Mt. Kenya Summit Peaks Circuit

Highly recommended for experienced and the inexperienced high altitude trekkers, as it offers maximum time for acclimatization, virtually guaranteeing successful ascent to the summit. From Shipton’s, you skirt the high peaks to the east, bypassing Kami and Two-tarn huts as you marvel at the splendid view of the rocky towers, tarns and suspended glaciers of the west face of Batian peak to attempt the summit from Mackinders camp in the Teleki valley and eventually descending through the Sirimon.

Highly recommended for experienced and the inexperienced high altitude trekkers, as it offers maximum time for acclimatization, virtually guaranteeing successful ascent to the summit. From Shipton’s, you skirt the high peaks to the east, bypassing Kami and Two-tarn huts as you marvel at the splendid view of the rocky towers, tarns and suspended glaciers of the west face of Batian peak to attempt the summit from Mackinders camp in the Teleki valley and eventually descending through the Sirimon.

6 Days

Nairobi Mt. Kenya Mountain Rock Lodge (FB)
Day 1
Morning transfer from Nairobi, arriving at Mountain Rock Lodge for lunch. In the afternoon is a nature walk (3-4 hours) through the forest to the Mau Mau caves, the former hideouts for Kenya’s pre-independence guerrilla fighters who fought against the British colonial masters. The escort naturalist guide for the trek talks about their history and the flora and fauna of the forest. Dinner and overnight.
Mt. Kenya Old Moses Camp (3,300m) (FB)
Day 2
Leave the lodge by 1000hrs together with your guide and porters and drive for less than two hours to Sirimon Park gate (2600m). On completion of park entry formalities, have picnic lunch then begin a 3-4 hour hike through forest. Ascend 700m bypassing the bamboo, rosewood and heather zones to Old Moses camp. The forest and bamboo are home to hundreds of buffaloes, elephants, bushbucks and a plethora of bird species. Dinner and overnight.
Mt. Kenya Shiptons Camp (4,200m) (FB)
Day 3
After an early breakfast commence a 6-7 hour trek to Shipton’s camp. The hike is awesome but a good test on individual endurance on the mountain as you cover a 900M ascent in 6-7 hours. The moorland walk takes you across hills and valleys in the sprawling moorlands where you see several unique and interesting plants and animals including the Giant groundsels and lobelias and the mountain hyrax. Dinner and overnight.
Mt. Kenya Mackinder’s Camp (4,300m) (FB)
Day 4
Departing at 0800hrs ascend the Hausberg Col (4,700m) then descend steeply to Hausberg valley and Oblong tarns before making a further steep ascent, crossing huge boulders via Two Tarn on the way to Mackinder’s camp (4,300m) which is located along the Naromoru route within the Teleki Valley. Dinner and overnight.
Point Lenana (4,985m) Shipton’s Camp (4,200m) (FB)
Day 5
Leaving the camp at 0300hrs you hike up the steep scree slopes and glacier to Point Lenana (4985m), the hiker’s summit. It is planned that you arrive in time to witness the African Sun rising over the equator, reflect its golden glow on the Majestic peaks of Batian and Nelion. Later descend to Shipton’s camp (4200m) for breakfast then relax for the rest of the day. Dinner and overnight.
Sirimon road head Sirimon road head (2,600m)
Day 6

Have an early breakfast before your descend to Sirimon road head (2600m) in 4-5 hours, from where you connect the vehicle for transfer back to your next destination for a hot shower and lunch and relax for the rest of the afternoon.


The Rongai route begins on the northern side of the mountain and is the least traveled, remote and less frequently used route. It is easily approached from Amboseli N/P to the starting point you are rewarded by fantastic views and the likelihood that you will be the only climbers around. If you take this route up the mountain you will descend via the Mweka Route or Marangu route.

