.10 DAY / 9 NIGHT: WOMEN TOUR- WALKING AND WILDLIFE (OK)
A warm welcome to the Active Woman. An active woman who is passionate about outdoors, the Women-only tours are our invitation to active women to get off the bus and see Kenya through a “woman’s eye” in an unhurried pace, off the tourist circuit and with excellent opportunities for walking and wildlife viewing. The walks are non-competitive and without the macho feeling of expeditions. We handle all ground logistics leaving you free to enjoy your vacation. The level of fitness needed is not for top athletes; as long as one is reasonably healthy and enjoys being outdoors will thoroughly enjoy the tour.
What should you expect from my women walking tours?
• Walking itineraries that are designed for the active women who want more than just sitting in the safari bus all day.
• Flexible outdoor adventures by day, and superb food and comfortable accommodation at night.
• The fun of being in a small group of maximum 12 women who have an adventurous streak just like you.
• Our experienced women guides will be your hosts, not just for showing the wildlife and guiding the walks but as trusted companions who will give you insights only a fellow woman can. Behind the scenes, they take care of the tour logistics, making sure everything runs smoothly and everybody has fun.
• The comfort of knowing you are booking with a reliable operator.
• True value for money.
ITINERARY: Walking and Wildlife Tour.
This itinerary visits some of the most scenic areas of the Great Rift Valley where walking and game viewing can be simultaneously done all in total absence of mass tourism. The highlights are the Crater Lake and Crescent Island sanctuaries, Hell’s Gate National Park, Lake Elementaita with guaranteed interruptions from Giraffes, Waterbucks, Elands, Zebras and various Gazelles.
We visit Lake Nakuru National Park, which is colored pink with thousands of flamingoes, and the open grasslands are home to the White Rhino and the Rothschild’s Giraffe. The Black Rhinos are found in the forests around the lake.
Masai Mara, the Africa that every one dreams of takes the last 3 days of the tour with Elephants, Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, Topis and Hippos all calling for our attention. A walk guided by Masai Morans makes this a perfect tour in all senses.
Day 1: Nairobi
Arrival at the airport at night and reception by To Africa Tours and Safaris representative. Transfer from the airport to the La Mada Hotel or similari.
Day 2: Crescent Island. O/N Lake Naivasha Country Club
After breakfast there is the briefing by the guide about the program. By 8.30 a.m. we leave Nairobi via the Nakuru road to the Rift valley. The Nairobi - Nakuru road is on a contour along the rim of the Rift valley and on viewpoints we will be able to see our whole route for the next days.
We arrive at the Lake Naivasha Country Club, our base for three days, in time for lunch. This lodge opened in 1937 as a staging post for Imperial Airways' flying boat service from Durban to London. The 55-acre property boasts green lawns shaded by mature acacias and spreading fever trees that stretch down to the lake's shore.
In the afternoon we do our first African walk at the privately owned Crescent Island, which is a peninsula on the Eastern shore of Lake Naivasha. There is a lot of easy to see game e.g. giraffes, waterbucks, elands, zebras and impalas. It is also a heaven for birds with +200 species recorded. The walk is gentle and satisfying. We return to the Lake Naivasha Country Club in time for afternoon tea. Today's program should be taken as light as possible to wear off the jet lag..
Day 3: Hell's Gate National Park. O/N Lake Naivasha Country Club
We wake up for breakfast with the sun giving a wonderful effect over the Lake. An early morning here should not be missed by anyone with an eye for birds since the lake boasts a wide variety of water and woodland birds.
After breakfast we do a short transfer to the gate of the park. This is a unique park where walking is done in the middle of wildlife. Giraffes, zebras, warthogs and many types of gazelles are found here. The first part of this walk is done in typical flat African savannah in a volcanic area with huge rock boundaries. There are camphor and acacia trees all over and this is where to look for the giraffe as they mainly feed on them. A picnic lunch provided by the hotel will be at the Rangers post.
