Hi, My names Mwangie I have been involved with the adventure sector for over twenty years. I first got involved with the Hidden Adventures team (as we are known now), in 1998.I was involved in the creation and delivery of Kenyan expedition for UK guests, including an expedition where we had 18 Young Officers adventurers summit Mt Kenya.Since then I have remained involved in Kenya doing tours as Hidden Adventures interests lay elsewhere.
I am responsible for the Hidden Kenya Adventures team and contributing with the rest of Team”Kenya” what we offer in Kenya and how its described.I also assist Christine in the nuts and bolts of your experiences progress, such as transfers, being received by your hospitality venues and in general everybody is informed.
My Teams desire is to now revitalise and improve our Kenyan adventures to offer 14 day tailored experiences. Like our Scottish team with their successful and well received Loch Lomond based adventures.Our adventures will feature equally online,have a backbone of informative documents and routines.Also be associated with areas and experiences we are most familiar with rather than do any request thus making the most of the rolling hills,mountains and Savannah of the central region of Kenya and its rich Bantu and Masai cultures. (With the exception of us currently looking into a five day coast diving programme).To also ensure our ethos of providing rustic authentic eco adventure experiences which foster a connection with heritage and nature is preserved. All comparatively priced at a mid range point , good enough to be comfortable but remain authentic.
I have asked Cliff and Stephen to assist with online details and i believe this is in progress and soon Kenya should feature on equal terms with our Scottish adventures .I believe this blend of UK standards, our accountable service and ability to conduct secure online payments along with being able to speak with me before you arrive should re assure and be a winning combination.
Asante Karibu Kenya
You’ll stay in places chosen for their locations, hospitality provision and feel often with nature on your doorstep with a distinct Kenyan feel you’ll know your in East Africa. Our Kenya Adventures are designed with enough structure to engage and meet expectations but with flexibility too to allow you to do your own thing to a degree and for us to tailor your stay whilst you are in country. Build your own Hidden Adventure by choosing from the following themes which come in five day experiences, Nature and bird watching, Bush craft and traditions, Trek Mt Kenya and conservation and community. You’ll get a UK based service which includes Your own hidden Kenya pack with eco experience contract and itinerary, all internal travel, transfers, driver /guides food and accommodation. You will get all the support you need to book a cheap flight to get you here .You can even speak with our team member you will meet at the airport prior to getting here too. For an all inclusive 14 day Adventure of a lifetime to Kenya the cradle of humanity its just £1’850.00 (Excludes flights or Kenyan coast diving and T&C apply) Get involved in conservation and escape the wet cold UK Winter your adventure awaits …
Most of our Kenyan team are proud members of the Agikuyu (kikuyu).You will find the Kikuyu very social bunch, who like a good laugh, with townships being alive with chatter, Kikuyu brand of music and the smell of Nyama choma (roasted meat). The women are strong its quite regular you’ll spot a Grandmother,carrying baby on back and fire wood or water on her head as she cheerfully goes about her daily chores. The word Agikuyu translated means a type of Sycamore tree, a tree which is believed to be where the tribe were nurtured by their gods Gikuyu and Mumbi. It is believed that the group being of Bantu origin moved to the Mt Kenya region from the Congo with their Gods and spirits making their home on Mt Kirinyaga (Kenya). I am lead to believe from speaking with elders, it is traditional to still face Mt Kenya when praying for rain, orientating hut doors and also concerning burials. Join our Kenyan team and immerse yourself in this fascinating culture and socialise with these good people during your Adventure. On our bush craft and traditions weeks you’ll hear great stories and put great techniques into practice.
During our treks to ascend beautiful Mt Kenya we often see wild Elephants on the edge of the Bamboo zone or equatorial forest. These majestic creatures move slowly buy. Only once has a large bull (tusker) prevented us passing to the trek drop off point at Chagoria. He stood large and above us displaying with his ears wide , trunk high and moving by crossing his legs in front of us and holding his ground. Above the forest lies the Tundra or Afro mountain Savannah its bleak moon scape is home to the hyrax , raptures and birds. Cometo Kenya try our hidden Kenya adventures and undertake a five day expedition.
