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Gabar Goshawk Fly-in Safari

Experience Amboseli, the Maasai Mara ecosystem and Laikipia during this economically priced safari. Two simple camps offer adventure before a stopover in Nairobi and a final stay in the charming, wildlife-rich Il Ngwesi Eco-Lodge.

Gabar Goshawk Fly-in Safari: Summary

Gabar Goshawk Safari in a nutshell

This economical fly-in safari to some of Kenya’s best wildlife regions offers a highly rewarding experience without a high price-tag and at a distance from many of the larger crowds.

Beginning in two simple tented camps respectively located on the 60km2 Selenkay Conservancy and 65km2 Ol Kinyei Conservancy, the start of the trip is well-suited to adventure enthusiasts seeking a truly rustic experience. The basic infrastructure of the camps is comfortable yet – with foam mattresses under dome tents – reminiscent of "sleeping out under the stars".

Selenkay Adventure Camp is a short drive from Amboseli National Park, while Ol Kinyei Adventure Camp borders the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Both regions are famous for their spectacular game which can be accessed during optional full-day game drives.

Being situated within their own private conservancies, these two camps are also able to offer a variety of walking activities alongside game drives, which can be enjoyed in relative exclusivity due to the comparatively low visitor numbers.

After a short overnight stay at Nairobi’s comfortable Aero Club where you can catch up on some R&R, the safari then moves to Laikipia’s Il Ngwesi Eco Lodge, a camp that is owned, staffed and managed entirely by the local community.

Here the trip concludes with a step up in comfort, with the camp’s infinity pool and bird-frequented walkways a welcome addition to the various game drives, nature walks and hiking options available.

At a glance

Starts: JKI Airport Nairobi
3 nights Selenkay Adventure - Amboseli and the Chyulu Hills, Kenya Full Board & Activities
3 nights Ol Kinyei Adventure - Maasai Mara Conservancies, Kenya Full Board & Activities
1 night Aero Club of East Africa - Nairobi, Kenya Room Only
3 nights Il Ngwesi Eco-Lodge - Laikipia, Kenya Full Board & Activities
Ends: JKI Airport Nairobi

Selenkay Adventure Camp

Days 1-4

Selenkay Adventure Camp is a simple, budget camp of dome tents in the 60km² Selenkay Conservancy, a Maasai wildlife sanctuary north of Amboseli National Park.

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Ol Kinyei Adventure Camp

Days 4-7

Ol Kinyei Adventure Camp is a simple, budget camp of dome tents in the 65km² Ol Kinyei Conservancy, an exclusive 18,000 acre Maasai wildlife sanctuary on the northern border of the Maasai Mara National Reserve.

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Aero Club of East Africa

Day 7

The dozen rooms at the old Aero Club of East Africa, at Nairobi’s domestic Wilson Airport are available for non-members and make a very convenient base if you’re flying out of Wilson the next morning – or if you've just arrived at Wilson and won't be leaving Nairobi until the next day. The convivial bar is a real bonus. Java House Aero Club is open from 06:30 to 21:00 for meals and snacks.

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Il Ngwesi Eco-Lodge

Days 8-11

Il Ngwesi Eco-Lodge is a rustic, six-room lodge crowning a bush-covered hill on the Il Ngwesi Group Ranch, a community conservation and livestock region in northern Laikipia, north of the Lewa Conservancy. Built in 1996, the lodge is owned, managed and staffed entirely by members of the Il Ngwesi Maasai community. A stay here combines cultural immersion with wildlife-viewing by vehicle and on foot and an opportunity for some very relaxing down time.

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Selenkay Adventure Camp

Selenkay Adventure

Amboseli and the Chyulu Hills, Kenya

Ol Kinyei Adventure Camp

Ol Kinyei Adventure

Maasai Mara Conservancies, Kenya

Aero Club of East Africa

Aero Club of East Africa

Nairobi, Kenya

Il Ngwesi Eco-Lodge

Il Ngwesi Eco-Lodge

Laikipia, Kenya

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Highlights

Our thoughts on five of the top experiences of this Gabar Goshawk Fly-in Safari.

  • Spotting rhino on safari in Lewa Conservancy
  • Visiting the Maasai Mara National Reserve
  • Enjoying guided bush walks on private conservancies
  • Watching Von der Decken’s hornbills fly through camp
  • Enjoying a high-quality safari without the price tag

Activities

Some activities which can be included in the Gabar Goshawk Fly-in Safari: talk to us about those which interest you.

  • 4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching

  • Cultural excursion

  • Elephant encounter

  • Guided walking safari

  • Hot air ballooning

  • Night drive

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Key species to see on the Gabar Goshawk Fly-in Safari

Based on our travellers' observations, we’ve estimated the likelihood of seeing these species during the Gabar Goshawk Fly-in Safari. Click on the animals and our wildlife surveys page for more info.


Lion

100% chance

Cheetah

100% chance

Buffalo

100% chance

Eland

100% chance

Elephant

100% chance

Gerenuk

100% chance

Giraffe

100% chance

Hippo

100% chance

Oryx

100% chance

Wildebeest

100% chance

Zebra

100% chance

Spotted Hyena

97% chance

Black Rhino

74% chance

Leopard

63% chance

Striped Hyena

49% chance

Wild dog

46% chance

Aardvark

0% chance

Pangolin

0% chance

Side-trips whilst on this safari

We may be able to build in some of these optional excursions from the Gabar Goshawk Fly-in Safari. Talk to us: they’re usually best arranged when you book.


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100% (3 reviews)
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Scenic Biplane Flight on Lewa Conservancy

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