In this trip you will have a chance to visit a traditional Maasai village and enjoy an extended walk with Maasai guides. The Maasai are probably the best known of Kenya's tribal peoples - largely due to their highly photogenic appearance. The young males in particular wear a striking costume of bright red cloth, with a cape slung from one shoulder, beads and jewelry and carry a spear, sword and club. Originally nomadic herders, the Maasai used to live on a diet of cattle blood and fresh and curdled milk. Live cattle represent wealth; so much energy was devoted to cattle raiding. They have a fearsome reputation as warriors and hunters, but in the face of immense pressure are gradually - if reluctantly - starting to accept a more settled lifestyle. By walking with the Maasai you get a glimpse of a way of life that is totally in tune with the environment.
Day: 1 Nairobi, Kenya
Description: Clients arrive in the evening and booked into a hotel in the city.
Day: 2 Maasai Mara Game Reserve
Early in the morning you hit the road from Nairobi to Maasai Mara, stopping for a picnic before arriving at the camp. After a short rest we proceed to the park for a game drive.
Day: 3 Maasai Mara, Kenya
Full day game viewing in the Maasai Mara National Reserve
Day: 4 Maasai Mara, Kenya & Morijo
We continue game viewing as we exit Maasai Mara National Reserve via Ololoimutia gate. After a short stop for picnic lunch, we head straight to our next destination, Morijo.
Day: 5 Morijo
On this day, we start our trekking in the forest and the vehicles will leave us. Here we have the option of using a pick-up or donkeys to carry our luggage and cooking gear. We will always meet the pick-up in our next camp each evening until Tiamanagen, our last trekking destination, but if donkeys are used they always trek with us. On this day the distance is not long and the idea is to acclimatize to the rigors of the trek. We visit one of the Maasai villages and get an explanation of how they live. We also have a chance to see gazelles, gnous and Zebras. In addition we will pass through leleshwa trees, in abundance, as well as podocarpus trees, and many others. The altitude increases as we progress. We will have a picnic on the way and a siesta thereafter. We continue for one hour or so before we penetrate the forest. The Olasur camp is nearby and this is where we complete our day.
Day: 6 Engare Nyanyukie
We go into the forest and out of it through the forest glade. The terrain is rugged such that we go up and down the volcanic domes. This gives the majestic and panoramic view of the region. As we follow the forest line there are chances to see colobus monkeys flying in the forest canopy. Forest birds are in numbers especially the spectacular Hartlaub’s touraco.
We proceed to picnic and have siesta. From the picnic site it’s about one hour to Engare Nanyukie camp. It’s the highest point of view of the entire trek. On the south east is Lake Natron, OL Donyo Lengai on the south and with good clear skies Mount Kilimanjaro to the east.
A windy and cold camp of 2300m elevation, nights can be serenaded by lions’ roars.
Mornings are foggy or misty, with breath taking views.
Day: 7 Tiamanagen
We descend Eimina Eingiyo into the ‘elephant corridor’ silently; otherwise we may disturb these giants. Up the valleys as we snake our way to those water points that elephants, hyenas, buffaloes, warthogs and zebras come to quench their thirst.
Picnic is taken either close to these water pans or in the canopy of the forest. After our usual siesta we embark on the last portion of our journey which will be on this occasion be longer as compared to the previous. At the same time we’ll be exiting the forest and camp at the periphery of the forest.
Evening can be spectacular. With some energy reserved, one can mount a dome close by and get a picturesque sundowner on the Loliondo Hills on the horizon in Tanzania.
Night spent at camp Tiamanagen.
Day: 8 Loita forest
On this day you will a chance to visit Maasai handicraft market. The day breaks and our trek continues. We end up into a small Maasai market (Mausa) where women showcase their handmade crafts. This is where one can have a real interaction with the Maasai culture.
Picnic at nearby palm trees (Oltukai). As we close in to our camp, behind a massive boulder hides what will be the most panoramic, majestic and scenic view of the Great Rift Valley. Below lies Lake Natron on the left sandwiched between Shompole Mountain on the east and mount Sampuk on the west that is an extension of the Great Rift Valley. Ol Donyo Lengai lies on the south. Farther north east lies lake Magadi. As the evening approaches we enjoy the spectacular views where flamingoes can be seen darting from one point of the lake to the other with good binoculars.
Day: 9 Magadi Kenya
Early morning rise at 1600m. The last day of our trek starts very early. By six o’clock we hit the road down the valley. The summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro can be viewed on clear skies with the silhouette of the African sun rise. The rays of the sun give a fine reflection on the marsh and swamp below as well as on Lake Natron. This region is the most rugged of southern Kenyan. Temperatures soar at times to over 40 degrees Celsius. As we reach the floor of the valley we will have made almost 1000m of altitude reduction. Our vehicles await below and we get into Shompole conservancy. The rare species found in the semi arid region include the Oryx and other savanna wild life.
We cross into Lake magadi where flamingoes in their thousands can be viewed. We make our way cross Lake Magadi and into Magadi town that developed as result of salt mining.
We will have picnic enroute to Nairobi. A day room at a hotel will be available for the clients get themselves ready for the flight back home and airport transfer arranged.