Sana Highlands Trekking Expeditions


The Sirimon route is more scenic than Naromoru and is on the drier side of the Mountain hence offers some of the finest walking. The Sirimon route features the most gradual ascent profile and best acclimatization options.
Day 1: Nairobi/Sirimon/Judmier Camp (Old Moses Camp) 3-4 hrs, 9km, 860m ascent
Pick up from your hotel within the city at 7am. Leave Nairobi at 7.30am to Nanyuki town for lunch, taking about 3.5 hours. Meet your porter and cook, pick the required climbing gear then proceed to Sirimon Gate, 1 hr, 2440m. From the gate follow the track as it winds uphill though the forest which becomes heath land after about 3 hrs. About 3½ hours from the gate the track veers right to Judmier Camp, 3300m for dinner and overnight.
Meal Plan: lunch & Dinner

Day 2: Judmier Camp/Shipton Camp 6-7hrs, 14km, 900m ascent
After breakfast, follow the track uphill, forking left at the junction. After one hour from Old Moses Camp, the track crosses Ontulili River. Go right contouring through the Moorland and crossing Liki North and continue uphill to Mackinders Valley for panoramic views up the valley towards the main peaks. Dinner and overnight at Shipton Camp, 4200m.
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Shipton Camp/Point Lenana/Judmaier Camp (Old Moses Camp) 9-10hrs, 21km
Leave at 3am up a steep stony quarry that cuts through a cliff clearing visible part towards lower Hall Tarns arriving point Lenana at 6:30am, taking about 3hrs. After the sunrise, descend down to Shipton Camp, 2hrs, for breakfast and further, 4hrs, down to Old Moses Camp for dinner and overnight.
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Judmaier Camp/Sirimon/Nairobi 2-3hrs, 9km
After breakfast, walk down through the rainforest for 2 hours to connect with your transport vehicle back to Nairobi, arriving at your hotel around 4pm.

Climb Includes:

  • Pick up & drop off your hotel within the city
  • Public transfer to and from the mountain (private transport available on request)
  • Park Entry fees
  • Accommodation in huts or tent
  • Food including vegetarian
  • Services of experienced staff (guide, porter, cook)

Climb Excludes:

  • Accommodation before/ after the trek (we can arrange on request)
  • Climbing gear (available for hire) see our list, sanatrekkingkenya.com/mountain-climbing-gear
  • Water purifying tablets
  • Tips for the staff (guide, porter, cook)
  • Insurance
  • Transfers outside Nairobi.

Day 1: Nairobi – Mount Kenya National Park

The 8 Days Mt. Kenya/ Sweetwaters/Nakuru/Naivasha/ Masai Mara Safari departs from Nairobi at 8am (OR EARLIER). Drive Northwards to the lush foothills of snow-capped Mount Kenya – Africa’s second highest mountain, arriving at the Lodge in time for lunch, you will relax in the balconies and lounges which provides superb vantage point (Viewing Bunker) for game viewing at the water hole.

Nestled in the foothills between Aberdare and Mount Kenya National Park, the lodge is famous for its high perches and balconies, overlooking a salt lick and waterhole. Here we will enjoy the finest in high-altitude game viewing. Overnight at the Serena Mountain Lodge, www.serenahotels.com

Meal Plan {Lunch & Dinner}

Day 2: Mount Kenya – Drive to Ol Pajeta/ Sweetwaters Conservancy

After breakfast, travel to the exotic Ol Pejeta Ranch and Rhino Reserve called Sweet waters Game Reserve. Here you meet the primates’ face-to-face. The camp also overlooks one of the busiest waterholes in the area and offers elephant, giraffe and myriad plains game.

