Safari & Mount Longonot, Kenya

By | September 30, 2021

Recharge and pepper before a day trip on Mt. Longonot with animal safari experiences in Lake Navasha, Lake Nakuru, Crater Lake and Kenya’s famous Masai Mara National Park. Along the way, spend the night in tents at a local Masai village in the Masai Mara Conservancy. The safari takes you to Hells Gate National Park, where you ride a mountain bike past the park’s animals and steep cliffs. Visit allunitconverters for culture of Kenya.

Lake Naivasha is located just 80 km north of Nairobi with the Longonot volcano as a beautiful backdrop. The bird life is very varied and you can see flamingos, eagles and weavers. Among wildlife, you can experience giraffes, antelopes and hippos. Nearby Hell’s Gate National Park is relatively small but has a beautiful landscape consisting of a narrow gorge surrounded by red cliffs and sloping grasslands. Here you have the opportunity to ride a Kenyan mountain bike and hike in the fantastic landscape. This is not a safari but if you are lucky you can meet giraffes, buffaloes, antelopes, gazelles, zebras, baboons, rock badgers and vultures.

Lake Nakuru National Park is known for its flamingo birds, which give the lake an impressive pink hue. In addition to flamingos, you will experience a wide variety of wildlife such as buffalo, giraffes, hippos and white rhinos.

Masai Mara is the most popular safari park in all of Kenya. The huge savannah in the southwestern corner of the country borders the Serengeti plain in Tanzania. During your stay in the Masai Mara, you have the opportunity to experience an impressive and varied number of wild animals – elephants, buffaloes, zebras, hippos, antelopes, gazelles, wildebeest, giraffes, hyenas, crocodiles and much more. Here are really good chances to see lions and it is not an abnormal sight to see them eat a prey. You may also be lucky enough to see cheetahs and leopards.

Day 1: Departure from Scandinavia

Departure from Scandinavia to Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, where you will arrive the next day. Depending on the airline, there will be 1-2 stops on the way.

Day 2: Arrival in Nairobi

In Nairobi you will be picked up at the airport by our driver and driven to Wildebeest Eco Camp. The rest of the day is at your disposal.

Day 3: The best of Nairobi

After breakfast you will be picked up for an excursion around Nairobi and you will visit the following places: Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage: You will visit Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, home of orphaned elephant children preparing to return to nature. All elephants have their own individual “development plan” for how they can best be trained to be reintroduced into nature and no elephants will remain in the orphanage. Depending on the age of the baby elephant, it can take anywhere from one to ten years. Giraffe Center: The day also includes a visit to the AFEW (African Fund for Endangered Wildlife) Giraffe Center to see the center’s Rothschild giraffes, which are an endangered breed in Kenya. Today, Lake Nakuru National Park is one of the few places where they can be experienced outdoors. Rothschild giraffes are known for their long white “socks” which goes all the way to the knees as opposed to the Massage giraffes, which only have white “ankle socks”. The center also offers an informative exhibition on giraffes and here is a nice little cafe. Local English speaking guide included. Kazuri Jewelry and Ceramics Workshop: You will also have a visit to the Kazuri Jewelry and Pottery Workshop. The Kazuri project started in 1975 and helped single mothers support themselves and their children. The women hand-painted jewelry and ceramics and sold them. The project has now become so popular that over 200 women are employed and their goods are sold all over the world. Everything is done by hand and it is incredibly exciting to experience the women’s skills. Local English speaking guide included. Karen Blixen’s house: The excursion ends at Karen Blixen’s African house 20 km west of Nairobi – one of the capital’s main attractions. The Baroness’s home was converted into a museum in 1985 due to the film adaptation of the now famous film “My Africa” ​​starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford. to go for a walk in the beautiful park overlooking the Ngong Hills. ( There will be time to take a walk in the beautiful park overlooking the Ngong Hills. ( There will be time to take a walk in the beautiful park overlooking the Ngong Hills. (F )

Day 4: NairobiMount LongonotLake Naivasha

After breakfast, leave Nairobi to continue towards Mount Longonot. Along the way there will be a stop to enjoy the beautiful views of the Great Rift Valley. Today’s hike begins at the national park’s main entrance where the trails quickly begin to twist up along the dormant volcano. You bravely move 630 meters up to reach the crater’s edge, 2776 meters above sea level. On some stretches the tour is very steep and uneven and the hiking trail itself, from the main entrance to the crater edge and back again, is about nine kilometers. From the top of the crater there is a spectacular view of the crater itself and the surrounding area, where Lake Naivasha, open plains and small villages adorn the landscape. The bottom of the crater is covered with a forest of trees that serve as homes for a variety of animals, including zebras, giraffes and buffaloes. The dormant volcano has been created by many layers of solidified lava and is thought to have last erupted in the 1860s. The name of the volcano, Mount Longonot, comes from the Maasai word “oloongonot” which means “a mountain with many steep ridges”. Mount Longonot National Park covers over 52 square kilometers, most of which are covered with mountains. After your hike, continue to your accommodation at Lake Naivasha. The rest of the day is at your own disposal. ( The rest of the day is at your own disposal. ( The rest of the day is at your own disposal. (F , L , M )

