9 Days Rift Valley & Lake Victoria Cycling.
A popular way to travel around riding a bike is low-impact, environmentally friendly, and you go slowly enough to truly appreciate the diversity and vastness of the Kenya. You also sleep in towns and villages that most tourists would simply zoom through in a vehicle or fly over in a plane.
Arrival -Nairobi Country Lodge (BB).
Day 1. Upon arrival at the airport you will be received by our representative who will transfer you to the hotel
Nairobi – Nyeri Green Hills Hotel (FB).
Day 2. After breakfast transfer to Green Hills Hotel in NyeriNyeri is one of the largest towns in the Central Highlands and the gateway to Aberdale National Park. Bike fitting on arrival followed by a short warm up ride to Baden Powell’s grave. The founder of the Scout Association movement spent his final days here. If it’s a clear day we’ll enjoy views up to Mount Kenya. Tonight after dinner we hear more about the challenge ahead. (5km cycling tarmac road).
Nyeri -Nyahururu Thomson Fall Hotel (FB).
Day 3. Today is a tough introduction to the challenge. Once into the lush countryside that surrounds Nyeri, we pass fields of crops including fruit, vegetables, sugar cane, tea and coffee. It’s a long steady climb with several downhill stretches over small river valleys with some fantastic views. We’ll be able to see majestic Mount Kenya in the distance and Aberdale National Park at closer range. After 83km we reach the equator for the first time. ( 98km cycling tarmac road)
Nyahururu- Nakuru then transfer to Kabarnet Kabarnet Hotel (FB).
Day 4. Shorter easier day, with some uphill cycling, through lush countryside. We leave Nyahururu and head into the Subukia Valley. After around 14km we stop at a viewpoint over the valley (2550m). From there we continue to Subukia town. As the day progresses we pass vast tea plantations with their light green hues. After lunch transfer 140km to Kabarnet which has a spectacular location in the Tugen Hills on the eastern edge of the Kerio Valley. (57km cycling tarmac road).
Kabarnet -Eldoret Wagon Hotel (FB).
Day5. The most challenging day of the ride crossing the Kerio Valley and climbing the Elgeyo escarpment. We start with 18km of downhill, parts of which are quite steep, followed by gentler terrain. After around 28km we encounter a very serious climb over 26km on windy roads through a pretty forest with lots of butterflies. There will be a huge sense of achievement when we reach the top of the hill (2293m) and we’ll be rewarded with fantastic views across the Rift Valley. After lunch the rest of the ride is generally downhill through a beautiful area with little traffic. (93km cycling tarmac)
Eldoret – Kakamega Savona Isle Hotel / Kakamega Golf Hotel (FB).
Day 6. There are two options for cycling from Eldoret to Kakamega. The one we take will depend on the weather in the days before we arrive here.
However, if there has been rain (which is likely), we will cycle on the busy main road for 62km to the junction on the main road to Kakamega. From here we will cycle for 34km along a smaller road before entering the Kakamega Forest Reserve for a short ride on the road of about 2km. This is home to black and white colobus monkeys, flying squirrels, the blue monkey and also potto (the worlds slowest mammal). We continue on the road for about 12km to Kakamega. ( 98km (67km on tarmac & 31km on dirt road) if there has been no rain 110km if there has been rain).
Kakamega – Kisumu Kiboko Resort (FB).
Day 7. Today’s ride is mainly downhill with some steep climbs. After 39km we get our first view of our final destination - Lake Victoria which covers 70,000 square kilometres and is the major geographical feature in this part of the continent.
Kisumu –Kericho - Nakuru Lake Nakuru Lodge (FB).
Day 8. Transfer by road to Nakuru with stop over at Kericho to view the lush green tea estates. After having som tea at Kericho tea hotel proceed to arrive in time for lunch. Afternoon free to relax or enjoy an optional game drive Nakuru N/P.
Day 9. Early Transfer to Nairobi ,city tours and shopping, farewell dinner later transfer to the airport for departure .