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Hiking in the Footsteps of the Maasai

The following itinerary is a sample. To customize this itinerary to your wishes and preferences, please contact one of our Adventure Specialists at 1-800-543-8917.  

Day 1: Nairobi, Kenya
Arrive in Kenya’s capital where you are met at the airport and transferred to your boutique hotel in a quiet Nairobi suburb.

Day 2: Nairobi / Loita Hills
Depart after breakfast in 4x4 vehicles for the westward drive into the Loita Hills. After approximately four hours we reach Morijo, where we meet our Maasai guide, porters and donkeys that will transport our camping gear. Day packs are provided, and we pack only what we need for hiking—all other luggage will be transported to Encounter Mara Camp to await us at the end of the trek. We commence our walking safari for 3-4 hours this afternoon, hiking through Maasai farmland and broken bush toward the hills. As villages become increasingly remote and dirt tracks diminish into footpaths, we eventually leave the last settlements behind and enter the forest. Our first camp is in a clearing on the forest edge, overlooking a natural waterhole with wildlife visitors. [Hiking time is 3-4 hours, +/- 7 miles]

Days 3-5: Loita Hills—Maasai Walking Trail
The next few days are a peerless adventure as we discover the Kenya wilderness on foot. Guided by local Maasai who know this territory intimately, we follow elephant and buffalo trails through the forest, shaded by cedar and strangler fig trees. Monkeys swing through the branches, and we look for wildlife that frequents the massive swamp on the floor of the Sergei Valley. Our second camp is near a natural waterhole that often sees nocturnal animal visitors.

Our route continues up Miguu ya Mbwa Hill to a fabulous viewpoint: on a clear day we can see the soda lakes of Magadi and Natron, where Africa’s famous pink flamingos breed, and 6,600-foot Ol Donyo Lengai, Tanzania’s only active volcano. Our third camp is along a clear spring-fed stream that courses through the wide Enchipai Valley. A spectacular side hike to 300-foot Alarsu waterfall is worth the challenge as we’re rewarded with a chance to cool off in the huge plunge pool at the base. On our finalnight we’ll enjoy a special celebration as the Maasai crew, who have by now become our friends, provide traditional entertainment with music and dance—and invite us to participate! [Hiking time is 3-4 hours each morning and 2-3 hours each afternoon, 6-7 miles total each day]

Days 6 & 7: Loita Hills / Maasai Mara—Naboisho Conservancy
After a last breakfast in the bush, it’s time to begin the 2–3 hour walk back to the civilized world. More adventures lie ahead as we travel by 4x4 safari truck to Encounter Mara Camp within the private Naboisho Conservancy, approximately 3.5–4 hours. The conservancy offers a rare experience of the “hidden” Maasai Mara, unsullied by crowds. The Mara is one of Africa’s most legendary wildlife realms, renowned for its annual wildebeest migration, huge herds of hoofed game and some of the greatest lion density in Africa. As the northern portion of Tanzania’s Serengeti Plains, the Mara region offers excellent wildlife viewing year-round, which we discover on exhilarating game drives during our stay.

This afternoon we visit a Maasai village and market. The rich culture of these traditional pastoral herders is one of the most famous in Africa. As we learn more about the lifestyle and traditions of the local people, we come away enriched by getting to know these community members who benefit from our visit. [Hiking time is approximately 2-3 hours, 4.5 miles]

Day 8: Maasai Mara National Reserve
From our base at Encounter Mara Camp, we enjoy a full-day game drive in a remote sector of the national reserve where wildlife viewing is superb. Home to nearly 100 species of mammals and 570 bird species, the Mara offers a chance to see the classic Big Five—elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard—while giraffe, zebra and varied antelope are also common sights.  Predators are prolific, too, with resident lion prides, numerous leopards, and cheetah in pursuit of large herds of plains game. Back at camp, gather around the campfire beneath a sky full of stars, listening for the roar of lions in the distance.

Day 9: Nairobi / Depart
Fly to Nairobi today, where you’ll have access to a day room at Ole Sereni Hotel overlooking Nairobi National Park, just 15 minutes from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. This evening, a transfer to the airport included to meet departing flights.

Physical Rating: Moderate to Difficult

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