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8 Days Kenya Helicopter Classic Safaris and Adventures

Mount Nyiro, Masai Mara Game Reserve

Itinerary Overview 

Day 1/2: Nairobi – Maasai Mara Game Reserve
Day 3: Masai Mara Game Reserve – Lake Baringo National Park
Day 4: Lake Baringo – Mount Nyiro
Day 5: Mount Nyiro – Samburu National Reserve
Days 6/7: Samburu National Reserve – Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Day 8: Lewa Downs Wildlife Conservancy – Nairobi City

Day 1/2: Nairobi – Maasai Mara Game Reserve

On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, your private helicopter and pilot/ guide will meet you. You will enjoy an hours flight south west, over the Loita Hills, to the plains of the Maasai Mara, arriving at Richard’s Camp where you will spend the next 2 days.

Richard’s Camp is located on the edge of a small forest far from other visitors; elephant and plains game are regular visitors to the camp’s perimeter, and bird life abounds. Each of the six individually-decorated tents has en suite flush toilets, heated shower and 24-hour solar lighting. Your days here are designed to be as relaxing or as exciting as you wish with both day and night game drives, escorted bush walks, and picnics in the heart of the bush.

A sundowner flight over the vast plains, landing at Ol Karuk where a scene from ‘Out of Africa’ was filmed, is just one way to appreciate the stunning Mara scene.

Fact About Masai Mara Game Reserve

Masai Mara National Park, protected area in southwestern Kenya, on Kenya’s southern border with Tanzania. First protected in 1948, it was officially declared a national reserve in 1984. The Masai Mara, which covers an area of 1,510 sq km (580 sq mi), is one of Kenya’s best known and most visited parks.

The Masai Mara consists of rolling open grasslands with woody thickets, patches of acacia woodland, tree-lined rivers, and isolated rocky outcrops known as kopjes. It is bounded on the west by an escarpment, the other side of which slopes down to Lake Victoria, and on the east by the hills bordering the Eastern Rift of the Great Rift Valley. Across the border, in Tanzania, is Serengeti National Park.

The Masai Mara is of vital importance to the Serengeti ecosystem. This ecosystem is defined by the area used by the region’s migratory herds of wildebeest, currently numbering around 2 million, and the associated herds of around 200,000 zebra which move with them. The wildebeest give birth on the open plains of the southeastern Serengeti, where annual rains from about November to May produce a rich growth of lush grasses. However, these grasses soon dry and the wildebeest are forced to move west across the Serengeti, and then northward into the Masai Mara, in search of grazing land. In essence, the wildebeest follow the rains and the associated lush grasses. In doing so they generate one of the most spectacular wildlife spectacles in the world: From July to August nearly 2 million animals move across the open dusty plains of the Masai Mara in seemingly never-ending droves. The herds turn around and disperse southward back into the Serengeti in October and November.

The herds of wildebeest and zebra are preyed on by lion, spotted hyena, leopard, and cheetah. The Masai Mara supports the largest lion population in Kenya and is one of the best places for visitors to view cheetah. Other mammals in the reserve include elephant, buffalo, giraffe, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle, topi, hartebeest, and hippopotamus. During the 1980s rampant poaching nearly exterminated the park’s population of the endangered black rhinoceros.

The Masai Mara Game Park is a traditional homeland of the Masai people, many of whom follow traditional, pastoral ways of life. The interests of the park and of the Masai often conflict. At stake, typically, is how much park land the Masai are allowed to use for livestock grazing, and the extent to which the Masai should benefit from the park’s tourist revenues. The Masai have also invoked traditional rights to the land in the hopes of converting parts of the park to intensive agriculture.

Tourism itself can be a threat to the park’s ecosystem. In the early 1990s park administrators closed parts of the park to visitors in order to allow the vegetation to recover from excessive vehicular traffic. Excessive crowding of tourist vehicles around predators such as lion and cheetah has also been credited with changing the animals’ behavioral patterns.

  • Main destination: Masai Mara Game Reserve
  • Accommodation: Richard’s Camp
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

Day 3: Masai Mara Game Reserve – Lake Baringo National Park

Today you leave the Mara Game Reserve, flying North into the Great Rift Valley.

You will land on the shore of Lake Bogoria, a soda lake, best known for its flamingos and bubbling hot springs before continuing on to Lake Baringo, arriving in time for lunch followed by layover.

In the afternoon you fly to meet the Pokot tribe, living at the tip of the Suguta Valley before spending the night at Samatian Lodge, a simple open plan lodge, located on a private island in Lake Baringo. The tranquility and beauty of Lake Baringo is sure to be unforgettable.

