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Purple Grenadier Fly-In Safari

Fantastic guiding from intimate, well-run mid-range tented camps, in superb conservancy locations: this safari is all about making the most of the incredible wildlife in Laikipia and the Maasai Mara.

Purple Grenadier Fly-In Safari: Summary

Purple Grenadier Safari in a nutshell

This 7-day safari brings together two very different parts of Kenya, but with a consistent overall quality by staying at two sister camps. Kicheche Laikipia and Kicheche Valley are small, classic, mid-range tented camps in very picturesque locations. The guiding is reliably top level, as the camps are used to hosting photographers and safari enthusiasts, as well as catering to families with special children’s activities. By combining these two camps, a special offer includes one night for free.

In the foothills of Mount Kenya, the Ol Pejeta Conservancy is one of the largest and most well-known in Laikipia, largely due to its fantastic conservation work of the rhino – and it’s home to the last two northern whites in the world. The conservation work here is admirable and well worth learning about, which is a possibility alongside horse riding, canoeing, mountain biking, walking and forest visits, as well as game drives of course, from Kicheche Laikipia.

The Naboisho Conservancy is home to Kicheche Valley, where the fantastic wildlife of the Maasai Mara ecosystem can be enjoyed from the relative privacy of a private conservancy. Day and night game drives are included here, as well as guided walks. For added adventure, consider incorporating a night of fly camping in the bush, or a hot-air balloon ride.

At a glance

Starts: JKI Airport Nairobi
3 nights Kicheche Laikipia - Laikipia, Kenya Full Board & Activities
3 nights Kicheche Valley - Maasai Mara Conservancies, Kenya Full Board & Activities
Ends: JKI Airport Nairobi

Kicheche Laikipia

Days 1-4

With only six tents, Kicheche Laikipia is a small camp offering comfort and quality, one of a handful of properties located in the 360km² Ol Pejeta Conservancy. It’s the most luxurious option in the conservancy, with a wide range of activities, and a lovely location, with views across a small dam.

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Kicheche Valley

Days 4-7

The newest of three Kicheche camps in the Mara region in Kenya, the upmarket and unfenced Kicheche Valley Camp opened in 2011. The camp is set in a secluded, wooded valley in the eastern part of the Mara Naboisho Conservancy, with tents raised on platforms above the Moliband stream. A spring close to the central dining and lounge area attracts plentiful wildlife.

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Kicheche Laikipia

Kicheche Laikipia

Laikipia, Kenya

Kicheche Valley

Kicheche Valley

Maasai Mara Conservancies, Kenya

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Highlights

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

  • Meeting the world's last northern white rhinos
  • Meet Ol Pejeta’s rangers & learn about their work
  • Search for wildlife, including rhino, on horseback
  • Fantastic guiding & photography tips from Kicheche guides
  • Experience the Mara after dark on a night drive

Activities

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

  • 4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching

  • Canoeing

  • Cultural excursion

  • Fly-camping

  • Guided walking safari

  • Hot air ballooning

  • Mountain biking

  • Night drive

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Key species to see on the Purple Grenadier Fly-In Safari

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


Lion

100% chance

Black Rhino

100% chance

Buffalo

100% chance

Elephant

100% chance

Giraffe

100% chance

Spotted Hyena

100% chance

White Rhino

100% chance

Wildebeest

100% chance

Zebra

100% chance

Cheetah

99% chance

Eland

98% chance

Hippo

93% chance

Leopard

74% chance

Wild dog

27% chance

Striped Hyena

22% chance

Aardvark

10% chance

Pangolin

5% chance

Side-trips whilst on this safari

We may be able to build in some of these optional excursions from the Purple Grenadier 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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Northern White Rhinos visit

Northern White Rhinos visit

One hour, usually as part of your drive

Visit the Endangered Species Enclosure at Ol Pejeta Conservancy for a close encounter with the last two remaining northern white rhinos. You can visit either by game drive vehicle or visit on horseback if you're an experienced rider. Other rare species include Jackson's hartebeests and Grevy's zebras.

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100% (1 reviews)
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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87% (20 reviews)

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