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Wanjohi Happy Valley Escapades - Road Venture

Maverick Camp, Rondavels & Homestay

$250.00

07:30 Hrs: The tour of Happy Valley begins outside 680 Hotel, in Nairobi, where you board a van and drive towards Wanjohi Valley. The drive through Ju Ja to Thika and branch off towards Mang’u - fly-over route through the tea plantations and Kamae/Kieni forests, reveals the lesser traveled parts of the adventurous Kenya, and sets tone to unprecedented discoveries. The drive along Kenyatta road, just after Kamae forest, through the Kinangop Plateau, part of the Happy Valley, is soothing and relaxing and viewing the superb landscape is enjoyable. Top of the agenda is visiting the houses of Happy Valley residents, fondly referred to us Happy Valley Set. The guide will narrate an eccentric account of the Happy Valley set, their lifestyle. The drive eventually leads us around Wanjohi Valley which is rich in historical memorabilia and culture. Add to the combination; great landscapes, cool weather and upcoming floriculture economy and you will understand why it is on a roadmap to becoming the second destination in Kenya. In the early 1900s, the Kinangop Plateau (after the building of the railway) served as the headquarters of “Happy Valley, a settler community that included many titled aristocrats from England. They were given loans to buy land on very easy terms. They built stone brick houses in the plateau and kept sheep and cattle on their vast farms, as they enjoyed life in the best way they knew how. Parties were held in rotation from house to house, particularly at “Clouds”. Members of the Happy Valley set included the 3rd Baron Delamere and his son, the 4th Baron Delamere, The Hon Denys Finch Hatton, the Hon Berkeley Cole, Sir Jock Delves Broughton and the 22nd Earl of Erroll. Others were Lady Idina Sackville, Alice de Janze, Lady Diana Delves Broughton, Gilbert Colville, Hugh Dickenson, Jac Soames, Nina Soames, Lady June Carberry, Dickie Pembroke, Julian Lezzard and Baroness Karen Blixen. Col Alistair Gibb only features in the theatre thanks to his outstanding house in the valley that still stands, remarkable well. However, the debauchery of the 1920s aside, some good was also noted from among the settlers. Conservationists like Joan Root and her husband, Alan,Joy Adamson and Dian Fossey are mentioned for their good work that has drawn many a tourists visiting Kenya and especially Naivasha. The houses visited includes Clouds, Alice de Janze’s House in Satima (whose farm dips into Wanjohi River and some of the trees and flowers she planted still remain), Karandi House and Alistair Gibbs House in Gatondo, Ndiara area. Gibb’s house can with its iconic taste and stature, can be made to a museum, visitor centre, and even an accommodation option. There are interesting walks up the Aberdare, to Mau Mau caves, which has now been gazetted and will hopefully be protected for the vital wetlands that it is. The house was once home of Alistair Gibb (a cousin of the current Lady Delamere) whose Father Alexander Gibb owned the construction company (Alexander Gibb & Partners) founded in 1922 by the noted Scottish Civil Engineer, Sir Alexander Gibb, who also had a branch in the former Kenya Colony. Today the Company GIBB International Ltd. still exists. It and associated companies have been involved in development projects in East and Central Africa since the early 1940s Lunch, dinner and breakfast is served at Maverick Camp, Rondavels and Homestay A taste of Kikuyu cuisine and culture is an additional treat to the already mesmerizing valley. “~Wanjohi Valley offers a mesmerizing blend of travel narrative, social history and personal quest ~ - Juliet Barnes – Ghosts of Happy Valley.