Special activities such as escorted game walks, horse-back rides are available here at an extra cost. Overnight at Sweetwaters Serena Camp, www.serenahotels.com

Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 3: Ol Pajeta/ Sweetwaters – Nakuru
Enjoy an early breakfast and then Drive south to Lake Nakuru National park, enter the park through Lanet gate and proceed with game viewing en-route to the lodge for lunch. Afternoon game drive in the park that is home to black and white rhino. It is also a home for more than 450 species of birds including the lesser and greater flamingos, pelicans, African fish eagles and many others. Dinner and overnight at Lanet Matfarm Resort, www.lanetmatfamresort.co.ke /  Lake Nakuru www.lakenakurulodge.com lodge.

Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 4: Lake Nakuru – Lake Naivasha

0600 Hours: Early morning safari game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park followed by breakfast. Thereafter drive to Lake Naivasha a boat ride with a picturesque view of Mount Longonot, hippos, over 400 species of birds on the island including pelicans, African fish eagles, African darter, cormorants and the lesser flamingos which are migratory). Dinner & overnight at Taphe Guest Resort, www.tapheguestresort.com / Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge, www.sopalodges.com

Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 5: Lake Naivasha —Masai Mara Game Reserve
After breakfast drive through the sceneries of The Great Rift Valley to the Maasai Mara National Reserve. After lunch proceed to a game drive to see the Big Five: Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo and Rhino.  Residents ain this reserve are Masai Giraffe, Buffalo, Eland and thousands of plain game including Impala, Zebra, Topi, both Thomson’s and grants Gazelles.

Overnight at AA Mara Lodge, www.aalodges.com  / Rhino Tourist Camp, www.rhinotouriscamp.com

Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 6: Masai Mara Game Reserve
After breakfast set out with picnic lunch for a full day game drive. On the plains are enormous herds of grazing animals plus the elusive cheetah and leopard hiding amidst acacia boughs. Masai Mara remains the most exciting wildlife eco-system in the world.

Picnic lunch is served at the Hippo and crocodile pool after which you will continue with game viewing until you return to the Lodge/ Camp for overnight.

Overnight at AA Mara Lodge/ Rhino Tourist Camp.

Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 7: Masai Mara Game Reserve
A full day in Masai Mara with morning and evening game drives. This is the day you can take a hot Air balloon (US$ 450 to see wildlife on a bird’s eye view. In between the meals you can opt for a Masai Village visit or a nature walk with the Masai Warriors, all at an extra cost.

Overnight at AA Mara Lodge/ Rhino Tourist Camp.

Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 8: Masai Mara Game Reserve –Nairobi

Early morning tea/coffee or Hot chocolate then depart for a morning game drive. Breakfast will be served at the camp/ lodge, depart by road to Nairobi with game viewing en-route. Arrive at around 1 pm having enjoyed  8 Days Mt. Kenya/ Sweetwaters/Nakuru/Naivasha/ Masai Mara

Meal Plan: {Breakfast}

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Why choose climbing Mount Kenya? Mount Kenya is the second highest mountain after Mount Kilimanjaro. The chances of one getting to the highest peak, Batian, 5,199m, without developing altitude sickness are high. The equator runs through Mount Kenya National Park and most trekking route cross it! Here are reasons you will choose climbing Mount Kenya:

  1. Captivating Scenery

Mount Kenya’s pristine wilderness with lakes, tarns, glaciers, dense forest, mineral springs and a selection of rare and endangered species of animals, high altitude adapted plains game and unique montane and alpine vegetation.

The rising and falling of the sun creates ever-changing colours and shadows, which the moonlight only enhances. Mount Kenya’s jagged, icy summit is in sight from the very first day of hiking, making it much more visible and enticing. Its panoramic views from any one of the summits inspire awe, and even allow a peek at Kilimanjaro’s distant summit on clear mornings.

  1. Fair Pricing

You may want to save money to visit other places. Kenya is a very beautiful country, you wouldn’t want to miss on Masai Mara, The Rift Valley Lakes, Samburu National Reserve or even Amboseli National Park.

Fact is a standard 5 Day trek on Mount Kenya costs between USD 600-650. Planning an entire trip in vibrant Kenya saves on additional visa costs.

