Mount Kenya trek & Laikipia walking safari
This program offers the best of central Kenya on foot, starting with a walking safari in the renowned Laikipia region. We then conquer Point Lenana on Mount Kenya before retreating to a private conservancy for a well-deserved conclusion to our expedition.
When someone mentions a Kenya safari, the titanic struggles of wildebeest crossing the Mara River immediately come to mind. We are all familiar with the Hemingway safari experience and the zebra-striped Landrovers bumping across sweeping savannah. And there’s no doubt the photogenic Maasai and Samburu warriors have etched the country in our minds.
However, we seek to offer a more secluded safari experience, preferring to remain in less tourist-heavy locations. Furthermore, exploration on foot ensures an immersive experience, with more authentic engagement.
Mount Kenya stands alone in the highlands of central Kenya, rising just over 5000m above the African plains. This snow capped anomaly on the equator, offers some of the finest Alpine trekking on the continent. On this expedition, we take you as high as we can trek, to Point Lenana at 4985m / 16350 ft.
The Laikipia Plateau is an unrivalled paradise for an authentic walking safari. The area represents the true Africa; teeming with game and home to semi-nomadic Samburu living true to age-old traditions. Therefore, it is no surprise that, from the moment we arrive, we find ourselves immersed in the adventure.
We conclude with the original Kenya safari, where sophisticated luxury meets the African bush at Solio Game Reserve. A leader in conservation, the reserve is internationally recognised as the most successful private rhino breeding reserve in Kenya.
Our fully supported expedition across some of Africa’s wildest spaces shifts the traditional Kenya safari, by combining new and engaging ways to enjoy one of Africa’s oldest travel destinations – join us for an unforgettable walk in the wilderness!
This itinerary is customizable to fit your resources and/or available time.
Please contact us for up-to-date pricing
YOUR TRIP FEE TYPICALLY INCLUDES
- Private travel with dedicated services of a professional expedition leader and appropriately trained and accredited Trekking Guides, Safari Guides, Cooks and Porters;
- All airport and road transfers relative to the itinerary;
- Scheduled domestic flights Nairobi / Nanyuki / Nairobi
- 2 nights hotel/lodge accommodation in Nairobi and 3 nights lodge accommodation in Laikipia;
- 2 nights mobile safari camp, Eastern Laikipia (including Traditional Safari Tents with mattress, duvet, pillows and personal toilet tent; Dining Tent; separate Kitchen Tent; Hot bucket shower)
- 5 nights camping on the Chogoria Route, Mount Kenya, (including mountain tent with cot, mattress, pillows and sleeping bag; Dining Tent; Kitchen Tent; Group Toilet tent; Group Shower/wash tent).
- Meals indicated in the itinerary
- Purified drinking water and limited selection of trail snacks while on the trail.
- Purified drinking water and hot beverages at meals while trekking on the mountain.
- Purified drinking water, hot beverages, soft drinks and local spirits, wine and malt while lodge based.
- Trekking permits, government taxes and all Park, Camping, Conservation & Community fees
- Mountain Rescue Fees; First Aid and Flying Doctor membership.
- Personalised Weather Proof Expedition Gear Bag
- All porterage and gratuities for Expedition Staff, except the expedition leader
- All hotel, meal and transfer gratuities
- 16% Kenyan VAT
TRIP FEE TYPICALLY EXCLUDES
- International & Regional Flights
- Domestic flights and road transfers not included in the itinerary
- Entry Visa for Kenya
- Pre-& post trip arrangements
- Any meals not indicated in the itinerary
- Wine, Beverages & refreshments while trekking on Mount Kenya.
- Personal Travel & Medical Rescue Insurance
- Health Requirements & Inoculations
- Items of a personal nature
LODGES AND CAMPS
This itinerary makes use of Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, Tumaren Camp and a mobile camp in Laikipia, existing camp sites and huts on Mount Kenya and Solio Lodge for the final safari.
YOU SHOULD KNOW
WATER WHILE TREKKING ON MOUNT KENYA
All drinking water provided while trekking on the mountain is taken from mountain streams and treated before consumption. It is safe, clean mountain spring water. However, if preferred we can supply 4lt bottled mineral water per day at an additional charge.
This itinerary includes the services of an Active Africa expedition leader to ensure seamless execution of all parts.
We have selected lodges and camps that offer the best compatibility and logistical access. However, we can customise the lodge line-up based on your preferences and resources.
The walking safari takes a circular route, with walks of 8-16km (5-10 miles) per day.
MOUNT KENYA TREK
Daily treks of 3-5 hours at altitude; starting at around 1500m (5000 ft), attaining 4985m (16350 ft) at Point Lenana
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
Wet Season: March to May; October to December
Dry Season: January, February; June to September
Heavy rains make some roads impassable during the wet season and some lodges and camps will close.
The most comfortable time to travel, with the best wildlife viewing overall, is the dry season.
While the mountain is climbable year-round, it is safest to trek and climb in the dry season. The most reliable climbing weather occurs during the driest months of January, February, August and September.
Our recommendation for this or any Kenya safari would be to travel during the drier months to maximise your comfort and enjoyment