Exceptional Experiences: Kenya

There are few greater sights than African wildlife.
Masai friends.
Lobelia plants with Mount Kenya in the background.

Into Africa

Rescued Elephants and Helicopter Adventures


Saving the Herd
Get up close and personal with elephants and black rhinos
at a nursery in Nairobi. You’ll meet orphaned animals that Kenya native Dame Daphne Sheldrick, an international authority on the rearing of wild animals, has rescued and rehabilitated. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, named after her late husband, runs the nursery where the orphans are raised before they are returned to Tsavo. You’ll even have the opportunity to foster one of these magnificent creatures.

Artful Outing on Mount Kenya
Take a mesmerizing helicopter ride over the majestic wilderness of Mount Kenya, the second highest peak in Africa. After a picnic breakfast on the shores of a remote alpine lake, you’ll have a chance to fish for rainbow trout. Then you can visit the rustic Rutundu Log Cabins on Lake Rutundu where Prince William proposed to Kate. Here you’ll share lunch with accomplished wildlife artist Peter Blackwell, whose work has been described as “fresh and innovative with an unconventional flavor.”

Incredible Lakes
A helicopter carries you over the breathtaking Rift Valley and through the multihued Suguta Valley, where you’ll spy countless flamingos on Lake Logipi. Turquoise-colored Turkana, the world’s largest permanent desert lake, soon comes into view; you’ll land for a short water crossing to the South Island. Anglers may obtain permission to fish for giant Nile Perch from the shores. Wild in character, with parched volcanic beaches and granite outcrops, Lake Turkana is home to a huge population of Nile crocodiles, as well as hippos and hundreds of species of birds and fish.

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Originally appeared in Virtuoso Best of the Best: 2014 Guide to the World's Best Hotel Experiences.

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