For the first time ever, the famous Lewa Borana Wildlife Conservancy in Northern Kenya is inviting guests to actively participate in their invaluable wildlife conservation efforts. For one week, you can be part of the ranger team helping to track, locate and count game species for the annual Big 5 wildlife census. This is the most important conservation tool in measuring the success of their unending projects. In addition to joining several other important conservation activities during the safari, you can also make the most of your three African luxury lodges, the Emakoko, Lewa Wilderness Lodge and Borana Lodge. This adventure is a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness and partake in the action behind the scenes and truly make a difference while on safari. Finish off your experience at the picturesque beaches of Manda Bay, working on meaningful projects with the Lamu Marine Conservation Trust.
Welcome to Kenya! On arrival at the Nairobi International Airport, you will be greeted by a local representative and transferred to the Emakoko Lodge, which sits on the edge of the Nairobi National Park. The lodge is located only a short 45 minute drive from either of Nairobi’s airports. The ride through the park itself, with its beautiful scenery and abundance of plains game, is a spectacular way to start any East African safari!
The Nairobi National Park, despite its close proximity to the capital city of Kenya, features wide open grass plains and scattered acacia bush. Bordering a backdrop of city skyscrapers, this view is an extraordinarily unique sight. The vast and barren landscape is home to a spectacular assortment of birds and wildlife, where over 400 species of birds can be recorded in just one day. With an excellent possibility of spotting at least four of the Big Five here, many Nairobi residents find this rural escape, the perfect antidote to the nearby hustle and bustle of city life.
During your stay at the Emakoko Lodge, you will be able to visit the famous Daphne Sheldrake Elephant Orphanage during feeding time. This spectacular opportunity offers the chance for you to meet the precious baby elephants you have sponsored.
This morning, you will be driven from the Emakoko Lodge to the Wilson Airport in Nairobi. From there, you will board a domestic charter flight to the Lewa Wilderness Lodge, where your African adventure continues. The picturesque setting of this property is tucked into the hillside, overlooking Lewa's Eastern Marania Valley. Check into the lodge and begin to immerse in the tranquil atmosphere, before heading off on one of the many extraordinary experiences you will enjoy throughout the next couple of days.
Over the next two days, you will have the unique chance to catch a glimpse of the vast spectrum of conservancy found in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Your activities and excursions will include touring the radio operations room, taking part in the tracker dogs demonstration & NPR exercise, seeing the revolutionary elephant corridor in action, learning about the Lewa education program and visiting local schools, touring the Conservation Education Center, assisting with community programs, such as healthcare clinics and water projects, and participating in wildlife grazing programs. With so many meaningful experiences at your fingertips, your time here is sure to be unforgettable.
This morning, it will be time to pack up your things and check out of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. From there, you will be whisked away by transfer vehicle to the neighboring Borana Wildlife Conservancy. Upon arrival, you will check into the lodge and start exploring your new surroundings. Get ready for a fun-filled couple of days, getting hands-on experience in the world of conservation.
Over the course of the next two days, embrace the once in a lifetime opportunity of partaking in the annual Lewa/Borana Games Census! This vital information is key to the wildlife animal conservancy in the area and you are invited to be an active and significant part of the team. Join Borana's chief conservation officer on his ranger deployments, where you will gather intelligence reports together.
Your additional exciting adventures here, will include attending a lecture by Micheal Dyer (MD of Borana Conservancy), monitoring and tracking rhino and lion using telemetry receivers, joining the scouts on foot to track and ID rhino using ear notch diagrams, tracking lions with whisker spot ID methods, mountain biking along boundary fence lines to check voltage and damage areas, as well as visit the Perma Culture Farm and well hung butchery with Jack and Llewellyn Dyer.
Following your incredible conservation experiences on safari at Lewa Wildnerness Lodge and Borana Lodge, your adventure proceeds to the Lamu Marine Conservation today.