  • Main destination: Lake Baringo Game Reserve
  • Accommodation: Samatian Island Lodge.
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

Day 4: Lake Baringo – Mount Nyiro

With a picnic breakfast on board you depart this morning on a scenic flight through the Suguta Valley to the deserts and lakes of Turkana.

You will touch down on the rim of Silale Crater – a great photography spot and then continue through the Hoodoo Valley and the Painted Valley. The eroded rocky landscape gives way to expansive white sand dunes bordered by lava flows.

You will arrive at Desert Rose for lunch. This is an exclusive hand-crafted retreat, located on the slopes of Mt Nyiro – a perfect escape from the hot desert landscape.

Desert Rose Lodge is a unique eco friendly lodge located at 5,500 feet asl on the verdant cedar forest slopes of Mt Nyiru  which towers majestically above the Elbarta plains, between Karisia Mountains and Lake Turkana in North Kenya.

It consists of five unique houses accommodating up to twelve people, two cottages with double beds, two twins and a family house. The houses are entirely secluded, which guarantees comfort and intimacy. All are hand-made and individually designed around various natural features. Each suite has its own private flush toilet and an open air en-suite bathroom with a bath. It also has its own patio.

The main lounge and a pool area have been hand crafted to blend with the indigenous gardens, landscaped to enhance the dramatic views. In the main lounge guests have at their disposal a fully stocked bar, a sitting room and a fireplace. If they wish, they can also make a bonfire outdoors in a specially prepared fire site.

In the late afternoon you will enjoy a scenic flight and sundowners on the shores of Lake Turkana.

  • Main destination: Mount Nyiro & Lake Turkana
  • Accommodation: Desert Rose Lodge
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

Day 5: Mount Nyiro – Samburu National Reserve

After breakfast you head south, flying over the remote northern part of Samburu. Your destination is Sarara Camp – a semi-tented facility located in the heart of Samburu region.

The Fact
Sarara is located within the lands of the Namunyak Wildlife Conversation Trust. An area of approximately 850,000 acres which lies folded around the southern corner of the fabled Matthews Mountain Range of northern Kenya. This is home of the proud Samburu tribes people, a group of semi-nomadic pastoralists who have long shown tolerance for the wildlife that co-exists alongside their cattle. The conservation work carried out by the Namunyak Trust to date has been hugely successful. As a result of the severe ivory poaching crisis of the 70’s and early 80’s there were no recorded elephants remaining in the Mathews Ranges by 1985. Today, several thousand elephants are living and breeding peacefully in the southern Mathews Range area. Together with a variety of other wildlife species such as buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah, African wild dog, greater and lesser kudu, gerenuk, reticulated giraffe, impala and dik dik.

Sarara has six luxury tents, each positioned to maximize the stunning views of the Mathews Range of mountains and the animal watering hole. The tents are spacious and high ceilinged, with plenty of cupboard space, electric lighting and 24 hour hot and cold running water. Sarara has established itself as one of the ‘hot spots’ for quality leopard viewing in Africa and equally, for close-up sightings of the normally extremely shy lesser kudu antelope. The African wild dogs are frequently encountered in the Sarara valley too. Elephant, buffalo, giraffe, gerenuk, impala and warthogs are now regularly seen on our game drives and bush walks.

  • Main destination: Samburu National Reserve
  • Accommodation: Sarara Camp
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

Days 6/7: Samburu National Reserve – Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

After breakfast you fly south to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, through Samburu country, landing on Ol Lolokwe – a giant granite massif with a sheer rock face and flat top. Continue your flight, over the Ewaso Nyiro River and the wildlife filled plains of Samburu and Laikipia.

Lewa Downs Wildlife Conservancy Situated near the base of Mt. Kenya – Africa’s second tallest mountain Lewa Wilderness is one of Kenya’s oldest and most private safari ventures. The Craig family has passed down from one generation to the next a distinct passion for wildlife, conservation and tourism, and they proudly continue to run Lewa Wilderness lodge and Walking Wild camel safaris. This place is as much a home as it is a truly unique and personal safari experience.

Lewa is a unique place and has inspired many with its combination of stunning scenery with some of the best game viewing in Africa. But more than that, it is the magic of the connection between the people, the wildlife and the place.

