A true back to basics wilderness experience, this ten day itinerary allows you to experience first hand some of the conservation projects we support. Not only will you go on game drives in conservancies untouched by other tourists, you will also have the opportunity to visit community and conservation projects that are managed by the Northern Rangeland Trust.
Depart on a scheduled flight or private Charter to Borana Conservancy and meet up with your guide. Enjoy the day by famiarlizing yourself with your surroundings and settle into your accommodation.
Borana Conservancy lies at the foot of Mount Kenya at 6500 feet. The 32,000 acre conservancy forms part of a larger ecosystem which combines Lewa Conservancy, Il Ngwezi and the Ngare Ndare Forest expanding the land to over 100,000 acres. Borana realised the importance of protecting its natural habitat in particular the black rhino which is on the fast road to extinction. Now the Borana-Lewa Landscape is home to over 100 black and 100 white rhino. Spend the day either on foot, on horseback or in a vehicle tracking and learning about wildlife and the challenges that face modern day conservation.
Drive to Il Ngwezi, a community owned conservancy where wildlife numbers have increased dramatically since its inception in 1996. A pioneering project was set up by the leaders of the Laikipia Masai to provide 10,000 acres for conservation and (with help from Lewa and additional funding) built an ecolodge where you will stay for two nights. Profits from the lodge support a range of community projects whilst at the same time ensuring that the environment is sustainably managed.
Superb wildlife viewings from the lodge are combined with game drives, sundowners and bush breakfasts by the river. Take a walk to the rhino sanctuary, visit a local Maasai Cultural Boma to learn more about traditional hunting techniques, honey collection and enjoy local music and dancing. Those interested in community projects can spend time with local women to learn about beading techniques, or visit a local school or health clinic. These encounters are dignified and respectful, with none of the hustle and bustle of many community visits in other parts of Kenya.
Depart on an early morning flight north marvelling at the stunning scenery. Arrive in camp in the Sera conservancy in time for lunch. Sera is a vast 865,000 acre conservation area, that was set aside for wildlife by community group ranch members in 2001. Your accommodation will be set up just for your group and consists of four dome tents with twin or single beds with luxury linen, comfortable mattresses and flushing loos. Each day will depend on your group preferences but may consist of a morning game drive or nature walk then back to camp for a cooked breakfast and a hot shower. Evenings are spent around a camp fire reminiscing on the days events before dining and sleeping under the stars.
In 2015, ten black rhinos were re-introduced to Sera and have since started to breed. This is the first time in more than 30 years that rhino have been able to return to some of their original habitats in northern Kenya. In May 2020, twenty-four Grevy zebras were translocated from Lewa Conservancy to Sera to add to the existing population. Visitors to Sera Conservancy are treated to a daily spectacular not seen easily elsewhere. Each day, before dawn and after dusk at various waterholes throughout the conservancy, you can watch with delight, thousands upon thousands of the nomadic and mostly nocturnal sandgrouse swoop in to take water and refresh themselves.
Fly to Loisaba which is a corridor of an elephant migration route, and holds a healthy population of lion as well as notable northern species such as the Grevy zebra, Beisa oryx and Somali ostrich. Loisaba is also a home range for the rare and special wild dog. The Star Beds are a truly authentic and intimate African experience. “The biggest bedroom in the world, where the night sky is your ceiling and the hills in the distance are your walls”
The Samburu of Northern Kenya are renowned for their colourful and impressive dress. Guests to Loisaba are invited to visit a local Samburu village to learn about the Samburu people and their culture. End the last evening of your trip with a meal amidst the sights, sounds and smells of the African bush. The perfect ending to a bush walk, horse ride or camel safari.
Loisaba Conservancy has its own dedicated anti-poaching team, comprising of four sniffer dogs and their human handler team. Visit the team and learn about their day to day training and activities, and also view an anti-poaching demonstration in action. After a relaxing afternoon, take your private chartered flight to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your onward journey home.
Fly into Nairobi and transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your onward journey home.
“We did an elephant study and conservation based trip in Kenya for almost three weeks. We were with the most interesting people throughout the journey. Saw and learned so much, incredible!”
Mindy Slovick, June 2019