19 Days / 18 Nights Mount Kenya Trek + Safari & Diani Beach

Arrive / Nairobi – Aberdare – Mount Kenya National Park – Nakuru National Park – Masai Mara National Reserve – Diani Beach – Mombasa / Depart

Introduction

Accommodation preview

Destinations

Start

End

Basis

Duration

Ole Sereni Hotel Nairobi Day 1 Day 2 B&B 1 Night
Naro Moru River Lodge Aberdare Day 2 Day 3 FB 1 Night
Sirimon Park Gate Mount Kenya Climb Day 3 Day 4 FB 1 Night
Liki North Camp Hut 7 Campsite Mount Kenya Climb Day 4 Day 5 FB 1 Night
Mackinder’s Camp Mount Kenya Climb Day 5 Day 7 FB 2 Nights
Naro Moru River Lodge Aberdare Day 7 Day 8 FB 1 Night
Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge Nakuru National Park Day 8 Day 9 FB 1 Night
Ilkeliani Camp Masai Mara National Reserve Day 9 Day 12 FB 3 Nights
Baobab Beach Resort & Spa Diani Beach South Coast Mombasa Day 12 Day 19 FB 7 Nights
Not Included Transfer Ukunda Airstrip OR Moi International Airport Day 19 Day 19 Breakfast Not Included

Key
B&B: Bed and Breakfast.

FB: Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

TB:To Be Advised

Internal Flight Information

Date Flight   Airline Departure Airport   Time Arrival Airport  Time
Day 12 Scheduled  TB Wilson Airport [NBO]  TB Ukunda Airstrip TB 
Day 19 Scheduled   Ukunda Airstrip   Wilson Airport  

DAY 1: OLE SERENI HOTEL, NAIROBI  

Nairobi

Situated in along the Nairobi River in beautiful Kenya, the capital of Nairobi is East Africa’s most cosmopolitan city. It serves as an excellent starting point for African safari trips around Kenya. Nairobi is Africa’s 4th largest city and is a vibrant and exciting place, and although it has developed a reputation which keeps tourist visits brief, there are some fascinating attractions: its cafe culture, unbridled nightlife, the National Museum, the Karen Blixen Museum, Giraffe Centre and most notably just 20 minutes from the city centre wild lions and buffalo roam in the world’s only urban game reserve. Make sure you pay a visit to the Elephant orphanage operated by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Day Itinerary

On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport [NBO] you will be met and greet, assisted by our AMA Safaris representative and transfer to your city hotel for check in and overnight.

Overnight at Ole Sereni Hotel – BB

Located just off Mombasa road Ole-Sereni is the only hotel bordering a National Game Park. The title of the hotel is taken from the Maasai name for the area meaning ‘place of tranquillity’. Ole-Sereni captures the essence of Nairobi, which is the only city in the world that boasts a natural game park within its precincts. The hotel offers its guests views of animals in their natural surroundings at the waterhole in the park from the restaurants, bar, swimming pool and other parts of the hotel.

As ‘The City Hotel by the Game Park’ Ole-Sereni combines the best features of a modern City Hotel and a traditional wildlife lodge where guests can enjoy nature’s tranquillity from a very close range. Ole-Sereni is strategically positioned close to the Airport and the city centre, offering world-class facilities and personalized services to business as well as leisure travellers. The hotel also enjoys proximity to the central business district, international organizations, financial institutions, government offices and the industrial areas of Nairobi.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

DAY 2: NARO MORU RIVER LODGE, ABERDARE  

Aberdare

Situated in the magnificent Aberdare Highlands, northeast of Nairobi, Aberdare is an amazing highland safari area featuring mountains, lush forests and steep ravines teeming with the best of Africa’s varied wildlife including the majestic elephant and rhino. This area is made up of the Abedare Mountain Range, which forms part of the eastern side of the Great Rift Valley as well as a vast savannah covered moorland plateau. The sheer natural beauty of Abedare has placed it on the UNESCO World Heritage list and draws visitors from all corners of the globe.

Day Itinerary

After breakfast you will be picked up and transfered to Naro Moru River Lodge, your base hotel for Mt Kenya climbing. Arrive for check in and lunch.  Afternoon spent at leisure.

Overnight at Naro Moru River Lodge – FB

Partially obscured, nestled 6500ft above sea level and providing the perfect haven of serenity is the Naro Moru River Lodge. Being home to over 200 different species of birds and tree hyraxes this log-cabin based lodge has been “The base for climbing Mt. Kenya” due to the proximity to the mountain and the tailor-made mountain climbing itineraries, backed by the experienced guiding and porters team. The riverside lodge is surrounded by indigenous bush that gives it the ambience and uniqueness for which it is popular.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 3: SIRIMON PARK GATE, MOUNT KENYA  NATIONAL PARK

Mount Kenya

Rising up from the heart of the Kenyan landscape, the snow-capped Mount Kenya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is Africa’s second highest mountain reaching an impressive 5199 metres in height, which is an awe-inspiring sight. Visitors can explore its surrounding forests, trout-filled streams and game reserve; or for the more adventurous, summit the peak. While Mount Kilimanjaro is an easier climb, Mount Kenya is more of a challenge as it has a higher technical difficulty, however, Point Lenana can be easily reached by a fit hiker. Visitors can look forward to a variety of wonderful activities such as: cave exploration, mountain climbing, camping, and game viewing. Commonly spotted wildlife include: elephant, mongoose, duiker, bushbuck, eland and over 130 bird species.

