Wildlife Group Tour

Kenya Group Tour - Wildlife and Communities with Fauna & Flora International

9 days

from £7,895pp
  • Spot big game in Ol Pejeta Conservancy and meet its CEO, Richard Vigne
  • Learn about the conservation work of the successful Lewa Conservancy
  • Track black rhinos on foot in Sera Community Conservancy
  • Travel in the company of Tania Bird, a researcher and conservationist

Explore northern Kenya and visit projects supported by Fauna & Flora International (FFI). At each conservancy, meet the people behind the projects and gain behind-the-scenes insight into the conservation work of FFI.

Begin in Ol Pejeta Conservancy, home to a multitude of wildlife, before moving to Lewa Conservancy, which is at the forefront of black rhino conservation in East Africa. Finish in Sera Community Conservancy, the first conservancy to entrust rhino protection to the community; track these animals on foot. Travel in the company of Tania Bird, a wildlife researcher and conservationist who has worked with FFI.



Departing on:
  • 9th June 2019

For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.

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Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Outbound Flights
The suggested group outbound flight for this tour is:

British Airways BA65, scheduled to depart London Heathrow at 10:25 on 9th June 2019, arriving into Nairobi at 21:00 on the same day.

An arrival transfer will be provided to connect with this flight. You will be met at the arrivals hall by a member of our local team.

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.


No meals included.


You will be staying at Hemingways Hotel, bed and breakfast

Day 2

In the morning, meet Tania and the rest of the group before you leave for Wilson Airport.

Travel from Nairobi to Laikipia (Air Transfer Journey)


Ol Pejeta Conservancy
One of FFI's most notable success stories has been the establishment and ongoing support of Ol Pejeta Conservancy. The story began in 2003 when FFI, with the help of the Arcus Foundation, purchased a 36,400-hectare cattle ranch that formed part of a critical wildlife corridor at the foot of Mount Kenya. The ranch was converted into a wildlife conservancy and ownership was transferred from FFI to a Kenyan non-profit entity in 2005 under a long-term management agreement.

The project safeguards the conservancy's wildlife, including East Africa's largest black rhino population and the world's last remaining northern white rhinos. It also provides a sanctuary for rescued chimpanzees and generates income through wildlife tourism, which is reinvested in conservation and community development.

Ol Pejeta has some of the highest predator densities in Kenya and still manages a very successful livestock programme. Ol Pejeta also seeks to support the people living around its borders, to ensure wildlife conservation translates to better education, healthcare and infrastructure for the next generation of wildlife guardians.


Visit White Rhino Sanctuary
After lunch, visit Ol Pejeta's renowned Endangered Species Enclosure, home to the last two surviving northern white rhinos. In 2008, a survey in DRC concluded that northern white rhinos had become extinct in the wild. This left just eight northern white rhinos in two zoos on opposite sides of the world - in the Czech Republic and California.

Attention quickly turned to the northern white rhinos living in Dvur Kralove Zoo in Czech Republic. In December 2009, with support from FFI, the last four breeding individuals (two males and two females) were flown from the zoo to Ol Pejeta Conservancy in a final attempt to save the subspecies from extinction. Sadly, the attempt failed, with passing of the last male northern white rhino, Sudan, in March 2018.

This 280-hectare reserve is guarded around the clock by armed security, such is the risk to these endangered animals. As well as encountering the rhinos, also meet their keepers and learn about the animals' unusual journey from captivity in the Czech Republic to a conservancy in Kenya.

Afterwards, have time for a late-afternoon game drive through the conservancy.

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 Kicheche Laikipia Camp, full board and house beverages

Day 3

Day Exploring Ol Pejeta
Set out on a dawn game drive, exploring the conservancy. This beautiful landscape is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including lions, leopards, buffalos, elephants, rhinos, giraffes, antelopes and more. Accompanied by one of the camp's highly trained guides, make the most of the early morning, when temperatures are cooler and predators at their most active.

