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Flying Safari Itineraries to Kenya

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A flying safari in Kenya will take in one or more locations linked by light aircraft - a spectacular and straightforward way to travel, making short work of long distances. Kenya’s light aircraft network is well developed and there are regular flights from Nairobi to various parks, making various itineraries possible.


Flying safaris to Kenya

Beyond Nairobi there are a number of flights linking different parks, with the main ones linking Samburu & the Masai Mara, Nanyuki (for Ol Pejeta and Mount Kenya) & the Masai Mara, and Lake Naivasha (for the Great Rift Valley) & the Masai Mara. On other routes you may need to charter a light aircraft to yourself if numbers are low, but this is a more affordable option than it may sound!

Transfers within game reserves and game drives once you’re there are usually conducted in the lodge’s or camp’s own 4-wheel drive vehicles, which will be shared with other guests, although you can arrange for exclusive use of a vehicle (subject to availability and additional charge). Your guide will be local to the specific area, and their knowledge is exceptional.

Travelling by light aircraft will give you spectacular views of the country. You may stop once or twice en route to your destination to drop off and pick up passengers, and this adds to the excitement. Luggage is strictly limited to 15 kg per person in soft-sided bags, although there’s a luggage storage facility in Nairobi that guests can use on selected itineraries (ask for details). Keep your camera handy!


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Your day typically starts around 6 am with an early wake up call and a coffee, before heading out for your first game drive of the day. You’ll be out and about in the game reserve for around two hours, exploring the local area and seeing what wildlife you can find. Your driver-guide is an expert in their particular region and know the best places for wildlife activity. Game viewing is not an exact science, so some game drives may be inundated with sightings while others may be less so. On your return to the lodge a sumptuous breakfast is served before you have some time to relax - some lodges and camps offer optional excursions if you want even more action!

Later in the afternoon your second game drive of the day takes place as the animals become more active after the heat of the day, then it’s back to your lodge or camp before the sun sets. On occasion, if there’s plenty of wildlife activity in a different area of your game reserve your driver-guide may suggest heading out on one longer game drive rather than two shorter ones, along with a picnic lunch, to give you the opportunity to go a little further afield to take in more game action. Some lake lodges don't offer game drives, but do have other optional activities available. Finish the day with a delicious dinner and a few drinks around a camp fire, before an early night to prepare yourself for the next action-packed day tomorrow!