Day 5: Lake Naivasha – Crater Lake – Lake Naivasha

Drive to Crater Lake after breakfast. Here awaits an approximately 4 hour long walk among zebras, giraffes and many other African animals. When you have completed the hike of about 6-8 km, you return to Lake Naivasha, where you arrive in the afternoon. After arrival, a beautiful boat trip awaits in the afternoon at Lake Naivasha where the lake’s bird life and hippos are often most active. ( F , L , M )

Day 6: Lake Naivasha – Hells Gate mountain biking- Lake Naivasha

Today you drive through the town of Naivasha and along the southern shore of the lake, past flower plantations and to the entrance to Hell’s Gate National Park. As you drive into the park, an impressive landscape develops before your eyes and you are led into a dramatic world of bare, sharp cliffs, open expanses and deep, hidden canyons that for many are a fascinatingly different experience of Kenya. Since there are no large predators in Hell’s Gate National Park, you can physically participate in many activities in the park. You can, among other things, ride a Kenyan mountain bike, climb steep cliffs, watch birds and trek through canyons with hot springs. The day is planned on site with your guide. You enjoy the packed lunches inside the park. Late in the afternoon you leave Hell’s Gate and return to your accommodation at Lake Naivasha. Here is the welcome opportunity for a well-deserved hot shower and dinner with cold beer or other soft drink. (F , L , M )

Day 7: Lake Naivasha – Lake Nakuru National Park – Lake Nakuru

After breakfast, depart from Lake Naivasha in the direction of Lake Nakuru. An adventurous safari tour awaits here in the park and you have a packed lunch at the lookout point over the lake. In the afternoon, another safari in Lake Nakuru National Park awaits you. Previously, Lake Nakuru was known for its many flamingos that came to the lake during all seasons of the year in search of food. Today, there are not as many here as it used to, while the lake itself is as beautiful a nature experience as ever and also Kenya’s best place for rhinos, something the park also has a special reserve status for. There are also great chances to experience buffalo, giraffes, zebras, water bucks and maybe even the rare leopard. ( F , L , M )

Day 8: Lake Nukuru – Masai Mara National Park

After breakfast, leave the Lake Nakuru area and travel to the Masai Mara National Park. During the car ride you stop and you have lunch. After a short stop at your camp, the first samples of the national park’s fantastic wildlife and its varied and hilly landscapes are common. Note that the car ride is really tough during the last part of the stretch, where the roads are of a fairly low standard. ( F , L , M )

Day 9: Safari and Masai Mara

The whole day is set aside for driving around and observing wildlife in the reserve. You start early in the morning, when the chance of seeing lions, cheetahs and leopards is greatest. Kenya’s leading Masai Mara Safari Reserve is a continuation of the Serengeti Plain and world famous for the unique and spectacular migration of hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebras. From June they start arriving at the Masai Mara in search of food and in October the grass is eaten and they start hiking back to the Serengeti. Masai Mara is also rich in resident animals with over 95 different species, which makes the park a great animal experience all year round. In the Masai Mara you will find the whole “The Big Five”, ie elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and a small number of rhinos, but also giraffes, hippos, hyenas and countless antelopes. The national park also has an incredibly rich and varied bird life with over 480 species. (F , L , M )

Day 10: Masai Mara National ParkMasai Village and Masai Mara Conservancy

Early ascent for a morning safari followed by breakfast in your camp. From here you drive to a Masai village in the Masai Mara Conservancy and arrive in the morning. Upon arrival you will be welcomed by Maasai warriors from the village. After the welcome, you visit the huts while the guide explains the many aspects of village life. You will learn more about how they build the huts, hold wedding ceremonies, provide food and clothing, and hear stories about their family life, leadership, and traditional medicine. After lunch in the camp, you have the opportunity to go hiking in the area and participate in daily life. You are back in the village when the animals return from their pasture. You are welcome to participate in the milking of the villages and make sure that they are fenced in before the night. Please note that the experience in the Maasai village takes place under simple conditions. ( F , L, M )

Day 11: Massage Village

Time for an early breakfast and several bush walks in the company of the Maasai families where you can learn all about this exciting tribe. ( F , L , M )

Day 12: Massage VillageNairobi

After breakfast you can enjoy the morning activities in the Maasai village and then head to Nairobi with lunch along the way. You arrive in Nairobi in the late afternoon. ( F , L )

Day 13: Nairobi – Nairobi Airport

Today is a day of relaxation at Wildebeest Eco Camp, where you can wash clothes or engage in other activities as needed and desired. Transfer to the airport depends on which flight you have chosen. ( F )

Day 14: Arrival in Scandinavia

Overnight stays

Three nights at Wildebeest Eco Camp in Nairobi
Three nights at a guesthouse on Lake Naivasha
One night at a budget hotel in Nakuru
Two nights in a simple tent on the Masai Mara.
Two nights in a camping tent in Massajby in the Masai Mara Conservancy

Safari & Mount Longonot, Kenya