KASIGAU HILL- VOI EXPEDITION 3DAYS, 2 NIGHTS ON 30TH APRIL TO 2ND MAY 2016

KASIGAU HILL- VOI

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Day 1
An early departure from Kencom -Hilton Bata to Voi
A lunch stopover at Mtito Andei
Arrive Voi early afternoon, check in at Hotel.
Entire afternoon spent at a swimming pool.
Dinner and overnight stay at a Hotel.

Day 2
An early breakfast followed by a drive to Kasigau Hill
Embark on a hike through the dense forest cover, rocky outcrops and the magnificent views of the Kasigau Rock, passing through the ancient farms which has oranges/lemons.

The hike takes 6-7 hours to climb up and down.
The terrain is moderate steep and few rocky terrain as you approach summit
Dinner and overnight stay at Voi

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Day 3
Morning breakfast
Mid Morning swim / 2 hr hike to Voi Hill (optional activities)
Depart Voi for Nairobi

Charges
Ksh 8500 – Kenyan Citizens
Ksh 1000 – Resident and Non Residents

***Deposit of Kshs. 5, 000 payable on or before 20th April 2016, balance on travel date

***Deposit used to make bookings

***Terms and conditions apply for any refunds.

Requirements
Very Comfortable Hiking Boots -No sandals
Cargo pants /casual slacks
Waterproof gear – ( in-case it rains)
swimming costumes
sunscreen
Hat / Cap
Cameras
Back-pack to carry your packed lunch and enough water
Snacks

Charges Include
Transport To and From Nairobi
2 Dinners, 2 Breakfasts,1 Packed Lunch.
Accommodation in a 2 star hotel in Voi (WIFI ENABLED)
Park fees
Guide Fees

Charges Exclude
2 en-route Lunches
Swimming fee (Kshs.300)
Personal Drinks
Tips and Gratuities
Laundry

For more info/booking;

Call Carol on 0722 153 753.

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CAMPING TRIP TO CRESCENT ISLAND/ CAMP CARNELLEY’S IN NAIVASHA ON 4-5 JULY 2015

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Crescent Island Game Park is located on Lake Naivasha, Kenya in the Great Rift Valley. It is simply one of the most beautiful parks in Kenya, often called Naivasha’s best kept secret. It is private, secure and patrolled by Guides who can accompany anyone who wishes a for guided walk. Surrounded by water, it is actually a peninsular and is accessible by boat from East or West as well as by road, taking under two hours on tarmac from Nairobi.

Crescent Island Game Sanctuary
The shores host abundant birdlife especially huge numbers of pelicans, cormorants and fish-eagles with their haunting cry. There are more animals per acre than any other Kenyan Park, hence many film companies have been to the Island to film the herds of Wildebeeste, Waterbuck, Zebra and Gazelle. We are not fenced to allow the wildlife on the mainland to come in as they lose their habitat to development and the ever increasing population. Hippo graze all over us at night then sleep under the acacia or rest in the water by day. The giraffe who were born on the Island return to give birth; sometimes you see three generations at a time. Hyena come to hunt at night but are not resident on the island, the many python who does live here can be seen occasionally with a kill. Groups of Buffalo come and go but they are always monitored.
From the top of the hill there is a 360 degree view across the Lake from Longonot to Hell’s Gate to the Mau Escarpement to Eburu and onto the Aberdares. Walking along the ridge in the golden hour before sunset whilst watching the animals grazing with the water shimmering beyond, is a sight to behold.

Crescent Island Game Sanctuary
CHARGES
Kshs 5,650 Citizens
Kshs 6,900 Residents
USD 120 Non Residents

First deposit of Kshs. 2,500 to be paid by 25th June 2015 to confirm reservations, full balance to be paid by 3rd July

Payment Mode
Go to Mpesa menu
Select ‘Lipa na Mpesa’
Select ‘Buy Goods and Services’
Enter Whirlwind Adventures till number 181584
Then enter the amount and password
Confirm transaction completed on 0722 153 753

THE PACKAGE COVERS THE FOLLOWING
– Transport (Round trip)
– Accommodation on Full-board basis per person sharing (Bed, Breakfast, dinner) in tents
-Park fees
-Camping fees
– Service of an English-speaking Tour guide
– Driver allowances and park fees for vehicle and driver
– Government taxes

EXCLUDES:
– Extras – tips, drinks etc.
– Any other item/activity not mentioned in the itinerary
-Laundry

WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU
• Citizens – Valid Passport or National ID
• Residents – Valid Passport & re entry pass
• Binoculars, camera,change of clothes, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses,Sleeping bag,Sandals,toiletries i.e soap,tissue paper,toothpaste,bedding(bedsheet/maasai shuka/soft blanket)

Itinerary:
day 1
7.00 am Depart Nairobi
Stop over at Rift Valley View Point
10.00 am Arrive at Crescent Island for game viewing/nature walks and boat rides
1.00 pm Lunch break
2.00- 5.00 Game viewing at close range
5.30 pm Depart for Camp Carnelley’s in Naivasha
7.00 pm Dinner and bonfire chatting/ bush karaoke

day 2
6.00 breakfast
7.00 team building/Game viewing at Camp Carnelley’s
12.30 Lunch at Camp Carnelley’s
3.00 pm depart for Nairobi arriving late afternoon.

DAY TRIP TO LAKE MAGADI AND OLOGERSAILIE PRE HISTORIC SITE ON SATURDAY 13TH JUNE 2015

Located along Magadi road, an hour’s drive and 70kms away from Nairobi,Olorgesailie pre-historic site is world renown as the “factory of stone tools” and the only place in the world with the largest number.

It is located on the floor of the Great Rift Valley between two extinct volcanoes, Mt. Olorgesailie and Oldonyo Esakut to the south-west of Nairobi, Kenya. Olorgesailie area is in a lake basin that existed during the latter part of the middle Pleistocene period, probably between 200,000 and 100,000 years ago. Discovered by Louis and Mary Leakey in the 1940s, Olorgesailie was excavated by Glynn Isaac as his dissertation research during the 1960s.

Olorgesailie has important evidence that concerns the habits and activities of early prehistoric peoples of the hand axe culture. The site has the highest concentration of hand axes probably compared to any other place in the world. Olorgesailie has excellently preserved biological and cultural evidence about the evolution of man. Human tools are the most prominent of all fossils in the area and the accumulation of tool represents the actual camping places of early men. It shows the evidence of human activity consistently between 1.2 million years to 400,000 years before present. This is evidence that human species had a tropical origin and a higher primate group was confined to this part of the world thus, Olorgesailie gives evidence not only of local importance but also of international significance. Scientifically, the site also has much to do with archaeological, palaeontological and geological significance

Olorgesailie has excellently preserved biological and cultural evidence about the evolution of man.

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Some 30km further south of Oloorgesailie and locaed at the base of the Rift Valley is lake Magadi;a saline, alkaline lake, approximately 100 square kilometres in size, which lies in a graven. The lake is an example of a “saline pan”. The lake water, which is dense sodium carbonate brine, precipitates vast quantities of the mineral called trona (sodium sesquicarbonate). In places, the salt is up to 40 m thick.
The lake is recharged mainly by saline hot springs (temperatures up to about 83°C) that discharge into alkaline “lagoons” around the lake margins, there being little surface runoff in this arid region. Most hot springs lie along the north-western and southern shorelines of the lake

Major Attractions

-Museum and site
-Bubbling hotsprings
-Bird watching
-Rich culture of the Maasai
-Stunning landscapes of Lake Magadi comprising wonderful colors of its soda water, and pink flocks of flamingoes.
-Lake magadi changes its color from brilliant white to cerise pink, cobalt, indigo, deep scarlet and soft pastels, according to changes in the light.

CHARGES
Kshs 2,550 Citizens
Kshs 3,500 Residents
USD 50 Non Residents

First deposit of Kshs. 1,500 to be paid by 25th May 2015 to confirm reservations, full balance to be paid by 12th June 2015

Payment Mode
Go to Mpesa menu
Select ‘Lipa na Mpesa’
Select ‘Buy Goods and Services’
Enter Whirlwind Adventures till number 181584
Then enter the amount and password
Confirm transaction completed on 0722 153 753

THE PACKAGE COVERS THE FOLLOWING
– Transport (Round trip)
– Lunch
-Entrance fees to Museum
-Conservation fees at Lake Magadi Hotsprings
– Driver allowances
– Government taxes
-Drinking water

EXCLUDES:
– Extras – tips, drinks etc.
– Any other item/activity not mentioned in the itinerary

WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU
• Citizens – Valid Passport or National ID
• Residents – Valid Passport & re entry pass
• Binoculars, camera,Swimming costume/change of clothes, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses

ITINERARY
7.00am: departure to Olegersailie from Nairobi
8.30-10.00: visit the museum
10.00am: departure for L. Magadi
11.00am to 2.30 pm visit the hot springs
2.30pm proceed to Sports Club for lunch.

