Small Group Safari

Laikipia Game Census Safari

Assist a team of rangers as you take part in the annual Lewa/Borana Conservancy Game Census, locating and monitoring wildlife such as lion and rhino, visit the internationally renowned Daphne Sheldrick elephant orphanage, and contribute to local wildlife conservation and community projects.

Duration 9 days
Price From $8,077
When Feb - Mar
Destination Kenya

Safari Overview

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 and Borana conservancies game census. 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, where you will also have the chance help out with a community healthcare or water project.

What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • Track, locate and count game species as part of the annual Lewa/Borana Game Census.
  • Learn about the wildlife conservation projects taking place in Lewa and Borana Conservancies.
  • Observe wildlife including lion, rhino, elephant, zebra and buffalo.
  • Visit the Daphne Sheldrick elephant orphanage and witness the young elephants being bottle-fed.

Contribute to the conservation of endangered African wildlife, working alongside park rangers and local communities to have a tangible positive impact.

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Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Nairobi

Today you will fly into Nairobi, where you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your lodge on the outskirts of Nairobi National Park. The rest of the day is yours to relax and settle into your accommodation.

Day 2

Nairobi National Park

This morning you will visit the world famous Daphne Sheldrick elephant orphanage within Nairobi National Park, to witness the young elephants being bottle-fed. The centre takes in elephants who have been orphaned, often by poaching, and takes care of them until they are old enough to move to a relocation centre in Tsavo National Park, before they are introduced back into the wild. The afternoon is free for you to relax at your lodge or explore the national park.

Day 3

Nairobi - Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

Today you will return to the airport in Nairobi for your flight north to the wildlife-rich Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, home to the highest concentration of rhinos in East Africa. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your lodge within the conservancy.

Overnight: Lewa Wilderness Lodge D

Days 4-5

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

You will spend the next few days assisting with several conservation projects within the conservancy, including taking part in the annual Lewa/Borana Game Census, joining the ranger team to help track, locate and count game species. This game census is critically important to help measure the success of the conservation projects that are taking place within the conservancy. You will also have the opportunity to see the revolutionary elephant corridor in action and take part in a tracker dog demonstration, as well as visiting local schools to learn about the Lewa Education Programme. During your time here you can also assist with a local community programme, such as a healthcare clinic or water project.

Overnight: Lewa Wilderness Lodge B, L, D

Day 6

Lewa - Borana Conservancy

Today you will be transferred to your next lodge in the nearby Borana Conservancy. Here you will continue to help with conservation activities within the conservancy, joining Borana's chief conservation officer to track and gather information on the local wildlife.

Days 7-8

Borana Conservancy

Your time in the Borana Conservancy will be spent assisting the rangers with their conservation activities, including monitoring and tracking rhino and lion populations using telemetry receivers, and using ear notch and whisker spot diagrams to identify individuals. You will also attend a conservation lecture from Michael Dyer, the Managing Director of the Borana Conservancy and visit the local Masai communities. This is a truly unique opportunity to experience wildlife conservation efforts first-hand in the African wilderness.

Day 9

Borana - Nairobi

Today you will depart Borana Conservancy and fly back to Nairobi, where you will catch your international flight home.

Trip Details


This is a small group safari departing on set dates. Accommodation and areas have been chosen for their proximity to the wildlife and to give you the best experience possible. It is possible to extend this safari, speak to us for more details.

 2018 Departures   Price 
 Feb 24 - Mar 4  From £5,770 per person*

*Price based on two people sharing, there is a single supplement of £975.

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