Day Itinerary

Morning spent sorting and organizing equipment for the mountain trek and be driven to the Sirimon gate. An easy 3hrs walk through equatorial forest to Judmaier’s Camp (3,300m) for overnight in the high altitude mountain tents.

Overnight: Sirimon Park Gate

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 4: LIKI NORTH CAMP HUT 7 CAMPSITE, MOUNT KENYA        

Mount Kenya

As previously described

Day Itinerary

Ascend the Sirimon Track to Likii North Valley and camp overnight in this beautiful little valley below the subsidiary peaks of Teleki and Sendeyo, two ancient parasitic vents of the main peaks. Overnight at Liki North Camp in Tents (3990m)-Full board

Overnight: Liki North Camp Hut 7 Campsite        

The Like North Hut is one of the camping facilities found at the Mount Kenya National Park. Pristine wilderness, lakes, glaciers and peaks of great geological variety that includes forests, mineral springs, as well as rare and endangered species are several major attractions of this national park. Activity options for visitors to the Mount Kenya National Park involve game viewing, camping, mountain climbing and cave exploration.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 5: MACKINDER’S CAMP, MOUNT KENYA     

Mount Kenya

As previously described

Day Itinerary

Climb out of the North Valley and into the Mackinders Valley, one of the broadest valleys on the mountain, with many giant groundsels. Camp at the head of the Mackinder’s Valley, just below the main peaks of Batian and Nelion (4,300m).-

Full board. Overnight: Mackinder’s Camp

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 6: MACKINDER’S CAMP, MOUNT KENYA

Day Itinerary

Alpine ascent to the highest peak, Pt. Lenana (4985m). En route up the north face little used by tourists. Four hours of stiff walking to the summit. Then descend to Teleki Valley on the opposite side of the main peaks, to Mackinder’s Camp for a good night rest (4150m.) Full board

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 7: NARO MORU RIVER LODGE, ABERDARE  

Aberdare

As previously described

Day Itinerary

Descend to the Met Station (road head) on the Naro Moru Track and back to the Lodge to refresh and overnight.

Overnight at Naro Moru River Lodge – FB

Partially obscured, nestled 6500ft above sea level and providing the perfect haven of serenity is the Naro Moru River Lodge. Being home to over 200 different species of birds and tree hyraxes this log-cabin based lodge has been “The base for climbing Mt. Kenya” due to the proximity to the mountain and the tailor-made mountain climbing itineraries, backed by the experienced guiding and porters team. The riverside lodge is surrounded by indigenous bush that gives it the ambience and uniqueness for which it is popular.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 8: SAROVA LION HILL GAME LODGE, NAKURU    

Nakuru

Nakuru is a city on the shores of western Kenya’s Lake Nakuru, within a reserve that sprawls across almost 200 square kilometres. It is the capital of Nakuru County, located in the Great Rift Valley. Ten kilometres from town lies the massive Menengai Crater. A hiking trail leads up to the rim of this ancient caldera, offering bird’s eye views over the lake and surrounds then plunges 400 metres down to the floor below, where you will find ancient forests. Lake Nakuru National Park, surrounding Nakuru, is home to exceptional birdlife, as well as over 50 varieties of mammals. These include lion, leopard, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, rhino, antelope and various primates.

Day Itinerary

After breakfast and check out, you will be met by your driver guide and drive to Lake Nakuru arriving at at your camp for check in and lunch. Enjoy an afternoon game drive at Lake Nakuru National Park till sunset.

Overnight at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge – FB

Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is nestled along the Lion Hill overlooking the spectacular flamingo pink rimmed Lake Nakuru. Its location affords panoramic views of the lake and the picturesque Lake Nakuru National Park. A short two-hour drive from Nairobi, Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is a favourite with residents and visitors to Kenya.

Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is cleverly laid out in such a way that most rooms and sitting areas afford stunning views of the lake and the park. The Lodge incorporates natural landscaping with tall acacia trees, winding walkways and greens dotted with bird feeds. The Lodge is a natural haven for bird life and attracts over 50 species of birds amongst the 400 species that inhabit the Park.

