Capture a unique and intimate perspective of Kenya while traveling on foot during this 11-day walking safari from Nairobi. Explore the diverse landscapes of Eastern Laikipia while spotting endangered wildlife, learn about traditional Masai customs and culture while trekking through the Loisa Hills and go swimming at the base of the Ol Lasur Waterfall in the Great Rift Valley.
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Arrive into Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to the Ololo Lodge in Nairobi National Park. After lunch at the lodge, you’ll have time to relax on the viewing deck or take a dip in the pool before heading out on your first game drive through what is Kenya’s oldest national park.
After an early breakfast, you’ll be transferred north to Eastern Laikipia, which lies close to Mount Kenya and is renowned for its magnificent wilderness landscapes and wildlife. Travel to the Karisia base to embark on a walking safari, accompanied by a team of guides and camel porters. This area boasts one of the highest diversities of large mammals in Kenya and is home to a number of endangered species such as the Grevy's zebra and African wild dogs.
As night sets in, your camp will be assembled in the heart of the bush, fully equipped with hot showers, warm beds and a lavish three-course dinner.
Over the next two days you will explore Eastern Laikipia during morning and evening walks, traveling through lush green bush and rocky outcrops where hyenas, wild dogs, leopards and lions roam. Your guides will teach you all about the bush and the medicinal properties of native plants, as well as how to search for animals through their tracks and droppings. Spend the afternoons relaxing or swimming in the river before finding a spectacular sundowner spot with views towards Mount Kenya.
This morning you will be transferred to the Nanyuki airstrip for your flight to the Loita Hills, which lie on the western edge of the Great Rift Valley near the Tanzanian border. You’ll be met by Maasai guides from Jan’s Camp and travel there in time for lunch. Then take a short walk through the surrounding area to get your bearings before a briefing on the following day’s walk.
After breakfast, it’s time to embark on your walking safari to Oltyiani, the highest point in the Loita Hills, which boasts magnificent views of the Great Rift Valley. You’ll be accompanied by a donkey caravan and local Masai guides who will share their traditional customs and culture with you. Learn about the lore of the bush and the rites of passage these young men undertake while experiencing the natural beauty of Kenya.
This morning you’ll climb up the edge of the Great Rift Valley to visit the Ol Lasur Waterfall and enjoy a refreshing swim in its pool. Have lunch at the top of the ridge with impressive views across the Rift, then return to your Oltyiani River Camp in time for drinks and dinner.
This morning you’ll climb up the edge of the Great Rift Valley to visit the Ol Lasur Waterfall and enjoy a refreshing swim in its pool. Have lunch at the top of the ridge with impressive views across the Rift, then return to your Oltyiani River Camp in time for drinks and dinner. This morning you will be transferred to the airstrip for your flight to the Masai Mara, arriving in time for lunch at the Sentinel Eco Camp. You’ll have time for an afternoon siesta before an evening game drive to catch your first glimpse of this magnificent national park during sunset.
The next two days will be spent exploring the Masai Mara National Park, with the opportunity to wake early for a hot air balloon safari on one of the mornings. Float silently above the plains, forests and rivers while spotting herds of wildlife below.
You’ll have plenty of opportunities to spot the “Big Five” on daily game drive safaris, led by expert guides who will impart their extensive wildlife knowledge. Observe the unique social structure of elephant herds, watch as lions stalk their prey and see hippos slowly submerging themselves in the river waters. If you’re visiting in July, you may bear witness to huge herds of wildebeest crossing the grasslands and rivers of the Masai Mara, followed by opportunistic predators and stealthy crocodiles.
After breakfast, it’s time to fly back to Nairobi where you’ll be met by one of our representatives at the Wilson Airport and transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your flight home.
Dates & Rates
Daily departures offered year round; please inquire for specific dates. Note, all departures require a minimum of 2 guests.
- Full board accommodation while on safari, Game Package accommodation at Sentinel Mara.
- Bed and breakfast accommodation in Nairobi
- Scheduled flights as indicated
- Transfers to and from the airport
- A safari briefing at the start
- All game drives and site seeing as per the itinerary in private safari minibus driven by a professional English speaking guide Excursions and scheduled activities as per the itinerary
- Park Entrance fees throughout
- Flying doctors medical evacuation cover
- I litre of water per person per day while in an Albatros safari vehicle
- Current Government taxes and levies
- International Airfares
- International and domestic departure tax
- Laundry services
- Meals and excursions not described in the itinerary above
- Entry Visas to the country
- Travel and health insurance
- Balloon flight in the Masai Mara (additional charge USD $450 per person)
- Any optional tours or excursions not mentioned in the itinerary above
- Gratuities (tips) to your guide, hotel staff and porters
- Any other items of a personal nature, such as drinks, laundry, telephone and postage
FAQ & More
Kenya's international airport is called Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Upon arrival you will be met by our representative and introduced to your driver/guide who will accompany you on your safari. You will also be transferred to the airport at the end of your safari for your onward arrangements. Depending on your flight timings it may be necessary to have an overnight in Nairobi at the beginning or end of your safari (at an additional cost). Please let us know if you would like to be picked up at a hotel or the airport.