EXPLORING THE ENCHANTED KAKAMEGA FOREST 30th MAY TO 1ST JUNE 2015

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The Kakamega Forest National Reserve is situated in the Lake Victoria basin, about 50km north of Kisumu city. The Forest is 44km2 and basically in the Western Province . Being the only remnant in Kenya of the unique Guineo-Congolian forest ecosystem, the park offers unique wildlife and scenic beauty. For bird and butterfly watchers, this is the place to visit. The forest is home to over 400 species of butterflies, about 300 bird species and 27 species of snakes. The park also supports more than 350 species of trees and 7 primate species including the endangered DeBrazza monkey, black and white colobus monkey and vervet monkey. The Potto (the world’s slowest mammal on earth), duikers and Dik diks are also found in Kakamega Forest National Reserve.
Temperature ranges from 20-30 c and rainfall from 200mm – 700 mm.The region experiences 2 rain seasons: Long rains – March & April & short rains – Nov/ December

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MAJOR ATTRACTIONS
• Birdwatching: Over 300 bird species,
• Butterfly watching: over 400 species of butterflies
• Massive Trees, Scenic Spots and Waterfalls: Over 350 species of trees, the forest holds mostly indigenous vegetation.
• Snakes: 27 species of snakes, ,
• Primates Watching: Home to Debrazza monkey and other primates.
WILDLIFE
• Wildlife: Bush Pig, Duikers, Bushbuck, Clawless Otter, Mongoose, Giant Water Shrew, Squirrels, Tree Pangolin, Porcupine, Bats and Primates.
• Birds: 330 species of which some are found nowhere else in the country. The common one being the Blue turaco.

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ACTIVITIES
• Forest Walking
• Primate Watching
• Bird and Butterfly Watching
• Game watching
• Self-Guided nature walks

CHARGES
Kshs 10,950 Citizens
Kshs 14,000 Residents
USD 240 Non Residents
First deposit of Kshs. 4,500 to be paid by 23rd May 2015 to confirm reservations, full balance to be paid by 29th May

Payment Mode
Go to Mpesa menu
Select ‘Lipa na Mpesa’
Select ‘Buy Goods and Services’
Enter Whirlwind Adventures till number 181584
Then enter the amount and password
Confirm transaction completed on 0722 153 753

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THE PACKAGE COVERS THE FOLLOWING
– Transport in a comfortable shuttle(Round trip)
– Accommodation on Full-board basis per person sharing (Bed, Breakfast, dinner)
– Service of an English-speaking Tour guide
– Driver allowances and park fees for vehicle and driver
– Government taxes

EXCLUDES:
– Extras – tips, drinks etc.
– Any other item/activity not mentioned in the itinerary
-Laundry

WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU
• Citizens – Valid Passport or National ID
• Residents – Valid Passport & re entry pass
• Binoculars, camera, change of clothes, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and guidebooks

Itinerary:
Day 1- Saturday 30th May, 2015
6.30 am depart Nairobi
Drive through the Rift Valley with a brief stop over at the view point .
10.00 am Brief stop over at Nakuru Town,
Proceed to Kisumu town via Kericho, where we shall have an opportunity to view the vast tea estates
1.00pm Arrive at Kisumu where we shall have stop over for lunch.
2.00pm proceed to Kakamega town,
4.00 pm arrival and check in at a hotel.
7.00 pm dinner and evening out.

Day 2- Sunday 1st May, 2015
6.00 am Early morning breakfast followed by a full day visit to Kakamega forest.
5.00 pm return to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3- Monday 2nd May, 2015
Depart for Nairobi after breakfast, with a detour to the crying stone
We shall use the Narok route.
Arrive early afternoon.

DIANI, WASINI, KISITE MPUNGUTI, SHIMBA HILLS, MOMBASA LABOUR WEEKEND GETAWAY

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This time we headed down to the south coast. the road trip was amazing and we got to have wonderful experience. The trip took us to over 5 counties: Nairobi, Machakos, Makueni, Kwale, Mombasa.

We started off at Shimba Hills National Reserve, through the samburu route.

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That is the sable bandas. we were able to see the ocean view, and breathtaking scenery from the Giriama view point. the Wildlife though, got scared of us! we only sighted buffalos, Monkeys, and the Oryx.

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the dhow drive was awesome and we also got to swam and snorkel at the ocean!

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And imagine the dolphins refused to meet us.

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and the lunch at wasini channel was the most amazing thing that ever happened. Crabs!!!!!

its for this wonderful experience and due to public demand that we give you a second edition of the trip to Wasini again on 30th to 1st June 2015!