This morning, you will check out of the Borana Lodge and transfer to the local airstrip in good time to board your domestic charter flight back to Nairobi. Upon arrival at the Wilson Airport in Nairobi, you will need to connect with your next domestic charter flight to Manda Bay. This untouched paradise is located on the northwestern tip of Manda Island, one of the treasured gems of the Lamu archipelago.
In the beautiful setting of Manda Bay, you will spend your time with the Lamu Marine Conservation Trust learning about the Manda Toto snorkeling site in the vicinity of Pate Island. This area is particularly significant because of its rich marine biodiversity and distinct coral reef ecosystem, that hosts a variety of tropical fish. You will learn about how they keep it a ‘net free zone’ through education to local residents and beach management units. Join Manda’s rangers and volunteers to patrol and collect daily information to report on fishing movements. You will also have a chance to feed the small herd of buffalo that reside at Manda Bay. This is a project set up through the Northern Rangelands Trust, who are actively setting up conservancies and community projects within the Lamu Region.
Sadly, your journey through the wonders of Kenya must come to an end today. However, you will be leaving with unforgettable memories, new friends and the experience of a lifetime together! After checking out of the Manda Bay Lodge, you will be driven to the airstrip in good time to board your domestic charter flight back to Nairobi. Upon arrival at the Wilson Airport in Nairobi, you will be greeted by a driver and transferred back to the Emakoko Lodge. A room has been reserved during the day, for you to relax and get ready for your international flight at your leisure.
We hope you had an incredible trip and we wish you safe and pleasant travels onward!
The Emakoko is a boutique lodge uniquely positioned on the edge of the Nairobi National Park. The concept for The Emakoko was developed by Anthony & Emma Childs, who will be your hosts during your stay. They live on site with their small family and their dedicated team of friendly and accommodating staff. The Emakoko is deeply committed to the local community and the preservation and protection of the Park itself, with its huge variety of flora and fauna. The property features ten spacious and comfortable rooms/cottages, which each have a veranda that overlooks the picturesque Park. Five rooms are situated at the main level and five others are built into the cliff face higher up. Although the upper rooms are more work t climb up to, the spectacular views are beyond worth the effort! The rooms are designed for comfort, with luxurious beds and blackout curtains.
The Lewa Wilderness Lodge offers a truly unique and personalized Kenya Safari experience. The property is equipped with nine exclusive rooms. Six thatched cottages are tucked into the hillside overlooking Lewa’s Eastern Marania Valley, and three more thatched garden cottages are nestled within the beautiful green lawns. No matter where you are, you will be surrounded by the pristine beauty, secluded silence and natural atmosphere of the region. Each cottage is tastefully decorated with antique and handmade furniture, giving each guest room its own rustic charm and the character of a ranch homestead. You are invited to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and truly indulge in the finest version of the wild.
Offering panoramic views over the Samangua Valley, the Lewa Plains, Mount Kenya and beyond, Borana Lodge is a photographers paradise. The property has eight romantic cottages, each with an open fireplace and private veranda. The cottages are entirely secluded and have private views from both bedroom and bathroom of the scenic valley below. The Lodge was designed to work in harmony with the landscape and is created entirely from local, sustainable building materials. All areas of the property overlook a lake that is a popular watering hole for the local wildlife, so there will be constant activity to keep you entertained. Take a guide and walk down to the dam to enjoy a close-up view of elephants swimming!
Manda Bay combines an unforgettable bush and beach experience. Situated on the northwestern tip of Manda Island, this exotic paradise is one of the unspoiled islands of the Lamu archipelago. The cottages at the lodge were designed to blend in harmoniously with the lovely landscape and were built using all local materials. Each cottage features a large ceiling fan, en-suite bathroom and its own private veranda overlooking the sparkling Indian Ocean. While miles of soft white sand and coconut palms surround the lodge itself, the bush behind the lodge is dry country scattered with Doum palms, Acacia Tortilis and savannah-like scrub. This unique mix of landscape, offers endless entertainment. From wildlife activities and boat excursions, to cultural experiences and beach side relaxation.
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.