Tailored from £8,100 per person excl. flights
11 days Laikipia, Northern Kenya, Nairobi, Tsavo National Park
11 days Laikipia, Northern Kenya, Nairobi, Tsavo National Park
Visit, learn about and contribute to some of Kenya's most important and successful elephant and rhino conservation projects in Laikipia, Northern Kenya, Nairobi and Tsavo East National Park. Stay in top-tier conservation and community-oriented camps along the way with incredible wildlife sightings, unforgettable animal encounters and raw, expansive African wilderness areas.
3 nights in the Ol Pejeta Conservacy, staying at Ol Pejeta Safari Cottages
3 nights in Northern Kenya, staying at Saruni Rhino Camp
1 night in Nairobi, staying at Giraffe Manor
3 nights in Tsavo East, staying at Ithumba Hill Camp
This 10-night journey takes you to some of Kenya’s less explored regions, staying in luxurious accommodation throughout with excellent wildlife sightings between your visits to learn about some of Kenya’s most important, ongoing conservation projects.
You’ll meet the last remaining Northern White Rhinos in the world at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, track black rhino on foot and contribute to the Sera Conservancy rhino conservation and monitoring program, meet rescued orphan elephants at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary and learn all about what it takes to rehabilitate rescued elephants into the wild at the Sheldrick Trust’s Reintegration Unit in Tsavo.
Not only will you have the chance to enjoy up close encounters with endangered and critically endangered species on this trip, but you will also learn all about the work these organisations are undertaking and make a contribution to them; 100% of your conservation and entry fees goes directly to funding the centres, programs and conservancies you are visiting.
When you land in Nairobi in the morning you will met by your driver and be driven to The Ol Pejeta Safari Cottages, arriving in time for a game drive on the way to the property, leisurely lunch and a siesta and an afternoon game drive with a sundowner. You have exclusive use of your own private safari cottage, a private chef and guide so you can take your game drives and meals entirely at your leisure over the next couple of days.
You’ll spend the next two days game driving in the award winning Ol Pejeta Conservancy with your private guide and vehicle. On one of these days, as part of your game drive you will visit the Endangered Species Boma where you will meet the last two Northern White Rhinos left on the planet and learn all about the work Ol Pejeta is doing to bring this species back from the brink of extinction (click here to read more the Northern White Rhino Program). You will also meet the K9 anti-poaching unit who’s intelligent and sharply trained blood hounds will demonstrate how they track and apprehend rhino poachers.
Ol Pejeta is also home to the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary which was founded by Dr. Jane Goodall, and you will have the opportunity to visit the centre and learn all about the plight of chimpanzees in the wild.
Also as providing a sanctuary for endangered and critically endangered species Ol Pejeta is a hot spot for wildlife including lions, cheetah, elephants, buffalo, giraffe, zebra and so much more. Meals will be taken alfresco on your private veranda, or out in the bush on a picnic.
After breakfast this morning you will be driven to Saruni Rhino Camp in the Sera Conservancy in Northern Kenya. Enjoy the descent into the Great Rift Valley and stark contrast in scenery from the highlands of Laikpia as you travel. You’ll have lunch in camp and spend the afternoon relaxing at the pool or taking a game drive to explore the conservancy before dining under a canopy of stars and sharing stories with other, like-minded travellers.
Take a day to head on foot with one of Saruni’s highly trained rangers to track endangered black rhinos through the Kenyan bush. The black rhinos of Sera Conservancy are only recently starting to make a comeback after the Saruni Rhino Camp was established. Tourism is the conservancy’s main source of revenue and ultimately the reason black rhinos are starting to thrive in this, now heavily protected, area. A thrilling experience with your conservation and activity fees directly funding Sera’s rhino conservation efforts.
You’ll leave early this morning and drive to Reteti to meet the sanctuary’s orphaned elephants, hear their stories and learn more about the vital work that Reteti does in protecting and preserving the elephants of Northern Kenya. The sanctuary is entirely community owned and run with all proceeds feeding straight back to the orphanage’s daily expenses.
Top tip: private visits can also be arranged at an extra cost; speak to your Wayfairer Luxury Travel Specialist to arrange this.
You’ll catch the morning flight to Nairobi, arriving at the famous Giraffe Manor Hotel in time for lunch and afternoon visit to the near-by Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to meet the orphaned elephants during their afternoon feeding time.
As its name suggests, Giraffe Manor is frequented by a tower of giraffe who love to pop their giant heads in and see what’s happening in and around the hotel. They especially love to visit at breakfast time, when you have the opportunity to feed them whilst you too are enjoying your breakfast.
After breakfast with the giraffes you will be picked up by your guide and begin your journey South to the wild region of Tsavo. You'll stop enroute to go a grocery shop and then check in at the Sheldrick Trust’s luxurious Ithumba Hill Camp. You have exclusive use of the camp, which is more like your private home in the bush, a private chef and a private vehicle and guide to explore the remote reaches of Tsavo at your leisure. Enjoy meals alfresco, or under the shade of the dining area cooked by your private chef and laze around the pool soaking up the incredible vistas in the heat of the day.
Note: Ithumba Hill is only available to Sheldrick Trust foster parents. Check The Sheldrick Trust website for more information on their elephant adoption program.
Enjoy game drives and walks in the national park and visit the reintegration unit to meet the orphaned elephants that have made their way from the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage that you visited during your stay in Nairobi to the wilderness of Tsavo. You’ll get up close and personal with the elephants and learn all about how the Sheldrick Trust is successfully reintegrating rescued elephants into wild herds.
Bid farewell to Kenya and fly home, having learned about and experienced some of Kenya’s most incredible rhino and elephant conservation programs. The conservation and activity fees of your trip feed directly into the programs you will learn about. We’d also encourage you to make donations and foster the rhinos and elephants you meet and to share the stories of animal rescue and rehabilitation with all your friends and family when you get home.
Thank you, Asante Sana, for your contribution to the conservation of Kenya’s wild places and wildlife.
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This conservation-focused itinerary is very much inline with Wayfairer's responsible travel ethos, encouraging you to get off the beaten track and discover some of your destination's little-known but heavily tourism-reliant wilderness areas. Experiential learning is a core component of this trip and your visits to the conservation programs included in this itinerary are not only a vital source of income, but an opportunity for you to get emotionally swept up in the passion of Kenya's conservationists - a passion we hope you will take home with you and share far and wide.