7-Day Great Rift Valley Explorer in Kenya

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Welcome to an extraordinary journey through Kenya’s Great Rift Valley—a region of astounding beauty, diverse landscapes, and rich cultural heritage. Over the course of seven days, you will immerse yourself in the wonder of this iconic geological feature, witness incredible wildlife, and engage with local communities, all while enjoying comfortable accommodations and memorable experiences.

Your adventure begins in Nairobi, Kenya’s bustling capital, where you’ll have the chance to acclimate and explore the city’s unique attractions. From there, you’ll set forth on a breathtaking road trip through the Great Rift Valley, a natural wonder that stretches across East Africa.

You’ll encounter picturesque lakes, each with its distinct character, from Lake Nakuru’s flamingos to the therapeutic hot springs of Lake Bogoria. Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to explore Hell’s Gate National Park’s dramatic landscapes, take boat rides on Lake Naivasha and Lake Baringo, and visit local communities, gaining insight into the rich cultures of the region.

As you journey through the Rift Valley, you’ll also enjoy comfortable overnight stays at lodges and camps that provide a perfect blend of relaxation and immersion in nature. Whether you’re an adventurer, a wildlife enthusiast, or a culture seeker, this itinerary promises to leave you with unforgettable memories and a deeper understanding of Kenya’s incredible diversity.

So, prepare to embark on a seven-day odyssey that will take you from the bustling streets of Nairobi to the tranquil shores of Rift Valley lakes, all while experiencing the warm hospitality and natural wonders that make Kenya a truly remarkable destination.


Day 1Arrival in Nairobi

Upon your arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, you’ll be welcomed to the vibrant city of Nairobi, Kenya’s capital. Your journey begins with a transfer to your comfortable hotel, where you can relax and unwind after your travels. Depending on your arrival time, you may choose to explore Nairobi’s attractions, such as the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust or the Giraffe Centre, or simply enjoy some leisure time to acclimate to your new surroundings.

Day 2Nairobi to Lake Nakuru National Park

After a hearty breakfast, your adventure takes you to Lake Nakuru National Park in the heart of the Great Rift Valley. The scenic drive through the Rift Valley offers breathtaking views, and you’ll have the opportunity to stop at viewpoints along the way to capture the beauty of this iconic landscape. Upon arrival at Lake Nakuru, known for its flamingos and rhino population, you’ll check in at your lodge or camp and enjoy a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, you’ll embark on a game drive to witness the park’s diverse wildlife, which may include buffaloes, giraffes, zebras, and more. Your dinner and overnight stay will be at your chosen accommodation in Lake Nakuru.

Day 3Lake Nakuru to Lake Naivasha

Rise early to make the most of your day. Following breakfast, you’ll leave Lake Nakuru and head to Lake Naivasha, another picturesque Rift Valley lake. Here, you’ll experience the serene beauty of Lake Naivasha by taking a boat ride. This tranquil excursion allows you to observe hippos, various bird species, and, if you’re lucky, spot giraffes grazing on Crescent Island. In the afternoon, your journey continues to Hell’s Gate National Park, known for its dramatic cliffs and canyons. You’ll have the opportunity to hike or bike through the park’s trails and explore its unique landscapes. As the day concludes, you’ll return to your accommodation in Lake Naivasha for dinner and a peaceful overnight stay.

Day 4Lake Naivasha to Lake Bogoria

The morning sun finds you departing for Lake Bogoria, a stunning Rift Valley lake famous for its hot springs and flamingo-filled shores. You’ll arrive at the shores of Lake Bogoria and begin a leisurely walk along its banks. Here, you’ll witness the awe-inspiring spectacle of flamingos as they gracefully navigate the lake’s waters. Don’t forget to take a dip in the rejuvenating hot springs, celebrated for their therapeutic properties. As the day draws to a close, you’ll settle in for the night at a lodge or camp near Lake Bogoria, where you can relish the tranquility of this unique setting.

Day 5Lake Bogoria to Lake Baringo

With the sunrise, you’ll embark on the next leg of your journey, heading toward Lake Baringo. This freshwater lake in the Rift Valley is surrounded by captivating landscapes. You’ll enjoy a boat ride on Lake Baringo, where you can spot the lake’s resident hippos, crocodiles, and a diverse array of bird species. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to visit local communities and gain insight into the cultures of the Njemps and Ilchamus peoples. As the day unfolds, you’ll retire to your chosen lodge or camp near Lake Baringo, where you can savor the peaceful ambiance of the lakeside.

Day 6: Lake Baringo to Lake Elementaita

After breakfast, your journey continues as you make your way to Lake Elementaita, a soda lake renowned for its birdlife. Along the way, you’ll visit the Kariandusi Prehistoric Site, an archaeological treasure trove featuring ancient tools and fossils. Upon arriving at Lake Elementaita, you’ll check in at your lodge or camp and have the afternoon to enjoy at your leisure. You might choose to relax by the lake or explore the picturesque surroundings. The evening is yours to savor, surrounded by the tranquility of Lake Elementaita.

Day 7: Lake Elementaita to Nairobi

On your final day, you’ll depart Lake Elementaita and return to Nairobi. Depending on your flight schedule, you may have some time for last-minute shopping or additional sightseeing in Nairobi. As the day comes to a close, you’ll be transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your departure, bringing your unforgettable Great Rift Valley Explorer adventure in Kenya to a close.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation: Comfortable lodges or camps throughout the itinerary.
  • Transportation: All ground transportation in a comfortable vehicle.
  • Meals: Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner as per the itinerary.
  • Activities: All mentioned activities, including game drives, boat rides, hikes, and visits to cultural sites.
  • Park Fees: Entrance fees to national parks and reserves as per the itinerary.
  • Hot Springs Visit: Access to Lake Bogoria's hot springs.
  • Boat Rides: Scenic boat rides on Lake Naivasha and Lake Baringo.

Price Excludes

  • International Flights: Flights to and from Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Visa Fees: Visa fees for entry into Kenya (if applicable).
  • Travel Insurance: Comprehensive travel insurance is recommended to cover unexpected cancellations, medical emergencies, or lost luggage.
  • Optional Activities: Costs associated with optional activities or excursions not mentioned in the itinerary.