Maasai Customs & Life Skills

Discover - in great detail - the way of life of the Maasai people, their wildlife and natural environments as well as the Great Rift Valley on your journey to Mt. Kenya. Engage in cultural activities with the Maasai, learn their traditions and rituals and understand the Maasai survival tactics.

As you approach Mt. Kenya you traverse the Aberdare Range and boost your acclimatization. On the Mt. Kenya trek you go up the newly initiated Burguret Route – a lost paradise re-discovered for you. The route was pioneered during colonial days and then abandoned for many years until it was re-opened by our guides in the early 90s. It provides a unique and completely natural mountain trekking experience. Up to Point Lenana then descent on the Chogoria route providing the most spectacular views and completes a traverse of the mountain.

Note: If limited in time you can go on the 1st week journey alone and skip the Mount Kenya extension or vice versa.

Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1 Nairobi
Accommodation: Rock House Guesthouse

On arrival, we pick you up at the Nairobi Airport and offer you a nice homely welcome at our Rock House Guesthouse on the outskirts of Nairobi (Home from Home). If your flight arrives in the morning you have spare time to do some Nairobi tours, visiting the Giraffe Center, Sheldrick Elephants, Kazuri Beads, the museums or just relax and get over your jet lag.

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Day 2 Great Rift Valley
Accommodation: Maji Moto Eco Camp

Drive west from Nairobi enjoying phenomenal views over the Great Rift Valley then into Maasai land. Lunch en-route then on to our unique Maasai camp for insights into the Maasai people's fascinating way of life. During your 3 days stay at Maji Moto Eco Camp you will enjoy local culture, close encounters with wildlife and the lovely environment in the Loita Hills and Plains. Overnight camp under savannah bush, dinner around a campfire, starlit skies and sleeping to the sounds of the wilderness.

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Day 3 Rural Maasai Land
Accommodation: Maji Moto Eco Camp

Engage in cultural activities with the Maasai. Receive and learn Maasai traditional welcome & warrior training demonstrations, understand Maasai survival tactics, walk the Loita Hills and Plains with the Maasai seeing wildlife and nature. Participate in ceremonies for blessings in and around the village and meet with a medicine man. Gather and learn about medicinal plants, get involved in the daily life in the village (beading, cooking etc.), bathe at the natural hot springs and exchange campfire stories and songs.

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Day 4 Rural Maasai Land
Accommodation: Maasai Manyatta Style Cottages

Explore local cultural values, education, health and conservation projects.  Volunteer in a school, conservation or health project - you choose per your interests and skills. Visit a school & community and even the Maasai Market if in session. See Africa through the eyes of the Maasai, stay in Maasai Manyatta Style Cottages and in an open bush camp where often lions roar in the distance. Don't worry! Our camp is guarded by the Maasai all night. Truly an experience of a lifetime!

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Day 5 Maasai Mara
Accommodation: Mara Springs Camp

After breakfast, drive to Mara Springs Camp, a small and exclusive tented camp nestled in the lush riverine woodlands of the Sekenani River overlooking the Ngama Hills over the Maasai Mara. Each day you’ll cross a footbridge over the river to meet your Landcruiser inside the park and get right into the safari experience. Maasai Mara is an extension of the great Serengeti plains and teems with wildlife. From July to September, the Maasai Mara is home to the great wildebeest migration.

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Day 6 Maasai Mara
Accommodation: Mara Springs Camp

Get up early to spend a full day on game drives in the reserve where you almost certainly will see elephants, lions, giraffes, hippos, crocodiles and a whole lot of other animals and birds. Our expert guides and 4WD vehicles ensure that you have the very best chance of seeing them all. Overnight again at our safari camp OR upgrade to an upscale accommodation at an additional price. If you're on a photography mission our Lensman Special Mobile Camp at the heart of Maasai Mara is the perfect setting for you.

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Day 7 Lake Naivasha
Accommodation: Lakeside Resort

Depart early and drive to Lake Naivasha, where on arrival you explore Hell’s Gate Park. Here you can walk (or cycle at a small additional cost) amongst herds of zebras, hartebeest, elands, gazelles, with good chances of spotting the rare Lamergeyer vultures - all set against a dramatic volcanic backdrop of soaring lava cliffs, steaming volcanic vents and hot springs. Later explore Lake Naivasha by boat to see hippos and bird life, particularly fish eagles, love-birds and pelicans. Overnight at a lakeside resort or journey back to Nairobi if not continuing with the extension to climb Mt. Longonot, Aberdare and Mt. Kenya.

