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

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This tour will expose delegates to the farming 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 ranches, 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 850 Km from Nairobi, through the Central highlands to the high potential rangelands and back to Nairobi.

The price of the tour will cover the costs of accommodation, transportation, entry fees into parks and museums, an information booklet and meals (breakfast and lunches). Please note that delegates will be required to cater for their evening meals (dinner). The 5 day tour scheduled from 17th to 21st October 2021, 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 - Sunday, October 17TH 2021
  • Departure time - 8.00 am           
  • Stop-over time – 3.0 hours           
  • Travelling time – 4.0 hours         
  • Arrival - 4.00 pm (Serena Sweet Waters, Nanyuki)

1) KAKUZI COMMERCIAL FARM - Forage production; Beef cattle finishing; Forestry; Coffee and pineapple production.

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

Lunch break wildlife and history talk - scouts movement; Queen Elizabeth

3) NARU MORU - Large scale farming - Conservation farming of wheat - minimum till.


  • Delegates to spend night at Serena Sweet Waters, Nanyuki


DAY 2 - Monday, October 18TH 2021


1) SWEET WATERS

Breakfast served at 8:00 and delegates will be at Sweet Waters up to lunch hour.

Mountain gorillas *Visit Gorilla Sanctuary at 9 am

Lunch Break at Sweet Waters

2) OL PEJETA RANCH - Large scale beef productionwildlife/livestock interaction, beef value chain, abattoirs, export of livestock embryo - Borana and big horned Ankole, livestock fattening program. Wildlife/livestock interaction; possibility of having community talks on livestock/wildlife interactions arrive in the rangelands* Discussions with farmers; plan for gift of appreciation to farmers. 

  • Delegates will spend night at Sweet Waters


DAY 3 - Tuesday, October 19TH 2021

  • Departure time - 8.00 am           
  • Stop-over time – 4.0 hours
  • Travelling time – 4.0 hours  
1) LEWA WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY -  History of wildlife conservancy; land use change - ranching to conservancies; challenges and opportunities; Northern Rangelands Trust work.* Organized talk from the host; optional dawn game drives (Wildlife - giraffes, buffaloes, antelopes, cheetahs; bird watching; savanna grasslands)

2) IL LINGWESI COMMUNITY - Pastoral community conservancy model - opportunities and challenges for the local Samburu community and wildlife conservation. Wildlife - giraffes, buffaloes, antelopes, cheetahs; bird watching; savanna grasslands; land use zones; pastoral settlements. (Guide will talk on the conservancy as we drive along).

Lunch Break 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

Delegates will leave Ol Pejeta Ranch to Lewa conservancy. Facilitators at Lewa conservancy will give a talk on how the conservancy operates. Delegates will then head to Illingwesi community conservancy. Here they will an opportunity to compare the different types of models being applied in the two conservancies.

  • Delegates will spend the night at Sportsman Arms Hotel in Nanyuki.


DAY 4 - Wednesday, October 20TH 2021

  • Departure time - 8.00 am           
  • Stop-over time – 4.0 hours
  • Travelling time – 5.0 hours  

1) MUTARA RANCH - Government owned and managed beef production ranch - Boran cattle anda Red Masai sheep
* Red Maasai is endangered though highly adapted; Boran a good source of breeding material.

2) NYAHURURU - Beautiful scenery

Lunch Break

3) THOMPSON FALLS - Scenic view of Thompson falls

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


  • Delegates to arrive at Nakuru Alps Hotel at 5.00 pm where they will spend the night.


DAY 5 - Thursday, October 21ST 2021

  • Departure time - 8.00 am           
  • Stop-over time – 5.0 hours
  • Travelling time – 4.0 hours  

1) 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 bird life fame - home to the greater flamingos; 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. * Game drive and talk; tea break by the lake with the flamingos.


2)KARIANDUSI PRE-HISTORIC SITE - Kariandusi Pre-historic site- Kariandusi and its environs have an interesting Geographical, anthropological history being situated in the Rift Valley which has taken a long time to form. Faulting has taken at least 30 million years and still goes on.

After breakfast delegates will visit Lake Nakuru. They will be at the lake for three hours after which they will leave for Nairobi through Kariandusi pre-historic site. They will stop over at Kariandusi for two hours. From Kariandusi delegates will head back to Nairobi. They should be in Nairobi by 5.00 pm.

RIFT VALLEY VIEW POINT - NAIROBI - End of 5-day  pre-congress tour.


5-Day Tour Map