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Wahlberg's Eagle Fly-in Safari

A great value safari in Laikipia and the Maasai Mara that provides an immersive, authentic bush camp experience with activities for families of all ages.

Wahlberg's Eagle Fly-in Safari: Summary

Wahlberg's Eagle Safari in a nutshell

Combining two contrasting parts of Kenya on safari is an ideal way to showcase some of the diversity of the country, both in terms of things to see and to do. This safari is particularly good for families, with children of any age, and at a week long it could even be fit into a half term.

El Karama Ranch, in the Laikipia region, is a family-run operation with a rustic, homely eco-lodge and different room options to suit all sorts of groups. With access to the wildlife on the ranch, as well the Ol Pejeta Conservancy if requested, game drives can be combined with walks, cooking in the farm kitchen, yoga, tennis and swimming too. The owners’ have young children and have set up a fantastic ‘bush school’, that runs alongside game drives for parents. The immersive, varied activities are a brilliant introduction to Africa for little ones.

Basecamp Eagle View is a great value tented camp in the private Naboisho Conservancy, part of the Maasai Mara ecosystem, where the quality of game viewing is excellent. The sustainable, down to earth camp has great links to the community and visiting the local school or arts centre offers worthwhile insights into rural life in Kenya. Basecamp has a ‘Young Explorer’s Club’ for children to learn bush skills from the Maasai, another great addition to the wildlife.

At a glance

Starts: JKI Airport Nairobi
3 nights El Karama Eco-Lodge - Laikipia, Kenya Full Board & Activities
3 nights Basecamp Eagle View - Maasai Mara Conservancies, Kenya Full Board & Activities
Ends: JKI Airport Nairobi

El Karama Eco-Lodge

Days 1-4

With a name meaning 'treasured possession' or 'answer to prayer' in Arabic, El Karama, as it's usually known, is a working cattle ranch and wildlife sanctuary on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in the Laikipia region north of Mount Kenya. It was named for purely sentimental reasons by its owners, the Grant family, who still run the ranch and manage the lodge: a small, rustic retreat and the only lodge on the ranch.

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Basecamp Eagle View

Days 4-7

Basecamp Eagle View is located in a stunning spot, with arguably the best views in the quiet 211km2 Mara Naboisho Conservancy, a Maasai-owned conservancy north of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. It is small, with nine tented rooms set high on a hill. Each of these is cantilevered to the hillside, overlooking plains dotted with acacia trees of various species.

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El Karama Eco-Lodge

El Karama Eco-Lodge

Laikipia, Kenya

Basecamp Eagle View

Basecamp Eagle View

Maasai Mara Conservancies, Kenya

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Highlights

Our thoughts on five of the top experiences of this Wahlberg's Eagle Fly-in Safari.

  • Watching the children enjoy El Karama's 'bush school'
  • Camping under the stars on the El Karama ranch
  • Sitting in front of your tent, soaking up the views
  • Walking with the Maasai across Naboisho Conservancy
  • Meeting the local Maasai at the arts centre and school

Activities

Some activities which can be included in the Wahlberg's Eagle Fly-in Safari: talk to us about those which interest you.

  • 4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching

  • Cultural excursion

  • Fly-camping

  • Guided walking safari

  • Hot air ballooning

  • Night drive

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Key species to see on the Wahlberg's Eagle Fly-in Safari

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


Lion

100% chance

Leopard

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

Wild dog

0% chance

Aardvark

0% chance

Black Rhino

0% chance

Pangolin

0% chance

Striped Hyena

0% chance

Side-trips whilst on this safari

We may be able to build in some of these optional excursions from the Wahlberg's Eagle 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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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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