Guides at Il Ngwesi and the Selenkay and Ol Kinyei Adventure Camps all come from the community.
Gabar Goshawk Safari: In full
If you’re interested as much in Kenya’s people as its wildlife and landscapes, then this unusual,10-night safari might be just what you’re looking for. Your trip starts on the plains beneath Kilimanjaro at the community-owned Selenkay Conservancy in the Amboseli ecosystem and then goes on to Maasai Mara’s Ol Kinyei Conservancy where the local community works with conservationists to protect the wildlife and habitat. You then move north to the community-run Il Ngwesi Conservancy in remote northern Laikipia.
To experience the great migration when you're in the Maasai Mara, take this safari between late July and the beginning of October. Huge herds of migratory wildebeest seeking pasture roam the plains at this time.
After a safari, many travellers want to relax on the beach on the Kenya coast. It's easy to add one of our beach add-on trips to your itinerary.
At Wilson Airport Nairobi, you take a small charter flight to Selenkay Conservancy, in the Amboseli ecosystem, where you'll be met by a guide from the Selenkay Maasai community who will drive you through the bush back to camp. For the next three days you will be hosted in great comfort by Maasai warriors and elders, participating in game drives, bush walks, sundowners and bush meals, deep in this wildlife sanctuary that is exclusive to its guests. You also have a full-day drive into Amboseli National Park, with the chance to watch elephants and hippos in the swamps, against the backdrop of majestic Kilimanjaro.
You will fly back to Wilson Airport Nairobi and take a light plane flight southwest across the Great Rift Valley to a bush airstrip in the Maasai Mara, where a traditionally clad Maasai driver guide from Ol Kinyei Adventure Camp will greet you. En route to camp you'll pause to watch wildlife and start learning about the local Maasai community. With three full days to explore the Ol Kinyei Conservancy, and do a full-day visit to the Maasai Mara National Reserve, you will have unforgettable wildlife encounters while in the company of the region's oldest inhabitants.
You will fly back to Wilson Airport in the late morning and check into the Aero Club of East Africa, a simple setup full of charm, within the airport perimeter. Chill on the deck or by the pool, or take a driver and vehicle to explore some of Nairobi's attractions (optional extra).
From Wilson Airport you take a scenic safari flight north over the central highlands and past Mount Kenya to Lewa Downs airstrip. You'll be met by a vehicle from Il Ngwesi Eco-Lodge for the two hour road transfer along bush tracks into the wild countryside of northern Laikipia. For the next three days you'll be exclusively in the company of the charming warriors and elders of the local community (they all speak English and many are excellent, trained guides) as they walk and drive you through their ancestral lands on morning and evening activities.
On your last day you'll drive through the bush to Lewa Airstrip for the flight back to Wilson Airport, Nairobi and the end of your trip. Or connect onto a flight to the coast to continue your holiday by the Indian Ocean.
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