Kenya has traditionally been an overland safari destination where guests travelled from place to place in 'pop-top' mini-buses that seat 6 / 7 people accompanied by a driver / guide. In recent years with the increase in scheduled flights to the various safari destinations, flying has become a very popular way to travel.
The advantages of doing a fly-in safari are:
1. Less time is needed to get around - people tend to have less time these days for holidays and they can see more in a shorter space of time.
2. Far more comfortable way to travel, the roads in Kenya are generally good but there are areas where they are particularly bad and very tiring and dusty to travel on.
3. During the rains, the roads tend to deteriorate quite quickly.
4. Kenya from the air is fairly spectacular.
5. Guests already spend a great deal of time in a vehicle while on game drives in the parks and transferring between places by road just adds to the hours confined to a vehicle.
6. A courier (private guide) can accompany guests on their trip, which effectively replaces the role of the driver/guide.
7. Drastically reduced risk with regard to vehicle breakdowns, accidents and banditry.
The main disadvantage is the cost of the flights.
If guests have the budget, we recommend that they fly. We recommend that guests who are elderly, frail or have back problems fly as much as possible.
Flying times: The times listed are approximate:
- Nairobi - Tsavo ±1 hr
- Nairobi - Amboseli ±45 mins
- Nairobi - Nanyuki* ±45 mins
- Nairobi - Masai Mara ±45 mins
- Nanyuki - Samburu** ±20 mins
- Nanyuki - Masai Mara ±1½ hrs
*Nanyuki airstrip services properties in and around the Aberdares, Mount Kenya, Timau and Laikipia. **The flight to Samburu from Nairobi goes via Nanyuki and returns via Nanyuki - total flying time is ±1 hr.