If you like jaw-dropping views, this itinerary will more than satisfy. To have a helicopter all to yourself gives you the freedom to see the most raw, beautiful and untouched landscapes, some that have never been inhabited and only ever seen by a lucky few. This journey of a lifetime will take you to see the Suguta valley, Lake Turkana, Mathew’s Range and lava deserts.
Day 1 : Solio Lodge
Day 2 : Desert Rose Lodge
Day 3 : Sasaab Lodge
Day 4 : Departure
- Full board accommodation.
- Scheduled internal flights.
- All transport between destinations and to/from activities incl. 4×4 safari vehicles.
- Park and conservation fees.
- Activities’ including game drives, sundowners, bush picnics.
- Horse riding and mountain biking at Solio Lodge, camel riding and walking at Sasaab.
GETTING THERE: From the moment you land at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, your private helicopter will be waiting to whisk you on a short, scenic flight over the rolling Aberdare Mountains to Solio Lodge, where our staff awaits your arrival.
EXPERIENCE: After late-morning coffee at Solio Lodge, fly up over the majestic snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya and drop down to land at a group of glorious high-altitude lakes that teem with trout for an exclusive fly-fishing experience and champagne breakfast. After this adventure, you’ll return to the Lodge late morning to relax for the rest of the day.
Desert Rose Lodge
GETTING THERE: At day break, head north in your private helicopter over the Western Highlands of the Laikipia Plateau, descending into the infamous Great Rift Valley down the Mukutan Gorge. Touch down on the edge of the Silali Crater for a picnic breakfast before continuing north into the otherwise inaccessible Suguta Valley. This wild area is home to the lesser kudu and striped hyena and is renowned for its fantastic rock formations. Then on to the extraordinary Desert Rose lodge where lunch awaits.
EXPERIENCE:In the late afternoon, we’ll fly over the green cedar forest that crowns Mount Nyiru and descend to the southern edge of Lake Turkana, also known as the Jade Sea, so called because of the near incandescent colour of its water. This is the largest permanent desert lake in the world and often referred to as the ‘Cradle of Mankind’. We’ll land on the Nabuyatom Crater to see one of Africa’s most extraordinary landscapes, before heading into the Suguta Valley and over amazing Lake Logipi, or Flamingo Lake. This lake is home to millions of greater and lesser flamingo and when viewed from above in a helicopter, the spectacle is astonishing. We then take the helicopter and land in sand dunes for sundowners, before a short flight returns you back to Desert Rose for dinner.
GETTING THERE: We leave Desert Rose mid morning and head into the Ndoto Mountains. This mountain range, together with the Mathews Range in the heart of Samburu country further south, is a virtual island surrounded by vast grassy plains. This unique geography has allowed a number of species to evolve independently in these mountains and the dense forest terrain is of considerable conservation value. Touch down for a short walk in the pre-historic juniper and cycad forest before continuing to Sasaab for lunch.
EXPERIENCE: Take a late afternoon short scenic flight to spot rare Grevy’s zebra from above, landing on the sacred Samburu mountain, Ol Donyo Sabachi (Ol Lolokwe), which towers 1,000m above the surrounding plains. If the evening is clear you can see a magnificent view of Mount Kenya 70 miles to the south-west. At dusk, take a short walk to Sundowner Rock, for panoramic 360° views of the Mathews Range and a glass of chilled wine.
Your Helicopter Safari ends here, but the adventure can continue… contact us to incorporate this experience into a tailor-made itinerary to suit you.