Nairobi – Amboseli  Mama Africa Eco-Tented Camp
Day 1
Depart to Kilimanjaro forest glades via Amboseli N/P, where you will overnight in preparation for your climb the next day.
Nale Moru (1,950 m) Central Bevy Camp (2,600 m)
Day 2
After breakfast we will transfer you to Rongai. The climb begins from the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru (1,950 m.) on a small path that wind through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the beautiful Kilimanjaro Columbus Monkey. These monkeys are black with a long ‘cape’ of white hair and a flowing white tail. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone (2,600 m) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains. [3-4 hours walking]
Central Bevy Camp (2,600 m) Kikelelwa Caves Camp (3,600 m)
Day 3
The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the ‘Second Cave’ (3,450 m.) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern icefields on the crater rim. After lunch, we leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Our campsite is in a sheltered valley with giant senesces near Kikelelwa Caves (3.600 m.) [6-7 hours walking]
Kikelelwa Caves Camp (3,600 m) Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4,330m)
Day 4
A short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb all-round views and a tangible sense of wilderness. We leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn (4,330 m.), spectacularly situated in a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatization. [3-4 hours walking]
Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4,330m) School Hut Campsite (4,750 m)
Day 5
We cross the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach School campsite (4,750 m.) at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night! [4-5 hours walking]
School Hut campsite (4,750 m) Uhuru Peak (5,896 m)/ Mweka Hut (3,720 m)
Day 6
We will start the final, and by far the steepest and most demanding, part of the climb by torchlight around 12 mid- night. We plod very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic rise to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point (5,685 m.) We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m.); passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Barafu (4,600 m.) is surprisingly fast and, after some refreshment, we continue the descent to reach our final campsite at Mweka Hut (3,720 m.). [11-15 hours walking]
Mweka Hut (3,720 m) Park Gate at Mweka (1,830 m)
Day 7
A steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mweka gate (2,700m.), descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the Park gate at Mweka (1,830 m.). [5-6 hours walking. You will be transferred to Springlands Hotel or alternative Hotel in Moshi for overnight.


Kampala Hotel Africana (HB)
Day 1

Upon arrival at Entebbe International airport you will be received by Sowbic tours representative and there after you will be transferred to the hotel for breakfast / rest or dinner and over night depending on your flight schedules.


Kibale N/ P Primates Lodge
Day 2

Drive to Fort Portal passing via Mityana-Mubende road. Have a stop over in Mubende and visit the Nakayima tree. Have lunch en route and continue to Kibale forest national park arriving in the afternoon. Check in and relax at the lodge or explore the nearby Crater Lake. Dinner and Overnight.


Chimpanzee tracking- Kibale Forest Primates Lodge (FB)
Day 3

Wake up and have an early morning breakfast and then go for chimpanzee tracking. You will go to Kanyanchu tourist centre and get briefed then join the destination guide who will take you through the forest and show you some tree species, as well as tell you the different features of the forest. After having lunch, take an afternoon nature walk through the Bigodi swamp to see swamp birds, primates as well as some of the community Based projects financed by tourism. Dinner and Overnight.


Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP Jacana Lodge (FB)
Day 4

Depart to Queen Elizabeth national park located in the foothills of the Mountains of the moon, one of the great mountain ranges of the world. As you continue to the park you may see different animals and birds given that the park has got about 100 mammal species and a remarkable 606 bird species. Dinner and Overnight.


Kyambura Chimp trek Jacana Lodge (FB)
Day 5

You will take an early excursion to Kyambura gorge to track the fast moving and elusive chimpanzees. Though seeing these mobile chimpanzees is unpredictable, the walk is wonderful. Alternatively visit the Maramagambo Forest where you will see the bat cave, the blue lake and several primates. In the afternoon take a launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel which is blessed with many hippos, solitary buffaloes, and a vast array of birds. You will then have an evening game drive in the park. Dinner and Overnight.


The Ishasha to Bwindi Buhoma Lodge. (FB)
Day 6

Have an early start for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, passing through the Ishasha sector, well known for the tree climbing lions, or through an alternative route passing through cultivated expanses. After lunch, go for a nature walk or a community visit. Dinner and Overnight.


Bwindi Gorilla Park Buhoma Lodge. (FB)
Day 7

Following an early breakfast, you will proceed to the forest for gorilla tracking. Encountering the largest and heaviest primates is an adventurous and memorable activity which can’t be easily forgotten. Tracking from Bwindi involves walking up steep densely forested hills; therefore some fitness is required. After having packed lunch take a leisurely nature or community walk if time permits. Dinner and Overnight.


Return to Kampala Grand Imperial Hotel (HB)
Day 8

After breakfast return for Kampala having lunch enroute. You will get to Kampala in the afternoon and rest at your hotel for the afternoon.

You can have a walk around the hotel; take a swim in the pool at the hotel. Dinner and overnight.

Natural Kenya

Nairobi Panafric Hotel {HB}

Day 1

Upon arrival you will be welcomed by Sowbic Tours Representative and transferred to the hotel for dinner and over night.


