5 Days Mount Kenya Safari (The Big 5 Tour)

5 Days Mount Kenya Safari (The Big 5 Tour)
5 Days Mount Kenya Safari (The Big 5 Tour)

5 Days Mount Kenya Safari (The Big 5 Tour)

The 5 Days Mount Kenya Safari to Mountain Kenya national park to adventure the Africa Big 5 in Kenya. The big 5 include African Elephants, Hippos, Buffaloes, Rhinos, and Lion.

Nanyuki, the Market town of Laikipia county of Kenya, lies in the Northwest of Mount Kenya. The town is also known as the gateway to Mount Kenya and the wilderness of Mount Kenya National Park. The Main airfield (airbase) of the Kenya Air Force was founded in 1907 by the British settlers. Some of their descendants still live around the town

The equator passes through the southern part of Nanyuki. One crosses it when approaching Nanyuki. You will meet some people who are usually at hand to show the supposed effect of the Coriolis force, which they say makes draining water swirl clockwise or anticlockwise depending on whether one is in the Northern or southern hemisphere. This effect, however, is detectable only in the laboratory and so the “demonstration” at the equator is only but an engaging diversion by the villagers

These are several trails ascending the mountain, including the well, known Naro Moru and Sirimon routes. The park’s wildlife includes leopards, giant forest hogs, and more. In the northwest of Nanyuki, the hills of the plains of the vast Laikipia Plateau are home to Lions, elephants, and the rare gravy’s zebras

5 Days Mount Kenya Safari (The Big 5 Tour) Highlight

  • Day 1: Transfer and Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy Visit
  • Day 2: Old Moses Camp Climb
  • Day 3: Shipton Camp Hike
  • Day 4: Hike to Point Lenana
  • Day 5: Transfer to Nairobi
5 Days Mount Kenya Safari
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Detailed 5 Days Mount Kenya Safari (The Big 5 Tour)

  • Day 1: Transfer-Mount Kenya

After breakfast, you depart for your adventure. The first stop will be Nanyuki town, a 3-hour drive from Nairobi. Welcomed by the cool cares of snow scented breeze from the distant peak, you will arrive at noon in time for lunch. Nanyuki is known as a gateway to Mount Kenya and the wilderness of mount of Mount Kenya National Park.

You will have lunch and proceed to Mount Kenya wildlife conservancy. This conservancy is home to Kenya’s animal orphanage housing several endangered, orphaned and injured animals including the mountain bongo, the white Zebras, among others.

This stop will be will be for 1 and ½ hours after which you will have a walk to the equator before heading to your hotel to prepare yourself for the next day’s hike, have dinner plus your overnight stay

Accommodation

Luxury: Sweetwaters Serena Camp

Midrange: Regency Mount Kenya Hotel

Budget: Kongoni Camp

  • Day 2 of the 5 Days Mount Kenya Safari (The Big 5 Tour): Old Moses Camp

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Sirimon Gate and check in at 9 o’clock. The hike will start from Sirimon park Gate (2660m). you will trek up through magnificent mountain forest, bamboo, and giant heather zone before reaching the high-altitude moorland and the first hut (old Moses camp 3,300m). this is a 9 kms gentle trek that takes 2 to 3 hours.

You will thus reach in time for lunch. You will spend your afternoon at this point. It has scenic views of the summits of Batian and Nelion peaks from the camp. You will have dinner and an overnight stay at old Moses Camp

Day 3 of the 5 Days Mount Kenya Safari (The Big 5 Tour): Shipton Camp

After breakfast at 7:30 am, you will hike to Shipton’s camp with an elevation of 4,200 meters for 17 kms. Follow the trail uphill, forking left at the junction the track crosses the Ontulili River. Go right contouring through the moorland and crossing Liki North and Continue uphill to Mackinders Valley from where you will see panoramic views up the valley towards the main peaks.

