iExplore Kenya Active

Book Now
  • Privately Guided
  • Starting Price: $3,340
  • Length: 8 days
  • Operator: iExplore Exclusive
  • 1-800-267-33479am - 5:30pm Eastern
  • Difficulty Rating:
  • Comfort Rating:
  • Exclusivity Rating:

Tour Description

This adventure immerses you in the active side of Kenya while leaving plenty of time to view the amazing wildlife for which the country is famous. It all begins by jumping off a bridge and swimming to our raft in the Tana River for some exciting white-water rafting.

In Hell's Gate National Park hike, drive, or mountain bike through the sinuous, rocky canyons; take a stab at rock-climbing some of the canyon walls; and descend under the earth in ancient lava tubes near Mt. Suswa. Of course, time is devoted to wildlife viewing in the Maasai Mara - East Africa's premier wildlife destination.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Nairobi, Kenya

Arrive Nairobi. You are met and transferred to Holiday Inn Nairobi for check-in and overnight.

Sarova Panafric, a 4 star hotel in Nairobi, is located 5 minutes drive from the Central Business District amidst beautifully landscaped gardens in a quiet suburb of Nairobi. The city hotel offers 153 rooms in a range of standard, superior, club and suites and 42 apartments- all decorated in a contemporary vibrant African style. Named in honor of the Pan African movement, Sarova Panafric was inaugurated by the first president of Kenya H.E. Mzee Jomo Kenyatta on the 5th January 1965 and truly represents Neo Africa. Enjoy leisurely meals at the lively and warm Flame tree restaurant, once the watering hole for freedom fighters, spies and foreign correspondents and named after the Flame Tree that holds pride of place in the gardens. Sarova Panafric offers state of the art banqueting and conferencing facilities with a range of meeting and function rooms equipped with the latest audio visual and WIFI equipment. To wind up the day, take a dip in the pool or go for a leisurely massage - or simply enjoy a cool drink to the soothing sounds of Africa's rhythm

Sarova Panafric

Day 2: Nairobi- Tana River

Depart Nairobi (Sarit Center) this morning at 7:30 for a full-day rafting excursion (non-exclusive) on the Tana River. It is an hour and a half drive to the campsite near Sagana. When you arrive you will be offered coffee or tea with biscuits. After the refreshments there will be a safety briefing and they you are transported up river to the starting point.

The Tana River is a drop pool river offering and exciting day of white water rafting. The adventure starts with a 3 km of easy class II and III white water, where plenty of opportunity to gain the practice of paddle skills required running the lower part of the river. A 6 km section follows with an hour or so of relaxation to view the abundance of bird life around. Cool off with a swim in the warm water.

The final 7 km of river starts with some easy class III waters where paddle commands are gone over again. It is now the 3 big rapids (class IV and V) with names like Captains Folly, Can of Worms because of its four 90 degree bends in succession, and Sphincter Flexor. Subject to water levels, you may be able to "surf" in "fish eye" and then swim the next couple of minor rapids. Numerous smaller rapids brings one on to the last big one - Spasm, a series of drops over ¾ km section with a big surprise half way through. You will reach the take out point/campsite, where a full barbeque awaits, including beer and soft drinks.

Enjoy a night camping on the Tana River bank.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Mobile Camp

Day 3: Tana River- Hells Gate National Park

Morning departure from Tana River. The drive towards Hells Gate takes you back towards, but bypassing Nairobi, then climbing through the rich and lush highlands of Limuru towards the edge of the Great Rift Valley. Enjoy spectacular views as you descend to the rift's floor and soon pass the dormant volcano of Mt. Longonot to your lunch spot at Elsamere (of the film "Born Free" fame.)

Spend the afternoon in Hells Gate with opportunity of single pitch climbing on Fisher's Tower and Fisher's Cliffs or multi pitch climbing on some of the other big walls of the gorge.

You will be confirmed for three nights at the Naivasha Simba Lodge. Located 90 minutes away from Nairobi by road, Naivasha has long been the place for those seeking to get away from it all. Joy Adamson, author of Born Free made the shores her home, so did Lord Errol and a host of other well-known personalities. At 1880m above sea level, the air is cool, crisp and reinvigorating. You will feel your nerves quiet down as soon as you set your eyes on the lodge's rich, manicured grounds. From here, the Mt Longonot, an extinct volcano, towers behind the lake imparting a soft, purple tinge. These idyllic grounds upon which the Naivasha Simba is set, together with its countryside look make it the perfect location

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Naivasha Simba Lodge

Day 4: Hells Gate National Park

Today's activity is yours to choose: climbing, abseiling, hiking, mountain biking or game driving in the park. Wildlife likely to be encountered: giraffe, zebra, different buck, and buffalo. Others possibilities include hyena, some of the smaller but shy cats. Options are as follows:

Mountain Biking: Hells Gate is one of the few National Parks in Kenya that allow people to walk and cycle around it. Seeing wildlife from a bike is an amazing experience. The terrain is very easy going.

Rock Climbing: several different routes with every different climbing grades that cater from novice to expert level.

