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Kenya - Rhino Conservation and Elephants of Chyulu

Pioneering conservation in the Northern Rangelands and dramatic landscapes of the south

12 days

from £6,995pp (excluding flights)

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

BORANA CONSERVANCY

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.

CHYULU HILLS

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.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
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what is included

  • All accommodation and meals as stated in the itinerary
  • Voyage gratuities
  • All transfers

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Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Amsterdam

Fly Amsterdam to Nairobi overnight

Day 2

Day at leisure in Nairobi


Used mainly as a quick stopover, Nairobi is an interesting city with some good places to visit. Central Nairobi is like many other African cities with traffic jams, noise and a hint of chaos. The suburbs, however, are quite different, with excellent markets, restaurants and great places of interest to visit, such as The Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, the wonderful Giraffe Centre and the Karen Blixen Museum.


You will be staying at Giraffe Manor, Half board

Day 3

Travel from Nairobi to Laikipia (Air Transfer Journey)


Stretching from the rim of the Great Rift Valley to Mount Kenya, the Laikipia Plateau offers a truly great safari experience, allowing you to get away from the crowds and into a remote and untouched slice of Africa.

From fertile savannah to the wild shores of Lake Turkana, the area has a wide range of landscapes, including high plains and low forested valleys. Home to more endangered species than anywhere else in East Africa, this is the place to see African wild dogs - set against a rugged and dramatic wilderness.


You will be staying at Borana Lodge, All inclusive

Day 4

Game Drives
Set out on game drives in a 4x4, open-sided vehicle, accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. As Borana Lodge is located on a private conservancy, there are none of the restrictive rules that apply to national parks. Drive with flexibility, in search of the reserve's prolific game. Night game drives are also available, allowing for an insight into the nocturnal life in the bush.


Rhino Activities at Borana
Borana Lodge is at the forefront of a pioneering rhino conservation initiative - a commitment which few others are willing to take on, given the cost and logistics involved. At the heart of this lies Borana's anti-poaching security team.

Numbering over 100 specially trained rangers, they are employed 24 hours a day to protect the rhinos. This includes a rapid-response team who continually check the movements of the animals. The last line of defence against poaching, they are sponsored by Tusk Trust.

In addition to the excellent rhino sightings at Borana, there will be the chance to meet some of the team. Find out a little more about the vital and challenging work they do, gaining a genuine insight into modern-day, anti-poaching initiatives.


You will be staying at Borana Lodge, All inclusive

Day 5

Game Walks
Perhaps, take a guided game walk today - this is one of the most tranquil ways to see wildlife. An experienced guide will share their extensive knowledge of the bush and its wildlife. This slower pace allows for a more immersive bush experience, with time to admire the smaller animals that are often overlooked whilst on a game drive.


You will be staying at Borana Lodge, All inclusive

Day 6

Lion Research Activities at Borana
Borana is involved in a big cat research programme called 'Living with Lions', which extends throughout the entire Laikipia region. A dedicated ranger monitors all of the lions within the Borana conservancy, keeping track on the prides' movements both in the private concession and when they enter community lands. This gives herdsmen information about the locations of lions, so as to avoid conflict.

This is an ongoing programme and, should the ranger be on site, he will be more than happy to talk about his fascinating work.


Mountain Biking
Whilst the wildlife at Borana is exceptional, being on private property, the options available for excursions are enormous. The mountain bikes here are a great way to get closer to game, with tracks crisscrossing the conservancy. Led by a guide, tackle the hills and explore on two wheels.

For those who prefer to go one step further, rock climbing is also an option, whilst - with prior arrangement - paragliding can be arranged.


You will be staying at Borana Lodge, All inclusive

Day 7

Travel from Laikipia to Nairobi (Air Transfer Journey)

Travel from Nairobi to Chyulu Hills (Air Transfer Journey)


Activities at Campi ya Kanzi
Be briefed on arrival as to what activities are on offer at Campi ya Kanzi. Perhaps take a game drive in an open Land Rover vehicle, accompanied by a professional guide and Maasai tracker. Or head out on a walking safari, learning how to read footprints and identify scats.

Trips into Tsavo West National Park offer the chance to visit the Mzima Springs or the dramatic Shetani Lava Flow. A safari at Campi Ya Kanzi is all about discovery - whether on foot through the beautiful cloud forest around Chyulu Hills or whilst star gazing with experts around the campfire.


You will be staying at Campi ya Kanzi, All inclusive

Day 8

Visit to Tsavo West National Park
Leave the Chyulu Hills behind for the neighbouring Tsavo National Park, a vast expanse that is peppered with attractive scenery. The Mzima Springs pour forth from beneath a dry rock bed, whilst volcanic formations decorate the varied landscape. Bisected by the Tsavo River, this beautiful area is home to numerous species. Elephants roam across the park, whilst the birdlife is fantastic. Black rhinos survive in a sanctuary here, and the river teems with crocodiles and hippos.


You will be staying at Campi ya Kanzi, All inclusive

Day 9

Horse-Back Safari
A horse-back safari offers a completely different take on game viewing. Rise at first light, as the savannah awakes. Bird song, sunrise and the chance to ride through herds of hartebeest set the scene. Stop to dine on an exclusive bush breakfast - raise a glass of champagne to the great outdoors.


You will be staying at Campi ya Kanzi, All inclusive

Day 10

Optional Elephant Activities at Campi ya Kanzi
A number of additional elephant-focussed activities can be arranged from Campi ya Kanzi. These include the chance to stay at Ithumba Camp, run by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. The trust has been instrumental in raising orphan elephants and reintroducing them back into the wild.

After flying to Ithumba from Campi ya Kanzi, arrive just in time for the daily mud bath, where you can help the keepers feed the elephants their milk. After lunch here, there is the chance to then meet the younger elephants, before they retire to their shelters later in the day. The following morning, witness the early feeding at the shelters. Many of the orphans who have graduated from Ithumba return as adults, allowing for close interaction with wild elephants.

Alternatively, day trips into Amboseli National Park can be arranged. Head south, into this elephant-rich environment. Renowned for its magnificent elephants and one of the best places to get close, Amboseli also offers spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Have the chance to photograph elephants, with the mountain in the background.


Evening Dinner in Cave
Around 45 minutes from camp, there is a large cave system, used by the Maasai in years gone by. Inside, they hid livestock that they had raided from the nearby Wakamba tribe, releasing the cows at night and allowing them to graze. Today, these spacious lava tubes are the setting for a flame-lit evening of fine dining, complete with crisp, white tablecloths and candles.


You will be staying at Campi ya Kanzi, All inclusive

Day 11

Travel from Chyulu Hills to Nairobi (Air Transfer Journey)

Fly Nairobi to Amsterdam overnight

Day 12

Fly Amsterdam to London

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Borana Lodge

Borana Lodge

There are eight cottages, each with their own veranda, an open-fireplace lit every evening, with enormous bathrooms overlooking the plains and a wonderful homely feel given that generations of the Dyer family have grown up here....

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Campi ya Kanzi

Campi ya Kanzi

The camp is located on a Masai ranch that covers an area of a quarter of a million acres, with fantastic biodiversity stretching from the Chyulu Hills to the foothills of Kilimanjaro....

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Giraffe Manor

Giraffe Manor

Giraffe Manor is a beautiful, eccentric country house located in an upmarket suburb of Nairobi, a hop and skip from major attractions....

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