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Game Census in Kenya

Highlights:

If you’ve ever dreamed of being a part of the team that makes conservation happen, sign up now to participate in the second iteration of the census safari at the famous Lewa-Borana Wildlife Conservancy in Northern Kenya. A select few will arrive on February 24, 2018 to spend a 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.

This year 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

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.

Summary:

  • Fly to Kenya arriving February 24, 2018: Two nights at The Emakoko, Nairobi
  • February 26: Fly to Lewa from Wilson Airport
  • February 26, 27, 28: Three nights at Lewa Wilderness
  • March 1: Road transfer to Borana Lodge
  • March 1, 2, 3: Three nights at Borana Lodge
  • March 4: Fly to Nairobi Wilson
  • Day room at The Emakoko

EXTENSION:

  • March 4: Connecting flight to Lamu, Manda Bay
  • March 4, 5, 6, 7: Four nights at Manda Bay
  • March 8: Fly to Nairobi
  • Day room at The Emakoko

Price:

The cost for this trip is $7,244.00 per person sharing. The cost for the extension is $1,602 per person sharing.

*See detailed inclusions in the full itinerary below.

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