This experience is available in northern Kenya – just contact us to find out which camps and lodges feature helicopter safari in their activities menu. The flight takes in Mount Kenya and Lake Turkana – and all the landscapes in between!
It’s an early start boarding the helicopter, to ensure you reach the mountain before the heat settles in – the pilot aims to get you there for 07:30! However, the effort of getting up is well worth it, as the scenery is absolutely spectacular. Acres of savanna sprawl below, herds of herbivores grazing the grass. Perhaps a lion or a leopard is on the prowl, causing a group of gazelles to scatter suddenly and race through the rippling plains. Then savanna meets woodland, even forest, beautiful banks of indigenous trees alternately standing still and waving gently as you pass overhead. Suddenly the foliage thins and a river emerges, rushing through the park or reserve.
The pilot touches down on Mount Kenya and the first treat here is a hearty picnic breakfast! It is awesome to tuck into the first meal of the day while enjoying the amazing views. Then, if you wish, you can while away a few hours fly-fishing on one of the tranquil lakes or tarns that adorn the mountain’s upper slopes.
After your visit to the majestic mountain, there is the opportunity to fly to Lake Turkana. This, too, is a superb sight. The largest permanent desert lake in the world, Turkana combines volcanic shores and basalt outcrops to breathtaking effect! The sheer inaccessibility of the area makes for a truly pristine environment, where fish such as chiclids, and reptiles such as Nile crocs and turtles, live and thrive. There is plenteous birdlife too, including flamingos and cormorants, while the surrounding grasslands are home to small populations of lion, cheetah, gazelle, zebra, giraffe – and even the cushioned gerbil!
In addition to wildlife watching, Lake Turkana is perfect for fishing and quad biking – and there is even a hint of history, in the fossils of Homo habilis, a species of the Hominini tribe, that remain on the shores. Ancient rock art has also been discovered, on the south beach. And travellers keen on culture will relish taking some time to observe the Rendille people as they bring their livestock to drink here. In total, more than a quarter of a million tribespersons are dependent on the lake, so it is a real privilege to visit this waterworld!
If you wish, you can stay a night (or nights) at Lake Turkana, in a mobile camp on the shore. This is comfortable accommodation, highly recommended by YZ! For more information, just give us a call.