Wanjohi Valley Discovery -Motorbike Tour

Maverick Camp, Rondavels & Homestay

$580.00

A ride across the legendary Wanjohi Happy Valley, off the beaten track, on dirt roads, discovering Kenyan’s once center of aristoracts nation. An encounter with local people, enjoy a memorable stay at Maverick camp, Rondavels and Homestay, in the heart of Wanjohi Valley. The ride along the massive Aberdare Ranges and Mt. Kipipiri is absolutely amazing. From Nairobi highlands down to Gilgil, through Thika, Njabini, Mawingu, Geta, Satima, Wanjohi, Olbollosat, Shamata and Gilgil back to Nairobi, enjoy the sights the sounds of Wanjohi Valley in way only the settlers of the 1920's and 40's did. With an overnight at Maverick camp, Rondavels and Homestay at the heart of Wanjohi Valley, you will rediscover the great homes, landscapes and legends of the valley from the aristocrats of the Happy Valley to the country's struggle for independence. Our motor tour starts at Njabini township and ends in Gilgil on the second day with an overnight at Maverick camp, Rondavels and Homestay. On this guided motorcycling tour, luggage transfer from Njabini to Maverick camp will be organized for you. However, if you plan on traveling alone, you need to pack your things smartly. The lighter your luggage is, the less your bike will weight. Your backpack should include the following essential items: Waterproof jacket and pants, fleece jacket, shoes comfortable for motorcycling and a set of clothes for some other occasions *Sunscreen, sunglasses *A helmet *First aid kit *A repair kit for fixing your motorcycle *Insect repellent *Maps Some more facts for motorcycling on this route 0 Watch speed limits, as there are numerous signs on all the roads. 0You are required to wear a helmet by law. If you don’t want to buy one, you can surely rent one. 0 Riding under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a very serious offense,so be responsible about drinking and driving. 0 Obtaining a travel insurance before the tour. This is absolutely necessary. 0 You can either purchase or rent a motorcycle. For this short tour, of course, it’s better to rent one. 0 Better part of the roads are off road, rugged and bumpy, with some hilly, and steep sections. Inclusions:  Starting point /luggage pick up Ndunyu Njeru, drop off Gilgil  3 days, 2 nights’ accommodation at Maverick camp, Rondavels and homestay with breakfast and dinner included  Tarmac, rough tracks and trails through Wanjohi Valley Homes and villages  4.5-6 hours ride per day  Perfect for Cross Country/Trail, beginner to experienced motorcycle riders.

Wanjohi Happy Valley Escapades - Road Venture

Maverick Camp, Rondavels & Homestay

$250.00

07:30 Hrs: The tour of Happy Valley begins outside 680 Hotel, in Nairobi, where you board a van and drive towards Wanjohi Valley. The drive through Ju Ja to Thika and branch off towards Mang’u - fly-over route through the tea plantations and Kamae/Kieni forests, reveals the lesser traveled parts of the adventurous Kenya, and sets tone to unprecedented discoveries. The drive along Kenyatta road, just after Kamae forest, through the Kinangop Plateau, part of the Happy Valley, is soothing and relaxing and viewing the superb landscape is enjoyable. Top of the agenda is visiting the houses of Happy Valley residents, fondly referred to us Happy Valley Set. The guide will narrate an eccentric account of the Happy Valley set, their lifestyle. The drive eventually leads us around Wanjohi Valley which is rich in historical memorabilia and culture. Add to the combination; great landscapes, cool weather and upcoming floriculture economy and you will understand why it is on a roadmap to becoming the second destination in Kenya. In the early 1900s, the Kinangop Plateau (after the building of the railway) served as the headquarters of “Happy Valley, a settler community that included many titled aristocrats from England. They were given loans to buy land on very easy terms. They built stone brick houses in the plateau and kept sheep and cattle on their vast farms, as they enjoyed life in the best way they knew how. Parties were held in rotation from house to house, particularly at “Clouds”. Members of the Happy Valley set included the 3rd Baron Delamere and his son, the 4th Baron Delamere, The Hon Denys Finch Hatton, the Hon Berkeley Cole, Sir Jock Delves Broughton and the 22nd Earl of Erroll. Others were Lady Idina Sackville, Alice de Janze, Lady Diana Delves Broughton, Gilbert Colville, Hugh Dickenson, Jac Soames, Nina Soames, Lady June Carberry, Dickie Pembroke, Julian Lezzard and Baroness Karen Blixen. Col Alistair Gibb only features in the theatre thanks to his outstanding house in the valley that still stands, remarkable well. However, the debauchery of the 1920s aside, some good was also noted from among the settlers. Conservationists like Joan Root and her husband, Alan,Joy Adamson and Dian Fossey are mentioned for their good work that has drawn many a tourists visiting Kenya and especially Naivasha. The houses visited includes Clouds, Alice de Janze’s House in Satima (whose farm dips into Wanjohi River and some of the trees and flowers she planted still remain), Karandi House and Alistair Gibbs House in Gatondo, Ndiara area. Gibb’s house can with its iconic taste and stature, can be made to a museum, visitor centre, and even an accommodation option. There are interesting walks up the Aberdare, to Mau Mau caves, which has now been gazetted and will hopefully be protected for the vital wetlands that it is. The house was once home of Alistair Gibb (a cousin of the current Lady Delamere) whose Father Alexander Gibb owned the construction company (Alexander Gibb & Partners) founded in 1922 by the noted Scottish Civil Engineer, Sir Alexander Gibb, who also had a branch in the former Kenya Colony. Today the Company GIBB International Ltd. still exists. It and associated companies have been involved in development projects in East and Central Africa since the early 1940s Lunch, dinner and breakfast is served at Maverick Camp, Rondavels and Homestay A taste of Kikuyu cuisine and culture is an additional treat to the already mesmerizing valley. “~Wanjohi Valley offers a mesmerizing blend of travel narrative, social history and personal quest ~ - Juliet Barnes – Ghosts of Happy Valley.

