Five Day Tour- Farming systems in Central highlands and Livestock/Wildlife integration in the northern Savannah grasslands/rangelands

This tour will expose delegates to the framing systems of the Central highlands, and on the efforts being made towards sustainable management of wildlife within and outside the protected areas through the “community conservancy approach”. Later delegates will learn about the Kenya Boran cattle at one of the Government run beef ranch, management challenges surrounding one  of Kenya’ Great Rift Valley lakes and dairy research work by the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization at Naivasha. The tour covers approximately 850Km from Nairobi, through the Central highlands to the high potential rangelands and back to Nairobi.

The 5 days’ tours, scheduled from 19th to 23rd October 2020, will be full of adventure and learning

 

A detailed overview of the 5-Day Tour will be available soon.

5-Day Tour Itinerary

DAY 1: 19th October 2020

ROUTE

Departure

Arrival

Stop Over

Areas of Interest

Duration (Traveling)

Duration (Stop over)

REMARKS

Map

Nairobi- Makuyu

6.00 am

8am

Kakuzi - commercial farm 

Forage production; Beef cattle finishing; Forestry; Coffee and pineapple production

1.5hrs

2hrs

View Day one to Day two Map     

Makuyu-Karatina

10am

11pm

Karatina

Small scale farming (coffee farming); one of the largest markets in horticultural crops; Kibirigwi small scale irrigation

1hr

1hr

Karatina-Chaka ranch

12.00pm

12.30pm

Chaka ranch

Lunch

30mins

12.30pm

2.00pm

LUNCH

1.5hrs

Wildlife and history talk - Scouts movement; Queen Elizabeth

Chaka ranch- Naru Moru

2.00pm

2.30pm

Naru Moru

Large scale farming - Conservation farming of wheat - minimum till

30mins

1hr

Naru Moru-Nanyuki - Sweet waters

3.30 pm

4.00pm

Nanyuki

Wildlife/livestock interaction; arrive in the rangelands

30mins

Night out

Stop over at the Equator line, Accommodation at Sweet Waters; possibility of a Night hunt.

DAY 2: 20th October 2020

Sweet Waters- Ol Pajeta ranch

8.00 am

8.30am

Mountain Gorilla

Mountain gorillas

30mins

1hr

Visit Gorilla sanctuary at 9am;

Sweet Waters- Ol Pajeta ranch

9.30am

10.am

Ol Pejeta ranch

Large scale beef production; wildlife/livestock interaction; beef value chain; abattoirs; export of livestock embryo - Borana and big horned Ankole; livestock fattening program 

30mins

3hrs

1pm

2pm

LUNCH

1hr

Lunch at Ol Pejeta 

Small scale farms bordering Ol Pejeta-Sweet waters conservancies

2pm

2.30pm

Sweet Waters

Wildlife/livestock interaction; possibility of having community talks on livestock/wildlife interactions arrive in the rangelands

30mins

1 hr

Discussions with farmers; plan for gift of appreciation to farmers

Sweet-waters to - Isiolo

3.30pm

5.00pm

Isiolo town

Isiolo - a frontier town to the rangelands in Kenya; Conversion of rangelands to crop farming

1.30 hr

Night at Bomen Hotel Isiolo; 

DAY 3: 21st October 2020

Bomen Hotel - Isiolo to Lewa Conservancy

8.00am

8.30am

Lewa Wildlife conservancy

Wildlife - giraffes, buffaloes, antelopes, cheetahs; bird watching; savanna grasslands

0.5hrs

0

View Day Three to Day five Map

Lewa Conservancy

8.30am

9.30am

Lewa

History of wildlife conservancy; land use change - ranching to conservancies; challenges and opportunities; Northern Rangelands Trust work

0

1 hr

Organized talk from the host; optional dawn game drives

Drive through Lewa - Illingwesi community conservancy

9.30am

12.00pm

 

Wildlife - giraffes, buffaloes, antelopes, cheetahs; bird watching; savanna grasslands; land use zones; pastoral settlements 

2.5hrs

0

Guide will talk on the conservancy as we drive along

Illingwesi  lodge

12pm

1.00pm

LUNCH

1 hr

Illingwesi  lodge

1pm

2pm

Lodge

Pastoral community conservancy model - opportunities and challenges for the local Samburu community and wildlife conservation

0

1 hr

Illingwesi - Nanyuki

2.30pm

5.00pm

Night out

Large scale wheat farming activities with integration with livestock in Loldaiga and Rumuruti; Greenhouse farming; Land sub-division

1.5hrs

1hr

DAY 4: 22nd October 2020

Nanyuki Sportsman Hotel - Mutara ranch

8.00am

9.00am

Mutara ranch

Government owned and managed beef production ranch - Boran cattle and Red Maasai sheep

1hr

1hr

Red Maasai is endangered though highly adapted; Boran a good source of breeding material 

Mutara- Nyahururu

10am

12.pm

Nyahururu

Beautiful scenaries

2hrs

12pm

1.00pm

Nyahururu

LUNCH

0

1 hr

Lunch at Thompson falls Nyahururu

Nyahururu - Thompson falls

1.00pm

2.00pm

Nyahururu

Scenic view of Thompson falls

0

1hr

Nyahururu-Nakuru

2.00pm

4.30pm

Nakuru

History of white settlers farming; changes in land use - large scale to small scale; scenic drop into the rift valley; Menengai crater

1.5hrs

1hr

Delegates to spend the night at - Midland Hotel Nakuru

DAY 5: 23rd October 2020

Nakuru - Lake Elementaita national park

8.00am

9.00am

L.Elementaita National Park

Elmentaita - Masaai word muteita, meaning "dust place", a reference to the dryness and dustiness of the area; protected due to its birdlife fame - home to the greater flamingoes;  named as one of the heritage sites by UNESCO; "Kekopey" hot springs – breeding site for Tilapia grahami breed; popular for bathing - the local Maasai claim that it can cure AIDS; fishing grounds for night herons and pelicans; next to it is the Kariandusi historical sites for the cradle of mankind

1

3hrs

Game drive and talk; tea break by the lake with the flamingoes

12.00pm

1.00pm

LUNCH

L.Elementaita- Naivasha

1.00pm

1.30pm

KALRO Dairy Research institute

KALROs cutting edge research in dairy production; Sahiwal breed satellite herd and research. This is the only Sahiwal herd outside its native Pakistan

30

1hr

Delamere farm

Refreshments

0

30

Delamere farm-Nairobi

3.00pm

5.30pm

Rif valley view point

Great Rift valley bird eye-view; farming activities - former large scale settler farms; dormant Mt. Longonot crater

2hrs

30

 

The 5-Day Tour Map.

View the route by zooming in and out using the plus and minus sign on the map. Click on more options to view the larger map.