This unique nine-day safari focuses on some of Kenya’s most endangered animal species. Travelling aboard a privately chartered executive Cessna Grand Caravan, you’ll encounter lion and cheetah in the Masai Mara, Reticulated giraffe and wild dog in Laikipia, Grevy’s zebra and endangered black rhino in Lewa Wilderness, plus African elephant in Samburu. Accompanied by top guides and renowned specialist conservationists, you’ll come away heartened by the dedicated efforts to secure the future of Africa’s iconic animals.
Begin with a scenic flight over the Masai Mara, which is only a hint as to how special the next few days will be. You’ll spend time with the Mara-Meru predator project in the Masai Mara Game Reserve, focusing on cheetah and lion. Specialist experts will educate and enlighten you to the valiant efforts being made to protect these amazing animals, whose very existence is becoming increasingly vulnerable worldwide.
You’ll then fly up to the very heart of Laikipia in Northern Kenya, passing over the spectacular Great Rift Valley as your pilot points out geographical and geological sights through your personal headset. Resident researchers will introduce you to the majestic Reticulated giraffe, whose numbers are declining. The guides here are adept at tracking wild dog, and there’s adventures on offer too. You can camel trek through the bush, mountain bike down the escarpment, raft, horse ride or just drive through the wild canyons of the two great rivers that span this vast area.
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Next, you’ll head to Lewa where endangered bird species such as the Grey corned crane roam the marshlands. You’ll gain a rewarding insight into Grevy’s zebra and the critically endangered Black rhino with scientists from the conservancy HQ. Current Black rhino numbers are 90% lower than three generations ago, making this a most humbling experience.
You’ll fly low on your approach to Samburu National Game Reserve, where you can spot elephant and hippo along the banks of the Waso Nyiro River. Your guides here will be Saba Douglas Hamilton and her team of elephant experts, who’ll introduce you to the home they share with 66 resident elephant families. It’s no secret that poaching for ivory has seriously endangered the African elephant, and to spend time tracking them with an acclaimed research team is a unique opportunity that few get to experience.
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