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MOUNT KENYA TRIP IDEAS FOR YOUR KENYA SAFARI
When visiting Mount Kenya National Park, we recommend combining your safari to Masai Mara for the wildebeest migration, Amboseli, Samburu or Laikipia - Lewa, Nakuru and Naivasha - Great Rift Valley Lakes. You can also day trek or climb the 2nd highest mountain in Africa - Mount Kenya.
TRIP IDEA & SAMPLE ITINERARY FOR YOUR SAFARI IN MOUNT KENYA NATIONAL PARK
You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas of Meru, Chyulu Hills or Tsavo East - Tsavo West ending with a beach vacation and Swahili cultural tour in the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu, or even Mombasa.
On your arrival in Kenya, we recommend spending one or two nights in Nairobi to unwind but also to give you an opportunity to experience this diverse and thriving city. The metropolis offers many local attractions where you can learn about the history of the pioneer city and the cultures that make Kenya a unique destination for any type of traveler, as well as partake of international restaurants, shop, markets in a vibrant afro-urban scene.
Hotel Tier 1 - Giraffe ManorIf you seek the graceful giraffe during your bush tour of Kenya, a stay at Giraffe Manor will give you one-on-one and once-in-a-life-time experiences with these incredible animals. The hotel maintains much of the original 1932 design while offering you all of the modern amenities you require for your stay. What truly sets Giraffe Manor apart from other travel accommodations in Kenya, though, are the resident Rothschild Giraffe that roam freely on the property and you don’t need to worry about trying to sight these creatures on its grounds as they regularly stick their heads through open windows and over balconies to garner feed pellets from AfricanMecca guests.
Hotel Tier 2 - Palacina NairobiThe Palacina Nairobi is residentially located for your historical and cultural tours in Nairobi, yet the location borders the Nairobi Arboretum Park and the presidential greens of the State House means that you are not disturbed by the city noise or air pollution from the traffic vehicle. You may choose from 14 boutique suites, including 2 penthouse suites, and, for travelers on extended business in East Africa, the hotel offers the choice of one, two or three-bedroom apartments. The standard amenities in the suites and apartments include internet access, satellite television with DVD player and mini bar. Suites are designed with a comfortable and spacious floor plan that includes living room, full private bathroom and private balcony, Jacuzzi tub and front-facing balcony.
Hotel Tier 3 - Fairview HotelDespite being sited in Upper Hill close to the heart of the buzzing Kenyan city of Nairobi, Fairview Hotel is a tranquil property laid out among acres of lush greenery. Colonial style, two story buildings are scattered around offering guests on their Nairobi stopover tour a peaceful oasis, secluded from the pulsating activities of the city. A value accommodation, the Fairview Hotel is primarily suited to business travelers, but also a small number of leisure lodgers who are passing through the city on their safari adventures in Kenya.
TOUR EXPERIENCES OF NAIROBI
Proceed to Mount Kenya National Park for the next two nights. Celebrating Kenya’s iconic landmark, Mount Kenya offers a distinct highlands safari in central Kenya to the discerning AfricanMecca guest. Whether you are traveling alone, with a special someone, with a group or your family, the park is fascinating, majestic and glorious. Within the frontiers is a stunning variety of ecosystems that begin at the lower foothills and extend to the peak at 5199 meters. At the base are semi-arid plains that gradually transition to mountain forests, moorlands and glacier fields. Mount Kenya is internationally recognized as an exceptional example of an equatorial mountain. Beyond the global environmental value of Mount Kenya, the extinct volcano is the national icon of Kenya, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a supremely protected escape for forest and lowlands wildlife and a much-desired feat for climbers who are enticed by the extreme terrain of vertical rocks and glacier summits. Flora diversity is unimaginable and sure to be a noteworthy aspect of your forest tour. White and black colobus monkeys are found in the ravines, and Sykes’ monkeys can be viewed along the tracks. Common large herbivores include zebras on the Sirimon inclines, and buffalos and elephants are seen at times on the Naro Moru trails and in the dense bamboo forests above 2400 meters. Also at this elevations are duikers, elands and other antelopes, as well as smaller denizens, such as rock hyraxes. These fauna are joined by more common species, including defassa waterbucks, bushbucks and many more.
