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Kenya Conservation Safari

Kenya Conservation Safari

KENYA CONSERVATION SAFARI

Trip duration

14 days/ 13 nights

The Kenya Conservation Safari can be combined with the Mombasa Beach Holidays.

 

 

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN KENYA – NAIROBI, THE AFRICAN SAFARI CAPITAL

Our Kenya Conservation Safari will start in Kenya’s tourism capital, Nairobi. We shall arrive via the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where our Tour Leader will be ready to receive us and kick start our journey. We shall then head to our hotel in Nairobi, where we shall check in.

On this day, if we have an early arrival, we may explore local attractions around Nairobi. The city has a national park at its edge, making it one of the most special conservation cities globally. Otherwise, we can relax and enjoy the nice Nairobi weather from our hotel; preparing for the Kenya Conservation Safari.

Night in Nairobi.

DAY 2: NAIROBI CITY (NAIROBI NATIONAL MUSEUM, GIRAFFE CENTRE, DAVID SHELDRICK ELEPHANTS ORPHANAGE); EX-SITU CONSERVATION

We shall start the Kenya Conservation Safari with a great day around Nairobi. The Nairobi National Museum visit will take you to the largest and most interesting museum in East Africa. The museum is a great place to learn about Kenya’s rich heritage, conservation, biodiversity, culture and history. The museum was first initiated in the year 1910, making it over a century old. The museum offers unique collections on various themes; including birds, mammals, history of Kenya, peoples of Kenya and human evolution. Here we shall also visit the Snake Park, which also houses both freshwater and sea fishes of Kenya.

After lunch, you head to the Giraffe Centre. At the centre you will meet the endangered Rothschild’s Giraffes. You will learn about the breeding program at the centre and also about giraffe Biology. You will also get an opportunity to feed the giraffes from your hand, hug and even kiss these lovely “Tall Blondes”. This experience is often a highlight on our Kenya Conservation Safaris.

Next you will visit the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage (we shall enjoy the 5pm visit; which will require us to be elephant foster parents – our safari team will assist with all the procedures of fostering). At the orphanage you will learn about the orphaned elephants and how they got to the centre. You will also learn elephant Biology and the threats facing the species; as explained by the elephant keepers.

Night in Nairobi.

DAY 3 AND 4: AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK – MIGHTY ELEPHANTS AT THE FOOTHILLS OF MT. KILIMANJARO

The Kenya Conservation Safari continues to the exciting Amboseli National Park, where a great safari adventure awaits. This amazing place is regarded as one of Kenya’s Premium Parks, and is located at the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The park is graced by mighty Savannah Elephants, and hosts the longest and most-famous elephant research program in the entire World. We shall have a chance to meet this great research team and learn all about their work.

The mammals here are great indeed (including Lions, Blue Wildebeest and Maasai Giraffe); and we shall take time to enjoy them. The local birds are great and we shall be hoping to enjoy many species like Lesser Flamingo and Kori Bustard.

Nights in Amboseli.

DAY 5 AND 6: OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY AND SWEETWATERS CHIMPANZEE SANCTUARY

Our Kenya Conservation Safari will proceed to East Africa’s largest Black Rhino sanctuary, Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Here, we shall be keeping an eye for mammals such as Cape Buffalo, Grevy’s Zebra, Savannah Elephant, Spotted Hyena, Beisa Oryx, African Wild Dog, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Black Rhino, White Rhino, African Lion, Leopard and Cheetah. Birds here include the Grey Crowned Crane and White-bellied Bustard.

We shall also enjoy time at the Chimpanzees Sanctuary, which is the only place to see these Great Apes in Kenya- a key highlight on our Kenya Conservation Safari. Here we shall learn all about the rescue program for these Great Apes. Another top highlight of our Kenya Conservation Safari is the Northern White Rhinos Sanctuary- there are only two individuals left on Earth; and both are hosted at Ol Pejeta. We shall get to meet these special animals and learn about the ongoing conservation and reproduction work. At Ol Pejeta, we may also choose to enjoy a carnivore tracking experience; time- and weather-permitting.

Nights at Ol Pejeta.

DAY 7 AND 8: OL DOINYO LEMBORO RANCH OR SUYIAN RANCH OR SOSIAN RANCH – AFRICAN WILD DOGS AND NORTHERN KENYA SPECIES

Our Kenya Conservation Safari will then continue deeper into Laikipia County; through the dry Northern Kenya; which is one of the best safari destinations in Africa. The wildlife here is special as do the pristine landscapes. We shall enjoy this area with the beautiful Suyian Ranch or Sosian Ranch or Ol Doinyo Lemboro Ranch as our base. Our lodge will be chosen depending on the seasonal movements of African Wild Dogs; to ensure we have the best chances of enjoying this rare and endangered species. Depending on the local schedule, we may meet a local research team working to protect African Wild Dogs across this habitat.