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Day 8 Mt. Longonot
Accommodation: Lakeside Resort

Normal 0 21 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE After an early breakfast, we set off at dawn to hike up to the summit of Mount Longonot (2,886 m). We normally go past herds of grazing game making it mandatory to have armed ranger escort. The vast crater we emerge to at the summit is an awesome sight. After the conquest we return to the lakeside resort for a relaxed afternoon and overnight.

 

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Day 9 Aberdare National Park
Accommodation: Mountain Rock Lodge

Drive through farmland to Aberdare National Park. which we access through Mutubio Gate on the Western side of the range and drive through the high altitude Mooreland stopping from time to time to walk to the magnificent waterfalls found in the Aberdare. Stopovers at Karuru falls, Gura giant falls, and Chania waterfall then proceed on through the Salient section of the park that’s home to hundreds of wildlife species. We spend the better part of the afternoon visiting various sections of the Salient to watch wildlife feed in the forest openings and congregate around the watering points before driving on to Mountain Rock Lodge our Mount Kenya base accommodation.

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Day 10 Mt. Kenya
Accommodation: Giant Bamboo Camp (2,600m)

Short half hour drive to Gathiuru forest station and a 4-hour ascent through the forest reserve that’s a sanctuary to wild game and indigenous tree species including huge podocarpus and pencil cedar. In the forest brightly colored birds such as scarlet winged turacos as well as elephants and buffaloes can be seen and heard here. Picnic lunch en-route then go through stands of towering bamboo to get to the Giant Bamboo Camp (2,600m). Overnight in tents at the splendid Giant Bamboo Camp.

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Day 11 Mt. Kenya
Accommodation: Highland Castle Camp (3,700m)

The luxuriant bamboo yields to the Hagenia Rosewood zone (2,850-3,100m) and as we then climb higher we pass through the Giant Heather zone (3100m-3300m) before getting to the moorlands. This marks our picnic lunch spot before heading up through the extraordinary giant lobelia and groundsels. We spend the night in tents close to the sheer lava cliffs of the 'Highland Castle' at 3,700m and dine in the breathtaking cave of the castle. Today's hike takes 5-6 hours with an ascent of 1,100m.

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Day 12 Mt. Kenya
Accommodation: Shipton's Camp (4,200m)

Spectacular scenery is now uninterrupted as the jagged volcanic peaks clearly unfold above our trek. Today we ascend up to Hausberg Col (4,600m) before connecting the summit circuit trail to descend to Shipton's Camp (4,200m). The camp is the first time where we are likely to come across other trekkers on the mountain. Climbing high and sleeping low is excellent for acclimatization and the benefits of today’s ascent and then descent is planned accordingly. Approx  5.5-6 hours walking.

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Day 13 Mt. Kenya
Accommodation: Camp

Predawn start for the summit aiming to get there for sunrise. We zigzag up a large scree slope before making the final short ascent to Point Lenana (4,985m). The climb takes about 4 hours. Watching the sunrise over the Kenyan plains is a truly amazing experience and Kilimanjaro is at times visible 340kms to the South. Then a 3 hours descent to Hall Tarns (4,300m), where you have a late second breakfast. Excellent views from top of a of sheer 300m cliff overlooking the Gorges Valley. Then another 4-5 hour hike down the Gorges Valley along a broad ridge enjoying magnificent views back up the valley to the snowy peaks, and down to waterfalls, tarns and lava flows in the Gorges Valley itself. Finally, descent through the forest zone to the mountain cabins and evening relaxing. Log fires, hot showers, Tusker beers, and beds for overnight.

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Day 14 Mt. Kenya - Nairobi
Accommodation: Rock House Guesthouse

Descent on a broad track for about 10kms through bamboo and virgin rain forest to meet vehicles for the return to Nairobi - usually arriving mid to late afternoon. If the plan is to fly home this evening you are dropped off at the airport. If your flight leaves the next morning we accommodate you at our Rock House Guesthouse and transfer you to the airport on time.

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