This journey focuses on two of Africa’s most iconic species. In the renowned Borana Conservancy, witness rhino conservation in action. In Chyulu Hills and the nearby parks, get close to elephants, amidst a landscape decorated with volcanic extrusions.
- Encounter pioneering rhino conservation at Borana Lodge
- Witness the lengths to which conservationists must go in order to protect endangered species
- Stay amidst the rugged isolation of the Chyulu Hills
- Track elephants close to Campi ya Kanzi, as well as in Amboseli and Tsavo
Begin in the Borana Conservancy, in Laikipia. Explore the Northern Rangelands - a vast swathe of untamed country running across the high plateau. Home to nomadic herders, this area is packed with the highest densities of rhinos in East Africa.
The Borana Conservancy is at the forefront of rhino conservation. Home to a threatened population of black rhinos, the area is under constant surveillance. Meet the anti-poaching security team that work here and whose job it is to ensure the survival of a species. Made up of more than 100 highly trained rangers, this group is fighting a constant battle. Chat with them and find out about the challenging work that they are undertaking.
Spend time venturing out into the reserve, exploring its fabulous landscape. As well as rhinos, spot a host of other animals, including a fantastic array of plains game. Borana’s lions are also being monitored, as part of the Living with Lions project. Collared and tracked, they are under almost constant surveillance. A dedicated ranger feeds this information to local herdsmen, helping to reduce the risk of conflict between them and these iconic African cats.
The lodge at the heart of the conservancy is wonderfully positioned, overlooking the plains that teem with game. Formerly the family home of the Dyers, who now dedicate their time to the conservancy, the lodge is relaxed and homely. Eight private cottages provide exclusivity, whilst wildlife can be seen in and around the property. Take guided bush walks, ride mountain bikes and drive at night – something not available in national parks.
Fly south to the Chyulu Hills, squeezed between the parks of Amboseli and Tsavo. Riddled with impressive lava tubes, these volcanic formations are dotted with grasslands and montane forests. Stay at the beautifully isolated Campi ya Kanzi, hidden amongst the rolling hills of Chyulu. Offering views of distant Kilimanjaro, this peaceful lodge spreads along a verdant ridge.
Walk through this scenic landscape, or drive in search of impressive game. Descend to the lush plains for encounters with the elephants that roam the grasslands. Led by an expert guide, with a Maasai tracker acting as a spotter, get close to these magnificent animals. Also spot lions, leopards and other wildlife.
TSAVO AND AMBOSELI
Explore further with a visit to the nearby Tsavo West National Park. Decorated with remnants of volcanic activity, this impressive reserve is home to a variety of game. Elephants roam the colourful landscape, frequenting the winding Tsavo River in search of water. In the river, hippos bathe and crocodiles hunt, whilst the birdlife flourishes, flitting across the varied terrain.
Trips further afield, deeper into elephant country, can also be arranged. For close encounters with herds of ambling elephants, against the snow-capped backdrop of Kilimanjaro, Amboseli National Park beckons. Only a little further than Tsavo, this beautiful expanse offers a myriad of photographic opportunities.
Alternatively, spend a night away from Campi ya Kanzi, staying at Ithumba Camp in Tsavo East National Park. Here, gain hands-on experience of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s work with orphaned elephants.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This trip not only offers a unique perspective on two of Africa’s iconic megafauna, but also combines an array of spectacular landscapes. Flexible and easily tailored to each individual’s specific requirements, this fantastic itinerary provides a wonderful insight into conservation in Kenya.
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