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Kenya - Lake Turkana by Private Helicopter

Discover the volcanic beauty of the jade sea

9 days

from £8,695pp (excluding flights)

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.


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.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 8695 £ 700

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Addis Ababa overnight

Day 2

Fly Addis Ababa to Nairobi

Travel from Nairobi to Laikipia (Air Transfer Journey)

Stretching from the rim of the Great Rift Valley to Mount Kenya, the Laikipia Plateau offers a truly great safari experience, allowing you to get away from the crowds and into a remote and untouched slice of Africa.

From fertile savannah to the wild shores of Lake Turkana, the area has a wide range of landscapes, including high plains and low forested valleys. Home to more endangered species than anywhere else in East Africa, this is the place to see African wild dogs - set against a rugged and dramatic wilderness.

You will be staying at Ol Malo, Full board

Day 3

Days at Ol Malo
Explore the Ol Malo Conservancy on game drives and on foot, roaming the rocky, wooded landscape that is interrupted by boulder-strewn hills. Lions are rarely seen here, but leopards prowl the woodlands.

The area is also home to elephants, giraffes and numerous antelope species, including oryx, elands, and Grant's gazelles. There is also a pack of African wild dogs, although sightings can never be guaranteed.

Ol Malo is about much more than the wildlife, though, with numerous activities available and an entire conservancy to discover. Take dawn walks up a nearby hill, horse ride through the wilderness, try a camel walk, explore by mountain bike or visit the local Samburu people.

The schedule is flexible and relaxed, allowing you to do what you want, when you want to.

Also have the chance to spend a night under the stars. Camp out on the lodge's rooftop terrace, sleep under a banda beside the waterhole (in the hope of spotting a leopard) or go further afield to fly camp in the conservancy.

You will be staying at Ol Malo, Full board

Day 4

A further day to explore the Ol Malo Conservancy.

You will be staying at Ol Malo, Full board

Day 5

Scenic Helicopter Flight to Lobolo Camp

Known as the "Jade Sea", this vast lake lies in the very north of Kenya - remote even in a country so renowned for its wilderness. Filling a depression formed by the Great Rift Valley, its waters end only where a volcanic plug stems their flow.

The surrounding landscape is arid and desolate, punctuated by occasional lines of rocky hills and a dotted with hardy palm trees. The Turkana tribes, renowned for the ferocity and history of intertribal conflict, roam this inhospitable region. Even now, the people and culture seem a world away from the Maasai-dominated savannah lands in the south of the country.

You will be staying at Lobolo Camp, Full board

Day 6

Scenic Flight and Boat Trip
Today explore again by helicopter, as well as by boat. Take one of Lobolo Camp's custom-built motor boat's across to Central Island National Park, which lies almost halfway across the lake.

This dramatic island is formed from three volcanic calderas, each one flooded with its own self-contained lake. Within these giant crocodiles hunt shoals of tilapia. Spend time walking around the island, exploring this fantastically barren landscape, home only to birds. Also have the chance to fish from the beach or the boat, with the lake famously inhabited by giant Nile perch.

In addition to this, spend an hour taking a scenic flight over the lake. Central Island is spectacular from the air, but there is also the option to head inland or further north - Andrew is happy to explore wherever you would like to go.

These activities take place during the early morning and late afternoon, when the temperatures are less fierce. During the heat of the day, time is spent relaxing at camp, although there is always the option to take a dip in the lake. The shallow shelf that extends from Lobolo's beach means that crocodiles are not considered a risk here.

You will be staying at Lobolo Camp, Full board

Day 7

Helicopter Flight to Ol Malo

You will be staying at Ol Malo, Full board

Day 8

Travel from Laikipia to Nairobi (Air Transfer Journey)

Fly Nairobi to Addis Ababa

Fly Addis Ababa to London overnight

Day 9

Arrive into London Heathrow


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Ol Malo

Ol Malo

Ol Malo sits on the northern edge of the Laikipia plateau, on a rugged escarpment overlooking Kenya's northern frontier district....

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Lobolo Camp

Lobolo Camp

This simple tented camp is one of the few places to stay on the shores of Lake Turkana....

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