Safari Tier 3 Lodging Is Not Available In Mount Kenya. Only Safari Tier 1 & 2 Options Are Available.
Safari Tier 1 - Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari ClubSpread on a terrain of beautiful, well-designed lawns on the inclines of Mount Kenya with grey crowned cranes and peacocks prancing around, the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club offers you the ultimate safari retreat experience that combines relaxation and leisure with luxurious living areas, exemplary, discreet service and sumptuous food. A colonial-style property covering an area of 100 acres, this hotel-like lodge has been renewed to include the necessary amenities for the discerning AfricanMecca guest traveling in the Mount Kenya wilderness. Founded by William Holden, the lodge has had a long list of illustrious visitors and welcomes you to join their hall of fame. They have 120 rooms, each including luxurious beds, a seating area and fireplace to warm the room. Safety deposit box, tea and coffee making arrangements, minibar, air-conditioning, clothes ironing equipment and internet services are available in the room for your use. The bathrooms come with premium add-ons, bathrobe, slippers and a hairdryer. You can spend your day horse riding or exploring the locale on a nature walk in the company of a naturalist. Play a round of golf or croquet on their lawns or go bowling in the lodge's bowling alley. You could also spend time playing table tennis, game drive at the nearby Ol Pejeta Sweetwaters Conservancy or perhaps go on a day trek up the mountain. For guests who intend only to relax on their Nanyuki holiday on the foothills of Mount Kenya, you may dip in for a leisurely swim in the outdoor heated pool. But a must is a visit to the William Holden Animal Orphanage.
Safari Tier 2 - Serena Mountain LodgeSeated on equatorial deck with the panorama of the African wilderness spread below, you will have the incredible opportunity to view a veritable show unfolding before you. Herds of elephants and buffaloes wander into sight to drink at the waterhole and vanish into the bush. Birds like weavers, silver-cheeked hornbills, turacos, bee-eaters, Egyptian geese and many more appear almost magically and chirp while dipping into the water while monkey troupes and speckled antelopes opt for their turns. These are moments of your forest vacation in the uplands of Africa during your stay in the tranquil environs of the Serena Mountain Lodge, nestled in a woody area of the Mount Kenya National Park at a height of 2134 meters above sea level. The primary build being entirely of wood and operating on eco-friendly principles, this deluxe ark-like lodge has been constructed on high stakes and is raised above ground level up to a welcoming deck that is accessible by a drawbridge. The lodge has 41 guest cabins, each with either a glass-paneled window or a verandah overlooking the waterhole and salt lick in the clearing below. AfricanMecca guests can spend almost the entire wildlife tour of Mount Kenya watching life go by around the waterhole along with a monkey or two stopping by to visit you on your deck. The Serena Mountain Lodge gives you the impression of living inside an old-fashioned wooden ship, in compact cabins decorated with subtle style reminiscent handicrafts of the Kikuyu tribe.
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Proceed to Samburu National Reserve for the next three nights. Enjoy a quintessential Kenyan northern safari with unrestricted access to authentic rugged East African wilderness. As you travel through Samburu, the diverse terrain transitions from rolling plains to volcanic remnants. The vegetation is concentrated along the Ewaso Nyiro River, the primary source of water in the reserve. You may not expect to see wildlife in such a stark landscape, but Samburu is home to an abundance of animal species. The most notable and sought after are known as the Samburu Special Five – Somali ostriches, Grevy’s zebras, gerenuks, reticulated giraffes and Beisa oryxes. More common mammals are Grant’s gazelles, impalas, waterbucks, dik diks, olive baboons, elephants, warthogs, hippos and carnivores, including lions, cheetahs, crocodiles, leopards, to name a few.
Safari Tier 1 - Saruni SamburuSitting on the crown of the hill, in the midst of the private Kalama Conservancy within the Samburu wilderness, the Saruni Samburu offers you magnificent views of the surrounding landscape with the lofty Mount Kenya dominating the horizon. Kalama Conservancy, adjacent to the north of Samburu National Reserve provides a premier and exclusive stay-over for your dream vacation in Kenya with AfricanMecca. This luxury lodge is built around the natural rock of the hill and its living spaces incorporate canvas, tree trunks, stone and other fused materials to create an elegant lounge in the main Kudu House and guest villas. Each of the boutique structures is erected in such a way so as to face the breathtaking scenery all around. The lodge also has two swimming pools, one of them being an infinity pool with comfortable lounge chairs for utmost leisure and relaxation. Saruni Samburu has 6 luxury villas that can be reached from the main house with a short walk over stone pathways.
