Grand Tour of Mystical Kenya
The Great Rift Valley expedition is perhaps one of the most exciting experiences in Kenya. This great gorge has everything you can hope for in a wildlife safari from lakes to rare species, birdlife and a serene environment. This, combined with luxurious lodge to cater for your accommodation, makes the great gorge the best place to enjoy your holiday in Kenya.
Start your safari in the capital city, in a lavish tree house lodge with a spectacular view of Ngong Hills. Discover a number of attractions in Nairobi such as the Karen Blixen Museum during your afternoon excursion of the city. Leave this lodge en-route to Lake Naivasha for an awesome time at the Great Rift Valley Lodge.
Explore Lake Naivasha to see hundreds of birds and hippos among other species. Later, visit Lake Nakuru and walk into its national park to see lions, giraffes, leopards, cheetahs, rhinos etc. Sail to Island Camp Baringo for a wildlife safari and water sporting adventure.
You do not have to enjoy all this alone. Bring your family, friends or spouse along for this holiday. Travel together, dine in best locations and reminisce about the experience together.
Check in at Ngong House on half board basis. This city hotel sits in a tranquil environment overlooking Ngong Hills, just 20 minutes from the city center. The most striking aspect of this lodge is its tree house design. The rooms are in a single and double storey tree house raised from the ground just like traditional tree cabins. The bedrooms are in the upper floor to give you amazing view of Ngong Hills without leaving your luxury tree house. The main house has a suite to cater for the physically challenged or those who prefer to stay away from the tree houses.
Meals are served outdoors or in the open air dining rondavel. Breakfast and lunch is served under the shade of acacia trees in the compound while dinner is served indoors.
Explore Nairobi in the afternoon. You can start with Karen Blixen Museum next door. Learn about the life of Karen Blixen, a baroness who lived in Kenya before the country’s independence. Other interesting places that you can reach with ease from Ngong House are Nairobi National Park and the Giraffe Center.
Depart for the Great Rift Valley expedition after breakfast at Ngong House. Naivasha is about a 1hr and 30 minutes drive from Nairobi. It takes about 30 minutes to fly from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to Lake Naivasha.
Check in at the Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort, which is located on Eburru Mountain. From this high point, you have amazing view of the valley and attractions around it such as the dormant Mount Longonot and Lake Naivasha.
This lodge has a variety of rooms. The garden facing units have a balcony so you can view the Great Rift Valley without leaving the comfort of your room. They have king size beds or two twin beds and handmade furniture. The Longonot double villas have a spacious living room, dining room, bedroom and a kitchen. It is the best choice for families, couples and groups of guests.
Tee off in the 18-hole golf course while enjoying the sun and the view of the Great Rift Valley. The course is well maintained and the fresh air invites you to spend several hours having fun outdoors. Other activities are nature walks in Eburru Forest. See and learn about different species of plants and birds.
Explore Hell’s Gate National Park to view animals such as zebras, gazelles, buffalos, hartebeest and baboons. There are so many other activities in this park. After a game drive, enjoy cycling through the scenic landscape, which is the reason this region is known as hell’s gate. Bird watching and rock climbing are other ways to explore this park.
Lake Nakuru is another attraction that is within reach from Great Rift Valley and Golf Resort. Flamingos circle the edge of this lake forming a beautiful pink rim. This lake is within Lake Nakuru National Park, which is home to leopards, rhinos, lions, giraffes and elephants. After two days of fine dining and relaxing in a quiet location, take this adventure to the next level.
Depart for Lake Baringo after breakfast at the Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Course. Lake Baringo is another of the must-see attractions during a Great Rift Valley expedition. It is about three hours by road. Sail by boat from the shore to Ol Kokwe Island, and check in at Island Camp Baringo.
This luxury resort has 23 en-suite tents with a papyrus roof over the canvas. The interior is furnished with handmade beds, mats and bedside stools. The transparent screen gives appealing view of the lawn and the gardens. From the private veranda of your tent, you can see the lake and other attractions beyond.
Enjoy sumptuous meals in the open dining room while viewing activity on the lake. Dinner is 5-course and lunch is a variety of salads, pasta and other light dishes.
Island Camp Baringo has a number of exciting activities such as Ol Kokwe Island cruise, birding safaris, cultural visits to mingle with the Njemps tribe in the vicinity, sundowners on Gibraltar Rock and water sports. These adventures attract a nominal fee, but the experience is worth the expense.
Get back to Lake Naivasha after an unforgettable experience in Lake Baringo. The fresh waters of this lake shimmer against the heat of the African sun. The forest around this lake is home to hundreds of birds making this location one of the birding capitals in Kenya.
Check in at the deluxe Lake Naivasha Country Club, which is one of the oldest resorts in this location, dating back to the 1930s when Lake Naivasha served as a staging post for aircrafts heading to parts of Africa or London. The buildings date back to that era, but inside, you have modern rooms furnished with adequate facilities and amenities. The rooms are varied. There are cottages, standard and executive rooms as well as a presidential suite. Dine alfresco during the day so you can enjoy the cool air from the lake. At night, have an ala carte or buffet dinner while enjoying the warmth of a log fire.
Explore Lake Naivasha through a fishing trip to look for black bass and tilapia. You will also enjoy viewing hippos in the lake especially during the sundowner boat ride while having a round of drinks. Sail to Crescent Island in the lake see gazelles, wildebeests, zebras, giraffes, monkeys, hares and waterbucks among others animals.
After the fun and adventure experienced during this safari, you may opt to take it further by going to the coast of Kenya, or end your holiday by going to Nairobi for a flight out of Kenya.