School Trek - Mount Kenya & the Samburu
Kenya, School Expeditions, 14 days - from £2,395 (land only) - from €2,995 (land only) - from $3,980 (land only)
- A high-altitude summit and walking in the Samburu
- A community project at a local primary school
- Two days of camel trekking with the Samburu People
- Trek to Point Lenana on Mount Kenya
- See elephant, giraffe, zebra and other African plains game
This KE-exclusive 2-week schools itinerary combines high mountain trekking, a traditional camel safari with the Samburu people and the chance to do some much-needed project work at a remote and very basic primary school. Starting out from Nairobi, we drive northwards to the Samburu territory which lies between Mount Kenya and the Aberdares Mountains. Here, we meet the colourful morani (warriors) of the Samburu who will be our guides on a 2-day camel safari across the dry savannah plains. With no vehicles, this is the best possible way to view game - we should see elephant, zebra and giraffe and then at night we can relax beside the camp fire under the big African sky. The Samburu share many customs with the Masai and are perfectly at home in this arid region, herding cattle and more recently camels, which do well on the scrubby plains of the Laikipia Plateau. This part of Kenya is divided into a number of large ranches and reserve areas which support a great diversity of wildlife. Laikipia is the last stronghold of several endangered species, as well as the more common plains game and there is much to see here, especially alongside the permanent water of the Ewaso Ngiro River which attracts a lot of wildlife. After our camel trek, we spend 2 days on project work at primary schools in the Mukogodo region in the northern part of the Laikipia Plateau, which gives us the chance to learn a lot more about the Masai and Samburu inhabitants of this unspoiled corner of East Africa. As a finale to this action-packed trip, we transfer to Chogoria Village, which is the starting point for our climb to the ‘trekkers summit' of Mount Kenya at Point Lenana (4985m). We have chosen to climb Mount Kenya by way of the Chogoria Route, which takes in some of the mountain's most stunning scenery, as we progress through several climatic zones. Starting in the jungle, the trail quickly leads into a temperate zone where elephant and buffalo can be spotted. Higher up, the route reaches the alpine zone, with many varied and interesting plants and animals to be seen. Finally, above the snow line, just below the final slopes to Point Lenana, we get fantastic views of the rocky and inaccessible summit of Mount Kenya. Given good weather, the summit views extend to distant Kilimanjaro in the south and the less distant Aberdares to the west. Descending via the Sirimon Route provides a spectacular finish to this classic traverse of Kenya's most beautiful mountain. To round off the trip in style we spend a day viewing big game at Sweetwaters Reserve. This unique school adventure provides a unique opportunity to experience the true spirit of Africa. This tried and tested KE Schools itinerary can be adjusted to better fit the needs of your group - please call and speak to a KE School Groups Coordinator or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Is this holiday for you?
This trip starts out easily, with three quite short days trekking with the Samburu on the Laikipia Plateau at elevations of between 1600 and 2000 metres. Here, we can expect it to be quite hot and we will be walking on soft sand for some of the time. Our 3 days of project work will help with acclimatisation to the heat and altitude, before setting off to climb Mount to the walkers summit of Mt Kenya at 4985m above sea level. Whilst there is considerable altitude gain involved to reach Point Lenana, our tried and tested itinerary allows plenty of time for acclimatisation. It is important to note that trekking at high altitude makes greater demands on the body than walking at low altitudes. The Mt Kenya trek takes place over 5 days and all of this is on excellent trails. No technical climbing is required to reach Point Lenana but on the final approach to this rocky summit we do have to negotiate sections of scree and possibly snow. With the exception of the summit day where we will be walking for around 8 hours, we will walk for around 5 to 6 hours each day. On most afternoons there will the opportunity to rest and relax.