Stay with us on the forested slopes of Mt Kenya on the edge of 800 thousands acres of equatorial forest and African savannah and scrub forest.A week of birdwatching, wildlife spotting and nature tailored to suit which will include guided bird treks lead by knowledgeable indigenous guides, a night under canvas in the African bush and a classic day safari to spot endangered white Rhino. You’ll be based with team at the our eco lodge and with a local conservancy initiative . Part of your funds will go to conservation and your bird list will build a picture of birdlife here at the lodge area along with creating and publishing two informative blog articles.
One of our guides has been lucky enough to be invited to a planning meet of some of the Mt Kenya base team ,looking at how and where our guests will stay, hospitality in general. Along with a wide variety and fusion of North Indian, East African and continental European dishes. The team have a combined experience of 46 years catering for their most valued and esteemed guests. We are hoping that their dedication and our fantastic Hidden Kenya experiences will be a blend which combines to make a memorable authentic positive experience. Here are some images of where you may enjoy food and beverages and the people you will meet .
The Blue post hotels lies just 30 minutes West of Nairobi and has a tranquil natural location set between two waterfalls ,the Thika and Chania falls. Surrounding,between and bordering both falls is an area of established equatorial forest . The forest abounds with birdlife and has a healthy community of Sykes monkeys . The hotel itself has top class hospitality catering for a variety of cuisine with a speciality of East African and northern European dishes.The master chef having over 28 yrs experience within the profession has evolved his own range of dishes in a cooking style he became familiar with during his time in safari camps and resorts .
The hotel has a mix of colonial and bantu styles which works well, staying here is tranquil and you know your in East Africa .Ideal for all who require a place to stay near Nairobi.
An intrepid canoe journey and bushcraft day for 4 people and one sausage dog. We began with some tandem paddling skills practice and journeyed south on Loch Lomond past the historic village of Luss. As there was a strong south westerly wind racing up the loch today, we rafted our canoes together so that we could more easily make the crossing to the islands. As we made the journey, we talked about Ben Lomond (Scotland’s most southerly munro), Conic Hill and the highland boundary and the various ways to ward off midgies, including the midge-repelling qualities of the plant Bog Myrtle.
We chose a beach on Inchconnachan and were pleased to see a plentiful supply of driftwood washed ashore. After finding a safe and clear space and collecting a range of tinder and kindling, the group showed great perseverance, getting some of the best parks I’ve ever seen from a flint and striker, until the fire was alight. We made ourselves long skewers and cooked sausages over the fire, roasting sweet potatoes in the embers. We talked about the various methods of filtering and purifying water and also found some sphagnum moss and chatted about its anti-bacterial qualities. We came across blaeberries growing behind the beach and also some Bog Myrtle.
Once we had made sure we were leaving the beach as we found it, we returned to Luss in our raft and I think only Pippa the sausage dog was really glad to be back again.
With the weather being set fair Amanda, Steve and I set off for a four island trek today. Leaving from Luss we skerry hopped to Inchloanaig to view the ancient oak trees planted for Robert the Bruce. We then headed for the narrows and Inchcailloch and conducted a short tracking session in the hope of sighting one of the Loch Lomond wallabies. We the set off for Inchmoan to set foot on Honeymoon bay. The finest of all the Loch’s beaches. Finally we visited the 14th Century castle ruins on Galbraith island before setting a course north for Luss.
After visiting ‘Little Peter’, one of Loch Lomond’s most endearing characters, we finished again at the Lodge on Loch Lomond, content with our achivement. Congratulations to Amanda and Steve on completing such a long safari.
Fantastic day for a long exploratory paddle among the islands of Loch Lomond. With only 3 of us on the trip, and a predominantly (and unusual) flat-calm day on the loch, we were able to focus on paddling skills enough to manage an impressive 10km paddle around the central cluster of islands on Loch Lomond, stopping on 3 of them to admire the views and enjoy the relatively unspoilt locations. We even managed to find time to brew some hot chocolate, forage for blaeberries and try out some solo paddling skills! As we journeyed, we chatted about the origins of Luss village, the Highland fault line and Conic Hill, the Colquhoun family and the Munros of Scotland. We saw Oyster Catchers, ducklings and Blackback gulls but unfortunately no wallabies. We were tested by a little headwind at times, especially when solo paddling, but my two companions were natural paddlers and picked up the subtleties of open boating very quickly. We were enjoying ourselves so much that we stayed out on the water for 5 hours in total, covering 10km in distance. We had glassy-still water for most of our trip and did not see one midge all day!