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Students Overland Tour Package.

Kenya has a lot to offer to students in tours that will keep the students’ group on their feet as they enjoy soft game viewing walks in Crater Lake and Crescent Island sanctuaries, Hell’s Gate National Park where there are guaranteed sightings of Giraffes, Waterbucks, Elands, Zebras and various Gazelles.  Here the students have the opportunity of interacting with the wild away from the high traffic zones. The tour also ventures L. Nakuru national park, a breeding zone for the white rhinos. The rare black rhinos can be sighted within the bushes. The big five can be sported here easily except for the elephant. The lake boasts its large population of birds’ life including the flamingoes, pelican and herons.

Having an opportunity to sample the fresh water and salt water lakes of the rift valley.

We extend the tour to the world widely known for the wildebeest migration. With three{3} days game drive you are assured to see all big five with a possible predator hunt.

Mara Expeditions will customize this tour to suit your students travel needs and expectations.

10 Days Game/Walking Tour In The Great Rift Valley.

Day 1. Nairobi – Fish Eagle Camp

After breakfast and briefing by the guide about the program, we leave Nairobi via the Nakuru road to the Rift valley. We will have a stop-over at the viewpoint, the rim of the Great Rift Valley. Here you will be able to see the escarpment and the floor with lakes, craters, caldera and hills. We shall be arriving at Fish eagle hotel for lunch.

Day 2. Crater Lake Game Sanctuary Naivasha

After the Kongoni village, there is a private sanctuary which includes a lot of wildlife in its small forest sitting at the side of the Crater Lake volcano. There is a possibility to do game viewing in the fenced area and get refreshed at the Crater Lake Lodge located at the bottom of the crater.

The landscape is breath-taking as the small crater is soaked by a pink-bordered green-salted lake which is habitat for flamingos and other birds. And if you are courageous, there is a path going around the rim of the crater.

Day 3. Crescent Island Wildlife Sanctuary

In the morning we will visit the privately owned Crescent Island, which is a peninsula on the Eastern shore of Lake Naivasha. There is a lot of easy to see game e.g. giraffes, waterbucks, elands, zebras and impalas. It is also a haven for birds with +200 species recorded. The walk is gentle and satisfying. A submerged rim of an immersed volcanic crater forming a bay which is the deepest point of the lake, the Crescent Island is a preserved sanctuary of wildlife where you will wander among tiny herds of mammals. A peaceful experience… Giraffe, antelope, gazelle, eland, zebra and lot of birds.   Buffaloes are rare. The usual way to access the small island is by boat and local people would be happy to serve you. There is also a possibility to access it by road passing through the “Horse Riding Complex” then keep right.

Day 4. Hell’s Gate National Park.

Hell’s Gate National Park provides a variety of wildlife, unusual flora and many species of birds, volcanic sceneries with cliffs, gorges and steam jets and is one of the two only Kenyan parks where climbing, walking and biking are allowed.

We wake up for breakfast with the sun giving a wonderful effect over the lake. An early morning here should not be missed by anyone with an eye for birds since the lake boasts a wide variety of water and woodland birds.

After breakfast, we do a short transfer to the gate of the park. This is a unique park where walking is done in the middle of wildlife. Giraffes, zebras, warthogs and many types of gazelles are found here. The first part of this walk is done in typical flat African savannah in a volcanic area with huge rock boundaries. A picnic lunch will be at a viewpoint overlooking the gorge.

The last part of the walk is done in the Hell’s Gate Gorge by descending into a steep canyon with running water from geysers and wild vegetation. The climax of the day is in walking in the Side Gorge where the rocks have split to leave only a walking path. We climb back to the rangers post for transfer back to camp via Elsa Mere Conservation Centre.

(Former Joy Adamson’s House): Near the Hippo point, Elsa mere, the former Joy Adamson’ house, conserved in his memory, contains original paintings and pictures of Joy and George Adamson and their lioness, Elsa. Possibility to have tea or a meal and watch “The Joy Adamson’s Story “

Day 5. Visit Lake Nakuru National Park

The nearby Lake Nakuru National Park is the oldest park of Kenya. It’s not only known for its thousands of flamingoes but also for the vast herds of buffaloes, tens of rhinos and cats like leopard and lion. Of the big five, only the elephant is missing. We make a wildlife viewing drive around the lake and have a picnic lunch on a viewpoint overlooking the lake. Afternoon transfer to the Elementaita camp where we’ll stay for two{2} nights.

Day 6. Lake Elementaita

This lake may not have the big name of Lake Nakuru but its scenic beauty is unmatched. We walk up to the shores of the alkaline lake. From there we proceed up to the hot springs and into the Kikopey Hills surrounding the lake. We walk mainly in open savannah land and occasionally we will stop for a chat with a Maasai herdsman. The gently sloping hills give a good panorama. The walk should be for 4 hrs after which we go back to the camp in time for lunch. The afternoon is spent in the camp.

Day 7. L. Bogoria / L.  Baringo day trip.

After early breakfast, we embark on a trip to L. Bogoria. You’ll visit the hot springs and steam geysers where you can boil eggs and have a hot medicinal shower. Birds and reptiles life in abundance.  We proceed to L. Baringo for more sceneries. Dinner and overnight at the camp.

Day8. Masai Mara.

After breakfast, we head to Maasai Mara via Narok to arrive in the early evening.

We now take a break from walking to put all our attention to watching wildlife. To see the best of Kenyan wildlife, Masai Mara is the place to be. Elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, gazelles and all the big cats are found here. So, after breakfast, we start our journey passing through Narok Town: a colourful Masai town. Our game viewing does not actually start at the park gate. We will be able to see many animals along the way grazing side by side with the Masai livestock.

These are our cultural and activity days on the students travel in Masai Mara. We do a morning game drive through the park and hike to a Masai manyatta (=homestead). Here we will see how the typical Maasai live. An afternoon game drive makes the day complete.

Day 9. Maasai Mara – Full day game drive

We do a morning and an afternoon game drive. We break from the driving with an optional walk in a natural area with rolling hills and grasslands, out of the park boundaries.

Day 10. Maasai Mara via Kiambethu Tea Farm + to Nairobi.

Leave Masai Mara in the morning for lunch at the Kiambethu Tea Farm. This is an old colonial home established by the early settlers and the pioneers of tea growing in Kenya. There will be a talk on tea: its arrival in Kenya, the growing, processing and up to when you put it into your cup. A short walk in the tea plantation and into a small remaining part of indigenous forest completes the tour. We have a healthy farm lunch and thereafter transfer to Nairobi to mark the end of our trip.

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