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