Trip starts Every Thursday
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Day 1 Thursday : Nairobi
Arrive at any time. Overnight at your Nairobi hotel.
Day 2 Home Stay (1B,1L,1D) approximately 150 km from Nairobi.
Kenya’s Happy Valley — popularised through books (Ghosts of Happy Valley by Juliet Barnes, Child of Happy Valley by Junita Carberry and movies (White Mischief By James Fox), and better known as Wanjohi Valley in Nyandarua County — was the playground for English and some not-so-English aristocrats in the 1920s and 1930s. The key players included Idina Sackville, Lord Errol and a host of others 3rd Baron Delamere and his son and heir the 4th Baron Delamere , The Hon. Denys Finch Hatton , Sir Jock Delves Broughton and wife Diana Delves Broughton, Alice de Janzé (cousin of J. Ogden Armour) and her husband Frédéric de Janzé . Other less-known includes Gilbert Colville, Hugh Dickenson, Jack and Nina Soames, Lady June Carberry (stepmother of Juanita Carberry), Dickie Pembroke, and Julian Lezzard. Lord Errol’s death has remained a mystery and there is no sign it will ever be resolved. Enough has been written about the Happy Valley, but its edges and the hills around it SIMPLY BREATHTAKING. A venture beyond Happy Valley takes one through newly gravelled road from Ol Kalou past the former home of Happy Valley member Morgan Glenville, which is by Malewa River, the main feeder of Lake Naivasha, and up the escarpment. The view of Happy Valley to the south as you climbs the escarpment and Lake Ol Bollosat to the north is simply breathtaking. In Shamata, which in Maa language means ‘high place’, this cold place is to the east of Happy Valley. Here, other pioneer settlers, who were not as well-known as the Happy Valley lot, built elegant colonial houses. The very elegant house formerly owned by Nigel Trent and next to Aberdare Forest still remains intact. It offers a scenic view of the Laikipia plains, and the Rift Valley and its lakes. The house looks modest by Happy Valley standards. About four kilometres from Nigel’s house is Kaheho town which hosts another big colonial house nearby which is now demolished halfway and is part of a secondary school.
Spend days mesmering at the heydays and current political, social and enviromental landscape of Happy Valley, some 8 decades on.
Meals and acommodation at host family homes
Day 3,4& 5 Homestay &Cultural fusion (3B 3D)
After breakfast, engage with the host families in day to day choas of the day, which are spelt out during breakfast.
Depending on the season, you may participate in milking, planting, weeding, harvesting or land preparation. Grazing and cooking lessons will be offered as well.
This offers an excellent opportunity to interact with the locals, learn and appreciate their way of life.
Meals and accommodation provided at the host home.
Day 5& 6Samburu National Reserve (B,L,D)
After breakfast, depart Nairobi and drive north through the farmlands of the Kikuyu people, on our way to the Samburu Game Reserve. Samburu is a wildlife haven to many species rarely found elsewhere. We enjoy an afternoon game drive in search of the northern species of game that are not seen south of the equator, such as the Reticulated Giraffe, Grevy's Zebra, gerenuk and Somali ostriches. On day 3 we spend a full day game viewing in search of the "Big 5" - elephant, lion, rhino, leopard, and buffalo.
The Samburu National Reserve, situated on the banks of UasoNyiro River, is located in the Samburucounty in the Rift Valley province, approximately 365 km north of Nairobi. With an area of 188 km sq, Samburu National Reserve was established in 1948 as part of the enormous Marsabit National Reserve. This region is referred to as the Northern Frontier District because of the war in the 1960's and early 70's with the Somali people. The reserve offers good views of nearby Mount Koitogor and Mount Ololokwe.
There are over 50 species of wild animals in the reserve, including the “Big 5”. With roughly 450 indigenous bird species in the reserve, and many aquatic species in the UasoNyiro River, this reserve is one of the most diverse in Kenya. It also has a wonderful mixture of acacia, riverine forest, thorn trees and grassland vegetation.
The local population of the neighbouring communities are of the Samburu tribe, a clan of the Masai people, some of whom we will meet during our Samburu village visit. Historically nomadic people, the Samburu live in a tradition largely untouched to modern development. They have maintained their culture by continuing their ancient traditions as nomadic pastoralists, often herding their animals to fresh pasture and water, we will likely see them near the river along the reserve boundaries.Overnight and meals at your lodge
Day 8 Nairobi (B)
Spend the morning at the camp, then transfer back to Nairobi where the trip finishes upon arrival in the early evening.
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