January of 2021 – 7/12 days

Trekking and photo safari in Africa

MOUNT KENYA: NATURE, MOUNTAIN AND NIGHT

From 15 to 26 January 2020

Do you love traveling the world with a backpack? This is a trip that brings together the most authentic of the nature and the mountain, in a single proposal. A trip to walk our own path to enjoy the hidden charms of the landscape. We will hike during the day and sleep under the light of millions of stars, we will share the landscape with the flora and wildlife while learning the techniques for achieving a full photographic report

WHAT'S THE PLAN?

We will make a trek that will take us through the varied landscapes that are found on the second highest mountain of the african continent, Mount Kenya. Our tour will take us up to the peak Lenana (4,985 m). During the tour, without technical difficulty, we will be able to observe and photograph a varied and spectacular flora and fauna, in addition to the landscapes and moments of light that we will offer the different points of the route, such as waterfalls, glaciers, lakes and panoramic mountain.

During the trip, in addition, we will learn to make a complete photographic report at the same time that the guidelines for the good practice of nature photography will be given. At the end of the trekwe will make a safari for a few areas around the Mount Kenya to complete our report. We will have the opportunity to see the “Big Five” (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant), and some endemic species of this area like the grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe or the lycaon, the carnivore is most scarce in Africa, through our tours on foot, by boat and in adapted vehicles.

Throughout the trek in Mount Kenya, we will have the support of a professional mountain guide local, so that we don’t have to worry about where we’re going. In addition, we have cooks that we will have prepared all of the meals to regain strength in each stage. Finally, each participant will have a porter (loaded with a maximum of 18 kilograms) for us to carry our equipment and food, and thus be able to devote to photography and not drag uphill with a heavy backpack.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the second highest mountain in Africa and one of the mountains most beautiful in the world.

  • Observe the night sky of the Southern hemisphere and the Magellanic clouds

  • Possibility to observe and photograph the “Big Five” (the lion, the leopard, the rhino, the buffalo and the elephant), as well as a wide variety of wildlife

  • Learn, put in practice and improve your knowledge of photography in an idyllic setting, natural and wild

  • Photograph starry skies no trace of light pollution

  • With our visit we are contributing to the long-term conservation of Kenya nature, to promote local businesses, and with environmental sensitivity and social; in particular, it supports the conservation of the national parks that we visited. We also have guides, porters, drivers and other staff, local, and that we pay them a fair wage and without intermediaries

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO LEARN?

During the trek We will take a practical course in nature photography specialized in mountain and night. There will also be times to work wildlife photography. Some topics that we will develop in depth are:

Field of photography:

  • Ethics in nature photography
  • Basic material fot photography and mountain
  • Specific material photography of landscape, flora and wildlife
  • Transportation and maintenance of equipment
  • The importance of light in landscape photography
  • Planning of a session or story of nature
  • Technique: Exposure, depth of field and composition
  • Photograph without light (night photography)
  • Understanding and predicting the sun and the moon
  • Practical tips

Natural environment:

  • Bioclimatic floors of Mount Kenya, vegetation and ecosystems
  • Mountain wildlife
  • Savannah wildlife
  • State of conservation of some charismatic species
  • State of conservation of Kenya in particular and Africa in general.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Nairobi-Chogoria-Start of the Trek. Today we arrived at 2,900 m. 3 hours normal pace, 10 km, 950 m ascent.

Day 2: we arrive to 3,400 m. 3 hours, 9 km, 700 m ascent. In the afternoon you can climb Mugi Hill to 3,600, in order to acclimatise better.

Day 3: We reach 4,000 m. 4 hours, 12 km, 800 m ascent.

Day 4: We reach 4300. 2 hours. Quiet day for acclimatising well.

Day 5: we arrive at the highest point of the route, Point Lenana (4985) for the sunrise. Later we start the descent, coming in at 4,400 metres. 8-10 hours, 15 km, 700 m ascent and 600 of descent.

Day 6: we continue to 4.240 m. 12 km, 6 hours. Day of continuous ascents and descents, passing by several lakes, glaciers and some of the most breathtaking scenery of all the mountains

Day 7: Arrival at the end of path (Gate Sirimon). 20 km, 6 hours. Long day of descent. Overnight at Ol Pejeta.

Day 8: Ol Pejeta, where we take a safari through some of the natural reserves surrounding the Mount Kenya to complete our report. In the afternoon departure to Naivasha, the freshwater lake largest of the Rift valley in Kenya. Night at Crater Lake

Day 9: walking safari where you can walk among the animals and the night safari, in which we can observe nocturnal species, very interesting and difficult to see during the day. Boat ride to watch birds and hippos. Overnight in luxury tents.

Day 10 Crater Lake-Maasai Mara. This is the espacio natural most visited natural space of Kenya and one of the most famous in the world. The fact that the great migration is in their quarters for breeding, does that increase the chances of observing large carnivores such as lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas, which are much more hungry than usual and move around more than normal. Overnight in luxury tents.

Day 11 Safari throughout the day for the Maasai Mara. Overnight in luxury tents.

Day 12 Safari before breakfast and later transfer to Nairobi. End-of-course/trip

PRICE

This is an INDOMITUS friendly tour

 ONLY TREKKING: FROM 1350 € PER PERSON
ONLY SAFARI: FROM 1250 € PER PERSON
COMPLETE TRIP: FROM 2600€

Direction:
Academic Director: Marta Bretó.
Adjunct Professor: Iñaki Abella Gutiérrez.

Duration:
Trekking:
 7 days, 6 nights.
Safari Extension : 5 days, 4 nights.

THE PRICE INCLUDES

  • All transportation from the pick-up in Nairobi until the end of the trip.
  • Adapted vehicles for the observation of fauna. All participants will have constant access to, at least, a one-stop, with a maximum of 5 participants per vehicle and two vehicles for the entire course (so that minimum number of participants is 5 and maximum 10).
  • Accommodation on a full board basis.
  • Local mountain guides.
  • Cooks, local mountain.
  • A mountain porter per participant for the whole tour of thetrek (carry a maximum of 18 kg).
  • Professor of photography.
  • Conservation biologist.

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • International flights.
  •  
  • Travel insurance mandatory.
  • Extra porter (about 100€ per carrier), if you want to
  • There is the option to hire a safe evacuation air
  • Photographic Material and material mountain.
  • Nights before and/or after the course.
  • Nothing in this explicitly included in the price.

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Please contact us to make a reservation or to request more information about this trip.
Please, tell us exactly how we can help.

Contact us at marta@indomitus.eu

Responsible for this trip: Bio+

WHO WILL ACCOMPANY YOU ON THIS TRIP?

GUIDE OF THIS TOUR

Marta Bretó

Nature photographer and mountain and travel guide, she enjoys touring the most varied landscapes and the most starry nights with the intention of capturing the wild and beautiful aspects that nature offers through her images. Nature and photography lover, she makes his passion her way of life, in addition to using her work to motivate the conservation and respect of wildlife.

www.martabreto.com

GUIDE OF THIS TOUR

Iñaki Abella

Iñaki Abella Gutiérrez has been living in Kenya since 2010. Is the expert on the ground. With studies in biology, major in Zoology and a Master’s degree in Conservation of the Nature; with great experience in the work field, having developed his career in more than eight countries with very different animals and ecosystems.

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