If you have already booked your flight, let us know your flight details.
Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. Some nationalities will have to obtain these prior to arrival and others will be able to obtain these on arrival at the port of entry. It is imperative that passports are valid for at least six months and have at least two blank pages, or four, if travelling to both Kenya and Tanzania.
While single-entry visas are available upon arrival at Kenyan airports, Kenyan Immigration plans to arrival visas in the near future so we recommend applying in advance. Kenya is on an advance e-visa system and it's pretty seamless and straightforward. Cost is $51 for a single-entry visa for US and Canadian citizens, valid for 90 days.
Both Tanzania and Kenya are malarial areas and therefore it is recommended that travellers start a malaria prophylactic before and during your visit. Most lodges have mosquito nets or mosquito resistant tents/rooms along with providing insect spray and repellent. However, be sure to bring your own personal repellent as well as long sleeves and pants for the evenings, as these are most effective in protecting you from bites when outdoors.
At present, Tanzania and Kenya require no vaccinations before entering the country except Yellow Fever when flying directly from an YF endemic country. Here is a list of these countries: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2016/infectious-diseases-related-to-travel/yellow-fever#4728. As Kenya is on this list, you’ll need to present proof of a Yellow Fever vaccination if traveling from Kenya to Tanzania.
Regardless, you should consult your local health authorities prior to your holiday for any updates.
If travelling on a ‘flying safari’, the baggage allowance on small aircraft is 15kgs and all luggage is to be packed in soft duffel bags. This includes hand luggage and camera equipment. Only soft sided bags will be accepted, no wheels, no hard suitcases. This is essential to ensure that everything fits not only into the small aircraft but into the safari vehicles. Please note that any luggage you do not need while on safari will be stored at the office.
Rest assured, our team of Adventure Consultants will send you a full packing list prior to your adventure. However, as a general guide, comfortable, casual wash and wear clothes are recommended. The key is lightweight clothing in breathable materials for the day and warmer materials at night. Bush colours (khaki, brown, dark green) are also highly recommended. These will enable you to blend in with the environment and not draw attention to yourself when on game drives or bush walks.
Being located on or near the equator, East Africa boasts a fabulous tropical climate which is hot and humid on the coast while being dry and arid in the north and northeast and temperate inland. Though days are quite hot it can get pretty cold during the night in areas at altitude such as Nairobi.
There are however two separate wet seasons in Kenya and Tanzania with the longest being from March to May, and the shorter from November to December. Heavy rains can mean that road access becomes more limited making 4x4 more advisable during these periods.
The electricity supply in Kenya and Tanzania is 220/240 v 50hz. Plugs are 3 point square, British Type G plugs. If you are planning to bring any electrical device from USA or Canada, you will need a voltage and plug converter. Additionally, many safari lodges run on generators which are generally switched off between 2300hrs and 0600hrs. If you need to charge any electronics, this can be done in the office.
Both Kenya and Tanzania have a good telephone and internet connection in the main cities and are in the process of improving the network further. Most lodges and hotels offer a fax, international telephone and internet service but make sure to check the rates beforehand as some lodges can impose a surcharge, particularly on international calls. More remote camps and lodges rely on radio for communication and mobile phone coverage is not extensive in most game parks.
When calling Kenya and Tanzania, the international dialling code is +254 and +255 respectively.
Tap water in Kenya and Tanzania is not drinkable and we therefore advise that you drink only sealed, bottled water. Lodges provides water in their safari vehicles. You will almost always find a flask of purified drinking water on your bedside table or in the bathroom.
The unit of currency in Kenya is the shilling. Kenya Shilling notes are available in the denominations of 1000, 500, 200, 100. Banks generally offer a better rate of exchange than Foreign Exchange Bureaux and Hotels. Please note duty free goods purchased at the airport can only be purchased in foreign currency and not in Kenya Shillings.
While US Dollars are widely accepted, please note that bills printed before the year 2000 will not be accepted.
A wide range of credit cards are accepted in Kenya, including American Express, Visa and Master Card. Please check with us before heading off on safari and we will confirm what cards are accepted where you are staying.
Tips are not included in the cost of the safari. Tipping is purely discretionary, however if you would like to show your appreciation we recommend $10 - $20 per guest per day for lodge/camp staff, paid in the communal tip box at reception. For guides, we recommend $10-$15 per day, paid directly to the guide. All tipping is in US dollars.
Kenya has been designated Ebola free by the World Health Organization. Many people do not realize the size of Africa and how far the Ebola outbreak is from Kenya. The fact is, all of Europe is actually closer to the Ebola outbreack than is Kenya. In the unlikely event that the WHO changes its stance on Kenya with regard to Ebola, we will refund any guest who does not want to travel to the country.