The last part of the walk is done in the Hell's Gate Gorge by descending into a steep canyon with running water from geysers and wild vegetation. The climax of the day is in walking in the Side Gorge where the rocks have split to leave only a walking path. We climb back to the rangers post for transfer back to the Lake Naivasha Country Club.
Day 4: Crater Lake - Lake Naivasha Country Club
An early rising will ensure that one gets another magical display of the various birds. After breakfast we do a transfer by bus to the nearby Crater Lake Game Sanctuary. It is a lesser lake in the Rift Valley but a place where nature is at its best.
We do a walk in the sanctuary followed by a circular trek on the top of the crater from where we see the lake from various angles. Pleasant interruptions on the walks will be from giraffes, black and white Colobus monkeys, zorillas, aardvarks, leopards and a range of gazelles, all which are easily found in the sanctuary.
Day 5: Visit Lake Nakuru National Park - Lake Elementaita Lodge
The nearby Nakuru National Park is the eldest park of Kenya. It's not only known for its thousands of flamingos but also for the vast herds of buffaloes, tens of rhinos and cats like leopard and lion. Of the big five only the elephant is missing. We make a game drive around the lake and have lunch at the Lake Nakuru Lodge. Afternoon transfer to the Lake Elementaita Lodge where we'll stay for 2 nights.
Day 6: Lake Elementaita - Lake Elementaita Lodge
This lake may not have the big name of Lake Nakuru but its scenic beauty is unmatched. We walk up to the shores of the alkaline lake. From there we proceed up to the hot springs and into the Kikopey Hills surrounding the lake.
We walk mainly in open savannah land and occasionally we will stop for a chat with a Masai herdsman. The gentle sloping hills give a good panorama. The walk should be for 4 hrs after which we go back to the lodge in time for lunch. Afternoon is spent in the lodge.
Day 7: To Masai Mara - Mara Simba / Sarova Mara / Keekorok
We now take a break from walking to put all our attention to watching wildlife. To see the best of Kenyan wildlife Masai Mara is the place to be. Elephants, rhinos, giraffes, buffaloes, gazelles and all the big cats are found here. So, after breakfast we start our journey passing through Narok Town; a colorful Masai town.
Our game viewing does not actually start at the park gate. We will be able to see many animals along the way grazing side by side with the Masai livestock. We reach the tented camp or lodge, our home for the next three days, in time for lunch.
Day 8+9: Masai Mara - Mara Simba / Sarova Mara / Keekorok
These are our cultural and activity days in Masai Mara. We do a morning game drive through the park and hike to a Masai manyatta (=homestead). Here we will see how the typical Masais live. An afternoon game drive makes the day complete.
On day 9 we do a morning and an afternoon game drive. We break from the driving with an optional walk in a natural area with rolling hills and grasslands, out of the park boundaries.
Day 10: Transfer to Nairobi and depart
Return to Nairobi in time for lunch. Day rooms are provided at the La Mada hotel or similar for use until 6 p.m. Evening transfer to the airport where we say goodbye.
LAND ONLY PRICES: Tour departs at dates convenient to the clients.
2 passengers from $3840.00 per person
4 passengers from $3240.00 per person
+6passengers from $3000.00 per person
Price includes: All accommodation as in the itinerary on sharing bases in ensuite rooms, all meals from breakfast of day 2 through lunch day 10, exclusive transport Nrb- Nrb and 2 airport transfers in a safari vehicle, guiding services , activity and park entrance fees, Flying Doctor's evacuation cover, and bottled water during the walks.
Excluded are: Expenditures of personal nature, drinks, tips and any other item outside the itinerary.
Land only prices are per person double occupancy, single room supplement is applicable as shown above.*Christmas and Easter Supplement apply
All prices, flights, accommodation and services outlined in the itinerary are subject to availability at the time of payment and reservations
Prices may change without notice
Tour departs ANY DAY with a minimum of 2 passengers
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