Road Package Excludes:
* Items of a personal nature
* Tips (at your discretion)
* Cultural visits
This morning you will either be collected from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, or your Nairobi hotel. You will be transferred to Wilson Domestic Airport in time for your scheduled flight with Safari Link, to Loisaba airstrip. It is approximately a 60 minute flight, depending on aircraft routing. You will be met on arrival by a representative from Sosian and transferred by road to Sosian lodge, in time for lunch. It is a very pretty 1 hour game drive with a high chance of getting your first glimpse of giraffe, plains game and even elephant. Sosian’, the Samburu word for ‘Wild Date Palm’, offers luxury in the wild; ideal for those looking for a unique and intimate bush experience. The 24,000-acre private, working ranch sits on the Laikipia plateau, 80kms west of Mt Kenya, offering pure wilderness. Guests are accommodated in an elegant 1940’s farmhouse that has been beautifully renovated. The lodge sleeps 14 people with more space for children if needed and has a swimming pool, tennis court, organic vegetable garden and stable yard of 30 safari horses.
Sosian offers a huge range of activities including walking, camel safaris, game-drives, night-drives, fishing, tennis, cattle ranching, kayaking and swimming in the waterfalls behind the ranch house. However, exploring this area from horseback is an unbeatable way to experience this vast wilderness area, and this will be your main form of transport for the next 5 days!
Leaving Sosian early we will ride in a north-easterly direction stopping for breakfast on the stunning Ewaso Narok River. Crossing the river with a couple more hours riding after breakfast, we will reach Suyian Soul, Laikipia’s ultimate ‘eco camp’. Suyian Soul is a simple, earthy camp set in a scenic paradise next to a natural spring and salt lick. The camp is owned and run by Anne Powys, whose family have been cattle ranchers in this area for nearly 100 years. Anne is also Kenya’s number one botanist and a fascinating raconteur. The rooms are thatched open bandas with granite slab walls. The floors are also granite, covered with handmade pure wool rugs. Each room is carefully positioned for the best views and privacy, whilst being open and airy. There are no windows, but large comfortable beds with mosquito nets...you will feel real Africa whilst staying in this camp but also enjoy the luxuries of en suite bathrooms with beautifully crafted traditional safari showers and long drop loos.
After lunch we head out on foot with Anne and her guides, learning about the medicinal qualities of many plants and how they are used by the local tribes-people. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn from the best and one that we highly recommend! Overnight Suyian Soul.
Leaving Suyian early in the morning we will head off on the horses in a northerly direction. With dramatic escarpments, exclusive valleys and expansive grasslands, Suyian offers some stunning riding country. Elephant, reticulated giraffe, ostrich, hippo, zebra, buffalo, lion and leopard, among other species are prevalent, plus large herds of oryx, eland and gazelle can be seen on the plains. With good opportunity for long canters across the plains and jumping any obstacles along the way this is a super morning of riding. Stopping for a bush breakfast we will then start to head south towards Ol Donyo Lemboro, crossing the river and reaching Laikipia Wilderness Camp in time for lunch.
Laikipia Wilderness Camp is a small and personal bush camp, with just 5 tents for 10 guests. Each tent has its own veranda plus an en suite open-air bathroom with plumbed in hot and cold water. The camp has beautiful views of Mt Kenya and the surrounding wilderness, and blends sympathetically into this stunning area.
This morning we head off early again, into the lush and beautiful Mutara Valley. Winding our way through this ‘Garden of Eden’, following the seasonal river bed we’re likely to come across giraffe, elephant, eland and buffalo amongst others. Under the shade of a large Acacia tree, with plenty of fresh water for the horses, we’ll stop for a bush breakfast. After breakfast, this is our last leg of the journey riding back to Sosian in time for lunch by the pool and an afternoon to relax and refresh!
You can then head out for an evening game drive or camel ride to sundowners and a bush dinner around the campfire. You may even be lucky enough to spot the ‘not-so-elusive’ leopard on the way back to the lodge for the night! Overnight Sosian.
Today is your last day and after breakfast at the lodge you will be transferred back to Loisaba airstrip in time for your scheduled Safari Link flight to Nairobi. On arrival at Wilson Airport, a representative from Offbeat Safaris (our sister company) will meet you and transfer you to the Fairview Hotel, where a dayroom has been booked for you (room only basis). Here you will have time for lunch and an afternoon to relax or go shopping in Nairobi. Later in the evening, a representative from Offbeat Safaris will pick you up from the Fairview Hotel and transfer you to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, in time for your international flight home.
Laikipia is stunningly unique in that we can ride across the entire plateau on ranch land. This means that you are unlikely to encounter any other tourists and you get an extremely exclusive experience. Throw in excellent wildlife and dramatic landscape and this makes for an unforgettable riding safari. This stunning ride take you from Sosian to Suyian. From Suyian to Ol Lemboro and from Ol Lemboro back to Sosian Ranch for a well deserved night of luxury. Riding through game and cattle ranches with all of the Big Five and dramatic landscapes it is truly a breathtaking experience
Valid: June - 31 October 2017
Max 2 Pax needed for the ride
|Per Adult||USD 4,250|
Road Package Includes:
*Full board accommodation for 4 nights
* All drinks (excluding Champagne)
* All conservation fees
* All activities (riding, walking, camel treks, fishing, game drives)
* All internal flights and transfers
* Flying Doctors emergency evacuation to Nairobi
* Riding guide for 5 days
* Day room in Nairobi