Boat Ride on Lake Naivashia: an activity for keen birders.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Naivasha Simba Lodge

Day 5: Hells Gate National Park

Get an early start today with a walk through Hells Gate Gorge. This activity is combined with a visit to the largest geothermal plant in Africa.

Starting as an erosion gully less than a meter wide, it soon deepens to over 30m deep and 4m wide before finally the walls tower 100m above you and the gorge has opened up to several hundred meters across. Pass several steam jets and fumaroles along the route to where the vehicles will collect us for the 40km drive to Mt Suswa.

Because of the poor "roads" this section takes about two and half hours; the last 5km up the mountain takes you onto some of the roughest track Kenya has to offer!

The afternoon is spent exploring some superb examples of "lava tube caves." In all there are about 15km of passages and tubes that have so far been explored and you will be able to walk through anything from huge caverns, or crawl through foot high squeeze tunnels.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Naivasha Simba Lodge

Day 6: Hells Gate National Park- Maasai Mara Game Reserve

After breakfast you transfer to Naivasha Airstrip for your scheduled flight to Maasai Mara. When you arrive you will be met and transferred to your camp. En route you will see an abundance of wildlife from antelope to giraffe to elephant to the big cats.

Enjoy an afternoon game drive in the reserve.

Please note: all services are offered by the camp so, transfers and game drives are on a non-exclusive basis.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kichwa Tembo Camp

Day 7: Maasai Mara Game Reserve

Early morning tea or coffee in reception, followed by a morning game drive.

Expect to see an abundance of wildlife and birdlife. Spotting the big five should not be a problem during your two days in the Mara, along with the other hundreds of equally spectacular animals. In June, July or August one can will witness the earth's greatest wildlife spectacle the wildebeest's migration when over 2.5m + wildebeest, followed by 40,000 Zebra, crowd into the Mara's 1510sq km grass covered golden plains.

Return to camp for a late breakfast and relax poolside or at the main lodge. Lunch at the camp, with another optional evening game drive, returning at dusk for sun-downers on the terrace.

Morning and evening are usually the best times to view game, as they tend to find shade and relax during the heat of the day - particularly the cats.

Today you have the option of a balloon safari over the reserve- please note this is a very popular activity and should be booked in advance. Please enquire for more information.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kichwa Tembo Camp

Day 8: Maasai Mara Game Reserve- Nairobi- Depart

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip for a scheduled flight to Nairobi. Upon arrival at Wilson Airport, you will be met and taken to your dayroom at the hotel to freshen up.

Dinner is under your own arrangements, then in the evening you will be taken to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your departure flight.

Breakfast, Lunch

Dayroom at Sarova Panafric

Departures

Depart any day! Contact an iExplore Adventure Consultant for details.

Pricing Information

2010 Prices:

January, February, July 1 to October 31 and December 21 to January 2, 2011:

$4,150 per person double occupancy.

$3,690 per person double occupancy, based on four people traveling together.

$2,990 Child under age 12 sharing with two adults.

$5,080 Solo traveler.

$620 Single room supplement.

March, June and November 1 to December 20:

$3,780 per person double occupancy.

$3,310 per person double occupancy, based on four people traveling together.

$2,760 Child under age 12 sharing with two adults.

$4,710 Solo traveler.

$810 Single room supplement.

April 1 to May 31* (except Easter April 2-5, see below)

$3,340 per person double occupancy.

$2,870 per person double occupancy, based on four people traveling together.

$2,500 Child under age 12 sharing with two adults.

$4,270 Solo traveler.

$590 Single room supplement.

*Easter April 2-5:

$3,710 per person double occupancy.

$3,250 per person double occupancy, based on four people traveling together.

$2,720 Child under age 12 sharing with two adults.

$4,640 Solo traveler.

$610 Single room supplement.

Prices for your dates of travel may vary- please contact iExplore for an exact quote. Quoted prices are based on current rates of exchange, tariffs and taxes as of January, 2010. iExplore reserves the right to increase tour prices to cover increased costs, tariffs and taxes received after prices are published, and to reflect fluctuations in foreign exchange rates. iExplore is under no obligation to give breakdown costs involved in any package.

Included:

· All arrival & departure transfers.

· Accommodations on a twin, double or single basis.

· Full day and night Tana River whitewater rafting excursion.

· Meals as indicated in the itinerary.

· Transportation in a 4X4 Land Cruiser/Rover with roll off roof.

· Services of a local English-speaking driver-guide.

· Scheduled flights from Naivasha to Maasai Mara to Nairobi.

· Activities and game drives as per the itinerary.

· National Park and/or Reserve entrance fees.

· All meet and greet services.

· Orientation meeting on day 1.

· Daily briefings.

· 500ml mineral water per person on game drives.

· 24-hour emergency contact number.

· Porterage.

Not included:

· International air and tax.

· Meals not mentioned in the itinerary

· Visa fees & related costs

· Health, travel and personal accident insurance.

· Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks of choice (unless specified)

· Items of a personal nature (laundry, phone calls, postage, etc.)

· Tips & Gratuities to driver/guides and hotel staff

Optional:

· Balloon Safari, approximately US$435 per person

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

Options and Extras

Tour Notes