The Conservancy Experience
This absolute journey to the North takes you to a place known as Laikipia which lies on the threshold of Kenya’s wild northern rangelands. It’s an enormous area of 9,500km2 forming part of the wider 56,000km2 Ewaso Ecosystem, stretching from the slopes of Mount Kenya in the south East to the edge of the Great Rift Valley in the west.
Laikipia is one of Africa’s most exhilarating wilderness safari and wildlife tourism destinations. With its abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery, you will experience a classic safari, largely free of the constraints that apply in national parks and reserves. Night game drives, guided nature walks, horse and camelback riding, and cycling are just but a few activities on offer. High levels of community involvement allow visitors privileged access to the cultures and customs of the Maasai, Samburu, Pokot and other peoples.
An iconic African destination showing how we can come together irrespective of culture and race to yield results in wildlife conservation especially focusing on endangered species. In a nutshell, Laikipia boasts the following success stories in relation to endangered species:
Day 1: Arrive in Nairobi, Kenya
You arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport with an evening BA flight where you will be met by Absolute Vantage representatives who will facilitate your transfer to your Hotel.
Day 2: Nairobi Day Explorer
After a leisurely breakfast you will be picked by your driver guide at 0830AM for a Nairobi City Tour. We start off the day to the Giraffe Centre for an up close and personal touch with the endangered Rothschild’s Giraffes. Afterwards we visit the famous David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. Featured in the National Geographic Magazine, this encounter will put you a few feet away from orphaned baby elephants that have been rescued from near death situations. Lunch at the Mat Bronze Wildlife Gallery as we sample up some African souvenirs. Afterwards optional visit to Utamaduni Craft Centre, Kazuri Bead Factory and the Karen Blixen Museum. Thereafter return to your Hotel for a relaxing evening, dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Nairobi – Ol Pejeta Conservancy
After a leisurely breakfast you will check out of your Hotel beginning the Journey to Laikipia, It is not long before we arrive at the 0-degree Latitude – Equator where we stop to witness and get an explanation of the Coriolis Effect. We then proceed on to Ol Pejeta Conservancy to arrive on time for Lunch at Serena Sweetwater’s Tented Camp followed by an afternoon siesta. At 1600Hrs, we set out for an introductory game drive, en route to Morani Centre to get acquainted with the blind black rhino. After feeding Baraka and getting a lot of information on black rhino conservation and challenges we proceed on the evening game drive looking for a myriad of animals fond within the conservancy, as we make our way back to the camp for a delicious well served dinner and catch up on the days’ reflection expecting even better to come for tomorrow
Day 4: Explore Ol Pejeta
Awake and have breakfast at 0730hrs and set out for a game drive expecting to encounter reticulated giraffes, oryx, silver backed jackals, cape buffaloes, Grevy’s zebra and many more. The peak of the morning session is a visit to the Chimp Centre where we get a lot of information and conservation insight on the primates closest to the human with only a difference of 1% DNA to the human. As it gets hotter we head back to or camp for lunch and a relaxing afternoon before a farewell game drive in the evening where you get to experience the art of Lion Tracking, an exercise we will have pre-arranged with the conservancy management. We return to the camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Ol Pejeta – Lewa
Today we awake at leisure, having our breakfast before checking out of Sweetwater’s Tented Camp heading out of Ol Pejeta Conservancy for Lewa. The drive to Lewa is about 2 hours. We will change vehicles at Lewa Gate boarding a Lewa Safari Camp vehicle who will lead our 2-night stay in Lewa. Lewa Wildlife Conservancy spans 62,000 acres and is Kenya’s leading model for wildlife conservation on private land and a leading destination for conservation tourism. You arrive on time for lunch at Lewa Safari Camp, afternoon siesta followed by evening game-drive. Dinner and overnight at camp
Day 6: Explore Lewa
Enjoy a morning game drive before breakfast or get an opportunity of riding on horseback through the bush‚ accompanied by an experienced guide‚ giving you an unparalleled opportunity to get close to wildlife‚ as many game species allow horses to approach very close. Combined with the stunning scenery and varied terrain‚ this is a riding experience not to be missed. After your breakfast you have the option to have the rest of your morning at leisure or indulge in yet another game drive. Lunch, afternoon siesta to be followed by game drive and evening sundowner at a selected amazing viewpoint Private dinners in the bush are also available on request
Note: Rides normally last one or two hours and you may choose to ride on Lewa or on the neighboring conservancy of Borana.