Mid Congress Tour

On Wednesday 28th registered delegates (including student and accompanying persons) will be able to go on one of the thirteen different mid-congress tours. All tours will depart from Nairobi at a central place.

In the evening all delegates will be bussed back to Nairobi for the cultural night, including dinner, at Bomas of Kenya.

When registering for the Congress, you will select which Mid-Congress Tour you want to be on. We advise that you register early if there is a particular tour that you want to be on. 

 

A detailed overview of the Mid-Congress tours will be available soon. 

Mid congress Itinerary

Mid congress tour

Tour Route

Departure

Arrival

Travel time

Stoppage time

Stop over

Areas of interest

Route Map

Route 1

Nairobi - Naivasha

6.00am

7.30am

1.5hrs

30mins

Rift Valley view point

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

Route 1 Map -  click on more options on the map to get a clear view of the route

8.00am

9.00am

1hr

2hours

Marula Farm

Large scale dairy and beef production; Organic products - honey; horticulture for local and export market; Delamere farm history

11.00am

1.00pm

0

2hours

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

2.00pm

4.00pm

2hrs

2hours

Drive along the South lake road on the way back to Nairobi, through Mai Mahiu

 

Route 2

Nairobi- Nairobi National Park

6.00am

4.00pm

1hr

8hrs

Nairobi National Park;


Animal orphanage

Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya. The Nairobi National Park - "The World's only Wildlife Capital" - was established in 1946 and is approximately 8Km from the Nairobi City Center Business District.

Game drive - appreciate the Savannah ecosystem; see variety of wildlife - including lions, elephants, buffaloes, giraffes; appreciate impact of the expansion of Nairobi City on the status of the national park; Wildlife Conservation Education Centre - lectures and video about wildlife; Safari Walk - highlights the variety of plants and animals native to Kenya, and their benefit to the country's population;

Animal Orphanage, founded in 1963 with the purpose of saving orphaned elephants and rhinos and releasing them back into the wild.

Route 2 Map - click on more options on the map to get a clear view of the route

Route 3

Nairobi –ILRI Campus - Kiambu

7.00am

8.00am

1hr

2 hours

ILRI Livestock Research

ILRI work on global livestock research; walk through ILRI campus - Mazingira Centre – research on Livestock GHG emissions research; land use change dynamics; environmental impact of livestock production; Biosciences Eastern and Central Africa (BecA-ILRI Hub) - biotechnology research; Technological advancements - drone mapping;

Route 3 Map - click on more options on the map to get a clear view of the route



10.00am

10.30am

0.5hrs

30mins

Tea/Coffee break

ILRI Cafeteria

10.30am

11.30am

1hr

1 hours

Githunguri Dairies

Successful Dairy Cooperative movement; market for small scale milk producers; started with 31 small scale farmers in 1961, has since grown to has over 23,000 small scale farmers in membership; invest in capacity building of its members on dairy production and product management; processing milk and supplies most part of the Country

    

Small scale farmer

This farming households supply the Nairobi city with milk and also the formal dairy industry; fodder production initiatives.

12.30pm

1.30pm

0

1 hour

Lunch

Packed lunch

1.30pm

2.30pm

1

1 hour

Githunguri Dairies

As above

    

Small scale farmer

As above

Route 4

Nairobi – Machakos ranch

6.00am

7.30am

1.5hrs

2 hours

Machakos ranch (private ranch)

The private ranch raises cattle and sheep on 15,000 acres of Savanna grassland; livestock-wildlife integration and inherent challenges. Cattle breeds kept are Boran and Sahiwal. The sheep breed kept are pure dorpers. The animals are grazed on natural pasture, though hay is also used during dry season. Wildlife species within the ranch include wildebeests, antelopes, gazelle and hyena.

Route 4 Map - click on more options on the map to get a clear view of the route

9.30am

10.00am

 

0.5hrs

Tea/Coffee break

Stoni athi resort

10.00am

11.00am

1 hour

1.5 hours

Konza ranch and surrounding small scale farms

Land use changes - subdivisions and land tenure issues; livelihood changes; savanna grasslands in Kapiti plains; history of cooperative ranch; land use changes and impact on wildlife.