Dinner and overnight will be at Shipton’s Camp. This hike will be for 6 to 8 hours with panoramic views of the peaks from this viewpoint

  • Day 4 of the 5 Days Mount Kenya Safari (The Big 5 Tour): Point Lenana

You will set off here at 3 am, climbing on the rocky track that cuts through a cliff clearing visible part towards lower Hall Tarns, and you will arrive on Mount Kenya’s point Lenana (6 kms from Shipton Camp) at 6: 30 am, taking about 3 hours. After the sunrise, you will then descend to mintos Hut for breakfast 6: am, proceed down through the Gorges valley to Chogoria Bandas and Campsite

  • Day 5 of the 5 Days Mount Kenya Safari (The Big 5 Tour): Chogoria- Nairobi

After breakfast, you will set off for your drive to Chogoria village (32kms) where you will connect with your transfer vehicle back to Nairobi

5 Days Mount Kenya Safari
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Safari Activities to do on the 5 Days Mount Kenya Safari (The Big 5 Tour)

  • Nanyuki Town

Nanyuki, the Market town of Laikipia county of Kenya, lies in the Northwest of Mount Kenya. The town is also known as the gateway to Mount Kenya and the wilderness of Mount Kenya the wilderness of Mount Kenya National Park. The Main airfield (airbase) of the Kenya Air Force was founded in 1907 by the British settlers. Some of their descendants still live in around the town

The equator passes through the southern part of Nanyuki. One crosses it when approaching Nanyuki. You will meet some people who are usually at hand to show the supposed effect of the Coriolis force, which they say makes draining water swirl clockwise or anticlockwise depending on whether one is in the Northern or southern hemisphere. This effect, however, is detectable only in the laboratory and so the “demonstration” at the equator are only but an engaging diversion by the villagers

These are several trails ascending the mountain, including the well, known Naro Moru and Sirimon routes. The park’s wildlife includes leopards, giant forest hogs and more. In the northwest of Nanyuki, the plains hills of the vast Laikipia plateau are home to Lions, elephants and the rare gravy’s zebras

Sirimon Gate

Located at 2,700 meters above the sea level, this is the entrance to Sirimon route which starts 15 kilometers east of Mount Kenya ring road from Nanyuki town up into the mountain. In the far distance, you will spot two of the highest peaks of the mighty Mount Kenya. These are Nelion, which is on an elevation of 5,188 meters, and Batian which is at 5,199 meters

Old Moses Mountain Camp

Formerly known as Judmier Camp, Old Moses Camp, Old Moses Camp stands at an elevation of 3300 meters. While heading to the Old Moses Mountain Hut, you get to take 9 kilometers walk along the road from Sirimon Gate which stands 2,700 meters above sea level which will give the chance to see Elephants and buffaloes in the areas they inhabit

It is here that you will spend your first night of the trek. The camp offers self-service accommodation where you can enjoy your own cooking. It has a dining area and properly maintained bathrooms. The camp offers dormitory bunkers or camps in the spacious grounds surrounding it. Be sure to have pleasure in viewing the starry skies which can be ogled on a clear night. you will also get to experience the real Africa in the mindset of the picturesque shrubs and grassland that surround these mountain huts.

  • Point Lenana

This is the third highest summit after Batian, which on an elevation of 5,199 meters, and Nelion, which is 5,188 meters. Lenana is said to be the most climbed peak in Kenya. From this point, you have excellent views of the impressive rock towers of Batian and Nelion as well as glacial lakes and the rolling landscape of Mount Kenya National Park

  • Shipton’s Camp

It is perched in a sea of snow-capped peaks and unique flora and fauna. Located along the sirimon route. This is the final stop before point Lenana on an elevation of 4,200 meters and 1 kilometer from the center of Mount Kenya National Park

The camp offers self-service accommodation and caters from maximum of 80 guests per night. While here, you can get access to the camp’s kitchen and well-maintained bathrooms

Safari Inclusions of the 5 Days Mount Kenya Safari (The Big 5 Tour)

Safari includes:

  • Transportation in a tour van/Landcruiser
  • Service of an English -speaking tour guide/driver
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Park admissions
  • Accommodation on full board
  • Entrance fees to all destinations as per the program
  • Transfer to and from the airport

Safari exclusions

  • All activities not mentioned in the program
  • Phone calls bills
  • Tips
  • International transfers
  • Gratitude to tour guides
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal effects of any nature
  • Hotel fees before and after the safari

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