For the 2nd year Lewa–Borana Wildlife Conservancy in Northern Kenya will be hosting a conservation safari. They have sent us the dates and itinery and we would like to pass it on to you. The safari will take place from the 24th February until the 4th March 2018.
First stop will be the Emakoko, a boutique hotel on the edge of Nairobi National Park, only a 45-minute drive from the international Airport. Despite being in the capital, Nairobi National Park boasts a large variety of game and gorgeous scenery. With just 10 rooms the Emakoko offers an exclusive and luxurious environment for guests to stay. Guest will be taken to the Daphne Sheldrick elephant orphanage at feeding time to meet the baby elephants.
The second part of the safari will take place on Lewa and staying at Lewa Wilderness. Lewa Wilderness lodge consists of 6 hillside en-suite cottages with stunning views, the lodge has been hosting visitors since 1972. The following exciting activities will take place over the course of the 3 -night stay; a look at the radio operations room, a demonstration of the incredible tracker dogs, the revolutionary Elephant corridor in action, a look into the Lewa education program and visits to local schools, visits to the local conservation education center. Guests will also be able to take part in the annual Lewa – Borana game census and assist with community programs such as healthcare.
Once at Borana lodge (for another 3 nights) guests will be accommodated in the 8 romantic cottages over-looking the Samangua valley and the Lewa plains you will have a chance to follow their chief conservation officer on his ranger deployments and whilst gathering intelligence reports, a lecture given by Michael Dyer (MD of Borana Conservancy) will be given on the day to day running of the conservancy, monitor and track Rhino and Lions with telemetry receivers, also track and ID Rhino on foot with rangers, track lion using the whisker spot ID method. Another part of Borana is the permaculture farm and butchery take a tour with Llewelyn and Jack Dyer, as well as cultural visits to the local Masai communities.
If you would wish to add a 4 -day extension to the safari you can head to the beach and continue the conservation safari at the beach. Manda Bay on Manda Island is on Kenya’s northern coast a 20 -minute boat ride from the ancient Arab town of Lamu, the lodge combines a beach and bush experience. At Manda Bay guests will join in on 2 full days with the Lamu Marine Conservation trust, learning about the Manda Toto snorkeling site and the important biodiversity of the coral reef ecosystem. Help Manda’s rangers and volunteers to patrol and collect information on fishing movements, learn about the Northern Rangeland Trust which has set up a conservancy behind Manda Bay which is home to a herd of buffalo who are fed by the lodge.
Sacha Craig will be the host of the safari and has grown up in Kenya and has a close connection to the Lewa-Borana conservation efforts.