12.30pm

1.30pm

 

1 hour

Lunch

Drive through the Katumani route or road

Route 5

Nairobi - Kitengela - Isinya

6.00am

7.00am

1hour

0.5hrs

Kitengela

Land use changes - from pastoralism to other land uses - urbanization, encroachment of wildlife dispersal areas

Route 5 Map - click on more options on the map to get a clear view of the route

 

7.30am

8.00am

0.5hr

1hr

Ostrich and flower farms

Ostrich farmingflower farming; green houses

9.00am

9.30am

0.5hr

1hr

Isinya

Maasai Rural Training Centre - ranching activities; leather processing

10.30am

11.00am

 

0.5hrs

Tea/Coffee break

 

11.00am

12.00pm

1 hour

1 hour

Neylan Farm (Spray Farm)

Fodder production; invasive species; shrub encroachment

1.00pm

2.00pm

  

Lunch

Emberut Place

2.00pm

5.00pm

  

Emberut to Nairobi

 

Route 6

Nairobi- Magadi

6.00am

7.30am

1.5hrs

2 hours

Kekenyoike pasture production and slaughter house (green production)

The group will visit a Maasai clan that has integrated pasture production, beef production and marketing. The group runs a slaughter house which uses green energy and are now packing and retailing biogas from the slaughter waste.

Route 6 Map - click on more options on the map to get a clear view of the route

9.30am

10.00am

 

0.5hrs

Tea/Coffee break

 

10.00am

10.30am

0.5hrs

2 hours

Maasai village

The undulating landscapes behind the hill is surreal and dotted with authentic Maasai homesteads. The layout of a Maasai village is also unique in that the houses are lined in a circular pattern with the cows shed in the middle. The homestead is surrounded with a thorn fence as well as the cow pen to keep the lions away from their livestock. You will learn how the Maasai throw their clubs, make fire without match sticks and traditional archery.

12.30pm

1.30pm

 

1hr

Lunch

Maasai village

1.30pm

3.30pm

  

Maasai Village - Nairobi

 

Route 7

Nairobi- Machakos

6.30am

8.00pm

2hrs

2hrs

Kyalo farm

Dairy production in arid areas;

Route 7 Map - click on more options on the map to get a clear view of the route

10.00am

10.30am

0.5hrs

0.5hrs

Tea/Coffee break

Garden Hotel Machakos

10.30am

11.00am

0.5hrs

1 hour

KALRO Katumani

Research on dry land crop farming and management of aflatoxin; KALRO Seed Unit

12.00pm

1.00pm

 

1hr

Small scale farmers - Wote route

Land and water conservation - immortalized in the book by Mortimore 'More people, less erosion'

1.00pm

2.00pm

 

1hr

Lunch

Garden Hotel Machakos

2.00pm

2.30pm

0.5hr

1hr

Machakos garden hotel to Nairobi through Smart Logistics Centre

Social enterprise in small holder product aggregation and marketing

3.30pm

4.30pm

 

1hr

Machakos - Nairobi

 

Route 8

Nairobi - Kiboko

6.00am

8.30am

2.5hrs

1hr

Sultan Estate

Commercial fodder farm; Kapiti plains

Route 8 Map - click on more options on the map to get a clear view of the route

 

9.30am

10.00am

0.5hrs

1hr

Makasa Dairy farm

The farmer keeps a herd of Fleckvieh dairy cattle and Fleckvieh x Sahiwal crosses. He sells the milk locally at Makasa dairy outlet in Emali town along Nairobi-Mombasa Highway.

11.00am

11.30am

 

0.5hrs

Tea/Coffee break

 

11.30am

12.30pm

1hr

1hr

Kima Estate

Cooperative ranch - being subdivided

1.30pm

2.30pm

  

Lunch

Packed lunch

2.30pm

4.30pm

  

Kima - Nairobi

 

Route 9

Nairobi – Wote

6.00am

9.00am

3hrs

1hr

Visit a small scale farmer

Small scale dry land systems; challenges in  fodder production; land and water conservation; agro-silvopastoral systems

Route 9 Map - click on more options on the map to get a clear view of the route

   

1hr

Wote

Mango fruit processing factory and nearby mango farms

12.00am

1.00pm

 

1hr

Lunch

Wote - Acacia Resort

1.00pm

4.00pm

3hrs

 

Wote - Nairobi

 

Route 10

Nairobi-Yatta

6:00am

7.00am

1hr

1hr

Kigwa farm

History of colonial settlement and coffee production in Central highlands and its evolution; value addition, organic farming, dairy;

Route 10 Map - click on more options on the map to get a clear view of the route

 

