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Gatamaiyu Riverine Walk Nairobi Day Tour: This is a full day excursion from Nairobi to Gatamaiyu Forest. Gatamaiyu Forest is part of the larger Kereita Forest and is located 55 km’s from Nairobi.
The word Kereita in Kikuyu means “a place for warrior” probably got the name because Kikuyu warriors are said to have once used Kereita forest cover when fighting the Masai warriors.
Gatamaiyu forest is only 8 km’s from Kimende off the Nairobi Naivasha highway. The hiking tour begins from the Gatamaiyu gate and takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes. The easy walk (ideal for the whole family) takes a trail along a river, under a canopy of indigenous forest with a few muddy patches.
Gatamaiyu Riverine Walk Nairobi Day Tour Itinerary
0700 Hours: After breakfast at your hotel/ residence you will depart by road taking the Nairobi/ Naivasha highway on the upper escarpment to Kamende located 47 km’s away.
Once at Kimende we shall pick up our forest guide and proceed 8 km’s driving through a Nyayo Tea Zone to the Fisheries office at Gatamaiyu.
0830 Hours: The hike begins at the Fisheries office a few meters from Gatamaiyu Forest Gate. Your walk will descend into river valley before the course of Gatamaiyu River. The walk along the banks of the river includes bird watching and site seeing.
Lookout for bird species such as Chestnut-throated Apalis, Trumpeter Hornbill, Rufous-breasted Sparrowhawk, Fine-banded Woodpecker, White-bellied Tit, Tambourine Dove, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Abbot’s Starling among others.
Occasionally you will see Elephant footprints as you walk. The Kenya Forest Service provides an armed Ranger just in case. The forest has Colobus monkeys amongst other forest animals.
1130 Hours: After about an hour and a half walk, you will arrive at an18 feet waterfall. On the return journey you will climb out of the valley to a dirt road on the ridge above and walk about 45 minutes to the Fisheries Department.
Along the way back you will see butterfly traps and beehives used by the locals community engaged in eco-friendly economic activities.
1300 Hours: We enjoy a Picnic box lunch at the Gatamaiyu Fisheries campsite
1400 Hours: After lunch depart by road back to Nairobi. We make an optional stop to view the Rift Valley.
1700 Hours: Arrive back in Nairobi. Drop off at your hotel/ residence
Gatamaiyu Riverine Walk Nairobi Day Tour Prices
Gatamaiyu Riverine Walk Nairobi Day Tour Rates Includes:
Picnic Box Lunch + Services of a professional Guide at Gatumaiyu Forest + All park entry fees to the forest,service charge and taxes + Pickup from your hotel in Nairobi and drop-off to your hotel & Professional English speaking guides. All are experts in the African wildlife, culture, and tour guiding, many of who speak other European languages
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* This tour departs on request
* Wear comfortable walking shoes, carry snacks, binoculars and drinking water
Gatamaiyu Riverine Walk Nairobi Day Tour Does Not Include:
* Tips or gratuity
* Travelers insurance
* Communication charges
* Minimum of one person required
* Visas, international airfares and airport taxes; meals
* Sightseeing not included in the package; optional activities
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)