All for the love of coffee ,you get to experience more than just the cup of coffee. The world loves the winey after taste of the Kenyan coffee and this tour will get you straight to the source. From meeting the Meru Coffee farmers , sharing a cup of the famous brew made locally , learning a new culture and finally indulging yourself in the beauty of the African wilderness .This tour will give you a whole new perspective of your cup of coffee and Kenyan wildlife.
You have probably read about it or watched the born free movie based on George and Joy Adamson's work releasing hand raised Lions back into the wild. The Meru National park is small by Kenyan standards but if you are looking to discover the unbeaten paths, tranquil environments, then this will be your best bet.
The Park is home to a large array of wildlife, among them, the Grevy’s zebras, elephants, Bohor reedbucks, hartebeests, pythons, puff adders, cobras, buffalos and more than 427 recorded species of birds.
Day 1: Pick up to the hotel /Air Bn B in Nairobi
You will be picked from the airport to a hotel in Nairobi town for your overnight stay. Dinner and overnight at Eka hotel
Day 2. Departure to Meru Via Nanyuki
After breakfast, you will be picked from your hotel and your Meru safari will commence at 9.00am. Get ready for a scenic road trip through the beautiful Laikipia ridges. You will have a stopover at Nanyuki town for Lunch. And later proceed through the vast wheat plantations to
Meru county. You will arrive in Meru late in the afternoon. You will have a chance to visit the coffee Meru millers for some bit of coffee education. This is where you will get to discuss the following days visit the farmers.
After the tour, you will return to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3: Farmers Visit
After breakfast, you will proceed to Lupe Estate and farm for a full day coffee picking and processing. Put on your muddy boots and hang your basket, let’s get down to business. You will meet farmers picking their coffee berries, some singing and others sharing the recent village gossips …Join in, learn how to pick the berries as you catch on the farmers’ stories that keeps them busy when picking coffee …. Learn the process that your fine beans go through just for you to get that sumptuous brew.
Coffee is a labor-intensive crop and coupled with a number of other challenges, many farmers have given up on the crop. Did you know that the farmers are the worst paid when all the other stakeholders are cashing in on coffee? Gone are the days when the whole village would celebrate when coffee bonuses were paid. Your guide will take you through coffee history.
After picking your berries, you will have a chance to take part in the wet processing of the green beans.
You will get to roast your own beans and watch as the women brew your favorite cup of coffee.
Enjoy a locally brewed cup of coffee with the locals, eat some local food and local beer. You can take a guided walk in the village for a couple of minutes.
Depart to Meru National Park where you will spend your night at Ikweta camp.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel. Enjoy an evening game drive at the hotel.
Day 4 : After a bush breakfast there are a number of things that you can do as a group or on individual levels. These are:
- Day and evening game drives (until 7pm) in fully equipped custom-designed Land Cruisers (all vehicles are open-sided and have roof hatches for each row of seats)
- Short guided walks
- Bush meals and sundowners
- Cultural visits to the local Boran Community and school
- Rhino Sanctuary visits
Dinner and overnight at the camp.
Day 5. Depart to Nairobi
After breakfast, you will head back to Nairobi through the Embu Mwea road.
On your way you will enjoy the hilly side of your drive, meandering through the corners and the serene Meru-Embu-Mwea-Nairobi road. On your way, you will see waterfalls, coffee, tea, and rice plantations as you approach Mwea. You will stop over in Mwea town for Lunch and a bit of photography if interested. Mwea town is famous for its rice growing and milling and if time allows you can pop in at one of the milling companies within. It wouldn’t hurt to enjoy a donkey ride while at it.
Arriving in Nairobi in the evening, you will be taken back to the hotel for your overnight stay and dinner.
Day 6. After breakfast, you can visit Masai market if time allows or go for a short Nairobi city walk(can be arranged separately). .Depending on your flight time, you will be dropped back at the airport.
End of safari
Package cost: £1099
The package is based on a small group of 8.
This is scheduled safari for months (April-June), during the main coffee harvesting season.
- Return Transport in a 4×4 safari van
- Meals as per itinerary
- All government levies, park entrance fees
- Full board accommodation
- Guide fee throughout your safari
- Tips and gratuities
- Personal amenities
- Pocket money
- International flight cost