8 Days Kenya Flying Safari to Amboseli, Meru, and Masai Mara

This 8 Days Kenya Flying Safari to Amboseli, Meru, and Masai Mara in a light aircraft from one destination to the next allow you to experience a large area in a relatively short space of time. Furthermore, it allows you to spend longer time in each reserve and fully enjoy what Amboseli, Meru, and the Mara have to offer. Take advantage of the Amboseli National Park‘s morning and afternoon wildlife drives, walking safaris, bush breakfasts, sundowner beverages in Meru, and dinners beneath the stars in the Masai Mara.

Kenya flying safari.

Kenya flying safari.

The most practical way to quickly experience a large nation like Kenya is with an 8 Days Kenya Flying Safari. You can visit the best of Amboseli, Meru, and the Masai Mara in just over a week by flying between reserves rather than being driven, and you’ll get the rare opportunity to view this spectacular terrain from above with its huge herds, rocky outcrops, and flowing rivers. Additionally, you’ll have a more flexible schedule and more time to spend at each of the stunning campgrounds and lodges along the way.

Places to visit: Amboseli National Park, Meru, Masai Mara

Safari Highlights: 8 Days Kenya Flying Safari

  • Day 1 – 2: Jet into Nairobi | 1 Night
  • Day 2 – 4: Wing your way to Amboseli | 2 Nights
  • Day 4 – 6: Touchdown in Meru | 2 Nights
  • Day 6 – 7: Landing in the Masai Mara | 2 Nights
  • Day 8: Back to Nairobi

Detailed Itinerary: 8 Days Kenya Flying Safari

Day 1 – 2: Jet into Nairobi | 1 Night

After being welcomed at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be driven across the bustling city to the magnificent Hemingways Nairobi, located in the exclusive Karen neighborhood. From helping you make optional reservations at the spa and wellness center to confirming your dinner reservation at the modern restaurant, which is run by the on-site Michelin-starred chef, your personal butler will here ensure that you have the best possible start to your Kenyan vacation.

If time permits, you could also choose to go to other of the city’s top attractions, such as the Karen Blixen Museum, the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, or the Giraffe Centre, where you can observe a herd of critically endangered Rothschild’s giraffes. Even better, you might want to combine your first game drive with a quick trip through Nairobi National Park, where plains games can be found roaming freely against an unexpected backdrop of skyscrapers.

Hemingways Nairobi offers a tranquil retreat with views of the Ngong Hills after a protracted trip to Kenya, whatever you decide to do during your stay here.

Hemingways Nairobi

Hemingways Nairobi

Day 2 – 4: Wing your way to Amboseli | 2 Nights

It’s time to go from the city and travel to the savannah. You will be transported to Wilson Airport after breakfast at Hemingways Nairobi so that you may take a quick light aircraft flight to an airfield in Amboseli National Park. Amboseli provides some of the best views of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest free-standing mountain in the world while being a small park by African standards.

Your arrival will allow you to have an Italian-inspired lunch at Tortilis Camp while taking in the stunning views of Mount Kili, before leaving for your afternoon wildlife drive in the national park’s 30 000-acre private reserves. The following morning, you will have breakfast while on your morning game drive, and your afternoon will be dedicated to an action-packed walking safari with a knowledgeable and armed ranger. Sundowners at a picturesque location as the sun sets on another day in Africa will be one of the highlights of your nature walk.

Elephants in Amboseli National Park

Elephants in Amboseli National Park

Day 4 – 6: Touchdown in Meru | 2 Nights

If your luggage weight limit permits it, think about bringing helpful stationery like pencils or notebooks that you can present directly to the pupils. Tortilis Camp is entirely solar-powered to lessen its ecological impact.

Another of Kenya’s unyielding giants, Mount Meru, is the inspiration for the name of Meru National Park. You’ll depart from Amboseli and arrive in Meru in time for lunch after your final morning game drive and breakfast at Tortilis Camp. Elsa’s Kopje, named after the lioness Elsa who became well-known through Joy Adamson’s book Born Free, will be your home for the next two nights.

Elsa’s Kopje’s thatched suites and organically shaped buildings are intended to fit as seamlessly as possible with the surrounding Mughwango Hill landscape. This is one of the original locations where Elsa was raised in the mid-1950s. A “kopje” is a rocky outcrop. The reserve is home to around 1,000 elephants, a sizable rhino sanctuary, at least 47 different species of raptors, and 600 different bird species.

You can decide whether you want to indulge in a soothing massage after lunch or embark on an afternoon game drive. The next day has the standard 8 Days Kenya Flying Safari rhythm: a morning game drive with a bush breakfast, lunch at the lodge, an afternoon game drive with sundowners, and then it’s time for bed.

Elsa's kopje lodge.

Elsa’s kopje lodge.

Day 6 – 7: Landing in the Masai Mara | 2 Nights

The Masai Mara is one of the most well-known parks in the world and is famed for its participation in the annual wildebeest migration, which begins around the middle of August each year. You are finally flying to the big one.

After taking a nature walk in the early morning hours and eating breakfast at Elsa’s Kopje, you will depart from the Meru Airstrip and land at the Keekorok Airstrip in the Mara. At Sand River Masai Mara, which offers a peaceful riverside setting, you may unwind and enjoy dinner on your first night. This camp was inspired by the bygone safaris of the 1920s.

After a restful night in your canopied 4-poster bed, the following morning, have breakfast at camp before departing for a full-day game drive in Masai Mara National Park. You will have the entire day to look for lions, elephants, birds, or whatever else you and your guide decide to try and find rather than just a few hours. Your guide will set up a delectable picnic lunch at noon in a protected area before proceeding in the late afternoon. The journey will include a stop at a traditional Maasai village, or “manyatta” as they are referred as in Swahili. When you get back to Sand River, you may freshen up and have a sundowner before sitting outside for a great dinner while the Milky Way twinkles above you.

Wildlife in Masai Mara National Park

Wildlife in Masai Mara National Park

Day 8: Back to Nairobi

The extra time you have at each lodge is what makes the 8 Days Kenya Flying Safari so appealing. Once more, you can eat breakfast at Sand River and, if you’d like, take one last morning game drive before lunch. You won’t be driven back to Keekorok Airstrip until after you’ve made the brief flight back to Wilson Airport. You will eat your final meal on Kenyan soil in Nairobi before registering at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your return journey.

End of the 8 Days Kenya Flying Safari

Inclusions

  • Airport/airstrip transfers on the circuit, including to/from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
  • Domestic flights on Kenya’s circuit in SkySafari’s executive aircraft
  • Scheduled game drives and activities

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
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