"Africa is in serious danger of losing its very identity as a wildlife destination unless we can curb the illegal trade of ivory and rhino horn and make space for our wildlife to live along side an ever growing population. As time presses on, we now feel our primary focus must lie with helping those who invest their resources to saving the wildlife."
Conservation Safari in Kenya
- 1 night Nairobi Tented Camp (depending on arrival time)
- 2 nights Ol Donyo Wuas, home to Big Life
- 4 nights Borana Lodge, Borana and Lewa Conservancies
- 2 nights Elephant Watch Camp, Save the Elephants
- 3 nights Richards River Camp, Mara Elephant Programme
Day 1 - Nairobi Tented Camp, Nairobi National Park
On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta Airport, you will be met and a driver will take you to the camp in the Nairobi National Park.
Deep within a riverine forest, not far from Jomo Kenyatta Airport, Wilson Airport and Nairobi City, is a true wilderness experience. You arrive into Kenya and get ‘straight under canvas’ within 30 minutes of leaving the airport (depending on traffic). Nairobi Tented Camp is an authentic tented camp in the heart of Nairobi National Park.
Day 2 & 3 - Ol Donyo Wuas Lodge, Chyulu Hills
After an early breakfast your driver will transfer you to Wilson Airport for your private charter 20 minute to Ol Donyo Wuas in the Chyulu Hills. Your driver guide will meet you when you land and take you to the lodge in time for lunch. You will have the chance to discuss with your guide as to when you are able to meet the Big Life team depending on what is happening at the time.
Ol Donyo is a pioneer amongst safari lodges, and a forerunner of sustainable tourism: by working with the local Maasai people, it has been able to blend conservation and livelihood benefits. On the slopes of the Chyulu Hills, this lodge blends contemporary and traditional design. To stay here is a chance to explore Africa in an uncommon way - by horseback or fourwheel drive or in a hide twenty paces from some of the largest elephants in the world. Ol Donyo enjoys a stunning location, with the savannah at its feet stretching as far as the eye can see.
Lunch, Dinner and overnight ol Donyo Wuas.
BIG LIFE FOUNDATION was co-founded by photographer Nick Brandt and Richard Bonham Since its inception, Big Life has expanded to employ hundreds of local Maasai rangers—with more than 40 permanent outposts and tent-based field units, 13 vehicles, tracker dogs, and aerial surveillance—protecting 2 million acres of wilderness in the Amboseli-Tsavo-Kilimanjaro ecosystem of East Africa.
Big Life was the first organization in East Africa to establish coordinated cross-border antipoaching operations.
To date, Big Life's rangers have made over 2,000 arrests and confiscated over 3,000 weapons and poaching tools. Recognizing that sustainable conservation can only be achieved through a collaborative, community-based approach, Big Life uses innovative conservation strategies to address the greatest threats, reduce the loss of wildlife to poaching, combat the ivory trade, mitigate human-wildlife conflict, protect the great predators, and manage scarce and fragile natural resources.
Big Life’s goal is to take the successful holistic conservation model established in the Amboseli- Tsavo-Kilimanjaro ecosystem and replicate it across the African continent.
Day 4, 5, 6 & 7 - Borana Lodge, Laikipia
After breakfast you will fly in a private charter north towards the equator to Borana Ranch where you will be met by your driver guide and taken to the lodge. There will be a chane to discuss with him your itinerary for the next four days including, a visit to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy with a picnic lunch, spend time with the Borana Conservancy team, game drive walk, or horse back riding.
Borana is one of East Africa's original fully hosted, family-owned eco-lodges. It is located within the vast area of the Ewaso ecosystem on the Laikipia Plateau: snow-tipped peaks and the glaciers of Mount Kenya to the south; a panorama of mountains and desert to the north, Borana provides an idyllic setting for any African experience. Home to the Dyer family for three generations, the ranch - 17 miles north of the equator and 6,000 feet above sea level - is free from the malarial mosquito and the nights are cool.
THE BORANA CONSERVANCY is the non-profit conservation organisation dedicated to the sustainable conservation of critical habitat and wildlife. Our mission is to provide a sustainable ecosystem, in partnership with our neighbours and community, for critically endangered species on the brink of extinction. Our holistic approach commits tourism, ranching and other enterprise to building local livelihoods and enhancing ecosystem integrity.
