SAFARI HELICOPTER TOURS
If vast panoramas, jaw-dropping views and awe-inspiring landscapes are your thing, then our safari helicopter tours are a MUST.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Dropping into valleys and soaring over mountains with wind in your face… expect the ULTIMATE EXHILARATION. Having your own wings gives you total freedom to explore Kenya’s wildest, most spectacular and extreme locations. Places inaccessible by land, untouched by humans and full of geographical wonders are suddenly at your fingertips. Looking down on Kenya’s vast wilderness from above offers an entirely new perspective. The spontaneity and freedom of a helicopter is unbeatable: enjoy instant access to remote locations (otherwise unavailable under time constraints) as well as incredible manoeuvrability –hover over wildlife or touch down beside a turquoise pool for a refreshing swim. This is why The Safari Collection has its very own helicopter and pilot so that we can offer you a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the wildest corners of Kenya.
Kieran Allen is our fabulously talented and trusty pilot who has clocked up over 1,000 flying hours in the AS 350 helicopter model alone. Born and raised on a farm in the Kenyan bush, he is fluent in Swahili and English, as well as two other African languages and a little French. From flying in hostile environments to carrying celebrities, guiding world-renowned photographers and undertaking game capturing operations, Kieran has extensive and diverse flying experience. His knowledge and passion for Kenya’s flora and fauna (especially insects and butterflies), coupled with his wisdom on the geology of Kenya’s Great Rift Valley and nomadic tribes, make him our ideal pilot. Did we also mention that he’s a grade III helicopter instructor with night rating and commercial licences for six different helicopter types? Kieran has created a variety of thrilling helicopter excursions for guests of The Safari Collection which depart from Sasaab and Solio. Avid anglers might be pleased to learn that Kieran also loves fly fishing, so can guide keen fishermen to the best secret spots on Kenya’s mountain lakes and streams.
TRANSFERS BETWEEN DESTINATIONS
Make the most of the transfers between safari destinations and do more than getting from A to B by taking a scenic helicopter tour. This option is available between Solio and Sasaab and vice versa, or between one of our properties and another.
Route: Solio Lodge to Sasaab Transfer (and vice versa).
Length: 1 hour trip / flying time (no stops and includes positioning fee)
Solio Lodge and Sasaab are only a short distance from each other, yet the terrain between the two is stunningly diverse. With mountains, forests, gorges and open plains, you’ll be awed and amazed by the incredible scenery. Depart Solio at 10:00 am and fly over Borana Conservancy. Keep an eye out for rhino as Borana is a highly successful sanctuary for these prehistoric looking and highly threatened creatures. Look down on the Ngare Ndare Forest Reserve with its inviting blue pools before dropping off the edge of the Laikipia Plateau and down into the Mokogodo Gorge. Fly through the Kipsing Valley – a dry sand river often frequented by herds of elephant. As you near Sasaab you will join the Ewaso Nyiro River. Fly low over the water spotting wildlife on the riverbanks before arriving at Sasaab.
Cost: US$ 3,300 for up to 5 passengers