Lake Nakuru National Park was created in 1968 to protect the huge flocks of over of the lesser flamingo that breed and nest at the edge of Lake Nakuru, giving it the characteristic pink rim. Lake Nakuru National Park, located at an altitude of 4,000-5,767 feet above sea level, covers 188 square kilometres of land of great ecological diversity – from lake water, woodland, bush grassland, to rocky ridges. The park is home to not just the lesser flamingo but over 400 species of birds and one of the few places to see the endangered white rhino. Other wildlife at the park includes lions, leopards, zebra, gazelles, eland, giraffe and the hyrax.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 9: ILKELIANI CAMP, MASAI MARA       

Masai Mara

The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park, the Masai Mara National Reserve. The image of acacia trees dotting endless grass plains epitomizes Africa for many, then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The undeniable highlight of the Masai Mara National Reserve is undoubtedly the annual wildebeest migration traversing the vast plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. It is known as the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. Large prides of lions, elephants, giraffes, gazelles and eland can also be spotted in the reserve. Aside from horse riding safaris and traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential.

Day Itinerary

After breakfast and check out, have an early game drive before departing to Masai Mara National Reserve arriving in time for lunch. Later in the afternoon enjoy a game drive.

Overnight at Ilkeliani Camp – FB

Nestled in a river glade in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, the area is a favourite for elephants coming to drink from the Talek River. The camp has been designed to combine the old traditional safari style with a modern and fresh feel. Ilkeliani Camp offers only 17 tents and each commanding views of the plains and the wildlife action throughout the day. It is a permanent camp designed along eco-friendly principles. The ethos is to leave a minimum foot print on nature.

Each well-equipped tents are stylish with en suite bathroom. They are sited under its own cluster of shady indigenous trees and you do feel that you are out in the wilderness. The interiors are spacious and comfortable featuring a front verandah with a day bed and canvas safari chairs. Home cooked meals combined with personal service contribute to an unforgettable safari experience

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 10: ILKELIANI CAMP, MASAI MARA    

Day Itinerary

Spend the whole day with morning and afternoon game drives.

An (OPTIONAL) early morning hot air balloon ride begins the day. Arise before dawn to embark on a colourful hot air balloon that drifts peacefully over the Mara plains as the sun rises. View the diverse wildlife from this incredible bird’s-eye view. A delightful champagne breakfast will be served as you land on the open savannah, before returning to the camp. Extra Cost)

Overnight at Ilkeliani Camp – FB

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 11: ILKELIANI CAMP, MASAI MARA    

Day Itinerary

Spend the whole day with morning and afternoon game drives.

Overnight at Ilkeliani Camp – FB

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 12: BAOBAB BEACH RESORT & SPA, DIANI BEACH

Diani Beach

Famous for its gorgeous palm trees and its powder white sand lapped by glistening azure waters, Diani Beach is a popular resort area resting on Kenya’s magnificent Indian Ocean shoreline. The area’s wonderfully warm waters and exquisite coral reefs provide an ideal environment for an array of exhilarating water-based activities including snorkeling, scuba diving and boat safaris where you can witness the richly diverse marine life for which the southern coast of Kenya is known. You’re likely to see turtles, mantas, barracuda and, if you are lucky, even the elusive and exceptionally large whale shark. Don’t miss: the Colobus Conservation which provides a sanctuary for these fascinating endangered primates; the Shimba Hills National Reserve which offers an exceptional and unforgettable safari experience; and the nearby Kisite Marine National Park close to the Tanzanian border.

Day Itinerary

Breakfast at the camp. After check out enjoy an en route game view as you head back to Nairobi Airport for your scheduled flight to Mombasa. On arrival you will be met and assisted by our representative and transfer to Diani Beach South Coast Mombasa.

Overnight at Baobab Beach Resort & Spa – AI

The Baobab Beach Resort and Spa is set within 80 acres of tropical gardens, overlooking the Indian Ocean. An oasis of tranquility, the resort comprises three luxurious properties – The Baobab, The Maridadi and Kolekole, offering various accommodation levels and renowned as Kenya’s leading all-inclusive resort. It consists of 92 standard sea-facing rooms with 68 superior garden view bungalows and 28 superior sea view bungalows. All sea-facing, Kolekole comprises 57 superior, 21 deluxe rooms and 6 suites with private Jacuzzi.

The latest addition to the resort, The Maridadi has 36 superior and 20 deluxe rooms all with ocean view and overlooking the spectacular cascading three tier swimming pool.,The culinary experience blends international inspiration with Swahili flavours, including themed buffets and gala dinners served at three all-inclusive restaurants (Karibu, Jodari, Maridadi). Two A-la carte speciality restaurants (Marhaba and Tangezi) provide enticing seafood delights.

Facilities include three swimming pools, watersports centre, flood-lit tennis courts, fully equipped gymnasium, variety of bars and nightly entertainment at the Porini Amphitheatre. Indulge at the Afya Bora Wellness Club & Spa, offering the ultimate in well-being and relaxation. Enjoy signature beauty treatments, alluring steam rituals and holistic therapies ensuring total relaxation for body and mind.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, & 18: BAOBAB BEACH RESORT & SPA, DIANI BEACH   

Day Itinerary

Spend the whole day at leisure with optional activities offered on ground at an extra cost.

Overnight at Baobab Beach Resort & Spa – AI

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 19: END OF ITINERARY      

Day Itinerary

Breakfast and check out and transfer to Mombasa Airport for your onward flight to Nairobi. End of Services.

Basis

Breakfast

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