  1. Ease of Access

Kenya is the gateway to East Africa. You will first land to Kenya before you get to other neighbouring countries like Tanzania or Uganda. Once you arrive at the Jomo Kenyatta International airport, Mount Kenya is only 3hrs away driving on tarmac road to the base town, Nanyuki.

Staying in Kenya is less stressing trying to cross to other countries to climb their mountain!

  1. Technical Climbing Opportunity

Climbing the highest peak on Mount Kenya, Batian, 5199m is a thrill that even Mount Kilimanjaro can’t offer. After the trek in and acclimatization, the technical climb is completed in one long day as a series of up to 21 individual pitches. We offer private climbs with dates to suit.

  1. Less Crowded

Less people means less litter, noise, and competition for bunks at the camps. Each hiker can move at their own pace on summit day, a luxury that other always crowded mountains cannot provide. Trails are less worn, and visitors may experience moments where they feel they are the only person in a beautiful African mountain wilderness! The reason you will choose climbing Mount Kenya!

 

You have chosen and booked your climb through your Trekking Company. You have the route, the next essential is for you to choose the best mountain climbing gear. Always inspect your gear before climbing—whether you own it or rent it. Frequent use inevitably results in some wear and tear.

Mountain Climbing Gear:

Wear clothing that is not restrictive and won’t get in the way of you or the rope. Your clothing should breathe, wick sweat and dry fast so that you can stay warm and comfortable while climbing. If you’re climbing in the outdoors, also carry clothes for changing conditions.

  1. Shoes

These protect your feet while providing the friction you need to grip footholds. Most styles are quite versatile, but your climbing ability and where you climb are both factors in choosing the correct shoe. Rock shoes should fit snugly but not painfully tight. The general rule is that closer-fitting shoes are the norm for more technically challenging climbs.

  1. Helmet

Wear a helmet made specifically for climbing. Climbing helmets are designed to cushion your head from falling rock and debris, and some (though not all) are designed to provide protection in the case of a fall. A helmet should feel comfortable, fit snugly but not too tight and sit flat on your head. Helmets usually have a hard protective shell and an internal strapping system.

3.      Harness

A harness consists of two basic parts:

  • Waist belt: This sits over the hips and must fit snugly.
  • Leg loops: One loop goes around each leg. Many harnesses conveniently offer adjustable or removable leg loops.

Your harness allows you to tie into the rope securely and efficiently. All harnesses have two front tie-in points designed specifically for threading the rope and tying in, one at the waist and one at the leg loops. Generally the tie-in points are different than the dedicated belay loop. Buckling your harness correctly is essential for safety.

4.      Chalk

Chalk absorbs perspiration on your hands thus improves your grip. To lessen environmental impact, it’s good form to use a chalk that matches the colour of the rock you’re climbing. Chalk is carried in a small pouch slung from your waist by a lightweight belt.

  1. Carabiners

 

These strong, light metal rings with spring-loaded gates connect the climbing rope to pieces of climbing protection such as bolts, nuts and cramming devices. They are also used to make quick draws (used in lead climbing) and to attach your gear to the gear loops on your harness.

 

  1. Belay Device

 

This is used to help the belayer control the rope. Used correctly, a belay device increases friction that helps the belayer catch a fall, lower a climber, pay the rope out gradually as the climber advances, or reel in slack smoothly.

 

  1. Dynamic Rope

This is a rock climbing rope because it has elasticity worked into it. It’s designed to absorb the energy of a fall—even though the force of a fall can be very large.

 

Mountain Hiking Gear:

Moisture-wicking underwear

Moisture-wicking T-shirts

Quick-drying pants/shorts

Long-sleeve shirts for sun and bugs)

Lightweight fleece or jacket

Boots or shoes suited to terrain

Socks (synthetic or wool)

 

Extra clothes

Additional items for rainy and/or cold weather:

Rainwear (jacket and pants)

Long underwear

Warm, insulated jacket or vest)

Fleece pants

Gloves or mittens

Warm hat

 

Optional:

Trekking poles

Experience The Finest Level Of Luxury Safari Riverfront Accommodations And Dining On Mara River.

