After taking off from Sasaab at first light, fly northeast towards Mount Ololokwe, a striking mountain renowned for its distinctive flat-topped peak and cultural significance. Revered by the Samburu people as the ‘Mountain of God,’ it holds a special place in local folklore. Land, disembark and enjoy a morning coffee with breathtaking panoramic views.
Leave the dramatic slopes of Ololokwe behind and continue north towards the Matthews Mountain Range, one of the wildest and most untouched areas left in Kenya. Covered in a lush tropical forest, it is a refuge for an incredible number of species who rely on the forest for water during the dry season. Elephants, buffalo, Grevy’s zebra, lion, leopard, colobus monkeys and wild dog are just some of the animals found here. Enjoy a drink stop, where you might be able to spot and hear some of the 200 bird species and 150 butterfly species that live in the forest. As well as stunning views, you will be able to marvel at the giant cycads – enormous palm-like trees whose origins date back millions of years.
Leave the mountain forest and fly down to Reteti – the first ever community owned and run elephant sanctuary – in time for the daily feeding of the orphans. It is a heartwarming experience to see the new wave of thinking that has taken place within surrounding Samburu communities who have united to protect their local wildlife.
Watching the baby elephants come in from their walk to enjoy milk and frolic in the mud hole is magical. You will have a keeper on hand to tell you about the important community and conservation work that Reteti does, answer any questions and give you a behind the scenes tour of the sanctuary before your return flight to Sasaab.