Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
With a brief hand signal from our pilot, I clambered into the basket. A few blasts were fired intermittently into the balloon and we began to lift. My stomach turned as we rose, and I suddenly became aware of how tiny we really were compared to all this. Below us? Endless savannah, miles and miles of it.
Day 1: Ol Pejeta Conservancy
On arrival at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you will be met by a driver who will transfer you by private vehicle to the domestic airport, Wilson Airport. Fly from here to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, 40 minutes away (15 kg luggage limit per person; soft bags required for all flights on this itinerary). A guide from Ol Pejeta Bush Camp will meet you at the airstrip and game-drive you back to camp, where you can enjoy lunch and relax in the comfort of your tent overlooking the river. In the mid-afternoon, set off for a game drive to explore this wildlife-rich reserve, home to Kenya’s largest population of black rhino as well as the rest of the Big 5 species and plenty of unusual wildlife, too, including eland and Grevy’s zebra.
Day 2-3: Ol Pejeta Bush Camp
Enjoy morning and afternoon guided activities with the knowledgeable safari experts at Ol Pejeta Bush Camp. Game drives allow you to cover good distances in search of the resident wildlife, perhaps counting how many rhinos you can see in a drive. While these modern-day dinosaurs are a rarity across much of Africa, they are found in greater numbers here. You will also visit the endangered-species enclosure on a drive one morning or afternoon, where the last two remaining northern white rhino on Earth are found, meeting their rangers and learning about the work being done to save this sub-species.
Day 4: Masai Mara
After breakfast you will be driven to the airstrip for your morning flight to the Masai Mara, a journey of approximately an hour, landing right in the heart of this world-famous reserve. A guide from Rekero will meet you here and game-drive you back to camp, offering the perfect introduction to the vast savannah plains and stopping to watch any wildlife you encounter on the way. Settle into your tent and enjoy lunch and time to relax overlooking the Talek River, one of the two major river systems in the reserve, which runs right in front of the camp. After afternoon tea and cake, head out on a game drive to search for big cats and other wildlife.
Days 5 to 6: Hot Air Balloon Safari
Game drives from Rekero take place in the early to mid-morning and in the mid- to late-afternoon, when wildlife is most active, offering the best sightings. The grassy plains are home to a wide range of species, from prides of lion to cheetah stalking their prey and hippo wallowing in muddy pools. There is never a dull moment in the Masai Mara. During the heat of the day you will return to camp for a rest, lunch and, of course, the tradition of freshly baked cake and tea or coffee before your afternoon drive. Dinners are typically communal, sharing stories of your day’s adventures with other guests. Hot-air ballooning is also possible from here, at an additional cost (pre-booking recommended), offering a unique perspective on the landscapes and wildlife at sunrise.
Day 7: Wilson Airport
Depart for the airstrip after your final breakfast in camp from where you will take the late morning flight back to Nairobi. A guide will transfer you from here by private vehicle to the international airport, Jomo Kenyatta, where you can check-in for your international flight home.
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
Prices are per person based on two people travelling together. Travel during some peak season months will incur higher rates.
- Domestic flights.
- All road transfers and airport pickups/drop-offs.
- All accommodation as per the itinerary. Accommodation can be amended based on budget and preferences.
- All camping equipment where necessary.
- Fees for guides, scouts, drivers, and cooks.
- All entrance fees as per the program.
- Meal plan full board.
- Fees for all activities as per the program.
- Conservation charge.
- International flights and visa fees.
- Activities not mentioned or stated as optional in the itinerary.
- Other personal expenses, souvenirs, tips and gratuities, etc.