Travel to the Laikipia Plateau to assist a team of rangers with important, on-the-ground conservation research in the heart of the Kenyan wilderness. This safari gives you the unique opportunity to have a real positive impact as you travel, tracking and counting wildlife species as part of the annual Lewa-Borana Game Count. Learn how to monitor rhino and lion populations using telemetry receivers, and how to identify individual animals using ear-notch and whisker-spot diagrams. You will also visit local communities to witness conservation education in action, and learn how the Mara Elephant Project are working to protect the area's endangered elephants from the threat of poaching. Along the way, you will be accompanied by local guide Kip Ole Polos, who was born and raised here in Laikipia. This is a truly unique opportunity to experience wildlife conservation efforts first-hand in the African wilderness.
What makes this trip extraordinary?
- In Nairobi, visit the Rothschild's giraffes of Giraffe Centre and the orphaned elephants cared for at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
- Track, locate and count game species as part of the annual Lewa-Borana Game Count.
- Learn about the wildlife conservation projects taking place in the Masai Mara, as well as the conservancies of Lewa, Borana and Il Ngwesi.
- Walk through the ancestral homeland of your Il Ngwesi guide, Kip Ole Polos.
- Enjoy lectures from some of Kenya's leading conservationists.
- Learn more about anti-poaching efforts and community development projects and how they are dependent on one another to ensure success.
- Observe iconic African wildlife including lion, rhino, elephant, zebra and buffalo.
- There is an optional add-on to visit the Kenyan coast to relax and learn more about marine conservation projects (supplement will apply).
Contribute to the conservation of endangered African wildlife, working alongside park rangers and local communities to have a tangible positive impact.