Fly north by private helicopter, exploring one of Africa’s most dramatic and least explored landscapes. Discover the volcanic beauty of Lake Turkana, hidden in a remote corner of Kenya.
Read Rob's blog about his recent helicopter trip to Lake Turkana.
- Take a scenic flight up the Rift Valley, with freedom to explore the untamed landscapes of the Turkana region
- Stay at the remarkably comfortable Lobolo Camp, on the shores of the lake
- Take a boat trip to explore Central Island National Park
- Spend several days exploring the Ol Malo Conservancy, on the Laikipian Plateau
Begin with several days staying at Ol Malo, a beautiful lodge that sits on the edge of a rocky plateau, looking out over miles of conservancy land. Here, explore the rugged Laikipian landscape on game drives and on foot. Big cats are elusive amongst the low woodland, but the area is home to numbers of elephants, giraffes and antelope species.
But Ol Malo is about much more than wildlife. Take advantage of the activities on offer, which include horse riding, camel walks, mountain biking, visiting a local Samburu manyatta, sleeping out under the stars and fly camping. The schedule is flexible and relaxed, allowing you to do what you want, when you want to.
After several nights at Ol Malo, fly north by private helicopter, piloted by Andrew, Ol Malo’s manager and a trained pilot. With five hours to explore the landscape, this is a scenic flight. Follow the Rift Valley north, as the landscape changes dramatically. Watch in awe as the volcanic beauty of the Turkana region unfolds below, and the vast Jade Sea appears on the horizon.
With a private helicopter at your disposal, the schedule is flexible and exploration is encouraged. Stop en route beside craters or salt lakes, swoop low over the waters of the lake, hover above frozen lava flows and explore the empty scrublands that disappear towards Uganda.
Eventually, arrive at the comfortable Lobolo Camp – a tented idyll that is simple, but modern. In the evening, watch local dancers as they tramp across the beach’s white sands, beating a frenetic rhythm. Turkana dances are fascinating to watch – a bizarre combination of flirtation and ferocity.
The following day, use this a base to explore the lake, taking another scenic flight over the seemingly endless waters, as well as a boat trip to Central Island National Park. This curious island is made up of three collapsed craters, each one filled with a small lake – itself home to giant crocodiles and shoals of tilapia.
Finally, fly back south, leaving this unforgettable landscape behind. Spend a night at Ol Malo, to break the journey, before trading rotors for a fixed wing and heading home.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Lake Turkana has a fearsome, but alluring reputation. To many, it remains Kenya’s final frontier. However, with the freedom of a private helicopter and the comfort of Lobolo Camp, this trip makes the most of the dramatic landscapes, without the discomfort that the region was long associated with.
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