Safari Tier 2 - Elephant Watch CampElephant Watch Camp is a deluxe accommodation for discerning AfricanMecca guests traveling in northern Kenya who have a love for elephants. The camp is owned and run by Oria and Iain Douglas Hamilton and their daughter Saba - the crusaders for elephant preservation in East Africa. Everywhere you see, you will be touched by the efforts the camp has taken to ensure that they leave a minimal impact on the fragile ecosystem of Samburu. Only naturally occurring materials like grass, mud, dead tree branches and trunks were harvested to build the rustic structures that have a unique charm about them. Within the tents, you will find a reflection of the vibrant personas of the Samburu tribe. A rainbow of colors delights your senses as you take in the colorful bed linens, woven mats, cushions and hanging decorations with their enchanting patterns that leave a memorable impression. The main house is an expansive structure with a comfortable lounge and dining area. It also has a small library from where you can choose books.
Safari Tier 3 - Samburu Sopa LodgeAs you drive into Samburu Sopa Lodge on your wilderness holiday in northern Kenya with AfricanMecca, it will seem to you like Samburu village houses have been replicated in its architectural designs. The warm color scheme of the golden earth and the yellows and browns of the arid landscape along with the ochre of the stone tiles on the floor are stunningly handsome. Traditional Samburu art adorns the walls and the lodge’s remarkably shaped buildings with their open, curved entrances make you beam at their ingenuity. The lodge has thirty individual guest cottages each comprising of two rooms totaling to 60 rooms. These cottages are arranged in a rough semicircle around a central semi-arid watering hole where animals come to drink during the day and night. Spend time on your serene vacation in East Africa reveling in the tranquility broken only by the calls of birds and mammals.
TOUR EXPERIENCES OF SAMBURU
GREAT RIFT VALLEY LAKES OF NAKURU & NAIVASHA
Proceed to the alkaline Lake Nakuru and freshwater Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley for the next two nights. Lake Nakuru National Park is a must for your central Kenya tour. See firsthand one to two million lesser and greater flamingos dip their curved bills into the warm, soda water of the lake to extract their favorite food -- special algae that are found in abundance in the unique lake. The most prominent wildlife in the park includes 56 mammals and 450 bird species. Exploring Lake Nakuru Park is an opportunity to see many of Africa's most prized fauna in a natural and beautiful setting. Resting at an elevation of 1890 meters is the serene freshwater Lake Naivasha, a superb oasis to include on your exploratory holiday in Kenya. Just beyond its shores are papyrus swamps, acacia woodlands, forests and unique geologic features that are remnants of the area’s volcanic past. The nutrient-rich soil is fertilized by an abundance of water, including the Gilgil and Malewa Rivers, to create an ecosystem that is known around the world for a diverse avian presence, as well as game animals. More than 450 bird species have been identified including varied small and large mammals. Lake Naivasha is a RAMSAR site, a designation that reflects the ecological importance of the wetlands around the lake.
Safari Tier 1 - Loldia HouseJust less than three hours travel by road or twenty minutes by air from Nairobi is a place that gives you a taste for Kenyan country living – Loldia House. Enjoy a personalized holiday in central Kenya at the 6500-acre working farm set on the north-west shore of Lake Naivasha, a freshwater oasis in the magnificent Great Rift Valley. The colonial masonry architecture reflects an early settler style that luxuriously extends into the indoor common areas and 9 guest rooms. The four double en-suite rooms in the Main House feature muted color palettes that brilliantly accentuate the understated elegance of dressing tables, thatch and corrugated roofs, nightstands with lamps and chairs. Most rooms are positioned to provide views of the wild grounds and lake upon wakening, and private outdoor verandahs with lounging chairs invite quiet relaxation and conversation with a glass of wine. Spend the morning with an experienced guide that takes you to see hippos, zebras, elands, giraffes and other large mammals.
