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10 Day Active Adventure in Kenya

From £4302 pp

Kenya

9 Nights / 10 Days

Private Group of 2-8 People

10 Day Active Adventure in Kenya

From £4302 pp

What You'll Do

Kenya is a country of exquisite beauty, with untouched landscapes filled with majestic wildlife and adventure around every corner. We want to take you on a rollercoaster ride filled with rafting, mountain biking, trekking, and of course a little safari. You will get far off the beaten track, to the lesser explored corners of Kenya where you will experience adrenaline-pumping action as well as precious moments to relax immersed in African wilderness.

Your adventure begins when you are met at the airport by your diver and are taken directly to your first accommodation to relax and refresh, ready to take on this action-packed 10 days. On your first day, enjoy exploring the Sanctuary Farm, where you can get up close and personal with zebra, giraffe and antelope.

Sanctuary Farm is far from your average farm. It is a 450 acre working farm that also dedicates itself to preserving much of the land it owns for essential conservation, supporting countless species of birds and other animals.

After a night of sleeping in cabins situated on the on the banks of Lake Naivasha, your second day will be made up of a banana boat safari on the waters of the lake, before a you head out on your first game drive through Enonkishu Conservancy. Here you can spot all the wildlife you picture in your minds eye on a Kenyan safari, such as elephant, lion, cheetah and hippopotamus, before you bed down for the night at an eco camp alongside the Mara River.

On your third day, enjoy a safari with a difference, as you head out into the Masai Mara on mountain bikes. This is a surreal experience, as you pedal your way through what feels like the middle of nowhere, with giraffes and zebra regarding you as you pass them by.  Many people visit the Masai Mara, but very few people have the chance to mountain bike through it.

Follow this up with a full-day safari in a 4×4 Landcruiser searching for the big five, then on day five you’ll drive to Kakamega, through lush coffee country and rolling hills, before you arrive at Lake Victoria. Kakamega is the last remaining part of true rainforest that once stretched across East Africa. Very few tourists visit it and even fewer get the opportunity to raft through it.

And on your sixth day, this is exactly what you’ll get to experience. Rafting through the incredible Kakamega forest, one of the most picturesque rafting sections in the world, is a day that will live long in the memory. You’ll experience true wilderness and that off the beaten track feel on this part of the trip, as you wild camp at a spot on the riverbank, before continuing your rafting the next day.

The next day you will complete your jungle rafting journey, before heading to Soysambu Conservancy in the Rift Valley. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for flamingo and pelican breeding, and a spot where you’ll be able to look out over the unique views of a beautiful lake, coloured pink from the sheer number of flamingo.

Rest up and then head out on truly unique day in Kenya on a camel safari. Pack all your gear onto the backs of camels and trek off into the bush. The advantage of this unique form of safari is that the wild animals you encounter don’t recognise humans riding camels as humans at all, so will go about their business entirely naturally and ignore your approach. Tonight, you will wild camp at a beautiful secluded camp next to the lake.

On your ninth day make your way out of the bush and enjoy a slap-up lunch around the pool at Serena Camp, before you make the drive back to to Nairobi. Spend a night here before visiting the world-famous Giraffe Centre, where you can hand-feed these incredible animals. Enjoy a final lunch at a spot of your choice, then head to the airport and back home.

Experience
Highlights

Get deep into the wilderness on a rafting expedition through the pristine Kakamega Rainforest

Enjoy a unique expedition through the Maasai Mara on a mountain bike safari

Enjoy a safari with a difference on a camel safari hike with across Soysambu Conservancy

Your Local Host:

James

Our company was established in 1990 by our founder Mark Savage. Mark was a bush pilot at the time and flew his plane up the Athi River. He spotted what looked like fantastic rafting. A year later he purchased his first raft and paddles.

The operation moved up to Sagana and the Tana river, where it has grown and grown. James Savage, Marks’s son, now runs the company and it has grown into Kenya’s top outdoor adventure provider, facilitating adventure trips to all ends of Kenya.

Experience Itinerary

Arrival Day and Sanctuary Farm

Arrive in Nairobi and transfer to Lake Naivasha (1.5 hrs), in the heart of the rift valley. Your first stop will be Sanctuary Farm, where you can experience walking with some of Kenya’s most iconic wild animals. It’s a stunning spot, with giant Acacia Trees and a beautiful lake, where giraffes, zebra and 5 types of antelope wander freely.

From here you will carry on around the lake to Carnellys Camp, where you can enjoy the spectacular views as you relax around their incredible bar and pizzeria. Today no meals are included as you will stop at malls for lunch, and Carnellys itself is a restaurant.

Accommodation

Carnellys Camp

camp near lake naivasha in kenya

Boat Safari

Start the day off with a boat safari on Lake Naivasha. Pack your binoculars as this is a haven for lake birds. Enjoy views of fish eagles swooping down over the calm waters of the lake, which are home to hippopotamus, crocodiles and more. As far as a first day of wildlife spotting goes, between the colobus monkeys leaping through the branches of the wooded lakeside and the huge variety of birdlife, this safari ticks a lot of boxes.

From Naivasha, jump back into the bus and drive 5 hrs into the heart of the Masai Mara. Here you will arrive at your next accommodation on the atmospheric banks of the Mara River.

Accommodation

Bandas In The Wild

hotel reception in kenya

Mountain Bike Safari

The adventure begins in earnest now as you jump into the saddle for a bike ride across the incredible plains of the Mara Savannah. This isn’t only just cycling for fun through spectacular wildlife, but it’s also travelling with the aim of reaching your camp in the middle of the African bush.

