Elephant Collaring

Conservation Safari

Highlights

This special opportunity combines premier Singita accommodations with hands-on conservation experience in the private Grumeti Reserve. Singita Grumeti spans 350,000 acres adjacent to the Serengeti National Park. The reserve is an integral part of the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem and has been the center of holistic adaptive management operations aimed to restore the rich biodiversity and health of this critical western plains corridor.

Spend seven days hosted by renowned conservation specialist and Executive Director of the Singita Grumeti Fund, Stephen Cunliffe. Your days will be spent working with local conservationists, vets, and pilots to participate in elephant locating, GPS-enabled satellite collaring, and monitoring. This is crucial work that allows conservationists to identify which elephants are frequenting human communities, and during which times of year. With such data in-hand, teams can better anticipate human/wildlife conflict zones and times, and channel their resources more effectively for the benefit of both the elephants and communities involved.

Additional conservation activities may include training with the new canine unit, visiting the anti-poaching headquarters or heading out on patrol with game scouts.

When not engaged with experts in the field, avail yourself of creature comforts back at camp. Your first three nights will be at Sasakwa Lodge, known for its old-world elegance an abundance of activities. Refresh yourself in the swimming pool, enjoy a game of tennis between outings, or add mountain-biking, bush walks, and local Maasai community visits to your stay. Spend your next three nights at a classic tented camp, Sabora. The intimate 1920s-style explorer’s camp is opulent, but contrasts elegantly with the natural beauty of the surrounding terrain. Daily game drives will be part of the adventure all during your stay in Tanzania.

About Stephen Cunliffe:

Stephen joined the Singita Grumeti Fund as Director in September 2015. He brings to the Fund a diversity of experience in conservation, wildlife management, safari tourism and general business management. Stephen has a proven track record in conceptualizing, designing and operationalizing conservation projects in Africa. Prior to the Singita Grumeti Fund, Stephen was recruited to head up the dynamic Sisheke Conservation Project: a long-term public-private partnership to sustainably develop a 1.5 million hectare community-owned conservancy on the Upper Zambezi River in southwest Zambia. Stephen is also a widely published environmental photojournalist, with his conservation stories and images featuring in a diverse portfolio of over 30 international magazines and newspapers.

Summary

  • 3 Nights — Singita Sasakwa Lodge — Grumeti Reserve

  • 3 Nights — Sabora Tented Camp — Grumeti Reserve

Dates: February 28, 2018 — March 5, 2018

Cost

Starts at $7,370 based on two people sharing. An additional contribution of $150,000 for the group is requested to support Singita’s community, wildlife and conservation programs.

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