STAY AT: Desert Rose
GETTING THERE: At day break, head north in your private helicopter over the Western Highlands of the Laikipia Plateau, descending into the infamous Great Rift Valley down the Mukutan Gorge. Touch down on the edge of the Silali Crater for a picnic breakfast before continuing north into the otherwise inaccessible Suguta Valley. This wild area is home to the lesser kudu and striped hyena and is renowned for its fantastic rock formations. Then on to the extraordinary Desert Rose lodge where lunch awaits.
EXPERIENCE:In the late afternoon, we’ll fly over the green cedar forest that crowns Mount Nyiru and descend to the southern edge of Lake Turkana, also known as the Jade Sea, so called because of the near incandescent colour of its water. This is the largest permanent desert lake in the world and often referred to as the ‘Cradle of Mankind’. We’ll land on the Nabuyatom Crater to see one of Africa’s most extraordinary landscapes, before heading into the Suguta Valley and over amazing Lake Logipi, or Flamingo Lake. This lake is home to millions of greater and lesser flamingo and when viewed from above in a helicopter, the spectacle is astonishing. We then take the helicopter and land in sand dunes for sundowners, before a short flight returns you back to Desert Rose for dinner.