Look out for zebra, wilderbeest, giraffes and rhino as you pedal through pure wilderness, your expert guides keeping you on track and safe on this truly memorable day in Kenya.

Satisfyingly weary after a day of exploring, settle into your private campsite and relax around the fire, as you regale your fellow travellers with your stories of the incredible days’ adventures.

Accommodation

Camp in the Masai Mara

tent interior in kenya

Game Drive in the Masai Mara

After breakfast, you will be picked up by a 4×4 landcruiser to head out on a magical safari around the Masai Mara. Search for the big 5 as you cruise around one of the most incredible safari destinations in the world.

There a few places on earth that you might stand a chance of seeing lion, leopard, buffalo, rhinoceros and elephant in one day, but in the Kenyan savannah which teems with wildlife, if you’re lucky you could tick this bucket list experience off in one day.

You will then head back to Bandas In The Wild for a relaxing, late afternoon swim and laze by the pool.

Accommodation

Bandas In The Wild

bandas in the wild exterior

Travel to the Kakamega Rainforest

Today, you will depart the open plains of the Masai Mara and head up to the lush, dense jungles of the Kakamega Rainforest. An early start is followed by the longest drive of the trip (7hrs), which although long, will allow you to drink in a great portion of the country from the window, as you watch the landscape slowly turn more green and full of life.

When you arrive in Kakamega you will be staying at Rondo Retreat: beautiful wooden cabins set amongst the dense rainforest. Kakamega Rainforest is Kenya’s last remaining part of the great equatorial rainforest that stretched from West to East Africa.

After you arrive, relax in the Grand Rondo Retreat lounge, or go for a guided nature walk through the forest.

Accommodation

Rondo Retreat

rondo retreat in kenya

Raft Through the Rainforest

This day sets you off on another highlight of your tri – rafting through the Kakamega Rainforest. This is a brilliant mix of scenic flat water with giant palms and wild orchids, as well as raging jungle rapids. You will see monkeys swinging through the trees, jumping over the rafts and the amazing red of the Nandie Flame tree set against the lush green jungle.

You’ll travel along the river to places rarely visited by other tourists, and get a sense that you are exploring true, untamed wilderness. To add this this sense of adventure, your guide will decide on a spot based on how far you have travelled and the conditions on the bank, where you will set up camp for the night, far from civilisation.

After a full day of rafting, you will be very glad to pull into your campsite for the night still with some rafting to go for the next day.

Accommodation

Wild camping in Kakamega

Journey to the Great Rift Valley

After an early start, spend a half day of the river as you raft out of the incredible Kakamega river, and back to civilisation.

After an early lunch, you will jump back on the bus with a 4-hour drive back towards central Kenya and the last stop on the trip; Soysambu Conservancy. Arrive for sundowners and a lovely evening in the Luxury Elmenteita Serena Hotel, set in the heart of Kenya’s Great Rift Valley – a truly magical place to spend your final nights in this beautiful country.

 

 

Accommodation

Serena Hotel

Camel Safari

Wake up to an early start to pack your belongings, then head out on a truly unique experience on a camel safari. Start by loading up the camels with your gear, then join the caravan as you trek across the African Savannah to find a suitable camping spot for the night.

One of the highlights of walking with camels is that you blend into the natural world, with wild animals not so much as giving you a glance. This allows you a special safari experience you could never achieve in a 4×4. Of cours, you can also enjoy the unique behavioural traits of this highly charismatic animal: the camel.

Camp under the stars next to Lake Elementaita, a UNESCO World Heritage site made famous as a flamingo breeding ground. Put the camels to bed before resting yourself, once again far from nature in one of the most spectacular natural settings you are ever likely to make camp.

Accommodation

Wild camp by Lake Elementaita

Volcano Hike

Today you have the option of an early morning where, before breakfast, your guide will take you for a walk up one of the many volcanic craters, where you can drink in the enormous, panoramic views of the Rift Valley as the sun rises over the plains and lakes.

This is followed by breakfast in the camp, before you set off, camels in tow, along the banks of Lake Elementaita, enjoying beautiful views of flamingos and pelicans in this unique UNESCO World Heritage site.

Arrive for a slap-up lunch put on by Serena Hotel, and enjoy a swim in their pool before jumping back on the bus for your 3hr drive back to Nairobi.

Accommodation

Serena Hotel

double bed in a hotel in kenya

Giraffe Centre and Departure Day

Before your flight, we recommend doing a few incredible activities in Nairobi, including the giraffe centre, where you can hand-feed giraffes.

You will then be driven to the airport to get your flights and return home with everlasting memories of an incredible trip to Kenya. We hope you have had an amazing time, and that we will see you back in Kenya soon!

Location Information

Your adventure begins when you are picked up from JKIA Airport in Nairobi, and will take you to some of the farthest flung corners of Kenya. You will be taken back to the airport at the end of your trip.

Tour breakdown:

Night 1: Lake Naivasha
Night 2-3: Masai Mara
Night 4: Lake Naivasha
Night 5-6: Kakamega rainforest
Night 7-8: Lake Elmentita
Night 9: Nairobi

  • All accommodation (wild camping and hotels)
  • All meals except on the 1st and last day
  • Non-alcoholic drinks
  • All park fees
  • Highly qualified guides and instructors for all experiences
  • Boat safari on Lake Naivasha
  • Mountain bike safari in Masai Mara
  • Rafting expedition in Kakamega rainforest
  • Camel safari at Lake Elementaita
  • Taxes
  • All transfers

FAQs

December, November, and May experience heavy rains in Kenya, so those months are a no-go. February and September are too dry for rafting.