The Ol Pejeta Conservancy Sweetwaters Game Reserve {FB}
Day 2 – 4

After breakfast checkout from the hotel and drive to Laikipia through the highlands of Kenya. Arriving at Nanyuki at lunch time.

The Ol Pejeta Conservancy – a 90,000-acre private wildlife conservancy – is situated on the equator, in Kenya’s Laikipia District, between the foot hills of the Aberdares and the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kenya. The Ol Pejeta Conservancy boasts an astounding variety of animals, including the “Big Five” (the
endangered black and white rhino, leopard, elephant, buffalo and lion), Grevy’s zebra, Jackson’s hartebeest, cheetah and chimpanzee. The combination of amazing wildlife and stunning views across the open plains of Ol Pejeta guarantees an unforgettablesafari experience.

Sweetwaters Game Reserve is 110,000-acre private ranch with magnificent views across the plains to the snow capped peaks of Mount Kenya. This game sanctuary is the closest reserve to Nairobi (2.5 hours drive) home to all the big five game, and has the highest ratio of game-to-area of any park or reserve in Kenya. Its popular waterhole is floodlit by night, providing excellent and secluded rarely seen game viewing.

Game drives at Sweetwaters are indeed a pleasure. Game viewing may also take the form of game walks accompanied by our Resident Naturalist, and game rides on horseback. Camel riding, night game drives and “bush” lunches or dinners are a delight. The Chimpanzee Sanctuary is most informative and entertaining and should all be visited while in the Game Reserve. The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary is incorporated within the Ol Pejeta Conservancy and is the only place in Kenya where this highly endangered and remarkably intelligent species can be seen.

What to learn in the conservancy

·        Tourism & Community Development

·        Wildlife conservancy

·        Ecological Monitoring


Laikipia Thomson Falls lodge {FB}
Day 5

After breakfast drive Thomson falls Lodge to check in and have early lunch before you drive to Larik forest community water project. You will be received by the community committee of the project who will inform you of the projects mission and vision. There after interact with the community by also visiting some of their projects.

Later in the afternoon drive back to Thomson falls arriving the late in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at Thomson Falls lodge.


Nakuru Lake Nakuru Lodge {FB}

Day 6

Morning breakfast at the lodge and depart for Lake Nakuru National Park, best known for its flamingos and home to many animals including waterbuck, leopards Rothschild giraffe and the endangered black rhino. Check in the Lake Nakuru Lodge and have lunch before proceeding to the park for afternoon game drive. Later, back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.


Kericho Kericho Tea Hotel {FB}
Day 7

After breakfast checkout from the lodge then drive to Kericho. The district is home to the world famous Kenyan best Tea which valued is for its attractive color, brisk flavor and textures of fragrant leaves. You will take a walking adventure at the tea estate. Later, dinner and overnight at the lodge.


Maasai Mara Mara Hippo Tented Camp {FB}
Day 8

After breakfast depart to Maasai Mara the “New seventh wonder of the world”. This is a result of more than million wildebeest migration from Serengeti to Maasai Mara through Mara River. Red-clad Maasai warriors tend their herds of cattle among the wildlife, admirably unmoved by the presence of large predators. Check in time for lunch. After lunch you will have game drives and visit Talek River if it will time for wildebeest migration. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.


Maasai Mara Mara Hippo Tented Camp {FB}
Day 9

After breakfast full day of game drives, Maasai Mara offers the most exciting game drive in Africa spectacular game experiences and superb photographic opportunities. The park has a permanent population of plains game. The “big five” – elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino are quite common. You will have packed lunch with you hence no need of going back to the lodge. Have extensive game drive there after visit Masaai cultural village for a cultural dance and learning how to slaughter a goat following the Maasai traditional rituals. You can also join them in meat roasting in the wild. Dinner and over night the lodge.

Crater Crater Lake Lodge {FB}
Day 10

After breakfast drive to Naivasha to arrive in time Lunch at the Crater lodge. The lodge is built on the shores of green volcanic like in the bottom of an old volcanic crater. Afternoon walking adventure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.


Nairobi Departure {FB}
Day 11

After breakfast drive to Nairobi. Have stopover to view spectacular Great Rift Valley at view point. Visit Giraffe centre to “Kiss a Giraffe”, then Safari walk, lunch at Rangers Restaurant which is next to Nairobi National Park. Tour Nairobi City for shopping. Later in the evening farewell dinner at Carnivore restaurant before being transferred to the airport for departure.