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Itinerary

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February 1, 2020

Day 1

Karibu Kenya!! Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), you will be met by your guide and driven to your first hotel on the outskirts of Nairobi, in the neighborhood of Karen.

 

After your long journey, this unique and exclusive accommodation is the perfect place to unwind and get a great night’s rest before your adventure begins. Enjoy dinner on the hotel grounds and fall asleep to sounds of tree hyrax. 

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 Meals: Social Hour | Dinner

One-Forty Eight Hotel            

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February 4, 2020

Day 4

Rise with the rays of the African sun and set out a private, guided rhino tracking experience. Touch, smell, see and hear nature as you explore Ol Pejeta with an experienced ranger and guide.

 

After a bush breakfast served out in the open savannah, visit the last two northern white rhinos, Fatu and Najin, and learn about the conservancy’s dedication to the endangered species.

 

This afternoon, hop back on your bike and experience the Laikipian savannah from your saddle. Snap pictures while riding among herds of zebra and impala.

 

During dinner, learn more about the conservancy and the future of rhinos from Richard Vigne, Ol Pejeta’s CEO. 

 

Today’s Ride:

Approx 25km~16miles/ 500m~1800ft

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Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Social Hour | Dinner

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February 7, 2020

Day 7

Your day, your decision. Choose to rise early and head out on an exclusive rhino tracking experience with expert rangers. Or choose a different option for the day: horse-back riding through the savannah, walking through the bush, game drive to spot endemic species, or mountain biking around the conservancy.

 

This afternoon head out with Borana’s expert guides on a game drive and enjoy sundowners at a private location. Enjoy dinner at the lodge with the owners Michael and Nicky Dyer, to learn about the past, present and future of the Borana Conservancy and their dedication to wildlife conservation and community.

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Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Social Hour | Dinner

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February 10, 2020

Day 10

The morning air will be brisk as you emerge from your tent, but with a hot cup of tea and a filling breakfast, you will feel ready to move closer to the summit. Today’s trek will leave the Moorland and enter the unique lunar landscape dotted with more groundsels and lobelias; vegetation that is endemic to Mt. Kenya and very unique in its adaptation to the varying temperatures of the mountain.

 

This afternoon we will settle down next to Simba Tarn and get an early night before tackling the tantalizingly close peak of Lenana.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Today’s Walk:

Approx 12km with 850m of altitude gain 

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Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Dinner

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February 2, 2020

Day 2

Wake to the sounds of ibis birds flying overhead and sip on Kenya’s fine coffee at breakfast. This morning, visit the Giraffe Centre to meet the endangered Rothschild giraffe and learn about this famous, Nature Education Centre. Then take a privately chartered flight (50min) from Nairobi to the base of Mt. Kenya and check into the historical Fairmont Mt. Kenya Safari Club. After lunch, hop on your mountain bike for your first bike ride.

 

You will become acquainted with the bike and beautiful scenery by riding through Mt Kenya Wildlife Conservancy. This conservancy and the animal orphanage are home to countless species and support breeding programs for the endangered mountain bongo. Tonight, watch the sun’s rays light up the glaciers on Mt. Kenya as you discuss Laikipia landscape, conservation and the future of rhinos with Executive Director of Laikipia Forum, Peter Hetz.


Today’s Ride:

Approx 16km~10mi / 170m~600ft 

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Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Social Hour | Dinner

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February 5, 2020

Day 5

After a private morning game drive, say goodbye to OPC and head to Lolldaiga Hills. Today and tonight will surely be remembered. We will experience Laikipia by foot and will walk through the hills and valleys of Lolldaiga.

 

Your guides will explain your surrounding from the smallest signs to the largest mammals.

 

We will also be joined by biologist Tom Butynski who is a leading primatologist in Africa. Tonight enjoy camping in luxury canvas tents in the middle of Laikipia’s wilderness. We will camp under the African sky and gather around the fire to hear tales of the bush.

 

 


Today’s Walk:

10km ~ 6miles

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Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Social Hour | Dinner

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February 8, 2020

Day 8

After a lavish breakfast, say “kwaheri” to Borana Conservancy. We board our 4-wheel drive vehicles and head to the start of our mountain trek. Here we’ll be met by our guide and porters from African Ascents.

 

Mount Kenya is one of the most enchanting and alluring mountains in Africa. The highest peaks of the mountain are Batian (5,199m ~ 17,057ft), Nelion (5,188m ~ 17,021ft), which are technical climbs, and Point Lenana (4,985m~16,335ft), which is the highest trekking peak.

 

We will climb to Lenana via Timau route, enjoying an access that is full of solitude and peace. Witness some of the most splendid scenes on the mountain, with good chances of seeing wildlife and birds at higher altitudes. Today’s trek will take about 4 hours and you will start at the edge of the Moorland Zone. We will spend the night at Marania Camp and enjoy our first mountain dinner under the stars.


