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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: Day-by-day

More detailed information of what each day entails, and the various places you’ll stay on the Hamerkop Fly-In Safari. Everything we do is completely tailor-made so while this is an idea which works well, we’ll always design an itinerary just for you.


Day 1

Starts: JKI Airport Nairobi

Day 1

Vehicle & light aircraft from Nairobi to Laikipia

A private driver will transfer you from your Nairobi hotel to Wilson domestic airport for your light-aircraft flight to Laikipia. The flight north takes around an hour before landing at Loisaba airstrip, where a Sosian guide will meet you for the hour’s drive to the ranch.

Sosian
Days 1-5

Sosian

4 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesLaikipia, Kenya

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.

Sosian

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.

"we particularly liked[..]their flexible approach to the activities they provided"

Mr & Mrs CfromBristol

Arrived 22 Feb 2020, 3 nights

What we like so much about Sosian is the sense of being a house guest on a long-established country farm with a huge variety of wonderful distractions. A safari that includes river swimming and camel or horse-riding is far from the norm, but typifies the sort of activities you can find in Laikipia – though not usually all in the same place. When you add in really excellent cuisine that relies greatly on the lodge's own garden produce, very comfortable rooms and top-quality hosting, it makes for a highly recommended stay. See our full report on Sosian

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13 reviews of Sosian by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Cultural excursion

Guided walking safari

Horse-riding

Night drive

Day 5

4WD & light aircraft from Laikipia to the Mara

You’ll be transferred to Loisaba airstrip for a morning flight to the Maasai Mara, possibly stopping off at other airstrips along the way. The flight takes about 90 minutes, passing over Maasai villages and farmland before landing at Mara North airstrip, where your Offbeat guide will be waiting for you.

Offbeat Mara
Days 5-9

Offbeat Mara

4 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesMaasai Mara Conservancies, Kenya

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.

Offbeat Mara

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.

"Incredible staff food and organisation."

Mr &Mrs WfromBamford

Arrived 25 Dec 2019, 3 nights

Offbeat Mara is hosted by an excellent and efficient team, and the guiding is good too. Around 90% of the staff are local Maasai and take great pride in their work, resulting in a friendly, laid-back atmosphere. We liked the unfussy, wild and rustic feel of the camp, which appeals to real safari enthusiasts, without compromising on the odd creature comfort. See our full report on Offbeat Mara

97%
30 reviews of Offbeat Mara by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Cultural excursion

Fly-camping

Guided walking safari

Hot air ballooning

Night drive

Day 9

Mara to Nairobi by road & light aircraft

After a final bush breakfast, you’ll depart the Maasai Mara on a mid-morning light aircraft flight to Nairobi. You may approach over Nairobi National Park – your final chance to spot some wildlife. A private driver will be ready to transfer you to your hotel, or the international airport.

Day 9

Ends: JKI Airport Nairobi

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Experiences you can add to this trip.

Optional extra day-trips and excursions possible whilst staying at lodges on this trip. These are usually best arranged in advance so talk to us.


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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84% (15 reviews)

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