Activities on the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy:

  • Game Drives
    Wildlife variety and densities on Lewa make any drive an adventure. Lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, impala, buffalo, black and white rhino. The list is long and the experience memorable. All drives are done by local experienced guides in open four-wheel drive vehicles.
  • Bird Watching
    For the keen bird watcher, the sight and sound of the close to 350 bird species is an absolute delight. Do bring along your bird book and you will enjoy marking the birds off your list.
  • Bush Walks
    Viewing wildlife on foot, accompanied by our local armed guides, provides an up close and personal interaction with the wildlife and flora and fauna available. This experience is one of the areas that make Lewa a truly unique safari destination.
  • Massage & Beauty Treatments
    Viewing wildlife on foot, accompanied by our local armed guides, provides an up close and personal interaction with the wildlife and flora and fauna available. This experience is one of the areas that make Lewa a truly unique safari destination.
  • Game Viewing from the Blinds
    Sit quietly in one of our wildlife blind and watch elephant, impala, waterbuck and many other come to drink water in the nearby marsh.
  • Sundowners
    The best way to watch the African sun go down in the horizon is with a cocktail in your hand!
  • Bush Meals
    Drive, walk or ride to a secluded area in the wild. The mouth-watering local dishes, the roaring bonfire for chilly evenings and enchanting Maasai dancers are recipe for a memorable meal.
  • Educational Tours on the History and Day-to-Day Operations of the Conservancy
    Whether it’s a visit to the pre-historic archaeological site, a local school, water project or feeding a baby rhino there are plenty of activities that will peak your interest for a behind the scenes look at the conservancy operations.

Your accommodation while in Lewa will be at Sirikoi, Sirikoi is one of the most outstanding lodges in Kenya, offering unparalleled hospitality in breathtaking surroundings. This area offers some of the best game viewing in East Africa, with healthy populations of both black and white rhino – at the latest count there were 65 black and 46 white. The world’s largest concentration of the endangered Grevy zebra resides on Lewa, as well as elephant, buffalo, greater kudu, oryx, lion, leopard and cheetah. The camp has four luxury tents, each built on a platform with a private veranda overlooking the waterhole, a living area with a fireplace and an elegant bathroom with a Victorian bath and a shower. There are two further traditional tents with en-suite showers. The shared dining area, infinity swimming pool and veranda deck of the tented camp are set in a shady acacia grove and overlooking a natural waterhole where wild animals frequently visit to wallow and drink. Evening sundowners with amazing views of distant mountain ranges, delicious meals served under the stars next to a roaring fire and the sounds of animals in camp late at night are just a small part of this magical experience.

There is an option to take a dawn flight over the peaks of Mt Kenya followed by light refreshments on the shores of an alpine lake, with a chance to fish for rainbow trout.

 

  • Main destination: Lewa Downs Wildlife Conservancy
  • Accommodation: Sirikoi
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

Day 8: Lewa Downs Wildlife Conservancy – Nairobi City

Your adventure ends with a final flight back to Nairobi, via the foothills of Mount Kenya, arriving in Nairobi an hour later. And Tranfer to Nairobi JKIA or Day Room at Eka Hotel

  • Main destination: Nairobi 
  • Accommodation:
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Package Includes:

  • Private Transport & Transfers
  • Fully inclusive itinerary
  • Guides with a knowledge Local & Wildlife
  • All guided Activity as per itinerary
  • Entry & Park fees as per itinerary
  • Clean & Reliable accommodations
  • Meals as specified (B,L,D)
  • Mineral water on safari
  • Vehicle for Game Drive in 4x4 LAND CRUISER
  • International flights
  • International medical insurance
  • Tourist entry visa
  • Alcoholic and Non-alcoholic drinks
  • Tips and Gratitudes
  • Items of personal nature
  • Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary

MAPS & PRICE

Tour Rates

DATE 2 PERSONS 4 PERSONS 6 PERSONS
03. Jan. 17 - 31. Mar. 17 US$ 47,500 US$ 30,500 US$ 0
01. Apr. 17 - 31. May. 17 US$ 47,500 US$ 30,500 US$ 0
01. Jun. 17 - 30. Jun. 17 US$ 47,500 US$ 30,500 US$ 0
01. Jul. 17 - 31. Oct. 17 US$ 47,500 US$ 30,500 US$ 0
01. Nov. 17 - 15. Dec. 17 US$ 47,500 US$ 30,500 US$ 0
16. Dec. 17 - 02. Jan. 18 US$ 47,500 US$ 30,500 US$ 0

About pricing

  • Children below 3 years of age - free of charge.
  • Children 12 years of age and above full Adult rate applies.
  • All rates are quoted in USD per person sharing room
  • SRS - Single room supplement applicable to all guests NOT sharing
  • Easter & Xmas supplement may apply
  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Possible up to 7 people in one vehicle
  • Meal plan: B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner, AL-all inclusive, N/A-not applicable

Payment policy

  • A deposit of 30% is required at the time of booking.
  • A deposit of 40% is required at 1 week to safari date
  • Balance payment shall be paid on the arrival date
  • Payment Method: Paypal, Bank Transfer, Mobile Money