A Kenyan Heli-Safari
FURTHER JOURNEYS IN KENYA
Day 1 - Nairobi - Masai Mara
At Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you will be greeted for your onward helicopter flight by your private pilot/guide. This hour-long flight allows you to enjoy a bird's eye view over the plains prior to arriving at Richards Camp, where you will spend two nights.
Richard's Camp is located within a private conservation area, adjacent to the Masai Mara National Reserve and offers an intimate tented camp experience, where traditional African hospitality meets understated luxury. Set amongst a grove of enormous African olive trees, the camp overlooks the open plains so characteristic of the Mara, and many species of wildlife visit camp regularly. Having lived in the Mara since he was a child, the camp owner's knowledge and experience is incomparable, ensuring your stay is memorable.
You will explore the Mara, experiencing a wildlife spectacle like no other. One of the best ways to appreciate the scenery is on a sundowner flight over the vast plains, landing at Ol Karuk where a scene from 'Out of Africa' was filmed, before heading back to camp.
Overnight: Richards Camp
Day 2 - Masai Mara
The adventure begins early in the morning with a sunrise balloon ride, where you will enjoy game spotting from a different perspective. When you return to camp your knowledgeable and engaging guide can accompany you on a bush walk or game drive, including a visit to a local Masai homestead. In the evening, you will dine in the bush alongside the hippo pools and then head out on an exhilarating night game drive.
Overnight: Richards Camp
Day 3 - Masai Mara - Laikipia
Today you will leave the Mara, enjoying a scenic flight over the Aberdares to Solio Reserve, passing over the Mau escarpment and vast tea plantations. You will continue over the summit of the Aberdare Range, descending into the savannah plains of Laikipia, scenically spectacular and rich in wildlife. Your destination is the 17,000 acre Solio Reserve, home to over 200 black and white rhino. Nestled in the valley between the dramatic slopes of Mount Kenya and the rolling peaks of the Aberdare Mountains, Solio Lodge is located on the private 19,000 acre Solio Game Conservancy and is home to a diverse and numerous population of wildlife, including leopard, lion, a wide variety of birds and both the black and white rhino - a real rarity. Solio is internationally recognised as the most successful private Rhino Sanctuary in Kenya. Guests staying here will enjoy exceptional views of Mount Kenya, breath-taking game drives and some of the best food on offer on the Kenyan safari circuit.
Overnight: Solio Lodge
Day 4 - Laikipia - Lake Turkana
Breakfast this morning will be taken on board your helicopter as you embark on a scenic flight through the Suguta Valley towards Lake Turkana, with a brief touch down on the rim of Silale Crater. Once you pass over the Hoodoo and Painted Valleys the desert appears and you soon arrive at Desert Rose, your overnight lodge. After lunch you will take a short flight to the shores of Lake Turkana - the perfect location for a sundowner.
Desert Rose is an eco-friendly lodge located at 5,500 feet on the cedar forest slopes of Mt Nyiro which towers above the Elbarta plains, between Karisia Mountains and Lake Turkana in North Kenya. From the lodge there are breath taking views over the Northern Frontier, the desert and the distant Blue Mountains. Desert Rose consists of five houses fashioned out of stone and olive wood and focuses upon the views, the scenery and people. There are so many wonderful experiences and activities to enjoy, from visits to various culturally important sites and spectacular locations, to nature walks around the mountain, camel walks and visiting the local tribal communities.
Overnight: Desert Rose
Day 5 - Lake Turkana - Samburu
You will head south this morning, over Samburu to Sarara Camp. There are eight en-suite luxury tents at Sarara, each situated to maximise the stunning views of the Mathews Mountain range and the neighbouring watering hole. Each tent also comes equipped with a private terrace. Your afternoon will be spent on a game drive with the habitual sundowner.
Sarara is located at the southern end of the Mathews range, set within the 185,000 acre Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy. Here the wildlife viewing is exciting, with a great chance of spotting leopard, especially after dark. Dubbed a 'biological bonanza' by the BBC, the Mathews forest is home to a huge variety of wildlife including melanistic leopard, also known as the black panther, forest elephant, lion, the rare De Brazza monkey, greater kudu, waterbuck, giant forest hog as well as Africa's endangered wild dog are all to be found. Renowned for being one of the great stretches of Kenyan forest wilderness, the dense indigenous forest covers an area of 300km2 and the habitat comprises giant cedar trees and one of the oldest species of plant on the planet, the cycad, which is endemic to the Mathews forest.
Overnight: Sarara Camp
Days 6 - Samburu - Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
This morning's flight will take you south through Samburu country to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, with an awe-inspiring stop-off on top of Ol Lolokwe granite mountain. From here you'll fly over the Ewaso Nyiro River before arriving at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, where you will settle in to the lodge at Sirikoi.
Built on private land, upon the northern slopes of Mount Kenya, Sirikoi is encircled by the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Hidden beneath acacia woodland and overlooking a natural watering hole, Sirikoi offers some of the most spectacular game viewing. Accommodation consists of four separate wooden platforms upon which extravagant tented rooms with private verandahs are situated. Two cottages are also available at the camp which offer further seclusion and comfort.
End your first day with an evening sundowner followed by a delicious meal served under the stars. After dinner retire to the cosy chairs and warmth of the roaring fire, accompanied by the night-time sounds of Africa.
Days 7 - Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Wake early for a dawn flight over the peaks of Mount Kenya followed by light refreshments on the shores of an alpine lake, with a chance to fish for rainbow trout.
On your return to Lewa, a 62,000 acre private wildlife conservancy famous for its black rhino conservation, you'll head out on an afternoon game drive. You will have a good chance to see some of the wildlife species unique to Northern Kenya which roam the open grasslands, indigenous forest and beautiful riverine valleys.
Day 8 - Depart
Today your final flight takes you back to Nairobi, over the foothills of Mount Kenya, for your onward journey home.
From £21,525 / $36,925 per person full board, based on two people sharing (excludes international flights)
All of our itineraries are tailor-made according to the interests of our clients and the above itinerary is an example only. Please contact our Africa specialist, Chris Evans, for your own tailor-made holiday to Kenya on +44 (0)1242 787806.