Book your 3 day/ 2nights Safari with us and let your dream of an African Safari come true! Come sunbathe in open veranda chaises lounges, dine along the river frontage of the camp as hippos wallow in the nearby river, and experience elegant haute cuisine on your own unique African wilderness safari.

Your Tented Safari Camp is in the best location to most readily discover the Big 5 mammals.

All game drives are conducted in 4WD Toyota Land cruisers, under the guidance of our expert certified guides. Watch breath-taking savannah sunsets from specially selected scenic viewing points on an afternoon game drive highlighted by a complimentary sundowner.

Your riverfront accommodation guest suite facilities include: hand carved super-size king or double beds, double vanity sinks, carved desks, dining sets, en suite bathrooms with flush toilets, bidets, and showers, electronic safe deposit boxes and lounge areas. Wifi internet connectivity is available in all guest riverfront suites (and at the dining lounge area) so that guests with IPhone, android smartphones, or PC/MAC laptops may enjoy complimentary internet access from the comfort of their riverfront room.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Nairobi – Masai Mara Game Reserve

Pick up from your hotel to depart for Masai Mara at 7.30am. After the briefing, your safari adventure will start immediately you board the safari vehicle, you will drive via the Great Rift Valley View Point where you stop briefly for photography then proceed to Masai Mara Game Reserve.

Lunch at the lodge, relax then an evening game-drive in search of Masai Giraffe, Buffalo, Eland and thousands of plain game including Impala, Zebra, Topi, both Thomson’s and grants Gazelles. Dinner and overnight at the Royal Mara Safari Lodge, www.royalmara.com

Meal Plan {Lunch & Dinner}

Day 2: Masai Mara Game Reserve

After breakfast proceed on a full day of game viewing within the reserve. The landscape here is scenic savannah grassland on rolling hills. The reserve is the best park for game in Kenya as it has an extensive road and track network which allows for close range viewing and photography. Break for your picnic lunch at the hippo pool, looking out for hippos and crocodile. Continue with game drive till 1700hrs time for visit to the Maasai village which is optional. Dinner and overnight at the Royal Mara Safari Lodge.

Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 3: Masai Mara Game Reserve –Nairobi

Breakfast at the lodge then depart Masai Mara with an en-route game drive to return to Nairobi. Arrive in the evening, drop off at your hotel.

Meal Plan {Breakfast}

End of our Travel Arrangements

Bon Voyage

COST: USD 650 PER PERSON SHARING

Inclusions

  • Transport to/ from Masai Mara Reserve
  • Game Drives in Masai Mara Reserve in 4X4 Land cruiser
  • Full board accommodation at Royal Mara Safari Lodge, royalmara.com
  • Game Park Entrance Fees
  • Services of a professional driver/ guide

Exclusions

  • Transfers from hotel
  • Optional activities like, a visit to a Masai Village, balloon safari, etc.
  • Tip for your professional driver/ guide/lodge staff
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Any other activity/ service not outlined in the itinerary

More tours and safaris on www.sanatrekkingkenya.com 

 

Mount Kenya is the second tallest mountain in Africa at 5,199m. One can climb Mount Kenya any time of the year. The highest rainfall occurs between late March and the middle of May, and slightly less between late October and mid-December. Maximum rainfall occurs in the forest belt and on the south-east side of the mountain where it reaches 2500mm. per year at 3000m.

Rain and, higher up, snow can however be encountered at any time of year – even in the driest periods (January and February). Normally the drier seasons are associated with clear, dry weather which can last for many days on end. The best weather is generally in the mornings, and convectional rainfall, if any, tends to come in the mid-afternoon.

