our 4Wd Land Rover Or Land Cruiser We Will Be Able To Get Into Parts Of The Park That Lesser Vehicles Cannot Navigate. On Each Game Drive We Will Have A Local Maasai Moran (Warrior) Standing Up And Scouting For Wildlife. The Maasai Have Excellent Eyes And By Standing Up He Will Be Able To See Wildlife That Simply Is Invisible To Anyone Sitting In The Vehicle. We Have Seen Mating Lions And Newborn (Hour-Old) Gazelles This Way. On Foot We Will Track Game Like A Predator Using The Keen Senses And Skills Of The Maasai Moran To Get Us To A Safe Distance From Huge Herds Of Elephants, Buffalo, Or Abundant Plains Game. At Night We Will Head Out And Explore The Areas Nocturnal Wildlife. We Are More Likely To See The Cats And Other Predators On The Prowl At Night, Not To Mention Some Wildlife That Only Comes Out At Night.
Each Day There Will Be An Early Morning Game Drive Followed By Some Downtime At Camp. During This Time We Can Relax Or Watch Game As It Approaches The River. In The Late Afternoon We Will Head Out For An Evening Game Drive. At Some Time During Our Stay We Will Substitute A Morning Drive For A Game Walk, Certain To Be A Highlight Of Your Time In The Mara. We Will Also Head Out On Night For A Nocturnal Game Drive. All Of This Will Be In The Company Of Our Professional Safari Guide And Maasai Moran As Spotters. You Will Be Fed More Food Than You Can Eat And The Gourmet Quality Of The Three Course Dinners Will Astound You.
Meals: Full Board at Mara Serena Lodge
Today Is Another Day Of Wildlife Viewing In The Masai Mara. At Some Point We Will Head Off Into The Local Masai Village. We Will See How They Live In Mud & Dung Huts And Enjoy Their Contagious Smiles.
Meals: Full Board
After Driving The 20 Minutes To The Local Airstrip We Board Our Morning Flight From Masai Mara To Mombasa. Mombasa Is Located On The Warm, Clear Indian Ocean. South Of The City Are Spectacular Reef Formations And White Sand Beaches That Make This A Fantastic Place To Wind Down After A Vigorous African Adventure. We Will Head To The Secluded Tiwi Beach South Of Mombasa Island (30 - 60 Min Drive Depending Upon Ferry). Our Accommodations Are In Luxurious Cottages On The White Sandy Beach. It Is Also Well Known For Its Meals Especially Seafood. There Is A Swimming Pool Beach Bar/Grill, And Sports/Recreational Facilities. The Best Part Is That The Beach Is Relatively Unpopulated And You Can Enjoy A Pristine Beach Environment.
Meals: Full Board
We Have One Day On The Coast To Engage In A Number Of Activities. These Days Have Been Left Very Flexible To Cater For Everybody'S Tastes And Interests. Our Guide Will Work Out Which Activities Are Best On Which Day After Taking In Everybody'S Thoughts. In This Time We Will Go Snorkeling Out At The Tidal Reef, Riding A Traditional Dhow (Wooden Sailing Catamaran) And Perhaps Even Captaining One If We Desire, Swimming Or Perhaps Just Relaxing On The Beach If We Desire.
Meals: Full Board
We Have Another Day To Explore The Beach And The Local Community. Swim With The Dolphins. Explore The Slave Caves In Shimoni.
Meals: Full Board at Mombasa Serena
A Day For City Tour. Explore This Swahili Town. Visit Fort Jesus, Old Town, Haller Park. Do Shopping In The Evening.
Meals: Half Board
The Final Morning On The Coast We Will Visit Mamba Village. In The Afternoon We Will Catch Our Flight Back To Nairobi. We Will Arrive In Time For A Farewell Meal At The Carnivore Restaurant Or The Simba Grill At Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Then Board Flight Back Home.
103199 - 00101, Nairobi , Nairobi, Kenya - 00101