This active Kenyan trip covers a lot of ground in under a week. After a night in the bustling capital, a private driver will take you on a scenic drive to Mount Kenya National Park. This is where you'll hike to a camp situated above 10,000 feet, with views of the country's highest peak. Then, descend to Nanyuki—a traveler hub with international cuisine—before heading to a renowned wildlife conservancy for a day of adventures. Finish with a morning game drive before returning to Nairobi.

Highlights

  • Check out Nairobi's flea markets, coffee shops, and eateries on your first day
  • Experience stunning African landscapes and bird species on your guided hike
  • Stay a night in a mountain camp and meet fellow trekkers from around the world
  • Spend an entire day picking wildlife adventures in a friendly, non-profit conservancy
  • Stop for cool souvenirs in Nairobi before heading to the airport on departure day

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Nairobi - Free Time Nairobi
Day 2 Transfer to Mount Kenya - Hike to Old Moses Mount Kenya National Park
Day 3 Descend Mount Kenya - Transfer to Nanyuki Nanyuki
Day 4 Transfer to Ol Pejeta Conservancy - Wildlife Safari Laikipia
Day 5 Morning Game Drive - Transfer to Nairobi - Depart Kenya  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Nairobi - Free Time

Fruit market in Nairobi
A traditional fruit market in Nairobi

Welcome to the capital of Kenya! If you have a window seat on the flight, you'll likely see Nairobi National Park before touching down on the runway. One of the many aspects of what makes this city unique is the closeness of its 73-square-mile (117 km) park. This area is not a zoo, rather a vast protected space where animals roam happily and free. 

Upon landing at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you'll be picked up by a private driver and transferred to your hotel. Nairobi is the largest city in Kenya, with over six million residents, and it was founded in the late 19th century by colonial authorities in British East Africa as a rail depot on the Uganda Railway. The name originated from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nairobi (cold water), referring to the Nairobi River, which flows through the city. 

The rest of the day is free time to explore any way you'd like. You might want to rest after the journey or visit some of the city's produce and flea markets. Cap off the day by eating a meal at an authentic Kenyan restaurant. 

Day 2: Transfer to Mount Kenya - Hike to Old Moses

The summit of Mt. Kenya
Catch views of Mount Kenya, which may be snowcapped

After breakfast at your hotel, you'll be picked up by a private driver early enough to avoid the city traffic jam as you make your way to Mount Kenya National Park (109 miles/175 km) with lunch served along the way. This is the highest peak in Kenya and the 2nd highest in Africa, so keep your camera close. 

The scenery as you enter the park is breathtaking. Mount Kenya is not only a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve but also a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well. Within its boundaries are landscapes including alpine vegetation and dense forests, lakes, glaciers, mineral springs, as well as and rare and endangered species of animals.

Visitors to the park come for a range of outdoor pursuits like hiking, rock climbing, and caving (also known as spelunking). Once you reach the park gate you will adjust your gears, fill out some park entry paperwork, and then lace-up for a 5.6-mile (9 km) hike to Old Moses Mountain Camp for your overnight. This is a well-run mountain lodge at 10,837 feet (3300 m) and a common first stop along the popular Sirimon trekking route. There are clean bathrooms, dormitory bunks with a kitchen and dining area, and spacious grounds for setting up tents. 

In the evening you'll have dinner at the camp and the ability to meet fellow trekkers from around the world. Enjoy the views!

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Day 3: Descend Mount Kenya - Transfer to Nanyuki

Enjoy more Mount Kenya views as you make the descent

Today, wake up to a spectacular sunrise at Old Moses Camp! You'll have time to enjoy the views over breakfast before you hit the trail. The return hike descends through four of Mount Kenya's vegetation belts—tropical rain forest, bamboo jungle, rosewood, and heather zones—and you'll want to enjoy every moment. 

You'll arrive at the Sirimon Gate in the late afternoon, where a driver will be waiting to pick you up. From here, you'll transfer to a hotel in Nanyuki (15 miles/24.5 km) for your overnight stay. This cool town is the gateway to Mount Kenya and the Laikipia plateau, one of Africa's most important wildlife conservation areas, so there are good international restaurants, cafes, and shops for traveler conveniences.

Day 4: Transfer to Ol Pejeta Conservancy - Wildlife Safari

Two giraffes in Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Two giraffes in Ol Pejeta Conservancy

An adventure in Kenya is not complete without getting up close to some rare wildlife. After breakfast at your hotel in Nanyuki, you'll pack up and make the short drive to Ol Pejeta Conservancy (8 miles/13.5 km) for an exciting day surrounded by mammals and birds. 

This not-for-profit conservation area encompasses 139 square miles (360 square km) and protects lions, elephants,  buffalos, zebras, gazelles, warthogs, and the only chimpanzees in Kenya. The park is also the site of the largest black rhinoceros sanctuary in East Africa, and you'll have a chance at spotting the only two northern white rhinoceros remaining in the world. 

There are a range of excursions here from game drive safaris, to cycling safaris in non-predatory areas, and you'll likely find that you wish you had more time here. Lunch and dinner will be served onside, and you'll stay overnight, as the park offers a mix of tented camps, lodges, and homestays for an unforgettable experience.

Day 5: Morning Game Drive - Transfer to Nairobi - Depart Kenya

Look for zebras on this morning's game drive
Seek out some zebras during the morning game drive

Today, you'll wake up in Ol Pejeta Conservancy in time for an early game drive before returning to your accommodations for breakfast.

From here, it's time to say goodbye! You'll transfer back to Nairobi (128 miles/206 miles). If there's time before your flight, your driver will stop for lunch and some souvenir shopping before dropping you at the airport for your departure flight. Safe travels!

Map

Map of Mount Kenya Hike & Wildlife Tour - 5 Days
Map of Mount Kenya Hike & Wildlife Tour - 5 Days