Safari Tier 2 - Flamingo Hill CampLocated at the border of Lake Nakuru National Park, Flamingo Hill Camp, a deluxe accommodation, gives you a front row seat to one of the most spectacular avi-fauna performances in the world! Each year, one to two million flamingos arrive at the lake to feed on the algae that flourishes in the warm alkaline waters. Watching the long-legged, pink-plumed lesser and greater flamingos wade around looking for food is interesting, but when all these birds take flight, the show really begins! The spectacle has made Lake Nakuru a favorite East African travel destination for wildlife photographers and nature filmmakers. While back at the camp, you are offered 25 guest tents in a homely, welcoming setting to ensure you have a comfortable and serene tour of Lake Nakuru with AfricanMecca, and the attentive staff are very helpful and responsive to your needs. Guest tents are situated amidst landscaped campgrounds with views of the surrounding flora, trees and valley.
Safari Tier 3 - ElsamereElsamere is the one accommodation in Lake Naivasha that has an air of history and preservation about it. This is home where Joy and George Adamson spent their vacations and the later years of their life. Converted into a Great Rift Valley accommodation for value guest traveling in East Africa, Elsamere revives “Born Free” memories of the 1960’s and is famous for the European-style high teas that are served even today. The property houses a museum that preserves several items belonging to the Adamsons such as paintings, literature and other mementos from the movie that was adapted from the novel Elsa the Lioness. 10 rooms are located in single-story cottages with a portioned patio, overlooking the lake. Some of the lodge's rooms have a double bed while others have twin and triple beds making Elsamere an ideal budget accommodation for families sharing rooms. The cottages have names that bring back memories of Joy Adamson's pets, Pati (rock hyrax), Pippa (cheetah), Penny (leopard) and Elsa, the legendary lioness.
TOUR EXPERIENCES OF NAKURU & NAIVASHA
CENTRAL MASAI MARA
You will proceed to Central Masai Mara for the next two nights. For our adventurous, thrill-seeking guests who desire a front row seat to the crossing of the Mara and Talek Rivers during the wildebeest migration season, the most well-known part of the Great Migration, we recommend the central zone of the reserve. Central Masai Mara is also a year-round game-viewing mecca with impressive populations of herbivores and predators which remain even after the spectacular hordes of wildebeests and zebras have gone.
Safari Tier 1 - Naibor CampNaibor Camp is an upmarket accommodation that is located along the Talek River, a superlative location for your boutique tour experience in central Masai Mara National Reserve. Being tucked away in the riverine forest that surrounds the camp makes you feel completely enveloped by some of Kenya’s untouched wilderness. The feeling is further enhanced by the proximity to wallowing hippos, crocodiles and other animals that are just meters away. With such an ambience, Naibor Camp is the perfect place to unwind and recuperate during your high-pace African safari activities. The camp is divided into three areas, and each area offers distinct facilities i.e. Main Naibor, Little Naibor and Naibor Wilderness. Naibor is a premium accommodation, so you are also treated to impeccable service by a staff that takes pride in helping guests feel at home. Their personable natures, excellent knowledge and outstanding professionalism exceed your every expectation. Main Naibor offers 7 guest tents with king size beds built from native fig wood, luxurious sofas, contrasting rugs along with other fused classic-modern design elements.
Safari Tier 2 - Rekero CampA blissful wildlife vacation in Kenya with AfricanMecca awaits you at Rekero Camp, a deluxe accommodation that is situated on the banks of the Talek River in the heart of Masai Mara National Reserve. The wilderness is known internationally as a premier destination for authentic African plains safari experiences, and Rekero captures the romantic and adventurous spirits of our guests. The entire camp is designed to celebrate the beauty of the Mara ecosystem with minimal environmental impact. All structures are under canvas, including a mid-size dining tent under shade trees and a small lounge area that rests upon a platform with incredible river views. 9 guest tents allow for a maximum of twenty guests, so you are assured the benefits of an exclusive Masai Mara tour, such as personalized service, exceptional food, immaculate tents with few in-camp guests, top notch personable guides and much more. The décor of your tent enhances the subtle romantic ambience of the setting through a tasteful use of natural blonde woods, neutral colors and rich fabrics.