The shareholders of Borana set up the Conservancy to undertake all of the conservation and community programmes. The shareholders underwrite the core conservation costs and agree that all profits must be reinvested in the conservancy.
THE LEWA WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY is an award-winning catalyst and model for community conservation, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and features on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Green List of successful protected areas.
Lewa is the heart of wildlife conservation, sustainable development and responsible tourism in northern Kenya and our successful working model has provided the framework on which many conservation organisations in the region are based.
In 2014, Lewa and Borana formed 93,000 acres of prime black rhino habitat, when they took a bold move to remove the fence separating the two areas to create one conservation landscape for the black rhino habitat.
Day 8 & 9 - Elephant Watch Camp, Samburu Game Reserve
After breakfast you will take a short charter flight to Samburu Game Reserve where you will be met by your driver guide and driven into camp, game viewing en route. During lunch, discuss with your charming guide what your schedule for the next few days will be including meeting with Save the Elephant team at the research camp and learn about what they are doing.
This is the ultimate in eco-luxury with an unrivalled wildlife experience,. Enjoy the camp and its’ surroundings and immerse yourself in a luxury that is highly sensitive to the environment’s fragility. Eco--tourism plays an important role in helping preserve Africa’s threatened wildlife by providing a critical alternative livelihood for the people who share their land with the animals. Money from eco-tourism allows wildlife areas to flourish and be kept pristine; creating jobs for local staff and funding the schools their children attend, which helps save wildlife.
Lunch dinner and breakfasts at Elephant Watch Camp.
SAVE THE ELEPHANT’S mission is to secure a future for elephants and to sustain the beauty and ecological integrity of the places they live; to promote man’s delight in their intelligence and the diversity of their world and to develop a tolerant relationship between the two species. Save the Elephants conduct vital research on elephant behaviour and ecology and pioneered GPS radio tracking in Africa to provide fresh insight into the life of elephants. After 18 years of intensive monitoring the elephants of Samburu are one of the world’s best-studied populations. They also assist in implementing a UN-level programme to monitor the illegal killing of elephants. Their solid scientific data has helped shift international policy towards a better future for the species.
Through their Elephant Crisis Fund they support more than 37 partners in the implementation of over 50 different projects aimed at stopping the killing, stopping the trafficking and ending the demand for ivory.
Day 10, 11 & 12 - Richard’s River Camp, Masai Mara
After breakfast you will be driven to the airstrip for your scheduled flight south to the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Your guide will meet you and take you on a game drive to the camp. Your guide will discuss with you what there is to do in the next few days. Getting up early to get the beautiful African light and catch the animals before they head off for the shade. Plans will also be made for you to meet the Mara Elephant Project.
The original ‘Richard’s Camp’, now called the Forest Camp, was built as the home of the Roberts family in 1980 in the Ol Choro Conservancy located in the North West Masai Mara.
MARA ELEPHANT PROJECT
Most recently, Richard Roberts founded the Mara Elephant Project in 2011, which is instrumental in human-wildlife conflict mitigation and anti-poaching through the collaring, monitoring and tracking of elephants. With a dedicated team, MEP is achieving great results in reducing elephant poaching.
Mission - “We save and protect the African elephant population in the Mara/Serengeti ecosystem by enforcing positive human-elephant relations, expelling the ruthless operations of poachers, and reducing the demand for illegal ivory around the world”.
Day 14 - Departure Day, Nairobi
After an early morning game drive and breakfast, you will fly out on a scheduled flight to Wilson Airport, Nairobi. Upon arrival, a driver will take you to Nairobi Tented camp for lunch followed by a visit to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to see the elephant orphanage.
You will then be taken back through the Nairobi National Park for a shower and early dinner before departure from JKIA.
DAVID SHELDRICK WILDLIFE TRUST, NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK
The headquarters where many new orphans rescued from around the country, are brought back from the brink of death to start their long recovery from psychological trauma and physical hurt, back to a life where they are cared for, loved and ultimately re- taught how to be an elephant.
This is an incredible experience as you see the youngsters come in from their day out with the keepers back to their stables and the comfort of their milk feeds and warm beds for the night with their keepers.
This is a touching way to finish your safari and a say “kwaheri” - the Swahili word for
as you depart from what will be an incredible insight to Conservation projects in Africa.