JAGGED PEAKS AND SPARKLING LAKES

EXCURSION

ROUTE

SOLIO – MOUNT KENYA – SOLIO

The rugged and diverse terrain on the mountain is hugely biodiverse.

Enjoy a light breakfast at dawn before setting off from the lodge at 6:30 am. From Solio, you will fly straight to Mount Kenya for a scenic tour of Africa’s second highest mountain whose lofty peaks are the result of a volcanic eruption around three million years ago. There are in fact three separate peaks, the highest of which is named Batian and rises to 5,199 metres. Fly between the eye of the needle – one of the jagged rock formations at the top – and marvel at the icy crags and geographical variety. Despite being on the equator, Mount Kenya still has a smattering of icy snow and contains eleven glaciers, although experts predict that they are likely to have disappeared by 2050. The rugged and diverse terrain on the mountain is hugely biodiverse. Keep your eye peeled for the extremely elusive and critically endangered mountain bongo. Less than 100 individuals are remaining in the wild, and a small pocket of these live in Mount Kenya National Park. You might also spot elephant and buffalo, as well as a variety of plains game adapted to high altitude living.

Sparkling mountain lakes make a rather idyllic viewing on this excursion. Fly over Lake Michaelson, a glacial erosion lake set in a deep valley and surrounded by towering cliffs. Touch down at Lake Rutundu or Lake Alice, another two trout-filled tarns, invitingly azure yet too icy for a dip! Enjoy coffee and a light bite before heading back to Solio.

$ 3,600

for up to 5 passengers
PLUS Mount Kenya park fees at $52 per adult and $26 per child (2 – 17 years).**
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* This helicopter excursion is a suggested route that includes some of the highlights of the area. It is possible to combine elements of different excursions from Solio Lodge or Sasaab to create a bespoke experience for the specific needs of our guests. Please contact us for more information and routing suggestions.
**Park fees are current and correct at the time of producing this document but are subject to change without warning.

OUR EXCURSIONS

Scenic Sundowners on the Sacred Mountain

Ancient Cycads and Baby Elephants

Glorious Gorges and Stunning Swims

Cultural and Geological Wonders

The Jewels of the North

Jagged Peaks and Sparkling Lakes

Misty Moorlands and Lichen-hung Forests

Pink Plumage and Dramatic Gorges

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • In the event of bad weather, the booked helicopter flight will be rescheduled to a different time, which will be mutually agreed between our pilot and the lead passenger.
  • The flight time may increase or decrease depending on the weather en route.
  • The cost of diversion due to war or weather is billed directly to the client. The quotation is subject to change. Actual hours flown will determine the invoice.
  • Minimum chargeable flight time is 1 hour. 100% payment is required at the time of confirmation before the flight.
  • Cancellation charges are 50% if cancelled within 24 hours after confirmation/payment and 100% thereafter. Cancellation of a pre-booked helicopter trip must be made in writing.
  • Should there be a situation where the weather/other unforeseen circumstance (e.g. force majeure/technical issue with helicopter/illness of pilot) mean that the excursion is not able to take place, a full refund will be provided to the guest.
  • Luggage will be strictly limited to 15kgs per person, including hand luggage. If there are 2 people or more on the flight who weigh over 100kgs, the baggage allowance reduces to 10kgs per person including hand luggage.
  • All entrance and park fees are to be paid in addition to the hourly flying rate and can be paid directly on the day of the excursion.
  • Minimum age of passenger flying is 2 years old.
  • A safety harness will be provided and must be worn by all children if deemed necessary by the pilot.
  • The helicopter that The Safari Collection is operating is a Eurocopter AS350 B3+ powered by an Arriel Turbomeca 2D engine, with five passenger seats and one pilot.

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