Day 1: Nairobi – Mount Longonot
Pick up from your hotel at about 0700am, then drive via the Great Rift Valley with a stop over at view point where you will have a good view of the valley, this normally takes about 15-20min and then proceed to the Mt. Longonot gate. You start the hike from the main gate of the National Park, hiking vertically up the dormant volcano, rising over 630 meters to the rim of the crater at 2776 meters above sea level. The walk is very steep and craggy in parts and a trek encircling the rim. This day trek is a good warm up to experience the conditions of a mountain trek and test your stamina for a longer trek, like Mount Kenya or Mount Kilimanjaro. But best of all, from the rim, there are spectacular views into the crater as well as the surrounding landscape taking in Lake Naivasha, open plains, towns and small villages. The crater floor is carpeted by a forest of trees which is home to all sorts of wildlife including zebra, giraffe, buffalo and hartebeest. Mount Longonot is a dormant strata volcano (a tall conical volcano built up from many layers of hardened lava) which is believed to have last erupted during the 1860s. The name Mount Longonot is derived from the Masai word ‘oloongonot’ which means ‘a mountain of many spurs or steep ridges. There after descend to the gate and you will have your lunch at Mai Mahiu, there after proceed to South Lake Naivasha in the Camp
Day 2: Lake Full Day Around Lake Naivasha
After the breakfast check out the hotel and then we drive to Hell’s Gate National Park. Soon after you enter the park the impressive landscape unfolds before you, and you are transported to a dramatic, semi-arid world, with sheer rugged cliffs, open plains and deep concealed gorges. There are many activities you can do within Hell’s Gate including, walking, cycling, rock climbing, bird watching and trekking through the gorge amongst the geysers – the choice is yours. Cycle back to the gate and then proceed to Else-mere is home to the late Joy and George A damson, of Born Free fame for lunch. This is now a conservation center and museum where you will enjoy an hour-long boat ride on Lake Naivasha, before a delicious lunch in their beautiful gardens. You can look out for some of the hundreds of bird species as well as the hippos (which you may hear at camp tonight!). During lunch you may even have the company of black and white Columbus monkeys.
Day 3: Crater Lake Walking – Lake Nakuru
After breakfast, we proceed south passing through Naivasha town and drive around the southern end of the lake, past the flower farms to Else-mere. Else-mere is home to the late Joy and George A damson, of Born Free fame. This is now a conservation center and museum where you will enjoy an hour-long boat ride on Lake Naivasha, before a delicious lunch in their beautiful gardens. You can look out for some of the hundreds of bird species as well as the hippos. During lunch you may even have the company of black and white Columbus monkeys. After lunch we proceed to Crater Lake Conservancy Area where we walk up to the rim of the beautiful volcanic crater for views down to the emerald-green Crater Lake. Flamingo populations have boomed here recently, having migrated from Lake Nakuru. With your guide you can walk through the conservancy area trekking after plains animals including giraffe, eland and antelope, while admiring the various species of birds and plants. There after in the afternoon you will proceed to Lake Nakuru
Day 4: Lake Nakuru – Nairobi
Pick up from the hotel as early as 0700am there after proceed to Lake Nakuru National park for the entire day game drive. The game drive starts right from the gate as you will be welcome by the Columbus Monkeys which has become friendly to the travelers though sometimes they may become unfriendly when denied to access in your car. Note we are not allowed to feed them. Lake Nakuru National Park, where you will have a chance to visit a unique sanctuary catering for a size able number of the endangered rhinoceros and the Rothschild giraffe. Water bucks as well as the predators such as the lion and leopard are common at the park. Also to be seen is a myriad different variety of bird life in and around the lake. You will explore the park also get to the observation point where you will have a clear view of the lake as you take photos. At this point the chances of spoting the Leopards are very high, there after proceed on with the game drive till you have seen more than enough of the wildlife with lots of the Rhinos and Giraffes. There after you will exit the park and proceed back to Nairobi arriving early evening with a drop off to your hotel of choice