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