Temperatures vary considerably with height and with time of day. At 3000m frosts can be encountered at night while day temperatures range from 5 to 15°C. Night time temperatures on the summit are well below freezing. The south-facing side of Mount Kenya receives more sunshine in the December to March period. During this time rock climbs are “in-condition” and snow and ice climbs gradually deteriorate. In the June to October period the north-facing rock climbs and south-facing ice climbs are best.

During the dry seasons: January – February and August to September off the most reliably fine weather is the best time to climb Mount Kenya. The main routes are likely to be more crowded at this time of the year. If you favour complete solitude over the sunny skies, try going slightly off the peak season. It’s best to avoid the two rainy seasons from mid-March until June and from late October to the end of December.

As you climb Mount Kenya you will enjoy views of pristine wilderness, lakes, tarns, glaciers and peaks of great beauty, geological variety, forest, mineral springs, rare and endangered species of animals, High altitude adapted plains game, Unique montane and alpine vegetation with 11 species of endemic plants.

Visit our website www.sanatrekkingkenya.com  for more information on the routes and gear required to climb Mount Kenya.

Day -1 Nairobi -Mara.
Pick up from the hotel at 7.30am to depart for your Mara/ Nakuru tour  at 8.00am. Drive south through the floor of the Great Rift Valley. Stop at the Rift Valley Viewpoint for photography and after proceed to Narok Town for lunch. Proceed to Mara arriving in time for an evening game drive from 4pm – 6.30pm when you return to the camp for dinner & overnight.


Day – 2 – Masai Mara

After breakfast, with your lunch boxes, proceed to a full day of game viewing from 8am until 5pm. This day you will experience Maasai Mara in reality as you will be treated with great views of wildlife including ‘The Big 5 – Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant and Black Rhinoceros”. Others are Impala, Giraffe, Cheetah, etc. The game drive heads to the Mara River where you see lots of Hippos & crocodiles sharing a pool in Mara River. Return to the camp for dinner & overnight.

Day – 3 Mara/ Nakuru
A pre-breakfast game drive from 6.30 am – 8am. After breakfast drive back to Nairobi with a stop at Narok town for lunch. Continue driving to Nakuru town where you check in a budget hotel for dinner & overnight.


Day – 4 Lake Nakuru – Nairobi
After breakfast proceed to Lake Nakuru National park (10 minutes drive) for a game drive. The park is famous for its huge concentration of Pink flamingos the reason why the lake is commonly known as the “Pink Lake”. Besides, it is possible to see other game like the rare Rothschild giraffe, Water Buck, Impala, White Rhino and Buffalo among others. After lunch depart for Nairobi arriving at around 4/5pm, drop off at your favorite hotel.

COST INCLUDES:

  • Transport in a specialized safari vehicle
  • Services of an English speaking driver – guide
  • All park entry fees
  • All camping fees
  • Accommodation in budget tent/ hotel
  • Game drives
  • Food – Start with lunch and end with lunch

COST EXCLUDES:

  • Visa
  • International flights
  • Drinking water & drinks
  • Things of personal nature (towels, toothbrush, etc.)
  • Camera, binoculars
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money
  • Laundry
  • Village visits, nature walks, boat rides

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Day 1. Nairobi – Samburu Reserve
Pick up from the hotel at 8am to drive North through Central Kenya where you see coffee, tea, banana & pineapple plantations. Cross the equator at Nanyuki Town – the base town for climbing Mount Kenya where you have your lunch. After lunch proceed to Samburu Reserve arriving in time for an evening game drive from 4.30pm – 6.30pm. Dinner & overnight at the camp.

Day 2. Samburu Reserve
A full day spent in the Samburu National reserve with morning (6.30 -9.30am) and evening (4pm – 6.30pm) game drives. All meals & overnight at the camp.

