Happy Valley Ultra Hike
Available Dates: 30th April – 2nd May
A walk across History
With the high peaks of the East African volcanic mountains getting more popular for hiking, one scenic destination remains largely unexplored. The wilderness trails that cut across the vast African savannah. This multiple-day hike will take you through the once famous colonial ranches that go back to the early 1920s to late 1930s. The Happy Valley set was a group of hedonistic, largely British and Anglo-Irish aristocrats and adventurers who settled in the “Happy Valley” region of the Wanjohi Valley, near the Aberdare mountain range, in colonial Kenya and Uganda between the 1920s and the 1940s. In the 1930s, the group became infamous for its decadent lifestyles and exploits amid reports of drug use and sexual promiscuity. Their zone however spread as far out as Elementaita and the wildlands around the Eburu mountains. Some of the notable members of the Happy Valley set were: The 3rd Baron Delamere and his son and heir The 4th Baron Delamere; Denys Finch Hatton, his lover Baroness Karen von Blixen; Bror von Blixen-Finecke; Sir Jock Delves Broughton and wife Diana Delves Broughton; The 22nd Earl of Erroll; Lady Idina Sackville; Alice, Countess de Janze (cousin of J. Ogden Armour) and her husband Count Frederic de Janzé.
Day One: Nairobi to Ugali Hill to Jaica Village (Est Duration: 7 Hours)
You will meet our adventure crew early in the morning in Nairobi for a 0500hrs departure. The drive takes you down to Lake Elementaita from where the bus will drop us at the shores of the beautiful lake. On this day we will hike to Ugali hill right at the edge of the Lake for a vantage view of the surrounding vast wilderness. The trail will then head into the Savannah for the rest of the day to emerge at Jaica Village where we will camp for the night.
Day Two: Jaica Village to Songalai to Eburu Forest (Est Duration: 8 Hours)
Today after breakfast we head out into the wild savannah. The trail today will take us to Songalai before ascending into the Eburu volcanic mountains where we will pitch camp at the forest campsite for the night.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day Three: Explore Eburu Western Summit then back to Nakuru
On this day, we hike across to the western summit of OlDoinyo Eburu. The trail features a beautiful protected natural forest and one of the last important habitats of the Mountain Bongo. After the hike, we will enjoy lunch at the campsite before returning to Nairobi in the afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
What to Carry
- Comfortable hiking boots with a good grip. Long pants/trousers & long-sleeved hiking t-shirt/light jacket recommended
- Spare Sports Trainers to complement boots, Sandals, or light shoes for traveling back
- Plenty of drinking water
- Sunhat, Sunscreen, Sunglasses
- Cameras/ Headlight/Torch/ Power Bank
- Walking stick
- Sleeping Bag
- Toiletries(Towel, Soap, Tooth Brush, toothpaste, Tissue)
- Extra Change of clothes
- Day Pack /Small Bag to carry your personal items
- Proper Rain Gear, in case it rains. i.e. Rain Coat/Poncho/Rain Trousers if available.
- Enough Snacks, fruits, sandwiches, energy bars to last the hike.
- Any personal medication / Personal first aid items
- Warm Jacket.
- An identification card or passport: Must
- Tip for guides, rangers, and crew
Full Package – Kes. 18,500
Resident /Non Residents – To top-up Park Entry fees.
- Citizens Park Entrance Fees and Community Fees
- Return transport from Nairobi
- 2 Nights Camping Accommodation
- Camping Gear; Tents & Mattresses (Carry your sleeping bag)
- Hiking Charges
- Guides and Porters Crew
- Bush Chef and all Meals on Tour
- Residents/Non-Residents Park Entrance Fees
- Items of Personal use.
- Medical and Insurance Expenses
- Tips for Guides
- Anything not stipulated on the inclusive above.
Payment and Booking
Make payments via MPESA Paybill 695596 Account (Your Name-Trip Title)
Confirmations and queries must be confirmed with 0729 995 059 | [email protected]
Booking Terms & Conditions
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Protocols on Covid -19
- Our Transport is compliant with government regulations on occupancy per vehicle.
- Our buses and vans are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before the Trip.
- The nature of this activity enables social distance with ease.
- There are no gatherings at the start or end except for a social distanced stretch.
At a glance
This multiple-day hike takes you through Wilderness trails that cut across the vast African savannah and the once-famous colonial ranches that go back to the early 1920s to late 1930s.