MOUNTAIN BIKING NATIONAL PARKS - KENYA

The National parks of Kenya are impressive and what a better way to appreciate the sheer vastness and beauty of Kenya, than to cycle to the parks. This trip takes you through Lake Naivasha, out to Hell's gate National Park where we can appreciate watching game like buffalos, impala, waterbuck, and gazelles while cycling. We then head through Lake Baringo and on through Eldoret and Kitale towns to Lake Nakuru National park, ending back in Nairobi

NOTE THAT THIS TOUR IS NON FIXED DEPARTURE AND REQUIRES A MINIMUM OF 4 PEOPLE

Overview

Note that this route can be done in a minimum of three days but it is not recommended.

Day-1 - Nairobi - Baringo

Day-2 - Eldoret

Day-3 - Lake Nakuru

Day-4 - Lake Naivasha

Day-5 - Lake Naivasha

Day-6 - Nairobi

Fast Facts

Best: May to October

Tour: From 6 Days

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Kenya Cycling Itinerary

Note that this route can be done in a minimum of three days but it is not recommended.

Day-1 - Nairobi - Baringo

Depart Nairobi at 8.30am for a 3 hour drive towards Baringo, where we off load the bicycles and cycle down to Lake Bogoria for about 2 to hours with picnic lunch. This is a good chance to cycle around the Lake and see Flamingoes and other water birds. Later, we drive to Lake Baringo for dinner and overnight at the Campsite or Lodge.

Day-2 - Eldoret

Early morning wake up call, have a cup of coffee and cycle down to Bogoria, the ride is early enough to be able to see the sun rise and also a good chance to see animals like Eland, Impala and other antelopes at Lake Bogoria National park. Cycle around the lake with picnic breakfast and later drive to the main highway to Eldoret. Then cycle down in to Kerio Valley and up the western walls of the valley with magnificent view of Lake Kamnarok and the valley below. For those who will not have enough energy their bicycles will be loaded on to the van, which is always behind for any emergency and supplies. Your guide will show you the area where Kenya world Marathon champion men and women come from (around ITEN and Eldoret), picnic lunch on the way, dinner and overnight at Sirikwa Hotel or a campsite in Eldoret.

Day-3 - Lake Nakuru

After an early morning breakfast drive to Lake Nakuru National park, the drive takes 3 hours and arrive in good time for lunch at the lodge or Campsite. The afternoon we will enjoy a game drive in the park. ( it will be not possible to cycle on this day as the road from Eldoret to Nakuru is heavy with traffic). Lunch, dinner and overnight at the campsite or  lodge

Day-4 - Lake Naivasha

Early morning game drive and after breakfast drive to Lake Naivasha, which is an hour drive and take Moi south road for a cycle on the western side of the lake on a rough road. The ride is very scenic with Elburru hills and Mount Longonot to the south, picnic on the way, dinner and overnight at fisherman's camp or lodge

Day-5 - Lake Naivasha

After an early breakfast, cycle to Hell's gate National Park and spend the morning in the park. Return to the campsite or lodge for lunch, afternoon will be free. Dinner and overnight as before.

Day-6 - Nairobi

After breakfast take a boat ride to Crescent Island and have a guided nature walk, later return to the campsite or lodge for lunch, thereafter drive to Nairobi to arrive by 16.00hrs.

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Overview of the National Parks
Lake Baringo is the most northerly of the Rift Valley Lakes. The lake is fed by several rivers, El Molo, Perkerra and Ol Arabel, and has no obvious outlet; the waters are assumed to seep through lake sediments into the faulted volcanic bedrock. It is one of the two freshwater lakes in the Rift Valley in Kenya, the other being Lake Naivasha
Lake Naivasha is almost 13kms across, but its waters are shallow with an average depth of five metres. Lake Naivasha supports a diverse water-bird community. It provides a diverse habitat for a variety of mammals and fish such as tilapia, black bass, and Crayfish. Among the birds that can be spotted here are Cormorants, Warblers, Black Herons, Grey-backed Fiscal, and the Fish Eagle.

Lake Nakuru has become world famous for one particular reason. Thousands of flamingo, joined into a massive flock, fringe the shores of this soda lake to feed on algae that forms on the lake bed. Nakuru does, however have more to offer. It is also a sanctuary for Black and White Rhino  and is also home to huge herds of waterbuck, zebra, buffalo, the endangered Rothschild Giraffe and more. 

This park is famous for its massive cliffs and hot springs and is home to a variety of bird and wildlife. Unlike Kenya's other National Parks, walking and biking is permitted here which is why our biking tours go into this park.

The Aberdare National Park, with an area of 767 Km2 covers the higher areas of the Aberdare Mountain Ranges of Central Kenya, from altitude of 1829m to 4000m above sea level. Animals easily observed in the park include; the Black Rhino, leopard, baboon, black and white Colobus monkey and sykes monkey. Rarer sightings include those of lions, the golden cat and the bongo

For most, Amboseli is all about its big game - elephants, lions and cheetahs. The plains are vast and the landscape is dominated by the glistening majestic snow capped Kilimanjaro immediately to the south. Main game viewing lies in the eastern half of the park. Game includes elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, maasai giraffe and buffalo. Also common game such as zebra, eland, hartebeest, white-bearded Gnu, waterbuck, Thomsons and Grant gazelle and Impala



Other Safari Options

Like Kenya, Tanzania is a magnificent place for a safari. The difference is that the scenery from one national park to the other is so diverse that you would easy believe you were in a different county. The best place from which to view the mass migration of zebra and wildebeest is from the Serengeti Reserve in Tanzania.
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It is not only Kenya and Tanzania that have spectacular game parks, Uganda too. It offers up an amazingly diverse array of park to suit everyone from bird watchers to big cat lovers. It also gives you a chance to visit a rhino sanctuary and track the rhino in their natural habitat. But best of all, it is home to resident chimpanzee and mountain gorilla species, must do visits on anyones' bucket list.
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Visiting the mountain gorilla in Uganda in the heart of the Virunga mountains is a unique opportunity to see these magnificent creatures close up. These tours are done over 5 days, with only one day of hiking to see these magnificent creatures.
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In Rwanda, you may only track gorilla within Volcanoes National Park, a section of the bigger Virunga mountains. Approximately 480 mountain gorillas live in the Virunga complex and reside on the altitude range of 2,300 to 4,500 meters in the southern area of Virunga National Park. Tours are just three days in total with one day of trekking to see the Mountain Gorilla  
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