Embark on an unforgettable journey to Kenya with this special “Save the Elephants” itinerary, designed especially for our elephant enthusiasts. Spend six nights in iconic African landscapes and learning about crucial conservation efforts on-the-ground.
Begin in Nairobi, Kenya’s thriving capital city. Spend the night at OneFortyEight, a luxurious boutique hotel set in a quiet suburb and perfect for recuperating after your long flight. We love OneFortyEight for its unique décor and charm, housing a beautiful array of original artworks and turning the space into its own living gallery. Guests are apt to spot warthog, parrots, peacocks and monkeys roaming the gardens. Warm up to safari with a visit to the neighboring Giraffe Sanctuary where you can observe and hand-feed endangered Rothschild’s giraffes from raised wooden platforms.
You then make your way to Samburu territory in Kenya’s striking northern region. Some 1,000 elephants roam this ecosystem and Elephant Watch Camp, your base for three nights, works closely with Save the Elephants, based just downstream. Every guide at Elephant Watch Camp has been trained to identify each of the sixty-six elephant families who reside here, and all of the camp’s observations are shared with Save the Elephants’ researchers for long-term monitoring efforts. That means that, as a guest, you’re participating in a vital component of elephant conservation work in Kenya. You’ll also have the chance to visit Save the Elephants Research Project and get an in-depth look into their work and the status of elephants in Kenya today.
Back at Elephant Watch, bull elephants are known to frequent camp, and you’ll have ample opportunity to relax and enjoy scenes from your tent or common area. Of course, daily game drives are part of the experience. Your guide will take you into the bush at first light to seek out elephant families, lion, hyena, leopard, and more.
Round off your journey with two nights at Richard’s River Camp in the Masai Mara – a quintessential safari experience. Richard Roberts founded Mara Elephant Project, which manages human-elephant conflicts and plays an integral role in Kenyan conservation, making guests a part of an enduring conservation legacy. Anti-poaching action, local government partnerships, elephant research, GPS tracking, and community education and outreach are all crucial to the Mara Elephant Project. While here, take time to relish the stunning scenery with day and night game-drives, scenic bush walks, and cultural visits to local Maasai villages. Bush meals and sundowners surrounded by Africa’s iconic wilderness top-off the experience as you relax and soak in the magic.
Save the Elephants (STE) works to secure a future for elephants in a rapidly changing world. Leaders in elephant science, STE provides cutting-edge scientific insights into elephant behavior, intelligence, and long-distance movement and applies them to the long-term challenges of elephant conservation. To battle the current surge in ivory poaching, the STE/WCN Elephant Crisis Fund is identifying and supporting the most effective global partners to stop poaching, thwart traffickers, and end demand for ivory.
1 Night – OneFortyEight – Nairobi
3 Nights – Elephant Watch Camp – Samburu National Reserve
2 Nights – Richard’s River Camp – Mara North Conservancy
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