Conservation safari in Kenya: The Yearly Census at Lewa


If you’ve ever dreamed of being a part of the team that makes conservation happen, sign up now to participate in the annual census safari at the famous Lewa-Borana Wildlife Conservancy in Northern Kenya. A select few will arrive on March 2nd, 2019 to spend two-week with the ranger team helping to track, locate and count game species for the annual Big Five wildlife census – the most important conservation tool in measuring the success of Lewa’s myriad projects. Take part in conservation activities each day and return to luxurious accommodation, wonderful conversation, and great food each evening. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in the action behind-the-scenes and make a difference while on safari.

There is an optional 4-day extension to Manda Bay to partake in some invaluable marine conservation activities. Guests can also enjoy exploring Lamu old town and the endless water sports at Manda Bay.

Conservation Activities
All activities are genuine and therefore dependent on the wildlife situation at the time.

The Emakoko

  • Visit the famous Daphne Sheldrick elephant orphanage at feeding time. Option to sponsor a baby elephant for a year.

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

  • Tour the radio operations room

  • Take part in the tracker dogs demonstration

  • See the revolutionary elephant corridor in action

  • Learn about the Lewa Education Program & visit the local schools

  • Visit the Conservation Education Center

  • Take part in the annual Lewa/Borana Game Census

  • Assist with community programs such as healthcare

Borana Conservancy

  • Join Borana’s chief conservation officer on his ranger deployments and gathering intelligence reports

  • Attend a lecture by Michael Dyer (MD of the Borana Conservancy)

  • Monitor and track rhino and lion with telemetry receivers

  • Head out with one of the scouts on foot to track and ID rhino using ear notch diagrams

  • Track lion using the whisker spot ID method

  • Visit the Permaculture farm and ‘Well Hung’ butchery with Jack and Llewellyn Dyer

  • Visit the local Maasai communities and learn about their culture and way of life

Mara North in the Maasai Mara

  • Go on game drives in the Maasai Mara for some of the best game-viewing in the whole of Africa.

  • Visit the Mara Elephant Project (MEP), a conservation project that is working to protect elephants using exciting and modern methods including drones, helicopters and collaring.

Manda Bay

  • Spend two days with the Lamu Marine Conservation Trust learning about the Manda Toto snorkeling site in the vicinity of Pate Island, significant for its marine biodiversity and distinct coral reef ecosystem hosting a variety of tropical fish. Learn 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 information daily to report on fishing movements.

  • Feed the small herd of buffalo at Manda Bay; a project set up through the Northern Rangelands Trust who are actively setting up conservancies and community projects within the Lamu Region.

For more information, read “Why take part in a game census?” here.



  • 4 Nights – Manda Bay


$12,000 per person sharing for mail safari

$13,600 for a single traveler

$1400 per person sharing for the Manda Extension

$2600 for a single traveler for the Manda Extension

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