On the way back to camp, meet some of the team responsible for running the successful Ol Pejeta Conservancy and learn more about how it operates. Also meet Richard Vigne, Chief Executive Officer of the conservancy (subject to his availability).

After some time to relax and have lunch, leave camp again in the afternoon. Visit the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, home to the only surviving chimp population in Kenya. More than 40 chimps live here, most of them rescued from the bushmeat industry.

Afterwards, have the chance to further explore the conservancy. Either track lions on a game drive, or take a bush walk.


You will be staying at Kicheche Laikipia Camp, full board and house beverages

Day 4

Drive from Ol Pejeta to Lewa


A journey of around 90 minutes.


Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Lewa provides a sanctuary for both black and white rhinos, with the resident population numbering more than 120 animals currently. Born from a rhino sanctuary on ranching land - established at the height of the poaching crisis in the 1980s - Lewa Wildlife Conservancy was created in 1994, when the entire ranch was given over to conservation.

Since then, Lewa has flourished and its 25,000 hectares are now home to a wide variety of species, including lions, leopards, buffalos, elephants and numerous bird species. It is also home to the largest population of endangered Grevy's zebras, accounting for nearly a quarter of the entire global population.

Privately run and non-profit, Lewa has become renowned for its highly successful conservation strategies. These strategies incorporats community conservation and development programmes, as well as education initiatives throughout the neighbouring areas. However, rhino protection remains at its core, with its anti-poaching and security force one of the most effective in Africa.


Afternoon Game Drive at Lewa
After some time to settle in and freshen up, set out on a game drive through the conservancy. Although most famous for its rhino population, Lewa is home to a wealth of wildlife. Explore the wide grassy valleys, as well as the boulder, shrub and tree dotted hills, which are ideal leopard habitat. Look out for stalking lions as the dusk approaches, as well as their prey - various antelope species, as well as Grevy's zebras.


You will be staying at Lewa Wilderness Lodge, full board and house beverages

Day 5

Visit the Lewa Conservancy's Headquarters
Set out on an early morning game drive, before driving back via the conservancy's headquarters. Meet Tom Lalampaa, CEO for the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT), which is based on Lewa. A Samburu from the West Gate Community Conservancy, Tom has been a leader in the design, development, and expansion of the Northern Rangelands Trust. He is the founder Chairman of the Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (KWCA) and a trustee of the Kenya Wildlife Service Board. He has also been awarded the Tusk Conservation Award and the Stanford University Law School Bright Award for Environmental Sustainability, both in recognition of his contribution to conservation in Kenya.


Visit the Borana Conservancy
The Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) is a community-led initiative in northern Kenya, supported by FFI since its inception. NRT, with the support of FFI, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and other institutional partners, is working to develop capacity and self-sufficiency of community conservancies in conservation and natural resource management. NRT is Kenya's single largest community conservation programme, and currently works with more than 30 community conservancies covering an area of more than 440,000 hectares.

In the afternoon, drive across the conservancy and into the adjoining Borana Conservancy. In 2015, FFI aided NRT community conservancy, Borana Conservancy, in the training and equipping of security and staff monitoring, as well as in successfully reintroducing and re-establishing black rhinos.

Originally a cattle and sheep ranch, Borana was established in 1992. Its owner, Michael Dyer, became alarmed by the decline of wildlife, particularly iconic species, and was motivated to convert the land to conservation purposes. The fence between the Borana and Lewa conservancies was removed in 2014, creating a 40,000-hectare-large protected area.


You will be staying at Lewa Wilderness Lodge, full board and house beverages

Day 6

Final Day at Lewa
Your last day at Lewa Wilderness is kept flexible. Spend time relaxing or choose from the various activities on offer, including swimming, guided walking or horse riding.

This is also a good day to book a dawn flight in Lewa Wilderness's iconic yellow biplane, which will take you over the entire conservancy, with spectacular views of Laikipia below. This is not included in the cost of the trip and can be either prebooked or arranged whilst at the lodge.