Day 3: Samburu Reserve – Nairobi

Early morning game viewing from 6.30 – 9.30am.  After breakfast, with a game drive, leave the park to return to Nairobi. Lunch will be in Nanyuki town. On arrival in Nairobi, drop off at your favorite hotel.

COST INCLUDES:

  • Transport in a specialized safari vehicle
  • Services of an English speaking driver – guide
  • All park entry fees
  • All camping fees
  • Accommodation in budget tent
  • Game drives in Samburu  Reserve
  • Food – Start with lunch and end with lunch

COST EXCLUDES:

  • Visa
  • International flights
  • Drinking water & drinks
  • Things of personal nature (towels, toothbrush, etc.)
  • Camera, binoculars
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money
  • Laundry
  • Village visits, nature walks

Day 1: Nairobi/Amboseli
Pick up from the hotel at 8am to depart for Amboseli National Park arriving Amboseli in time for lunch. Amboseli National park is known for its big herds of African Elephant and great views of Mount Kilimanjaro – the highest mountain in Africa. Proceed to an afternoon game drive to see Gazelles, Zebra, Lion, Cheetahs, among others. In the evening, around 6.30pm, return to the camp for dinner & overnight.

 

Day 2: Amboseli
Early morning pre-breakfast game drive at 6.30am – 9.30am when you have best chances to see the Majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro. Mornings are also good to see the predators hunt their pray in the Savannah grassland. Return to the camp for breakfast & leisure. You may go for an optional Masai Nature Walk or Village visit. After lunch, in the afternoon go for an evening game drive until 6.30 pm when you return to the camp for dinner & overnight.


Day 3: Amboseli/Nairobi / Mombasa/ Tanzania

An early breakfast after which you do an enroute game drive as you leave the park for Nairobi or for Emali if you want to end in Mombasa or to Namanga border town if you want to end in Moshi or Arusha Tanzania.

 

COST INCLUDES:

  • Transport in a specialized safari vehicle
  • Services of an English speaking driver – guide
  • All park entry fees
  • All camping fees
  • Accommodation in camp/ Lodge
  • Game drives in Amboseli National park
  • Food – Start with lunch and end with lunch

COST EXCLUDES:

  • Visa
  • International flights
  • Drinking water & drinks
  • Things of personal nature (towels, toothbrush, etc.)
  • Camera, binoculars
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money
  • Laundry
  • Village visits, nature walks

 

Day -1 Nairobi – Masai Mara.
Pick up from the hotel at 7.30am to depart for Maasai Mara at 8.00am. Drive south through the floor of the Great Rift Valley. Stop at the Rift Valley Viewpoint for photography and after proceed to Narok Town for lunch. Proceed to Mara arriving in time for an evening game drive from 4pm – 6.30pm when you return to the camp for dinner & overnight.


Day – 2 – Masai Mara

After breakfast, with your lunch boxes, proceed to a full day of game viewing from 8am until 5pm. This day you will experience Maasai Mara in reality as you will be treated with great views of wildlife including ‘The Big 5 – Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant and Black Rhinoceros”. Others are Impala, Giraffe, Cheetah, etc. The game drive heads to the Mara River where you see lots of Hippos & crocodiles sharing a pool in Mara River. Return to the camp for dinner & overnight.

Day 3 Masai Mara – Nairobi.
A pre-breakfast game drive from 6.30 am – 8am. After breakfast drive back to Nairobi with a stop at Narok town for lunch. Arrive in Nairobi around 5pm, drop off at your favorite hotel.

COST INCLUDES:

  • Transport in a specialized safari vehicle with open roof
  • Services of a professional English speaking driver – guide
  • All park entry fees
  • All camping fees
  • Accommodation in camp/ lodge
  • Game drives
  • Food – Start with lunch and end with lunch

COST EXCLUDES:

  • Visa
  • International flights
  • Drinking water & drinks
  • Things of personal nature (towels, toothbrush, etc.)
  • Camera, binoculars
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money
  • Laundry
  • Village visits, nature walks