New Scenic Flights and Transfers in Kenya's Big North

One of the most common misconceptions about traveling in Africa is that getting there and around, once on the ground, can be a huge headache. We're happy to report, times have changed and air transfers in east and southern Africa are quick, efficient and pretty painless. And new scenic transfers by helicopter and plane are making the most remote areas accessible.

With new nonstop flights launching from NYC to Kenya (one of our favorite safari countries) this fall, and now a new panoramic air transfer granting access to the country's Big North—an undiscovered area of vast arid plains, winding rivers, craggy escarpments and spectacular mountains—exploring East Africa has never been easier.

Flying over Kenya's Teleki Volcano. ©Saruni Scenic Air
Flying over Kenya's Teleki Volcano. ©Saruni Scenic Air

Starting on July 1, 2018, a low-cost, six-seater Cessna 206 will be stationed at Kalama airstrip, offering trips from the luxury safari villas, Saruni Samburu to Saruni Rhino, Kitich Camp and other destinations and excursions. The light bush plane is perfect for experiencing a bird's eye view of the dramatic northern landscape thanks to unobstructed windows positioned just below the wings. While this service is currently available for a limited-time (set to end on September 30), it may continue if the demand warrants it.

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Get to know the work at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary. ©Saruni Rhino Camp/ Reteti Elephant Sanctuary
Get to know the work at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary. ©Saruni Rhino Camp/ Reteti Elephant Sanctuary

We hope these scenics flights will inspire more people to explore the most remote and beautiful regions of Kenya, including Saruni Rhino Camp, Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, and Kitich Camp. We're also excited that our clients can now effortlessly move between Samburu to Lewa, Ol Malo or camps in Laikipia, south of Samburu.

These air transfers can cost as little as $125 per person based on four passengers. Flights to Lake Turkana (the Jade Sea) or the Lorian swamps would be a great addition to any safari. Those are equally affordable, starting at $170 per person based on five passengers.

Explore remote Kenya and relax in luxury. ©Saruni Rhino Camp
Explore remote Kenya and relax in luxury. ©Saruni Rhino Camp

This is wild Africa at its best. If your safari plans include Samburu (even after September 30), ask your safari specialist about adding an extension to the Big North. If there is enough demand, this bush plane will most likely be ready and waiting to take you on your next adventure!

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