Day trips, excursions and outings from Soames Hotel:
Helicopter excursions with Tropic Air
Mount Kenya’s spectacular scenery and desolate nature lends its self to one of the most thrilling helicopter morning excursions. Typically, the excursion starts with a dawn flight over the towering summit that stands at 5,199m, then touching down on the shore of a crystal clear alpine lake for a picnic breakfast. Lake Michelson is one of the favourite spots that few have ever been so lucky to visit. Almost inaccessible by foot, and well off the beaten track, the lake is located in a deep crater which falls away to a spectacular valley.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Day trip to Ol Pejeta Conservancy for an amazing wildlife experience by car.
Located just about 30km and half an hours drive from Nanyuki town, Ol Pejeta is a 90,000 acre wildlife conservancy with over 10,000 large mammals, including the big 5 and chimpanzees! It is also where the fastest growing population of rhino in Africa can be found. Morani’s restaurant, located inside the conservancy, is a great stop for lunch or coffee.
Solio, a privately owned wildlife sanctuary, is tucked in the valley between Mount Kenya and Aberdare Mountains, an hours drive from Nanyuki. Solio is internationally recognised as the most successful private rhino breeding reserve in Kenya and visitors will find that sightings of up to 40 rhinos at a time are not uncommon, and most of the time you’ll have the whole place to yourself. The wildlife experience here is rich and exclusive within the 19,000 acres of conservancy surrounded by 45,000 acres of ranch.
Mt Kenya Animal Orphanage
One of the few places in the world to have successfully bred the rare mountain bongo. Its success is such that there are now plans to release some of the captivate-bred antelope into the Mt Kenya forests to boost the dwindling population of around 70 individuals. Children, and anyone who wants to have a baby monkey scramble over their head, will love this place.
The Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy works to prevent extinction of the unique wildlife of Mount Kenya and beyond. Their work is focused on the saving and rescuing of endless numbers of wild creatures and breeding endangered species for survival and rehabilitation back to the wild.
Located adjacent to the Mt Kenya Safari Club, 20 minutes drive from Nanyuki, on a tarmac road.