The mighty Ewaso Narok River transects this vast land and supports life for thousands of people and wildlife. Along this beautiful river, schools of Nile Hippos take rest inside the water to cool off during the day. We shall be keeping an eye for mammals such as Grevy’s Zebra, Cape Buffalo, Savannah Elephant, Striped Hyena, Beisa Oryx, African Wild Dog, Aardwolf, African Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Gunther’s Dikdik, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Reticulated Giraffe, Beisa Oryx and Gerenuk. Birds here include the Secretarybird and Vulturine Guineafowl.

Nights at Laikipia Wilderness or Suyian or Sosian.

DAY 9: LAKE NAIVASHA – THE GREAT RIFT VALLEY LAKES SYSTEM

We shall continue on our Kenya Conservation Safari to the beautiful Lake Naivasha. This amazing lake is located in the heart of the Great Rift Valley. The local birds make Lake Naivasha special too. We shall enjoy learning about the conservation and history of this delicate wetland with a local conservation expert.

Enjoy the local herbivores, especially Cape Buffalo, Blue Wildebeest, Defassa Waterbuck, Common Zebra, Nile Hippo; among many other spectacular wildlife species. The landscapes here are very rewarding as well.

Night in Naivasha.

DAY 10: KINANGOP WOOL SPINNING PROJECT, ECO-SCHOOL AND ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK

Our Kenya Conservation Safari shall depart for the Central Kenya Highlands. Home to some of the best Kenya’s endemic birds, Kinangop is an Important Bird Area (IBA). Here the local farmers are helping save an endangered bird – the Sharpe’s Longclaw; by rearing wool-producing sheep. We shall learn all about this great conservation project led by a local community member.

On the way we shall visit a local school where we interact with the students and teachers; to see how a local school runs. The school we visit is one of our sustainability partners and we have supported several projects in the institution. The school visit also helps us learn about the education system used in East Africa – with the Kenyan programme as an example.

Our Kenya Conservation Safari then continues to Aberdare National Park; where we learn about mountain ecosystems of East Africa. This Park runs the expanse of a majestic mountain range on the eastern edge of the Rift Valley. The park has a great stretch of alpine moorland vegetation, mainly above 3,000m. This great landscape has led to the park’s nick-name:- “Majestic Peaks, Moorlands and Intriguing Falls”. There is a thick tropical forest, with deep ravines and dissecting riverine gorges. At certain areas, these rivers form majestic waterfalls, which leave a sight to be desired. Many animals occupy this beautiful place and species of mammals such as African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Bush Duiker, Common Bushbuck and Giant Forest Hog can be expected.

Night in Naivasha.

DAY 11, 12 AND 13: MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE – PREDATORS GALORE

Renowned for the annual wildebeest migration, which is often regarded as the 8th Wonder of the World, Masai Mara National Reserve is the crown of our Kenya Conservation Safaris. Considered the ultimate wildlife haven in Kenya, this reserve has a lot to offer.

We spend the next days of the Kenya Conservation Safari learning about this magical destination with our safari guide. Enjoy interesting game drives as you track the Big 5, the Big Cats- Lion, Cheetah and Leopard and much more.

Here we shall learn about the ongoing predators’ conservation work led by local researchers and conservation organisations; ranging from anti-poaching programs, human-wildlife conflicts management, community empowerment and carnivore research.

Nights in Mara.

DAY 14: MASAI MARA TO NAIROBI

On this day, we shall enjoy an early morning game drive in the Mara. We shall then head to Nairobi, cruising across the Great Rift Valley. 

Later, we head to the airport; marking the end to our lovely Kenya Conservation Safari.

 

 

Highlight mammals and others

Leopard, Cheetah, African Lion, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Cape Buffalo, Rothschild’s Giraffe, Reticulated Giraffe, Savannah Elephant, Nile Crocodile, Grevy’s Zebra, Beisa Oryx, African Wild Dog, Greater Kudu, Northern White Rhino, Black Rhino, Chimpanzee

Highlight birds

Vulturine Guineafowl, Common Ostrich, Kori Bustard, Von der Decken’s Hornbill, African Fish Eagle

Habitats covered

Savannah, Wetlands, Semi-arid Scrubland, Alpine Moorland, Mountain Heather Forest, Highland Grasslands

Photographic opportunities

Excellent

Special moments

Mt. Kenya views, Aberdare Ranges, African Big 5, Nature Walks, Mt. Kilimanjaro views, Equator crossing, Northern White Rhinos, Chimpanzees, Masai Mara, Endangered Species