Laikipia & the Mara Fly-in: Magical Ol Lentille and Cottars 1920s Safari

8 days
FROM £ 4045

Laikipia & the Mara Fly-in: Magical Ol Lentille and Cottars 1920s Safari

This fabulous two centre safari visits the remote northern Laikipia Plateau before the iconic wilds of the Masai Mara. A wonderful combination.

Enjoy your private villa at Ol Lentille, taking in the dramatic views of northern Kenya. Explore this rugged landscape with varied and exciting private activities and relax with unlimited spa treatments.

Then you fly to a private airstrip in the Greater Masai Mara and spend the next three days sleeping under canvas exploring the Mara's fabulous wildlife at Cottar’s 1920s Camp, with its trademark vintage luxury and style.

This wonderful week long safari is all-inclusive and offers outstanding value during specific periods with a special offer giving a FREE night at each of these superb small luxury properties. Details below!

The Real World Conservation Trust (formerly Real Africa Trust) works with leading conservation organisations to raise awareness as well as raising funds for specific projects. Partners include Save the Elephants, Save the Rhino, The Sheldrick Trust, Rhino Conservation Botswana and Animals saving Animals. You can find out more on our Conservation pages. On behalf of every client travelling, Real Africa makes a donation to the Trust. Our aim is to raise awareness about the plight of endangered species and to promote sustainable, socially responsible travel which benefits the wildlife and communities you choose to visit. The Trust has fostered a number of elephants over the years and has just donated $23,000 to DSWT as a result of our Explorers against Extinction campaign (November 2017). This is enough to fund more than 11 elephant rescues or to look after two orphans for an entire year. In addition both of the properties selected for this safari have excellent responsible travel credentials working with the local community to protect wildlife and habitats.

Plan My Journey Speak To Us

Safari Itinerary

DAY 1 - 4

On arrival at Nairobi's International Airport you will be met and transferred to Wilson Airport for your short flight to Nanyuki, gateway to Laikipia. The drive from Nanyuki to the Sanctuary at Ol Lentille is spectacular, taking in the glorious rugged landscape and passing small local communities enroute. The approach to the lodge is dramatic with the villas camouflaged on the hillside. Surrounded by green valleys Ol Lentille sits on the northern escarpment of Kenya's Laikipia Plateau within 40,000 acres of untamed wilderness - meaning you have three times the size of Manhattan to explore! We visited in 2016 and loved the isolated setting, huge luxurious villas and the conservation focused approach of the owners, John & Gill Elias. This is a very special and different place to visit - and a perfect first stop on your holiday, giving you a real chance to relax and get into holiday mode. Spend the next few days exploring the area - choose from morning and evening game drives in 4x4 vehicles with local guides, walking safaris, horse and camel riding and visits to local projects supported by the lodge. You can also enjoy unlimited spa treatments and there is a lovely infinity pool and sun deck at the lodge. Laikipia is the second largest ecosystem in Kenya after Tsavo. It is the richest ecosystem in Kenya in terms of endangered species and wildlife diversity. The conservancy is home to the endangered African wild dog, greater kudu, leopard, striped and spotted hyena and klipspringer.

DAY 5 - 7

The Masai Mara
This morning after breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to the Masai Mara. You'll be met at the Cottars 1920s private airstrip, not far from the camp itself. Enjoy your first glimpse of the Masai Mara's spectacular wildlife during your drive to camp where lunch will be ready for you. Spend the next few days exploring this fabulous private concession with morning and afternoon game drives in 4x4 safari vehicles led by expert rangers. You also have the option to walk and enjoy night drives within the conservancy. The camp itself is tented with a lovely swimming pool and classic communal mess areas. The concession is only 1km from the national Masai Mara reserve ensuring you have the opportunity for plentiful wildlife encounters.


This morning enjoy a final game drive and breakfast before your flight to Nairobi Wilson Airport where you will be met and transferred to Nairobi International Airport for your flight home. If you would like extend your stay in Kenya please ask us for advice. A few suggestions as follows: Fly to the coast - spend time on the white sands of Diani beach, or fly further afield for a week on Zanzibar, Tanzania; add a night in Nairobi National Park, famous for lions and black rhino, or alternatively the leafy suburb of Karen - both great options for visiting the Sheldrick Trust/AFEW Giraffe Centre.
Plan My Journey


  • All domestic flights, departure taxes and accommodation as specified
  • All detailed transfers
  • 4 nights stay at Sanctuary at Ol Lentille on an all-inclusive basis with private activities
  • 3 nights stay at Masai Mara fly-in safari with game drives operated by the camp with other guests in their 4x4 vehicle on an all-inclusive basis
  • All game activities and park entrance fees on safari
  • laundry
  • Flying doctors medical evacuation cover
  • Services of our offices in Kenya & the U.K. with 24/7 contact details
Not Included: International flights, travel insurance, meals not specified, driver/guide tips (we recommend you tip your driver/guide US$15.00 per person per day and this is given to him at the end of your safari), hot air balloon safari in the Masai Mara is £385.00 per person, other gratuities, any items of a personal nature ie. Spa treatments, optional sightseeing tours etc., visas & visa fees

Price Guide

Per person sharing: from £4,045 (low season); from £4,690 (high season) based on SPECIAL OFFER detailed below.

  • This trip is available all year round
  • The price guide is based on the accommodation and transfers as listed above and is subject to availability at the time of booking.
  • For an exact quotation and itinerary based on your requirements please do get in touch.

International Flights   We are ATOL bonded and can easily arrange international flights for you as required. Please contact us so we can provide an accurate tailor-made costing based on your travel dates, availability, cabin/route/airline preferences and special offers.

Special Offers The low season price (16 March - 21 May 2018) is based on a special offer of 4 nights for 3 at the The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille and 3 nights for 2 at Cottar's 1920s Camp; the high season price is based on the same special offer for stays between 1-15 March; 1-30 June; 1 Nov - 20 Dec 2018. The price will be higher at other times - please enquire.

To see a short two minute film about The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille please click here.

Thank You!

Your information has been submitted. We will contact you about your request.

Plan My Journey


+ Add

Travel Details

Please tell us how many guests are travelling and if you would like us to look at international flights for you. Include any additional information here which may be helpful, such as your budget and any special interests you may have.

Contact Info

We never share your details with other companies. Occasionally we would like to contact you by post or e-mail about a new brochure or offer. Each time you will have the opportunity to tell us to stop. Click here to see our full Privacy Policy.