Wanjohi Valley Discovery -Motorbike Tour

Maverick Camp, Rondavels & Homestay

$580.00

A ride across the legendary Wanjohi Happy Valley, off the beaten track, on dirt roads, discovering Kenyan’s once center of aristoracts nation. An encounter with local people, enjoy a memorable stay at Maverick camp, Rondavels and Homestay, in the heart of Wanjohi Valley. The ride along the massive Aberdare Ranges and Mt. Kipipiri is absolutely amazing. From Nairobi highlands down to Gilgil, through Thika, Njabini, Mawingu, Geta, Satima, Wanjohi, Olbollosat, Shamata and Gilgil back to Nairobi, enjoy the sights the sounds of Wanjohi Valley in way only the settlers of the 1920's and 40's did. With an overnight at Maverick camp, Rondavels and Homestay at the heart of Wanjohi Valley, you will rediscover the great homes, landscapes and legends of the valley from the aristocrats of the Happy Valley to the country's struggle for independence. Our motor tour starts at Njabini township and ends in Gilgil on the second day with an overnight at Maverick camp, Rondavels and Homestay. On this guided motorcycling tour, luggage transfer from Njabini to Maverick camp will be organized for you. However, if you plan on traveling alone, you need to pack your things smartly. The lighter your luggage is, the less your bike will weight. Your backpack should include the following essential items: Waterproof jacket and pants, fleece jacket, shoes comfortable for motorcycling and a set of clothes for some other occasions *Sunscreen, sunglasses *A helmet *First aid kit *A repair kit for fixing your motorcycle *Insect repellent *Maps Some more facts for motorcycling on this route 0 Watch speed limits, as there are numerous signs on all the roads. 0You are required to wear a helmet by law. If you don’t want to buy one, you can surely rent one. 0 Riding under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a very serious offense,so be responsible about drinking and driving. 0 Obtaining a travel insurance before the tour. This is absolutely necessary. 0 You can either purchase or rent a motorcycle. For this short tour, of course, it’s better to rent one. 0 Better part of the roads are off road, rugged and bumpy, with some hilly, and steep sections. Inclusions:  Starting point /luggage pick up Ndunyu Njeru, drop off Gilgil  3 days, 2 nights’ accommodation at Maverick camp, Rondavels and homestay with breakfast and dinner included  Tarmac, rough tracks and trails through Wanjohi Valley Homes and villages  4.5-6 hours ride per day  Perfect for Cross Country/Trail, beginner to experienced motorcycle riders.

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Wanjohi Valley Discovery -Motorbike Tour

Maverick Camp, Rondavels & Homestay

$580.00

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