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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: Day-by-day

More detailed information of what each day entails, and the various places you’ll stay on the Purple Grenadier 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

On arrival at the airport, you’ll be greeted by a driver after you’ve collected your bags.

Day 1

Nairobi to Laikipia by road & light aircraft

After a transfer of some 60 minutes to Wilson Airport, board your light aircraft to Laikipia, flying over the Central Highlands and landing within 45 minutes or so at Nanyuki's little airport. A guide from Kicheche Laikipia will meet you for the 2–3-hour drive to camp through the wildlife-rich Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

Kicheche Laikipia
Days 1-4

Kicheche Laikipia

3 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesLaikipia, Kenya

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.

Kicheche Laikipia

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.

"Our guide Alfred was unbelievable, excellent driving and so informative."

Rachel fromStirling

Arrived 31 Jan 2024, 3 nights

Kicheche Laikipia is very comfortable and offers space and luxury, but with a tastefully rustic edge. The welcoming managers, friendly staff and communal dining all combine to make this a sociable and relaxed camp. The end result is luxury, but with a total lack of pretension, and all of that would add up to a very fine place to stay. However, the camp's eco credentials and its very high standards of guiding make it one of the best in northern Kenya See our full report on Kicheche Laikipia

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67 reviews of Kicheche Laikipia by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Canoeing

Guided walking safari

Mountain biking

Night drive

Day 4

Laikipia to the Mara by 4WD & light aircraft

Today enjoy a game drive to Nanyuki Airport before your 60–90-minute flight to the Maasai Mara, possibly via Wilson Airport; in clear weather, you can spot Mount Kenya en route. On arrival, you'll be met by a guide from Kicheche Valley for the 30–45-minute drive to camp, watching out for wildlife.

Kicheche Valley
Days 4-7

Kicheche Valley

3 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesMaasai Mara Conservancies, Kenya

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. A spring close to the central dining and lounge area attracts plentiful wildlife.

Kicheche Valley

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. A spring close to the central dining and lounge area attracts plentiful wildlife.

"Very welcoming and friendly staff."

Mr & Mrs PfromNorfolk

Arrived 24 Jan 2024, 5 nights

Kicheche Valley is a high-end safari camp, embodying chic rusticity, and is the most comfortable of Kicheche’s three camps in the Mara. We loved the wooded location, the well-established feel of the main dining and lounge areas, and the manager’s enthusiasm for their vegetable garden. This is a great camp for returning Mara enthusiasts who want to relax and enjoy being pampered rather than cram their days with activity. See our full report on Kicheche Valley

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61 reviews of Kicheche Valley by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Cultural excursion

Fly-camping

Guided walking safari

Hot air ballooning

Night drive

Day 7

Maasai Mara to Nairobi by light aircraft & road

Following a final game drive in the Maasai Mara, board your light aircraft for Wilson Airport, arriving in around 45–70 minutes depending on stops at other airstrips. A private driver will transfer you to JKI Airport, or will help you to explore Nairobi before it's time to check in.

Day 7

Ends: JKI Airport Nairobi

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Northern White Rhinos visit

One hour, usually as part of your drive

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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, you're likely to be staying in one of the outstandingly wildlife-rich Maasai-owned private conservancies just outside the reserve boundary. A full-day game drive in the reserve gives you the chance to visit the Mara River and see some of the reserve's fabled wildlife locations.

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