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Nature & Hiking - Tour 3

  • Overview
  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Route
  • Prices

Walk through Emali town

On your first day your guide picks you at the agreed meeting point in Nairobi around 1pm and you take a Matatu to a town called Emali.

Due to the climatic conditions, the inhabitants and the impacts of the high rate of HIV positive living people, Emali is quite a poor town. As a result the need for charity programs arises.

During this optional walk you go through the market in town with small shops and people selling their wares next to the road.
You also have the chance to visit Mt. Zion CBO with its clinic for people living with HIV, in order to get acquainted with the prevailing conditions that make Emali the town it is

Your means of transport are Matatus and either on foot.
You stay overnight in a hotel in Emali.

Makueni hiking trip

This is one of the most interesting expeditions that one can enjoy north of Emali through the highest mountain of Ukambani, the land of the Kamba. Early in the morning you leave from Emali and a Matatu takes you to your zero point.
You should make arrangements to have the following items: Light clothing, closed hiking shoes, long trousers to avoid scratches and insect bites.

During this daytrip the five to six hours walk takes up the highest mountain of the area. The panoramic view you get to enjoy as you go up the mountain should be breathtaking for those who enjoy mountain climbing and hiking and should not be for the faint hearted. This gives you an extensive view of the entire Ukambani to Voi landscape.

Your means of transport are Matatus, motorcycles and either on foot.
You stay another night in a hotel in Emali.

Meeting the children of Tumbuni & Visiting the Kamba community in Kwachambo

In the morning you can decide whether you want to visit the Tumbuni Community Centre for children with special needs, play with the children and see a school for hearing impaired or you can also stay in Emali and take a rest.

Around 11am you walk to a Kamba family. In the north of Emali town there lays the Kamba community who like the Maasais live in small groups that comprises of one extended family. Their traditions vary a lot from the Maasais in that the Kambas live in very harsh terrain though they are known to be very good vegetable and fruit farmers. The land that they occupy is quite arid and dry, such that they substitute their farming with the rearing of poultry and the breeding of cattle.
During this half-daytrip you get to visit one Kamba family were the head of the family should be able to furnish you with Kamba traditions, customs, believes and generally their way of life.
Your means of transport are Matatus, motorcycles and either on foot.
In the late afternoon you take a Matatu and travel to Loitokitok, a town on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, where you stay overnight.

Hiking on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro

Mt Kilimanjaro being the highest mountain in Africa provides you with a unique scene from Loitokitok town. The town itself is 1622m above sea level so this gives you a broad view of the other surrounding mountains that encompass the town, where you can be able to do hiking.
You should make arrangements to have the following items: Light clothing, closed hiking shoes, long trousers to avoid scratches and insect bites.

During this daytrip you have a local guide who takes you on a roundtrip where you view different sites such as river Kimengere, river Rongai, animals like zebras, giraffes and monkeys and Maasai Manyattas. The hiking should take you to a town which borders Tanzania. From this point a more up close view of Mt Kilimanjaro is possible.

Your means of transport are on foot.
In the late afternoon you take a Matatu which takes you on a rough road to your next stop Taveta, where you stay overnight.

Walk up to the rim of Lake Challa

Lake Challa is a crater lake that is shared by both Kenya and Tanzania at the border, but is rarely visited. On the lake fishermen from both countries are able to fish without any logistical hitches for there are no territorial boundaries that bar them from breaching each other's border. So this gives both sides' ample fishing waters and a living for the local people around.

You should make arrangements to have the following items: Light clothing, closed hiking shoes, long trousers to avoid scratches and insect bites.
During this half-daytrip you walk up the rim of the Crater Lake and you are able to walk down all the way to the waters through a walking lane that was designed and built by the US Army. From which point you might be able to buy fish from the local fishermen and roast it.

Your means of transport are on motorcycle and on foot.
In the late afternoon you have to leave the small town Taveta to proceed to Wundanyi, where you stay overnight.

Hiking up to Wesu Rock

The moment you reach Wundanyi, the highest populated town in the Taita Hills, a huge rock attracts you. The surrounding slopes that are where the inhabitants reside and practice their small scale farming and raring of poultry and livestock and this extend all the way to the top.
Due to the altitude in this areas one needs to be prepared by carrying warm clothes, closed hiking shoes and a rain jacket.

During this daytrip you walk to Shamoto Hill, visit the Cave of Skulls and climb to the top of the cliff, where you can see the other surrounding cliffs and below to the town. From there you continue your hiking trip to Wesu Rock, a huge granite rock that overlooks Wundanyi and you get to see the indigenous Wattle Trees, which are common to that part of the hills.

Your means of transport are on foot.
In the evening you come back to Wundanyi town and stay another night in the Taita Hills.

Safe journey & come again!

In your booking form you can choose whether you want to go back to Nairobi after our tour or continue your journey and visit Mombasa or any other destination on the coast. The guide organises a Matatu for you which takes you to either Nairobi or Mombasa.

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The price for a tour includes accommodation and breakfast, transport (usually public transport), tour guide, all the trips and entrance fees. Food and beverages are not included apart from breakfast.


The prize fo this tour is for students (< 26 years) 595 and for adults (> 26 years) 660 euros per person. The prices are valid from two people, prices for one person on request.
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