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Rift Valley, Culture & Wildlife

Rift Valley, Culture & Wildlife

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What's included?
From 1205 EUR
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What's included?
Duration
10 days
Starts in
Nairobi
Ends in
ARBA MINTCH
Group size
26
A short 10-day expedition from the lands of the tribes of the Rift Valley of Ethiopia, crossing the deserts of Northern Kenya and onto the plains and Rift Valley of Kenya. This trip is an off-the-beaten-track journey, allowing us to visit areas of Africa that are much less visited that most of East Africa. But it still has plenty to write home about including a wonderful village stay with the Samburu people (a pastoralist tribe closely related to the Maasai), a safari in Samburu National Reserve (one of the finest wildlife reserves in the country) and a visit to the Elsamere Born Free Foundation by Lake Naivasha.
  • Optional trip to 'Crocodile Market' in Arba Minch
  • Visit Konso and the Konzo Cultural Centre
  • Overland the desolate stretch between Ethiopia and Kenya
  • Overnight around the camp fire with Samburu villagers
  • Wildlife safari in Samburu National Reserve
  • Explore the lower slopes of Mount Kenya
  • Explore Hell's Gate NP on horse or bike
  • Visit the Born Free Foundation at the old home of Joy Adamson
  • This trip has basic accommodation and some long drive days. We travel through rarely-visited areas which means that creature comforts can be sparse. Be prepared for an adventure.

    Itinerary

    Rift Valley, Culture & Wildlife

    Day 1 Nairobi

    Border Information: If joining in Nairobi, you will most likely enter Kenya at Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (IATA code: NBO). There will be a group meeting at the joining hotel at 6:00pm. Please look out for a note from your tour leader at the reception when you arrive giving more details about this important meeting - your leader will need to check your Ethiopia visa (please see below for details). If you would like to explore Nairobi fully, we advise you arrive a day earlier, or arrive early in the morning to give yourself a full day before the meeting in the evening. Possible activities include visiting the Karen Blixen Museum, the National Museum and the Langata Giraffe Centre. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Nairobi before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Nairobi.

    Day 2 Naivasha

    Today we make our way to Naivasha, on the edge of a beautiful calm lake in the Great Rift Valley. Here we will have the chance to take an optional boat trip on the lake to spot hippos and African fish eagles, and also to visit the Elsamere Born Free Foundation at the old home of Joy Adamson.

    Day 3 Naro Moru

    Today we will have some free time for optional activities in Naivasha before we head through the hills of central Kenya through the area's beautiful scenery and tea plantations, to arrive at the small village of Naro Moru at the base of Mount Kenya.

    Day 4 Naro Moru

    Today we will have a free day in Naro Moru to take optional walks around the lower slopes of Mount Kenya, explore the nearby Mau Mau caves, or take an optional game drive in the nearby Sweetwaters National Reserve.

    Day 5 Samburu Village

    Today we will travel to the Samburu region near to the small town of Archer's Post, where we will visit a Samburu village. Here we will be shown around the village and their homes, play with the children and learn all about the way of life here for the Samburu people! We will camp in the village in the heart of the community tonight, where there are no toilet or washing facilities.

    Day 6 Samburu National Reserve

    This morning we will enter the Samburu National Reserve, where we will enjoy game drives in the truck (breaking for a long lunch during the heat of the day). Samburu is a stunning National Reserve and is a great opportunity to spot big game such as cheetah, leopards, lions, and buffalo. The Reserve is also home to other animals rarely seen in the NPs further south, such as Grevy's zebras, Somali ostriches and gerenuk ('giraffe-necked antelopes'). Please note that during very wet conditions we may need to use locally-chartered 4x4 jeeps rather than our truck to get a good game drive in - in this instance we may make this option available at extra cost.

    Day 7 Moyale

    Today we will have an early start to travel through the very rarely-visited region of northern Kenya, crossing the infamous Marsabit-Moyale road to the very northern border town of Moyale. The scenery today is spectacular as we travel through the black lunar landscapes near Marsabit and pass mountain greenery, spectacular craters, watercourses, bush country and termite mounds. Please note that due to security issues in this particular area, we will sometimes be accompanied by two armed police escorts.

    Day 8 Konso

    Border information: Exit Kenya at Moyale, enter Ethiopia at Moyale. For those on a longer combination trip starting in Cape Town or Victoria Falls, please play special attention to the visa notes in the information below. Today we will cross the border into Ethiopia and have a full day of travel to Konso, home to the local Konso people and our gateway to southern Ethiopia.

    Day 9 Arba Minch

    Today we will arrive in the town of Arba Minch, a small town overlooking Lake Chamo. On route we will visit Konso Village and a Cultural Centre.

    Day 10 Arba Minch

    Border Information: If you are leaving in Arba Minch, you will most likely exit Ethiopia at Arba Minch Airport (IATA code: AMH). Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Arba Minch. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Sales Team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.
    Summary

    What’s included?

    Activities

    Naivasha Elsamere

    Visit to Samburu tribal community and cultural project

    Accommodation

    Camping 7 nights
    Comfortable Hotel 2 nights

    Local transport

    Overland Expedition Vehicle

    Meals

    Breakfasts x 9, Lunches x 6, Dinner x 6

    Rift Valley, Culture & Wildlife

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