8.00am

9.00am

1hr

2hrs

Del Monte Factory

The company was previously known as Kenya Canners, which formed in 1948. Del Monte Kenya was later renamed Del Monte Royal after control was acquired by two South African families who each owned a 30% share of the company. Cirio Del Monte Kenya owns over 10,000-acre (40 km²) pineapple plantation and employs approximately 6,000 workers. Approximately 60% of the workforce is female (estimate). The company operates in the cultivation, production, and canning of pineapple products. The company produces canned solid pineapple, juice concentrates, mill juice sugar and cattle feed. Kenya's largest single manufactured export is canned pineapple, and the country ranks among the top five pineapple exporters in the world, both of which feats are direct results of the company's existence and operations

11.00am

11.30am

  

Tea/coffee break

Del Monte

11.30am

12.30pm

1hr

 

Yatta

 

12.30pm

1.30pm

  

Lunch

Yatta

1.30pm

3.00pm

 

1.5hrs

Yatta

Yatta furrow where colonial legacy feeds villages

3.00pm

5.00pm

2hrs

 

Yatta - Nairobi via the Eastern and Southern by-pass

 

Route 11

Nairobi - Olkaria - Hells gate

6.00am

7.30am

1.5hrs

0.5hrs

Rif valley view point by Mai Mahiu route

Great Rift valley bird eye-view; dormant crater for Mt. Longonot; Maasai grazing areas.

Route 11 Map - click on more options on the map to get a clear view of the route

 

8.00am

10.00am

2hrs

2hrs

Olkaria Geothermal plant

 

12.00pm

1.00pm

  

Lunch

Parked lunch

1.00pm

3.00pm

0

2hrs

Hell's Gate National Park

"A Walk on the Wild Side". Named for the intense geothermal activity within its boundaries, the Hell's Gate National Park is a remarkable quarter of the Great Rift Valley. Spectacular scenery including the towering cliffs, water-gouged gorges, stark rock towers, scrub clad volcanoes and belching plumes of geothermal steam make it one of the most atmospheric Parks in Africa. Hell's Gate is an ideal venue for a day trip from Nairobi where, in addition to the bio-diversity that includes raptors, visitors can enjoy mountain biking, rock climbing and a natural spa. Hell's Gate National Park is named after a narrow break in the cliffs, once a tributary of a prehistoric lake that fed early humans in the Rift Valley. It received the name "Hell's Gate" by explorers Fisher and Thomson in 1883.  The park is equipped with three basic campsites and includes a Maasai Cultural Center, providing education about the Maasai tribe's culture and traditions.

3.00pm

5.30pm

2.5hrs

 

Olkaria - Nairobi

 

Route 12

Nairobi - Elementaita

6.00am

7.00am

1hr

0.5hrs

Rif valley view point

Great Rift valley bird eye-view; dormant crater for Mt. Longonot; Maasai grazing areas.

Route 12 Map - click on more options on the map to get a clear view of the route

7.30am

10.00am

2.5hrs

2

Lake Elementaita (greater flamingoes)

Elmenteita - Masaai word muteita, meaning "dust place", a reference to the dryness and dustyness 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.

12.00pm

1.00pm

 

1

Karindusi pre-historic site

 

1.00pm

2.00pm

  

Lunch

Parked lunch

2.00pm

4.30pm

  

Karindusi pre-historic site - Nairobi

 

Route 13

Nairobi - Lanet

6:00am

7:00am

1hr

0.5hrs

Great Rift valley View Point

Great Rift valley bird eye-view; dormant crater for Mt. Longonot; Maasai grazing areas.

Route 13 Map - click on more options on the map to get a clear view of the route

7:30am

9:30am

2hrs

2hrs

KALRO Lanet

a. Interact with scientists - research on Brachiaria grass and its support to smallholder dairy farms; Rhodes grass seed production; the improvement and utilization of the Boran breed for beef production; beef fattening in feedlots – natural pastures.

11:30am

12:00pm

0.5hrs

2hrs

Lord Egerton castle

Based on a 100-acre portion of land. Lord Egerton built the castle in 1938 and completed it in 1954. Lord Egerton built the castle for his bride to be after his fiancée turned down his wedding proposal arguing that the house (a six bedroom house) Lord Egerton back then was as small as a chicken cage. Lord Egerton was so heart-broken to extent he never married nor wanted to see any other lady. He went ahead and banned all ladies to his property.

The castle was constructed using imported materials and some local material from Njiru and Kedowa. Tiles and marble was imported from England and Italy. He used Indian workers to construct the castle. Lord Ergeton rested in 1958. Set in a pre-colonial farming within a small scale mixed dairy farming.

    

Delemare Stop Shop

 

2:00pm

5:00pm

3hrs

 

Delemare Stop Shop - Nairobi