GHT 222: LOITA HILLS TREKKING TOUR(NEAR MAASAI MARA ) – 6 DAYS
(Your walk is escorted by guides and potters who will carry your luggage and basic camping equipments. For your effort you will be rewarded with a view of the magnificient landscape and traditional Maasai people in the Loita hill.)
Trekking in the Rift
DAY 1 – Drive via Narok for lunch, then further to Morijo- Start trekking 2-3 hrs to the first camp.
DAY 2 – Walk through Maasai land, camp at the water place.
DAY 3 – Trek again for four hours. You may see gazelles, hertbeast etc.
DAY 4 – Walk in the thick forest following the elephant path for 5-6 hours to a water fall camp near by.
DAY 5 – Follow the river for the last camp. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 6 – Descent the escarpment early. Meet the car at Nguruman
GHT 952: Mt Longonot Hike- Full Day Excursion
(Mt Longonot National Park is located 90km from Nairobi city on the floor of the Great Rift Valley. The mt Longonot national park is a popular park for hiking and mountain climbing that takes less than 3-4hrs to climb/hike up and down. It is one of the best adventure day trips from Nairobi. Longonot national park is easy to get to and has the best sightseeing opportunities and one can look inside the mountain crater. Nairobi- Great African Rift Valley- Mt Longonot Depart Nairobi with picnic lunch boxes for Mt Longonot National Park going through the Kikuyu lush green highlands and then on the eastern escarpment of the rift valley system.
You will make a scheduled brief stop at the view point on the side of the escarpment to enjoy the view of the Rift valley floor from a birds eye view. The rift valley system was formed 5 million years ago and the rift runs from the red sea through Ethiopia and Kenya and Tanzania. The rift valley is an active volcanic area and has some of the most interesting features including more than 8 lakes, dormant and active volcanic mountains and hotsprings and geysers like the Olkaria geothermal wells and Lake Bogoria geysers. You can actually see the volcanic Mt Suswa and Mt Longonot from this high place with their evergreen craters and the undulating green rift valley floor. The view from here is just amazing. Make sure to take as many photos from here as you can.
Drop into the rift valley and arrive at the Mt Longonot national park for your Hike up to the crater. The hike requires medium physical fitness and you will climb through the gulleys that dot the sides of this mountain. You will have a guide and you can make some rest stops at the designated places on the trek. You will get to the rim of the crater and look into the awesome crater below. If you have the strength for it, you can trek round the rim of the crater.
Picnic lunch will be at a convenient place then descend from the Longonot Mountain for the base at the park headquarters for onward return journey by road to Nairobi arriving in the evening to end your full day hiking excursion of Mt Longonot
GHT 953: Hells Gate National Park Excursion from Nairobi
Hell’s Gate National Park excursion Tour departs Nairobi at 0800 Hours with packed lunch. The journey takes a drive down the Great Rift Valley stopping at the viewpoint for photography. You then continue on to Hell’s Gate National Park to arrive at 0930 Hours. Once at the Park, you have the option of a game drive in a Safari vehicle or take bikes into the Park. Cycling in the Park is a great adventure as you get to ride the bikes for 7 Kilometers before resting at a ranger’s post. After a brief stop at the rangers post you leave the bike and start a walking safari. Enjoy the spectacular views of the gorge. The walking excursion safari takes 3 hours. The hot springs and a fabulous scenic landscape besides the diverse game are just incredible. Walk back to pick your bikes and return to the vehicle for the 90 kms journey back to Nairobi to end your short walking excursion.
Hell’s Gate National Park special locations to view include:
Fischer’s Tower, formerly a volcano’s plug, the Central Tower and Njorowa Gorges. Two extinct volcanoes: Olkaria and Hobley’s are worth a trip. Natural steam vents rise from fissures in the volcanic rock. Obsidian, a striking black glassy rock formed from cooled molten lava is a feature of this landscape. Game to view includes: Buffaloes, Masai Giraffes, Elands, Coke’s Hartebeests, Lions, Leopards and some Cheetahs. A haven for ornithologists and rock climbers, the cliffs of Hell’s Gate are breeding grounds for Vultures, Verreaux’s Eagles, Augur Buzzard and thousands of swifts; 103 species of birds have been recorded in the Park.
GHT 921: Ngong Hills Hiking/ Walking Day Tour
This hiking day Tour starts at 0700 Hours from your hotel or residence and drive to the Ngong Hills. We drive along Ngong Road going past Dagoretti Corner, Karen and Ngong Town to reach Ngong Police Station from where we get an armed escort (Ranger) from the Kenya Wildlife Services and also a local guide.
The sharp spine of the Ngong Hills stretches for 11.5 kilometers and takes about 5-6 hours (without long rest breaks) to walk from end to end. The hike up Ngong Hills starts right from Ngong town at the northern foot of the hills 1961m above sea level, and traverses the whole range to the southern end at “Kona Baridi” meaning cold corner.
Depending, on how fit you are the whole journey can take 4 hours to 5 Hours at most. The first 2 kilometers from Ngong Police Station are a gradual ascent through human settlements until you get to a Kenya Wildlife Barrier barrier indicating the start of the Ngong Hills forest reserve. From here on, you go past a wind farm, before climbing the first steep hill leading to an area populated with Radio repeater station masts.
The trail thins out and descents into a trough before you climb the next steep hill. Just when you think the worst is over, the rolling hills seem to keep popping up, with each taking its toll on you. The highest peak (7th Hill called Lamwia) on the knuckle-shaped Ngong hills is at 2460 meters/ 8070 Feet above sea level
Thankfully, the views all round are magnificent, making the effort worthwhile. 15 Kilometers to the east is the Nairobi National Park, to the North East is Nairobi city views, and to the west the hills overlook Masai Manyattas 1,000 meters down in the Rift Valley.
On a lucky day, you are likely to encounter buffalos around the fourth hill, on account of the abundant bushes at these higher altitudes on the range. To your right is a fantastic view of the Great Rift Valley, while on the far left is a view of the City of Nairobi.
There is a long, sloping walk downward to “kona baridi” corner – cold corner – which is where our driver meets you and drives you back to Nairobi to end your Trekking Excursion.