Today’s Walk:

Approx 8km with 500m of altitude gain 

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Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Dinner

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February 11, 2020

Day 11

Step outside your tent to the bright stars and sip on a hot beverage before heading up to the summit. The 2-hour trek to the peak of Lenana will give you the opportunity to see one of the best sunrises ever. You will find breathtaking views of the two technical peaks, Batian and Nelion, and the vast lands of Kenya below.

 

Take a moment to reflect as you gaze over Laikipia and see the landscape that you have helped to protect. After soaking in the views, you will descend a different route to Mackinder’s valley for a full breakfast. You will then make your way down into fields of groundsels and lobelias, the moorland, and finally the forest of Mt Kenya. Tonight, we will return to the Mt. Kenya Safari Club and celebrate your achievement!

 

 


Today’s Walk:

Approx 12km with130m of altitude gain

 

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Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Social Hour | Dinner

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February 3, 2020

Day 3

Your first full day of biking will take you from Mt Kenya Safari Club to your first rhino conservancy. You will ride on forest roads, where you may be lucky to spot black and white colobus monkeys jumping above. Ride through tree nurseries, bamboo forests, and descend single track next to potato fields that are farmed by local Kikuyu people.

 

After lunch head to the renowned Ol Pejeta Conservancy, (OPC) a leading model for sustainable wildlife conservation and home to 110 black rhinos, two northern white rhinos and 30 southern white rhinos. Tonight, enjoy a gourmet meal under the stars of the African sky at the renowned Kicheche Camp. 

 

 

 

 

 


Today’s Ride:

Approx 33km~20miles / 500m~1800ft

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Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Social Hour | Dinner

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February 6, 2020

Day 6

Wake to the calls of the masked weaver birds and enjoy a bush breakfast. Hop on the bikes and ride out of Lolldaiga onto Ole Naishu, a ranch planning to support rhinos in the near future. Finish your ride in Borana Conservancy.

 

Borana Conservancy is part of the larger Lewa-Borana landscape; a piece of land 93,000 acres in size dedicated to the conservation of wildlife. It hosts over 150 rhinos. Borana Conservancy’s location provides an idyllic setting for any African experience, as it’s exceptionally beautiful and home to over 300 bird species and some of the highest populations of endangered wildlife.

 

Settle into your room and enjoy a drink from your private porch.


Today’s Ride:

Approx 35km~23 miles / 500m1800ft 

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Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Social Hour | Dinner

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February 9, 2020

Day 9

Enjoy a hot breakfast while the sun warms up the slopes of Mt. Kenya. Today’s trek will continue through the Moorland and you will start to take note of the mountain’s amazing vegetation including Lobelia and Senecio plants.

 

Lunch on the edge of Marania Spring and soak in the views from the North of the mountain. Tonight we will camp at Major’s camp, which lies at 3,800m ~ 12,470 ft. Relax beneath dramatic rock faces and then enjoy another home-cooked meal. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Today’s Walk:

Approx 14km with 600m of altitude gain

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Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Dinner

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February 12, 2020

Day 12

Enjoy a luxurious breakfast while staring up to the slopes of Mt. Kenya. Choose to head out one more time on your bike through the conservancy or relax on the hotel grounds. Gather with Laikipia Forum’s Executive Director, to reflect on your experience and share ideas about how to stay involved in the conservation of Laikipia’s landscape. As you say your goodbyes and board your privately chartered flight back to Nairobi, you will have come a full circle.

 

Not only have you discovered Laikipia and tasted some of what it has to offer, you have met the endangered rhinos, you have climbed Africa’s second tallest peak and you have become a leader in conservation. Your trip to Laikipia and your contribution to the Rhino Revival Fund through Adventure for Rhinos, will help the future of wildlife and people of Laikipia.


Today’s Ride:

Approx 16km~10mi with 200m~700 of altitude gain

Meals: Breakfast | Morning Tea & Coffee

Departure

Price for a Trip of a Lifetime 

 

12 days/11 nights 

$11,595 per person (based on double occupancy) 

The price of this trip includes no margins. Your trip price includes a $2000 USD donation to the Rhino Revival Fund. In other words, close to 20% of your trip price goes to the future of rhino conservation in Laikipia, Kenya. 

 

For solo travelers an additional $1250*

*Single Occupancy: 

Sometimes it’s more convenient and comfortable to have your own room while on vacation. We understand and that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The additional price guarantees a private room all to yourself.

 

For What is Included and Not Included please click here.