You will be staying at Lewa Wilderness Lodge, full board and house beverages

Day 7

Travel from Laikipia to Samburu (Air Transfer Journey)


Sera Conservancy
Created in 2001, the Sera Community Conservancy was formed as part of a partnership between the Northern Rangelands Trust and local Samburu, Borana and Rendille communities. Within this conservancy sits the Sera Rhino Sanctuary, a 54,000-hectare protected area of land that is home to 11 relocated black rhinos.

In 2014, FFI supported Sera with the reintroduction of a founder population of black rhino making Sera the first community-managed rhino sanctuary in Kenya, to which black rhinos were reintroduced after an absence of more than 30 years. These rhinos are protected around the clock by local community rangers and all of them have collared, allowing for precise tracking and monitoring.

Samburu is as renowned for its colourful people as much its wildlife and arid landscapes. This is a region of big skies and jagged peaks, and where the Ewaso Ngiro River flows, giving a life-force to this northern area and sustaining excellent plains game and predators. Properties range from highly polished lodges to authentic bush camps with superb guiding and conservation initiatives. Walking with local Samburu guides and rangers is a real highlight.


Introduction to the Sera Conservancy
After settling in at Saruni Rhino, meet the manager of the conservancy, Reuben Lendira, as well as the staff based here (subject to Reuben's availability). Learn about how the conservancy operates, the anti-poaching initiatives and the role of the community.

Afterwards, visit Northern Rangeland Trust projects, including the rhino sanctuary and local community projects.


You will be staying at Saruni Rhino, full board and house beverages

Day 8

Rhino Tracking
Set out in a 4x4 vehicle, accompanied by an expert Saruni guide and one of the highly trained Sera Community Conservancy rangers. Enter the rhino sanctuary and, using the GPS tracking system that all the rhinos have been fitted with, track down one of the individuals, driving to within walking distance. Then exit the vehicle and approach on foot, getting incredibly close to the browsing rhino, observing from a safe distance.

Afterwards, return to camp. In the afternoon, have the chance to take a game drive, try a bush walk or arrange a visit to the nearby Reteti Elephant Orphanage (additional fee).


You will be staying at Saruni Rhino, full board and house beverages

Day 9

Travel from Samburu to Nairobi (Air Transfer Journey)


Time permitting, stop for lunch at a local restaurant (not included).


Inbound Flights
The suggested group inbound flight for this tour is:

BA BA64, scheduled to depart Nairobi at 23:25 on 17th June 2019, arriving into London Heathrow at 06:20 on the following day.

A departure transfer will be provided to connect with this flight.

For those not taking the suggested group flight, please speak to one of our team should you need help organising a departure transfer.

Accommodation

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

Hemingways Hotel

Hemingways Hotel

This plantation-style property has 45 spacious suites, all overlooking the garden, towards the distant Ngong Hills....

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Lewa Wilderness Lodge

Lewa Wilderness Lodge

The Craig family has been entertaining visitors at their home, Lewa Wilderness, for the last 30 years and it shows....

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Kicheche Laikipia Camp

Kicheche Laikipia Camp

Kicheche Laikipia is an intimate and classic camp in the heart of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, overlooking an active waterhole and the friendly staff and excellent guides makes this camp a firm favourite....

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Saruni Rhino

Saruni Rhino

Saruni Rhino offers an entirely new on-foot rhino tracking experience in the remote Sera Conservancy....

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Tour Lecturer

Tania Bird

A conservationist and researcher, Tania Bird has worked across southern and eastern Africa, attached to a variety of different projects. With expertise in long-term monitoring and habitat restoration, much of her work has focused on wildlife management and biodiversity. Tania has previously worked for both Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) in Kenya, which is a community conservancy organisation.
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Group Size:

Min 6 / Max 8

Tour Expert:

Tania Bird

Departure Date (S):

  • 9th June 2019

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