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Hamerkop Fly-In Safari

Different wildlife, contrasting camps and a whole host of activities, this is a safari for those wanting to get out and about and not just sit in a vehicle.

Hamerkop Fly-In Safari: Summary

Hamerkop Fly-In Safari in a nutshell

Explore the Kenyan bush over nine days in Laikipia and the Maasai Mara, away from the crowds in private conservancies. The private Sosian Ranch, northwest of Mount Kenya, combines game viewing with its cattle ranching history – horse riding is a big draw here. As well as fantastic guided riding safaris out in the bush, there are camel rides and walking, river swimming and fishing, community visits and fly camping. There are of course traditional game drives too, but Sosian Lodge really excels in providing an immersive, exciting bush experience that’s well worth making the most of over your 4-night stay.

In contrast to the first half of the safari, Sosian’s sister camp Offbeat Mara is a traditional, down to earth tented camp located in the Mara North Conservancy. A 4-night stay here is all about the wildlife. Only guests staying on the conservancy can game drive here, so you can have superb sightings with very few other vehicles. It’s also possible to get out on foot for a new perspective.

This action-packed trip is great for families, single travellers as there is no single supplement, and with free nights included outside of high season, this safari is comparatively great value.

At a glance

Starts: JKI Airport Nairobi
4 nights Sosian - Laikipia, Kenya Full Board
4 nights Offbeat Mara - Maasai Mara Conservancies, Kenya Full Board
Ends: JKI Airport Nairobi

Sosian

Days 1-5

Built in the 1940s, then abandoned during the 1990s, Sosian was restored as a riding and game-viewing base in 2002. It's still a working cattle ranch, too, with a 1,600-head herd of Boran cattle - which is the largest stud Boran herd in Kenya. The main building is an Argentine estancia-style ranch house with views across lawns to the remote savannah of north-west Laikipia, close to the Ewaso Narok River.

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Offbeat Mara

Days 5-9

Located in the quiet Mara North Conservancy in Kenya, Offbeat Mara sits near the Olare Orok River. It is nestled into the bush so discreetly that you can barely see it once you are outside of camp. Small, comfortable and unfenced, it's an authentic tented camp with a local lion pride regularly seen and heard nearby.

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Sosian

Sosian

Laikipia, Kenya

Offbeat Mara

Offbeat Mara

Maasai Mara Conservancies, Kenya

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Highlights

Our thoughts on five of the top experiences of this Hamerkop Fly-In Safari.

  • Spend a night fly camping under the stars in Laikipia
  • Ride among the wildlife lead by one of Sosian’s guides
  • Spend an afternoon fishing and river swimming
  • Experience the wildlife of the Maasai Mara on foot
  • Learn the Maasai’s way of life on village and school visits

Activities

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

  • 4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching

  • Cultural excursion

  • Fly-camping

  • Guided walking safari

  • Horse-riding

  • Hot air ballooning

  • Night drive

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Key species to see on the Hamerkop Fly-In Safari

Based on our travellers' observations, we’ve estimated the likelihood of seeing these species during the Hamerkop 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

Giraffe

100% chance

Hippo

100% chance

Spotted Hyena

100% chance

Wildebeest

100% chance

Zebra

100% chance

Leopard

95% chance

Aardvark

60% chance

Black Rhino

24% chance

Striped Hyena

24% chance

Wild dog

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 Hamerkop Fly-In Safari. Talk to us: they’re usually best arranged when you book.


Balloon flight over the Mara

Balloon flight over the Mara

3 hours in total - morning only

With the sun rising over the Loita Hills, you scramble into the balloon basket for the start of a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You’re about to go drifting with the breeze above the trees and plains of one of the world’s greatest wildlife regions.

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Safari in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Safari in Maasai Mara National Reserve

All day from sunrise to sunset

If you're not staying in the Maasai Mara National Reserve itself, the chances are you'll be in one of the outstandingly wildlife-rich Maasai-owned private conservancies just outside the reserve boundary. However, a full-day game drive in the reserve is usually included, to visit the Mara River and see some of the reserve's fabled wildlife locations.

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