 

For any questions regarding payment and pricing, please contact us here or info@africanascents.com 

Add-On Packages

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February 14-16, 2020

10 to 4 Mountain Bike Race

One of the best-kept secrets on Africa’s adventure tourism calendar is the Mt Kenya Mountain Bike Race, with routes for all abilities. Raising money for Mount Kenya Trust, riders start at an altitude of 10,000ft and drop through alpine moorlands, forests, and gamefilled plains to end on a private wildlife conservancy at 4,000ft. For the second year running the 10to4 also offers the Altitude Horse Ride, for participants to horseback ride alongside wildlife through untouched wilderness and a 21km run, the CHASE, that takes place through farmland, the Ngare Ndare forest and onto the Borana plains.

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At Your Leisure

R& R on the Coast 

After adventuring through Laikipia, decide to head to the coast of Kenya with its long, unspoiled beaches, great fishing and amazing Indian Ocean. Find some rest and relaxation at Manda Bay, a small boutique lodge located on the tip of an unspoiled, idyllic island where barefoot luxury meets chic simplicity. 

Check out this great video to get a better idea of the area. 

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At Your Leisure

Let's Go Travel Packages

Let’s Go Travel is a Kenyan based tour company that specializes in creating authentic safari experiences, whether you are looking for a relaxing family vacation, a romantic beach and bush honeymoon, or a thrilling wildlife adventure. They also offer unbeatable international holiday and world tour packages.

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Please note that your final itinerary may vary slightly as we continuously research and develop minor details of the trip. Inclement weather—though we’d like to think there won’t be any—may also necessitate minor alterations, possibly including accommodation. 

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Your Guides

Julian Wright

 

African Ascents Company Director, Lead Guide/ Field Expert, Professional Mountaineer
 

Julian Wright is a highly experienced rock climber and mountaineer originally from Kenya. His passion for the mountains began at the early age of 14 and has resulted is creation of his own company, African Ascents. For the past 6 years Julian has been guiding trips on Mt. Kenya and Kilimanjaro, both trekking and technical climbing. He has also led trips in South East Asia, USA and Europe. Julian is a mountain lover, an honorary warden, a brother, and an adventure seeker. His qualifications as a guide are numerous including Wilderness Medic, multipitch supervisor and safari guide.

Tara Hetz

A world nomad and adventure seeker, cycling guide and Wilderness Medicine Instructor 

Raised in the middle of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, Tara’s unique childhood was spent living amongst East Africa’s wildlife. At a young age she was immersed in her parents’ careers in conservation, tourism and environmental education. Inspired by their work and her love of the the natural world, Tara is combining her passions of adventure travel and conservation. Her degree is in Conservation Biology from St. Lawrence University. She works as a cycling guide for Trek Travel (US company) and as a wilderness medicine instructor for SOLO Schools (Conway, NH). She is the creator of this trip and thrilled to bring you on an adventure of a lifetime. Her favorite animal is the gerenuk and she loves dancing to West African Music. 

Read about Tara in the Shelburne News

 

What's Included

  • All accommodation

  • Meals as indicated with wine, beer and house spirits at all properties (except while trekking on Mt. Kenya) 

  • Services of professional and experienced guides (cycling, walking, trekking) throughout the trip 

  • All conservancy entries, special events and private tours 

  • 3 support vehicles for the duration of the trip 

  • All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off, including baggage transportation 

  • Emergency medical evacuation services in Kenya for the duration of the trip*

  • Meals with conservancy owners and special guests throughout the trip, including biologists and rangers

  • Bike, Bicycle helmet, water bottles, cycling jersey 

  • Domestic flights

  • Daily route directions and maps

  • Security during the trip with armed rangers in all conservancies

* Includes Flying Doctors and Austrian Alpine Club for Mountain Emergency evacuation

What's not Included

  • International flights to Kenya

  • Entry visas

  • Personal Cancellation & Emergency insurance

  • Items of a personal nature 

  • Gratuity for your guides and drivers

  • Lodging before and after the trip

 

Testimonials

"I just returned from an excellent 3-week trip organized by African Ascents. I climbed Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania with Julius as our guide, and Mt. Kenya (Lenana, Pt. John, Nelion and Batian), Mt. Satima and Mt. Longonot in Kenya. African Ascents provides highly qualified staff, great food and a very well organized trip. Thank you for everything you did to make this trip possible. David Hart Anchorage, Alaska"

Date of experience: January 2018

 

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"Was recently on the WildMedix Mount Kenya Expedition and had most incredible experience with Jullian Wright and his wonderful team at African Ascents!!!! It was truly unforgettable and very professional, with exquisite satiating delicious cuisine by Davis and Stephen 3 x a day. An amazing tipitent with a fire!!!!!

Julian and Elijah were impressive, inspiring, patient and courteous Guides. Can only but highly highly recommend!!!! Do yourself a favour and book a tour with these guys!!!!!"

Date of experience: September 2018