Kenya·April 17 - 29 2024

Ultimate Kenya: Mount Kenya, 4985m Ascent and Massai Mara Horse Safari

Climb Peak Lenana, 4895m, Mt Kenya and See the Big Five on Horseback

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Overview

The ultimate East Africa adventure! Two of the greatest things you can do in Africa combine in this ultimate Kenya itinerary. With all the best accommodation options and all the maximum add ons possible to make this the trip of a lifetime. Arriving into Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you will spend your first night in Kenya at the world famous giraffe manor; one of the most unique hotels in the world. It is then on to Nanyuki from where we launch the first part of this great adventure - a climb to Lenana Peak, 4895m, Mount Kenya. More beautiful and less crowded than its more popular Tanzanian neighbor Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya is a classic of high altitude trekking. We then finish with a spectacular horse safari on the Massai Mara where you will see all the Big 5 and have incredible encounters with the most beautiful animals from the back of a horse.

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Highlights

Stay at Giraffe Manor

Stay at Giraffe Manor

One of the most unique hotels in the world and famous for 'breakfast with the giraffes.'

Summit Peak Lenana, 4895m

Summit Peak Lenana, 4895m

Not as famous perhaps as its Tanzanian neighbor, but more beautiful and less crowded.

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See the "Big 5" on horseback

Other safari experiences pale in comparison

Meet Your Guide

Oliver Browne (UK) - Expedition Leader

Oliver Browne (UK) - Expedition Leader

Oliver is the CEO & Founder of True Summit Adventures, a certified Mountain Leader and a respected alpinist and adventurer.


He is very familiar with climbing in East Africa, having been to the summit of Kilimanjaro, 5 times and Mt. Kenya once, in 2023. 


Oliver is also a talented horseman, having been a professional player at Guards Polo Club from 2008 to 2014.

Geordie Church (KYA) - Safari Guide and Horseman

Geordie Church (KYA) - Safari Guide and Horseman

Kenyan born horseman and safari guide, Geordie Church has been working in and around luxury safari's all his life and guided his first expedition aged 18. 


He now has more than 30 years experience of guiding and is widely considered to be one of the best private guides in the world.

Itinerary

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi - Giraffe Manor

On arrival at Nairobi International Airport, guests will be met by our team and taken to Giraffe Manor, one of the best hotels in Africa.

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Day 2: Fly to Nanyuki - Bandas Camp, 2900m

After breakfast at Giraffe Manor, we return to the airport and take a private charter to Nanyuki, the launchpad for Mount Kenya expeditions. 

We then transfer to the gate and begin the trek up through the dense bamboo forest and spend the night at the Bandas Camp, 2900m.

3hrs - 10km - 650m Ascent

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Day 3: Trek to Lake Ellis, 3600m

Today we trek through beautiful scenery and take in the views of the surrounding mountains, Mugi, Ithanguni and the Giabts Billiards Table before reaching camp at the breathtaking Lake Eliis.

3hrs - 9km - 700m Ascent


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Day 4 - Trek to Minto's Camp, 4200m

Today we enjoy breathtaking views over the Gorges Valley and Northern Morelands as we trek up to the Minto's Camp. In the afternoon we take the short hike to the 'Temple,' a 150m vertical cliff, so called because visitors bending over to enjoy the view appear to be praying.

4hrs - 12km - 600m Ascent


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Day 5 - Summit Peak Lenana, 4985m, Old Moses Camp, 3300m

Today we summit Mt Kenya's Peak Lenana, leaving the camp at 2am to arrive at the top as dawn breaks all around us and we enjoy magnificent, all around views.

We then descend to Shipton's Camp for breakfast before continuing on to Old Moses Camp, where we spend the night.

11 hrs - 24kmkm - 785m Ascent - 1685m Descent 


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Day 6 - Descend Mt Kenya, Fairmont Mount Kenya

Today we trek 2hrs to the Sirimon Gate and head to the Fairmont Mount Kenya to recharge ahead of the second half of our East African spectacular.


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Day 7 - Transfer to the Mara, Nkilenya, Lemek Conservancy

Today we transfer to Nanyuki and take a charter flight to Mara North airstrip where we meet our safari team and head to the camp.

The afternoon is spent settling in, taking a short ride or game drive.

Riding Distance: 5-10 km

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Day 8: Riding Safari, Lemek

Today is spent exploring the riverine forest and open plains of Lemek where there is an abundance of wildlife including giraffe, warthog, zebra, hartebeest, topi, wildebeest and with a little luck we might see cheetah and leopard also. 

Riding Distance 10-15 km

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Day 9: Riding Safari, Mara River

Our first full day in the saddle takes us through spectacular wildlife country with impala, gazelle, elephant, buffalo, ostrich and more. A picnic lunch is enjoyed in a patch of forest called Olomai.

After a siesta we ride down to the banks of the Mara River with its large pods of hippo and giant crocodiles.

Riding distance: 20-25 km

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Day 10: Riding Safari, Mara River

A stunning area to traverse by horse or vehicle, we may ford the Mara River and ride under the famous Siria Escarpment. The concentration of game is breathtaking - waterbuck, eland, jackal, hyena and lion can be seen here along with many other animals.

Riding distance: 10-15 km


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Day 11: Riding Safari, Kampi Ya Simba

Another full day of riding in this magical corner of the Mara where two large prides of lion make this area their home allowing for sensational big cat encounters.

We may go out after dinner by vehicle to spot some animals at night - hopefully the elusive leopard. 

Riding distance: 15-20km



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Day 12: Morning ride, to Nairobi, Hemingways

Our last morning ride in this amazing country. After brunch we say our goodbyes to the safari crew and head to the airstrip to take our charter flight back to Nairobi.

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Day 13: Explore Nairobi, Departure

Enjoy your last day in Nairobi with a city tour or relax by the pool ahead of your flight home.

Where you'll be staying

Giraffe Manor

Giraffe Manor

One of the best hotels in Africa; you will never forget "having breakfast" with these incredible animals.

Safari Tents

Safari Tents

Luxury tented accommodations with the best service and chefs.

Hemingways, Nairobi

Hemingways, Nairobi

Probably the best 5* hotel in Nairobi.

What's Included

What's Included

All Accommodation

All Meals

Airport Transfers

All Guiding

Satellite Phone

All Permints

All Internal Flights

All Transfers

International flights

Insurance

Tips to the Mountain and Safari Team

Ultimate Kenya: Mount Kenya, 4985m Ascent and Massai Mara Horse Safari

Kenya· April 17 - 29 2024· 12 nights

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