5 Days Mount Kenya Safari (The Big 5 Tour)

The 5 Days Mount Kenya Safari to Mountain Kenya national park exposes you to the adventure of the Africa Big 5 in Kenya. The big 5 include African Elephants, Hippos, Buffaloes, Rhinos, and Lion.

Nanyuki, the Market town of Laikipia county of Kenya, lies in the Northwest of Mount Kenya. The town is also known as the gateway to Mount Kenya and the wilderness of Mount Kenya National Park.

The Main airfield (airbase) of the Kenya Air Force was founded in 1907 by the British settlers. Some of their descendants still live around the town

The Equator passes through the southern part of Nanyuki. One crosses it when approaching Nanyuki. You will meet some people who are usually at hand to show the supposed effect of the Coriolis force, which they say makes draining water swirl clockwise or anticlockwise depending on whether one is in the Northern or southern hemisphere.

This effect, however, is detectable only in the laboratory and so the “demonstrations” at the equator are only but an engaging diversion by the villagers.

These are several trails ascending the mountain, including the well, known Naro Moru and Sirimon routes. The park’s wildlife includes leopards, giant forest hogs, and more. In the northwest of Nanyuki, the hills of the plains of the vast Laikipia Plateau are home to Lions, elephants, and the rare gravy’s zebras

5 Days Mount Kenya Safari (The Big 5 Tour) highlight

  • Day 1: Transfer and Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy Visit
  • Day 2: Old Moses Camp Climb
  • Day 3: Shipton Camp Hike
  • Day 4: Hike to Point Lenana
  • Day 5: Transfer to Nairobi
Mount Kenya Safari (The Big 5 Tour)

Kenya Safari to Mount Kenya National Park

Detailed 5 Days Mount Kenya Safari (The Big 5 Tour)

Day 1: Transfer-Mount Kenya

While on this safari, expect to have the best encounters and experience the unfolding features and treasures enclosed in this mighty park. The will kick off with an early morning breakfast before departing for your adventure.

The first stop will be Nanyuki town, a 3-hour drive from Nairobi. Welcomed by the cool cares of snow-scented breeze from the distant peak, you will arrive at noon in time for lunch. Nanyuki is known as a gateway to Mount Kenya and the wilderness of Mount Kenya National Park.

You will have lunch and proceed to Mount Kenya wildlife conservancy. This conservancy is home to Kenya’s animal orphanage housing several endangered, orphaned, and injured animals including the mountain bongo, the white Zebras, among others.

This stop will be for 1 and ½ hours after which you will have a walk to the equator before heading to your hotel to prepare yourself for the next day’s hike, have dinner plus your overnight stay.

Recommended accommodation facilities:

  • Luxury: Sweetwaters Serena Camp
  • Midrange: Regency Mount Kenya Hotel
  • Budget: Kongoni Camp
Day 2 of 5 Days Mount Kenya Safari (The Big 5 Tour): Old Moses Camp

The day will start with breakfast in the morning, unlike the first day, it will not start at the dawn hours of the morning! After breakfast, you will be transferred to Sirimon Gate and check in at 9 o’clock.

The hike will start from Sirimon Park Gate which is at an elevation of 2660m in altitude. You will trek up through magnificent mountain forest, bamboo, and giant heather zone before reaching the high-altitude moorland and the first hut (old Moses camp 3,300m). This is a 9km gentle trek that takes 2 to 3 hours.

You will thus reach in time for lunch. You will spend your afternoon at this point. It has scenic views of the summits of Batian and Nelion peaks from the camp. You will have dinner and an overnight stay at old Moses Camp

Day 3 of 5 Days Mount Kenya Safari (The Big 5 Tour): Shipton Camp

The day starts breakfast at 7:30am; you will hike to Shipton’s camp with an elevation of 4,200 meters for 17km. Follow the trail uphill, forking left at the junction the track crosses the Ontulili River.

Go right contouring through the moorland and crossing Liki North and Continue uphill to Mackinders Valley from where you will see panoramic views up the valley towards the main peaks.

Dinner and overnight will be served at Shipton’s Camp. This hike will last for 6 to 8 hours with panoramic views of the peaks from this viewpoint!

Day 4 of 5 Days Mount Kenya Safari (The Big 5 Tour): Point Lenana

You will set off at this point at 3 am, climbing on the rocky track that cuts through a cliff clearing visible part towards lower Hall Tarns, and you will arrive on Mount Kenya’s point Lenana (6 kms from Shipton Camp) at 6: 30 am, taking about 3 hours.

After the sunrise, you will then descend to Mintos Hut for breakfast at 6:00 am, proceed down through the Gorges valley to Chogoria Bandas and Campsite

Day 5 of 5 Days Mount Kenya Safari (The Big 5 Tour): Chogoria- Nairobi

This being one of the most awaited days of this Kenya safari package, it will start with morning breakfast before setting off for your drive to Chogoria village (32km) where you will connect with your transfer vehicle back to Nairobi

Safari Activities to do on the 5 Days Mount Kenya Safari (The Big 5 Tour)

Nanyuki Town

Nanyuki, is also the Market town of Laikipia county of Kenya which lies in the Northwest of Mount Kenya. The town is also known as the gateway to Mount Kenya and the wilderness of Mount Kenya; the wilderness of Mount Kenya National Park. The Main airfield (airbase) of the Kenya Air Force was founded in 1907 by the British settlers. Some of their descendants still live in around this town!

The equator passes through the southern part of Nanyuki. One crosses it when approaching Nanyuki. You will meet some people who are usually at hand to show the supposed effect of the Coriolis force, which they say makes draining water swirl clockwise or anticlockwise depending on whether one is in the Northern or southern hemisphere. This effect, however, is detectable only in the laboratory and so the “demonstrations” at the equator are only but an engaging diversion by the villagers.

These are several trails ascending the mountain, including the well, known Naro Moru and Sirimon routes. The park’s wildlife includes leopards, giant forest hogs and more. In the northwest of Nanyuki, the plains hills of the vast Laikipia plateau are home to Lions, elephants and the rare gravy’s zebras

Safari includes:

  • Transportation in a tour van/Land cruiser
  • Service of an English -speaking tour guide/driver
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Park admissions
  • Accommodation on full board
  • Entrance fees to all destinations as per the program
  • Transfer to and from the airport

Safari exclusions

  • All activities not mentioned in the program
  • Phone calls bills
  • Tips
  • International transfers
  • Gratitude to tour guides
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal effects of any nature
  • Hotel fees before and after the safari
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