KENYA 

JANUARY 12th - 25th 2020

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WHAT: From mountains to safaris. Mount Kenya is Africa’s second highest mountain at 5,199m (17,058 feet) and the highest of all Kenya Mountains. Mt Kilimanjaro, which lies 320km away in the south and is visible on a clear day. The rock on Mount Kenya can be of variable quality but is at it's best high on the mountain where the syenite rock is similar to granite - rough, hard and well endowed with features. Apart from the superb climbing potential on Mount Kenya, its tarns and alpine meadows; exotic, equatorial, high-altitude vegetation; sunbirds, hyrax and soaring eagles make the walk around the peaks one of the most beautiful expeditions in the East African mountains. After the cultivated farmlands on the lower slopes the trails pass through the rain forest, rich in trees of many species, then onto a bamboo zone growing to heights of more than 12m or more up through open moor land before reaching the moonscape of higher slopes. The forests are rich in wildlife including elephant, buffalo and monkeys with even the moor lands offering a long list of mammals including the rock hyrax, the nearest living relative of the elephant.

The Maasai Mara (Masai Mara) is situated in south-west Kenya and is one of Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Reserves. Together with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania it forms Africa’s most diverse, incredible and most spectacular eco-systems and possibly the world’s top safari big game viewing eco-system.

WHO: You don't need to be a runner for this trip, just an adventurer. Some runs will be slow moving, power hiking, steep, and technical so prepare accordingly. All runs will be measured in time rather than distance due to the vertical +/- and technical aspects of the trails.

GUIDES FOR THIS ADVENTURE:  Braz and George

PRICE:

  • US$5395

  • Single room supplement $70 per day, not available during the Mt Kenya hike

  • All tips included

MINIMUM NUMBER: 6 people required

INCLUDES:

  • ALL TIPS - we pay our people well!

  • Accommodation

  • Food

  • Transport in safari vans and 4X4 Toyota Landcruiser to Masai Mara

  • All entry fees during the safari and Mt. Kenya climb

  • English speaking guides and porters

  • One way flight Masai Mara - Nairobi

EXCLUDES:

  • Drinks/snacks

  • Shopping

  • International/national flights

  • Visa is required upon entry (US$50 Cash)

  • Travel Insurance. We recommend: Global Rescue

ADVENTURE ITINERARY:

DAY 1: Arrival to JKIA Airport - Nairobi

  • Arrive JKIA Nairobi and transfer to Panafric Hotel, Nairobi

  • Optional park run

DAY 2: Nairobi: Sheldrick Orphanage and Ngong Hills

  • Breakfast

  • Visit the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

  • Boxed Lunch

  • Trail Run at Ngong Hills. Flexible distances 10-15K

  • Explore the Karen Blixen Museum

  • Meet and greet with the Giraffes

  • Visit a Children's Orphanage near Nairobi

  • Dinner/Overnight at the Panafric Hotel

DAY 3: Nairobi - Mt Kenya region

  • Breakfast

  • Travel to Bantu Lodge Mt. Kenya region

  • Boxed Lunch

  • Trail run to Mau Mau Caves in Mt. Kenya Forest

  • Dinner/Overnight at Serena Sweetwaters Tented Camp

DAY 4: Mt. Kenya region - Judmaier/Old Moses Camp, 3300m

  • Breakfast

  • Early morning game drive at Sweetwaters

  • Transfer (2 hour) to Sirimon gate

  • Hike 3-4 hours (9km/860m+) to Judmaier Camp/Old Moses Camp

  • Boxed Lunch

  • Dinner/Overnight at camp

DAY 5: Judmaier - Shipton's Camp, 4200m

  • Breakfast

  • Hike 7 hours (14km)

  • to Shipton's Camp

  • Boxed Lunch

  • Dinner/Overnight at camp

DAY 6: Shipton Camp - Acclimatisation day, 4200m

  • Breakfast

  • For better acclimatisation we will stay another day at the Shipton camp

  • Day hike to Oblong and Hausberg tarns (lakes) at 4590m then descend into the upper Hausberg valley. Ascending to the crest of a ridge known as Arthur’s seat we see the trail winding along a beautiful series of rock ledges and then return to the camp for lunch

  • Afternoon is at leisure

  • Boxed Lunch

  • Dinner/Overnight at camp

DAY 7: Shipton Camp - Point Lenana - Meru Bandas, 2900m

  • Light breakfast

  • An early 2.00 am start for an attempt to reach point Lenana 4 hours (7km)

  • Attempt the summit through a scree field and rocky track with some very minor scrambling. With a good moon you will barely need a torch. Mt Kilimanjaro is also visible from the horizon

  • Descend to Minto’s camp for a full breakfast and after a short rest descend further to Mt Kenya Bandas along the Gorges valley where you can enjoy good views of the Temple, Lake Michaelson, Mushroom rocks and Giants billiards table Mountain.

  • Dinner/Overnight at the Mt Kenya Meru Bandas. Here can enjoy a beer at a fire place, hot shower and bed.

DAY 8: Meru Bandas - Aberdare

  • Breakfast

  • Descend 3hours (9km) on a broad track through bamboo and virgin rain forest to meet vehicle for transfer to Chogoria town

  • Boxed Lunch

  • Dinner/Overnight at the Ark, Aberdare National Park

DAY 9: Aberdare - Sopa Lodge

  • Breakfast

  • Trail run in Nyeri Aberdare area

  • Travel to Lake Nakuru National Park

  • Game drive en route to Lake Nakuru

  • Dinner/Overnight at the Sopa Lodge

DAY 10: Sopa Lodge: Trail run and boat trip

  • Breakfast

  • Morning game drive

  • Trail run at Nyahururu High Altitude Training Center and home of the late Olympic, Chicago, New York and World  Marathon Majors Samuel Kamau and 5 time World Cross Country Champion John Ngugi, with local runners

  • Lunch at Lake Naivasha - Sopa Lodge

  • Boat ride for bird watching and hippo viewing

  • Dinner/overnight at the Sopa Lodge  

DAY 11: Sopa Lodge - Masai Mara

  • Breakfast

  • Leave for Masai Mara

  • Run in the plains before arriving at the Masai Mara main gate

  • Game drive en route

  • Dinner/overnight at the Ashnil Tented Camp

DAY 12: Masai Mara: Game Drive

  • Breakfast

  • Full day game drive

  • Dinner/overnight at the Ashnil Tented Camp

DAY 13: Masai Mara - Nairobi

  • Breakfast

  • Fly to Nairobi

  • Spend the rest of the day shopping

  • Dinner/overnight at the Hilton Airport Hotel

DAY 14: Nairobi - Departure day

  • Breakfast

  • Departures