Safari Tier 3 - Entim CampFor your modest bush travel in Masai Mara, we recommend Entim Camp located inside in the heart of the reserve. Situated at the meeting point of the Talek River and Mara River, the camp offers a secluded setting, fitting location for activities, palatable food and adequate service. Each of the 10 non-frill tents has the necessary furnishings that you need for a comfortable East African safari overnight stay, such as beds constructed of local wood, storage chest, nightstands, bedside lamps and curtains over the windows. Nature’s beauty is brought indoors with decorative fabrics and accents in chocolate brown, rich gold and bronze, burnt red, sage green, hints of white and many other contrasting colors. Your private verandah has safari-style chairs and a small table where you can enjoy some private game viewing and moments of complete relaxation. Your guest tent is set up to give you views of the river together with supplemented sounds of wildlife traveling to and fro, including hippos, elephants and other herbivores, as well as lions, hyenas and some other predators.
TOUR EXPERIENCES OF CENTRAL MASAI MARA
MASAI MARA - NORTH, EAST, SOUTH & WEST
After your stay in Central Masai Mara, you will proceed for two nights to a private conservancy in the northern, eastern, southern or western regions of the main reserve along its border, which serves as wildlife management buffer zones. Each conservancy is founded upon a mutually-beneficial collaboration between landowners, conservation organizations and guest camps. The private-ownership status of the conservancies also means that a greater variety of safari activities are offered to guests, many of which are restricted in the main reserve.
TOUR EXPERIENCES OF MASAI MARA NORTH, EAST, SOUTH & WEST
RECOMMENDED PRE AND POST SAFARI AND BEACH EXTENSIONS IN KENYA
After this distinct safari, we recommend a combination off-beat extension to either Tsavo, Amboseli, Chyulu Hills, Shimba Hills or Meru in Southern and Eastern Kenya depending on your safari activity and wildlife preferences. Thereafter, harmoniously conclude with a beach rest and relaxation visit to the Eastern coast of Kenya with varied seashore, cultural and historic experiences available, including the Swahili islands and beaches of Mombasa (Diani, Galu, Tiwi, Nyali, Bamburi), Lamu, Malindi, Watamu, Kilifi, and the secluded Msambweni coast, idyllic islands of Funzi, Chale or also Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania. The options are endless!
SOUTHERN & EASTERN KENYA SAFARI EXPERIENCE - RECOMMENDED FOR 2 OR 3 NIGHTS STAY
EASTERN KENYA BEACH EXPERIENCE - RECOMMENDED FOR 3 TO 6 NIGHTS STAYThe contrast of soft white sand and azure blue water lulls you into the enchantment of Kenya’s many beaches and islands. Each beachfront setting offers a unique experience to suit the personal style of every guest. Bury your toes in the soft white sand while watching soothing waves lap the shoreline. The aquamarine water of the Indian Ocean stretches as far as the eye can see, meeting the baby blue sky on the horizon. A lovely cocktail refreshes your spirit like the breeze in the swaying palm trees. The beaches and islands of Kenya melt away your every concern and rejuvenate your body, soul and mind. Below the Indian Ocean surface is a breathtaking world of marine life. Kenya is, in fact, home to some of the world’s greatest dive sites, including the second longest barrier reef on the planet. You can experience scuba diving, snorkeling, water skiing, kitesurfing, boating and angling for marlin, sailfish and other large game fish. Complement your beach vacation with Swahili historic and cultural experiences in Mombasa, Lamu, Malindi, Watamu and Kilifi.
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WHERE TO STAY IN MOUNT KENYA
Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club is located outside the park borders near Nanyuki while Serena Mountain Lodge is sought by guests who want to stay inside the park amidst the forest wilderness.
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SAFARI & TOUR IN MOUNT KENYA
The extraordinary beauty of Mount Kenya inspires you to venture into the wilderness. While safari game drives are not allowed due to its fragile ecology, you do enjoy nature walks in the foothills.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT MOUNT KENYA
The weather at Mount Kenya National Park consistently offers guests a unique African highlands safari experience at any time of year. This park experiences two dry seasons and two rainy seasons.
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MOUNT KENYA CLIMBS & TREKS
AfricanMecca offer guided treks to Lenana Peak. Your Mount Kenya dream climb is entirely your own to design. We will work with you to customize exactly the triumphant quest experience you want.
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