Discover two of Kenya’s best safari destinations on this week-long flying safari. Explore the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, home to various pioneer- ing conservation initiatives. Here you can seek out the Big 5, including three species of rhino (white, black and the last two northern white rhino on the planet). Fly onward to the heart of the Masai Mara, which boasts some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa, from the migration herds that visit the plains each year, to the plentiful resident wildlife year-round, which includes leopard, cheetah, lion and much more.
Day 1: Nairobi
On arrival you will be met and transfer to the Tamarind Tree Hotel for your overnight rest.
Day 2 - 4: Laikipia
After breakfast transfer to Wilson airport for your flight for your flight to the Kamok airstrip at Ol Pejeta Conservancy. On arrival transfer to Ol Pejeta Bush Camp for the next three nights. On the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in central Kenya’s Laikipia region is Alex Hunter’s atmospheric Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, the ultimate in Kenyan hospitality and safari excellence. Here you will share your space with the last two surviving northern white rhino in the world. Ol Pejeta’s seven traditional East African safari tents offer an excellent base from which to explore the secrets of this renowned conservancy – from the pioneering conservation projects that have made it famous to spectacular sightings of black and white rhino and the Big Five. However you choose to spend your days, Ol Pejeta guarantees a wonderfully varied safari adventure in this remarkable corner of Kenya and deep insight into the future of conservation.
Most of the Ol Pejeta team members, led by Alex Hunter, are drawn from the communities around the conservancy. Their genuine warmth and Alex’s infinite knowledge of the area combine to give you a truly personal experience at this intimate and traditional bush camp. The team creates exceptional safari experiences with a focus on the pioneering projects in the area – experienced safari travellers choose this base to gain a deeper understanding of the very best of world-leading conservation practice.
Over the next three days enjoy your choice of twice daily safari activities.
Learn about the varied animal species and birdlife of the conservancy during morning and evening game drives with an expert guide, handpicked from the surrounding community. Our vehicles are open with a canvas canopy to give you the best viewing possible. Do remember that Ol Pejeta is at an altitude of 1 800 metres and so it gets extremely cold at night and in the early mornings, especially between June and September: wear plenty of warm layers that you can peel off as the day warms up.
Dusk and the early evening just after the sun has fallen below the horizon is a thrilling time to be on safari. Antelope come out to feed in the cool air, predators take advantage of the cloak of darkness to stalk their prey and nocturnal species such as aardvark, zorilla and white-tailed mongoose begin their day. Join a knowledgeable guide on a night drive and seek out the action that takes place after darkness falls.
Discover the sights, sounds and smells of the bush on a walking safari. On foot, the magic of the bush truly comes alive and walking through the big game country is an experience not to be missed. The minimum age for walking: 16 yrs on a shared basis – children/under 12s by special arrangement and must be a private basis.
Alongside the traditional game drives and superb bush walks with Alex Hunter, activities from Ol Pejeta Bush Camp focus on the unique conservation projects in the conservancy. Visits to the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary and the Northern white rhino enclosure are both on offer at a small extra cost, as well as mornings or afternoons spent with the local communities to gain an insight into the daily workings of the conservancy. However you choose to spend your days, Ol Pejeta guarantees a wonderfully varied safari adventure in this unique corner of Kenya and a chance to make a true difference to the future of conservation.
Day 5 - 7: Maasai Mara
After breakfast you will be driven to the airstrip for your morning flight to the Masai Mara, a journey of approximately an hour, landing right in the heart of this world-famous reserve. A guide from Rekero will meet you here and game-drive you back to camp, offering the perfect introduction to the vast savannah plains and stopping to watch any wildlife you encounter on the way. Check into camp for your three night stay. Rekero is an intimate, comfortable and relaxed riverside safari camp where you are enfolded by the surrounding African wilderness. Hippos grunt in the pools below, the smell of wild sage drifts through the air and herds of wildebeest often can be seen crossing the Talek River from the main deck. This blissful location means that fantastic game viewing can continue, even when relaxing in camp. The friendly and highly skilled camp crew have worked together for many years; together with our internationally recognized guiding team, they create a truly insightful safari experience every time.
Rekero’s nine spacious tents are laid out along the river’s edge under a network of shady trees. Designed in classic safari style with a fresh, contemporary edge, each tent has an en-suite bathroom with hot-water safari bucket shower and flushing toilet. To make them even more comfortable, each tent has a large private veranda with an inviting day bed or couch where you can take in a view of the river, attended by a private butler. Rekero Camp is quite simply in the best spot for viewing the Great Migration, when vast herds of wildebeest enter Kenya on their long trek through the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem.
Close to the Talek and Mara rivers in the south of the Maasai Mara, Rekero lies in the heart of one of the most game-rich areas the Reserve has to offer, with a remarkable abundance and variety of year-round wildlife and spectacular scenery. An age-old crossing point on the Talek River is just 150 metres away from our dining area, and the Mara River is an easy drive from camp. It is these mighty rivers that are the greatest obstacles for the hundreds of thousands of wildebeest on their journey north. The currents are strong, the banks are steep and thousands perish in the jaws of massive Nile crocodiles. Crossings are spectacular and frenetic, and provide thrilling game viewing either from a vehicle or when simply relaxing in camp, watching from Rekero’s perfectly placed deck. Rekero is frequently the base of choice in the Mara for film crews, with past documentaries filmed in the area including the BBC’s Big Cat Diaries and Disney’s African Cats. As well as our resident Rekero lion pride, you could view the neighbouring Marsh pride, famous throughout the world.
Over the next three days enjoy your choice of twice daily safari activities.
Wildlife viewing and birdwatching game drives – in the expert company of experienced Il Dorobo and Maasai guides – are offered twice daily from Rekero. These can be tailored to specific needs and interests for astounding game viewing at every opportunity. We use closed game-viewing vehicles with rooftop hatches that allow you to stand, each equipped with powerpoints so you can recharge your devices.
Cultural & community visits
Sharing the cultural aspect of the traditional Maasai way of life is a priority at Rekero. A visit to one of the neighbouring villages, which are home to most of our guides, is a highly personal experience that the guides conduct with sensitivity to ensure it remains both unobtrusive and intimate.
Glide over the rolling plains of the Maasai Mara and the neighbouring conservancies on a romantic and serene hot-air balloon flight, and see the wildlife below from a different perspective (at an additional cost).
Depart for the airstrip after your final breakfast in camp from where you will take the late morning flight back to Nairobi. An Asilia guide will transfer you from here by private vehicle to the international airport, Jomo Kenyatta, where you can check in for your international flight home or alternatively we can book you a day room. Consider extending your experience by booking a flight onward to the Kenyan Coast or Zanzibar for some sun and relaxation.
|Start Date:||End Date:||Price Sharing:||Single Add:|
|01 Jun 2020||30 Jun 2020||USD $5450||USD $740|
|01 Jul 2020||30 Sep 2020||USD $6430||USD $1560|
|01 Oct 2020||31 Oct 2020||USD $6280||USD $1460|
|01 Nov 2020||19 Dec 2020||USD $5450||USD $740|
|20 Dec 2020||05 Jan 2021||USD $6280||USD $1460|
|06 Jan 2021||31 Mar 2021||USD $5450||USD $740|
Dates Reflect Seasonality, Departs Daily on Request. Discounts available for Children.
Transfers, all light-aircraft flights within Kenya, all park fees and taxes, shared safari activities, all meals and house drinks on safari, private road transfers between international and domestic airport in Nairobi and medical evacuation insurance.
International flights to Kenya, Kenya entry visa, gratuities, additional activities and items of a personal nature.