Do not miss out!!!

EASTER HOLIDAY GETAWAY TO SAMBURU

this Easter takes us to the heartland of Samburu, Kenya. We set out for a camping, and game drive experience at the base of the majestic Mt. Ololokwe.

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the hiking experience will surely be like non other before

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we shall also get an opportunity to visit the rich Samburu culture combined with moran performances

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we promise you endless game drives and exceptional dining during this trip, with experienced chefs to offer you African, continental and European cuisines across this vacation!

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you wouldn’t miss this trip for anything. your valued input will be as follows:

Costs
Citizens is kshs.15,000
Residents is Kshs 18,000, and
Non-Residents Kshs 15,000 plus park fees $ 65.

COST INCLUDES;
– Conservation Fees at the conservancy
– Meals on full board (European and African Cuisines Prepared by Professional Chefs)
– Camping Accommodation in classic safari tents with mattresses
– Transport (Round trip)
– Guides Fees
-Game drives and bush walks
– Exceptional birding
-Hiking the sacred Mt.O’lolokwe
– Visit to Samburu cultural village

COST DOES NOT INCLUDE;
– Lunch on travel dates
– Drinks
– Tips

To confirm reservations:
Carol 0724 053 192
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KIJABE HILLS HIKE ON SATURDAY 7TH MARCH 2015

Summary

Kijabe Hill is located North West of Nairobi and is part of the Kikuyu Escarpment. The Kikuyu escarpment covers 37,620 ha and has major attractions sites which include Williams Hill, Gatamaiyu river line walk, Kijabe / Kiharu circuit and Kereita forest and waterfall.

The hike starts along Nairobi / Naivasha Highway past Mai-Mahiu and hike all the way up and across to the Nairobi / Nakuru Highway. (Finish line)

Dress code:-
– Casual slacks or cargo pants
– Comfy hiking shoes (No Sandals, No shorts, No sporty rubber shoes, No heels & definitely. No skirts.
– An extra T-Shirt
– A wide brim hat to protect you from the sun
– Something warm for the cold morning / evening
– Rain gear i.e raincoat in case it rains

What to carry:-
– A medium backpack to carry your lunch and snacks.
– Plenty of snacks, energy bars etc.
– Sun screen
– Camera
– Plenty of water (2 to 3 litres.)Only one litre shall be provided

All reservations require a minimum deposit of KSh. 1,000. Full payment by 28th February 2015 and the balance on or by March 6th 2015.

Payment Mode
Go to Mpesa menu
Select ‘Lipa na Mpesa’
Select ‘Buy Goods and Services’
Enter Whirlwind Adventures till number 181584
Then enter the amount and password
Confirm transaction completed on 0722 153 753

Olomayiana Bush Camp – A Labour Of Love

An amazing camp.

The Kenyan Camper

Here’s one of the problems I have with the traditional resort – style offering; I don’t know whether its the massive air – conditioning unit chomping away at energy units, the indulgence of a winding chlorinated pool thats the star of the brochure or buffet tables groaning under the weight of kilos of food that encourage us to serve more than we can possibly finish. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking it “different strokes for different folks” and all of that, it’s just so far removed from how we live our normal lives that it’s difficult for me to buy into. Luckily for people like me, we have places like Olomayiana, a place that that wears it’s human-sized heart on it’s sleeve.

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My Silver Samburu Lining

EASTER GETAWAY TO SAMBURU SPEAKS FOR ITSELF

En Route Life

We play these funny games, my two best friends and I. Recently, we made a bet. The contention was to best define ‘Every cloud has a silver lining’.

Until twenty for hours to the start time, I did not have the slightest idea what I would do. While I watched the evening news about the massacre of 147 Kenyan students at Garissa by the Al Shabab militant group, I knew I had found myself.

I joined a group of nature lovers to spend the long Easter break at Samburu Eco Camp, a distance of an approximate 350kilometres north of Nairobi. When I told my friends about the itinerary, they looked at me suspiciously.

“People just got killed up there!” they warned.

I went anyway. In a bid to prove that the Northern frontier of Kenya is by fact a rich, virgin, and resourceful region, militia aside. Enroute, we crossed the…

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Dear Travel Diary: Elephant Hill

true encounter of the elephant hill.

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You Only Live Once – this was just a mere statement I heard my uptown friends use, until I came back to Nairobi that Saturday evening from Kinangop. I had done Ngong Hills and Crater Lake hikes before, so I assumed this wasn’t going to be an issue. My hike partner on the other hand was a first timer…she has her version of the hike. 🙂

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