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Western Kenya Circuit

KY08: 10 Days Nairobi - Lake Baringo - Lake Bogoria - Mt. Elgon - Kakamega Forest - Kisumu - Rusinga Island - Ruma National Park - Kericho - Nakuru - Nairobi

Tour Type: Private tailor-made tour, with an expert English-speaking driver guide.
Hotel: Well-selected comfortable lodges & hotels

  • This trip features more off-the-beaten-track destinations of Kenya.
  • See flocks of pink flamingos across lakes in the Rift Valley.
  • Enjoy adventure safaris at the Mt. Elgon and Kakamega Forest.
  • Relax and unwind at the Rusinga Island in Lake Victoria.

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Day 1: Nairobi to Lake Baringo by private drive
Have breakfast at your hotel in Nairobi and then check out with all your belongings. Your English-speaking driver guide will come to meet you at around 8:00. Then we will head for the Lake Baringo, which takes about 5 hours on the way. 

We will make a stop at the Great Rift Valley viewpoint, where you will enjoy a specular view of the largest valley in the world as well as the Mount Longonot and the escarpments. Arrive at the lake and check in at the lodge. After a short break, you will take a one-hour boat ride on the island to view birds and hippos in the lake and then visit a Njemps tribal village to see their interesting way of life. 

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Tumbili Cliffs Camp

Day 2: Drive to Lake Bogoria and then to Mt. Elgon
After having breakfast, you will be driven for around one hour to the Lake Bogoria, which is famous for many geysers and hot springs as well as a large population of lesser flamingos. Upon arrival, you will be escorted to take a leisurely walk circling the lake to appreciate its picturesque scenery. There are some algae plants in the lake, which make the lake surface show different colors at different times. Looking at the flocks of flamingos from a distance, the pure pink color is like seeing a sea of cherry blossoms blooming to the sky, which is dazzling. 

Afterwards, we will continue to drive to the Mt. Elgon National Park with lunch enroute. About 5.5 hours will be spent on the way. Check in at the lodge upon arrival. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Eka Hotel Eldoret

Day 3: Visit Mt. Elgon National Park
Mt. Elgon is Kenya’s second highest mountain after Mt. Kenya. It lies 140 kilometers (87 miles) north east of the Lake Victoria and is bisected by the Kenya Uganda boundary. This National Park is home to a plethora of wildlife like elephant, buffalo, antelope, and colobus monkey, as well as over 300 species of birds, including the endangered Lammergeyer and the Tacazze sunbird. Today, we will spend a full day in this park. Other than viewing its stunning primitive landscape and wildlife, we will also explore its famous Elephant Caves and learn about the caves history.  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Eka Hotel Eldoret (4 stars)

Day 4: Drive to Kakamega Forest
Today, we will depart for the Kakamega Forest National Reserve, which takes around 4.5 hours on the way. The Kakamega Reserve is the only tropical rainforest left in Kenya and it is home to a variety of birds, butterflies, primates, plants, mammals, beetles and reptiles. You will enjoy activities of game viewing and bird watching here. Also, walking with a professional guide is the best way to explore this beautiful forest.  

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Rondo Retreat Centre

Day 5: Drive to Kisumu
Kisumu is 50 kilometers (31 miles) away from Kakamega Forest, which needs about 1.5 hours' drive. Located on the northeast shore of the Lake Victoria, one of the African Great Lakes, Kisumu is the third-largest city in Kenya, which serves as an important trading and transportation hub.  

Upon arrival, you will first visit the Impala Sanctuary, a home for rescued wildlife, including impalas, the rare Sitatunga antelope as well as big cats, buffalos, giraffes and a number of several primate species and cheetahs.

Then visit the Kisumu Museum, which is a nice place to learn about the Luo culture and people’s way of living, see their full scale tribe village and even enter different homes. You will also see a variety of animals here. The last stop today is the Dunga Bay, where you can take a boat trip to watch the hippos and enjoy an amazing sunset view of the Lake Victoria.  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: The Vic Hotel

Day 6: Drive to Rusinga Island (Lake Victoria)
From Kisumu, we will drive around 3 hours to the Rusinga Island, which is a small island on the Lake Victoria, approximately 16 kilometers (10 miles) long and 5 kilometers (3 miles) wide. Being a remote and unspoilt destination, this island is a great place to chill out and experience the laid back local life. Upon arrival, you will check into the Rusinga Island Lodge, a luxurious beach getaway, and stay in a comfortable thatched cottage that has scenic views over the sparking water. Spend your time at leisure and enjoy lodge amenities. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Rusinga Island Lodge - a luxury retreat

Day 7: Rusinga Island
It is a relaxing day for you, while you could participate in some activities to have fun. Usually your lodge will offer many choices, like taking boat rides to the bird island for bird watching, to the nearby white sandy beaches of the Takawiri Island, trying your hand at fishing or attending some water sports activities. You could also relax at the lodge and then go cycling to explore the island. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Rusinga Island Lodge - a luxury retreat

Day 8: Drive to Ruma National Park, and then to Kericho
After breakfast, we will say goodbye to the Rusinga Island and drive around 1.5 hours to the Ruma National Park. With beautiful landscape in the wilderness, this park has plenty of antelopes, giraffes, water buffaloes, Rhinoceros and the endangered roan antelope which is considered one of the Africa’s rarest antelopes. Enjoy an exciting game drive in the Ruma National Park. 

Afterwards, we will drive around 3 hours to Kericho, which is a county home to the best of Kenyan Tea. Therefore, it will offer you breath-taking scenes of the vast tea plantations in the surroundings. Check into the hotel upon arrival. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Kerocho Tea Hotel (3 stars)

Day 9: Drive from Kericho to Lake Nakuru
Depart from Kericho, we will continue to drive around 2.5 hours to the Lake Nakuru National Park, aka Bird’s Paradise. Check into the lodge upon arrival. 

After lunch, you will enjoy an afternoon game safari around the lake. The salt lake is endowed with lush forests and grasslands on its banks. Here, you can see many species of birds, including sandpipers, cuckoos, kingfishers, starlings, sunbirds, etc. You will marvel at the pink lake from a distance, courtesy of the millions of flamingoes. Moreover, it is also the rhino's sanctuary, especially for white rhinos.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Lake Nakuru Lodge

Day 10: Drive back to Nairobi
Make full use of your time to enjoy a morning game drive after breakfast. Then, you will check out from the lodge and drive along the scenic road for around 3 hours back to Nairobi. We can send you back to the hotel you have reserved or to the airport for your outbound flight. We highly appreciate your traveling with us! 

Meals: Breakfast

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This trip can be tailored to match your dates and interests!
Tour Prices

Christmas & 2024 Special: 12% off - Book before Dec 31, 2023

Month2-3 travelers4-5 travelers
Jan-Mar, Oct-DecUSD4169 USD3668USD3729 USD3281
Apr-JunUSD3619 USD3184USD3179 USD2797
Jul-SepUSD4719 USD4152USD4279 USD3765
  • Prices are per person based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 12% discount.
What's Included
  • All park entrance fees.
  • Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary.
  • Services of English-speaking experienced driver/guide.
  • Exclusive use of a 4x4 safari vehicle with RF radio to locate wildlife.
  • Drinking water station in your vehicle (bring water bottle).
  • First Aid Kit & emergency number 24 hours.
  • All government taxes and levies.
What's Excluded
  • Any international/demestic airfare and visa fee.
  • Easter, Christmas and New Year supplement.
  • Tips for driver/guide.
  • Personal insurance and expenses (laundry, drinks, etc.).
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