Learning about The Tusk Trust Conservation Programe in Kenya

 

 

 
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With Ian Craig and the Tusk Trust

This is a chance to experience the research and conservation being carried out by Tusk in Kenya. Guests have a rare opportunity to meet some of the leading conservationists from the Trust and learn from the experts what the protection of wildlife in Kenya really means.

Thanks to the dedicated work of Tusk’s team and partners, endangered species such as the black rhino and Grevy’s Zebra have been brought back from the brink of extinction. This trip will take its travellers behind doors which are usually closed to the public to allow a deeper understanding of what it takes to keep animals such as these in existence.

We have prepared a unique journey from the foothills of Mount Kenya to the plains of the Maasai Mara meeting hidden tribes, leading guides and enjoying some of the best wildlife viewing in the country along the way.

Based out of two remote safari camps within the Lewa and Mara North conservancies, guests have seven nights to explore the bush using the eyes and ears of seasoned trackers and guides.

Guests have a rare opportunity to meet some of the leading conservationists from the Trust and learn from the experts what the protection of wildlife in Kenya really means.

Remote, they may be, but these camps have created the perfect balance of an authentic experience combined with the comfort of en-suite bathrooms, fully furnished private tents and, at one camp, a swimming pool with views out into the savannah. Highlights include bathing in freshwater pools collected under the waterfalls of the Ngare Ndare Forest and special dinners in the bush lit by candles and the stars of the big, African night sky.

All images belong to © Tortilis Camp, Kenya

21st June

Arrival into Lewa Safari Camp

Once you have cleared immigration and customs in Nairobi airport we will arrange for a driver and vehicle to take you to Wilson, the domestic airport where you will board a private charter flight to Lewa Safari Camp. For those who are not in transit from Nairobi airport, we will provide a private meeting point at Wilson Airport. The flight will take approximately 1 hour with stunning views of the African plains below. We have left the afternoon free for you to rest on your private veranda or swim in the pool before a special welcome dinner with the owners in the evening. Vehicles will be available for those wishing to get out into the bush right away for some first-class wildlife viewing with Lewa’s expert guides.

 Arrival into Lewa Safari Camp

22nd June

Full Day with the Tusk Trust

After a delicious breakfast in the morning sun a leading conservationist from Tusk will meet you at the lodge and drive you deep into the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. You will be taken to see the largest population of Grevy’s zebra in the world and, with some of the best trackers on hand, hopefully a black rhino or two. Tusk will also take you to some of their most remote community projects to give a full overview of conservation in the reserve.

 Full Day with the Tusk Trust

23rd June

Waterfalls of the Ngare Ndare Forest

This morning vehicles will be waiting at the camp to drive you into the beautiful Ngare Ndare Forest. Nestled into the foothills of Mount Kenya, this hidden forest acts as a corridor for migratory wildlife including elephants and black rhino moving between Mount Kenya and Samburu. We have arranged a simple picnic by the crystal waters of a spectacular waterfall. Swim in the fresh water and explore the incredible ecosystems in the park using the knowledge of your guides before returning to the camp in time for a rest and swim before dinner.

Waterfalls of the Ngare Ndare Forest

24th June

Exploring the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

After a delicious breakfast in the morning sun you will have the expanse of the Lewa reserve to explore as you wish. We understand the importance of leaving some days free for you to go where the wind takes you – this may be some more unrivalled game viewing by camel or horseback in the morning and tracker dog training in the afternoon. Lewa is also part of a prolific development project, which aims to reduce human-wildlife conflict and has already reached over 800 local members. In the evening we will arrange a special host and leading conservationist from the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy to meet you at the camp to talk about the many years of research and conservation at the reserve.

Exploring the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

25th June – 25th June

Fly to Elephant Pepper Camp

Your private charter flights will be waiting for you on the landing strip at Lewa Camp ready to fly you to Elephant Pepper Camp. This will give you another chance to take in sweeping views of the savannah below, which is sure to be freckled with wildlife. After settling into your tents, one of the conservationists from the Mara North Conservancy will host a lunch and talk about their work in the area. Vehicles and guides will be ready in the afternoon to take you out into the Maasai Mara for some of the excellent game-viewing that the area is famous for. Dinner will be served back at the camp by the light of candles and a camp fire.

Fly to Elephant Pepper Camp

26th June

Full Day at the Tusk Trust

This morning a leading expert from Tusk will meet you at the camp and take you behind the scenes of their wildlife and community projects in the Maasai Mara. As it is in Lewa, poaching and over-farming are sadly in abundance in this reserve. This has led to the decline of species such as the African wild dog and Tusk are working hard with local Maasai tribes and their partners within the reserve to find a way for hunted game and native farmers to thrive together.

Full Day at the Tusk Trust

27th June

Exploring the Maasai Mara and Farewell Dinner in the Bush

For any early-risers we can arrange a special morning breakfast to watch the sun rise over the Mara this morning before heading out into the plains for more incredible game-viewing. Lunch will be back at the camp with time for a rest with a book in your hammock before you journey into the Mara once more. This evening we have arranged a very special farewell dinner deep in the African bush with a few memorable surprises to end this unique adventure.

Exploring the Maasai Mara and Farewell Dinner in the Bush

28th June

Depart to Nairobi

A private charter flight will take you back to Nairobi this morning in good time for onward connections to the UK or US. Exact timings will be given to ensure that connection times run smoothly and we can easily arrange a night in Nairobi at one of our favourite hotels if needs be. If you have time to spare, and you’d like to extend your journey one of the specialists here at c+l will be delighted to help.

Depart to Nairobi

21st June – 25th June

Lewa Safari Camp

What sets Lewa apart from many other camps in Africa is the dedicated work they are part of. The private reserve is home to the world’s largest population of the endangered Grevy’s zebra and currently 65 black rhino. Their guides are rigorously trained in wildlife preservation as well as bush-tracking to ensure guests receive the best wildlife experience possible. The en-suite safari tents are stylish and private with unbroken views into the bush and beyond. We love the swimming pool and central lodge as a place to relax when you’re not exploring the reserve.

Lewa Safari Camp

25th June – 28th June

Elephant Pepper Camp

Situated in the heart of the Mara North Conservancy Trust, this camp is perfect for immersing yourself in conservation and research. It also enjoys extraordinary numbers and diversity of animals. The combined experience and knowledge of the team at Elephant Pepper is admirable and, after 20 years in operation, they know every blade of grass on the reserve and how to find it. The focus here is on taking a step back to nature with camp fires lit in the evening under a star-lit sky. Although unquestionably comfortable, the camp is low-key with no generator to interfere with the sounds of Africa and the resident lion pride. Tents are en-suite with authentic bucket showers and private verandas looking onto the Maasai Plains.

Elephant Pepper Camp

Ian Craig

Ian Craig continues to provide strategic advice to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, after having served as its founding Executive Director from 1995-2008. A Kenyan by birth, Ian returned home following his education in Ireland to manage his family’s cattle ranch at Lewa Downs. After the family converted Lewa Downs to the Ngare Sergoi Rhino Sanctuary in 1983, Ian managed the sanctuary’s wildlife and conservation operations until Lewa’s founding in 1995. Ian is a member of the Board of Directors and an Honorary Warden of the Kenya Wildlife Service; and he serves as a strategic advisor and member of the Board of Directors of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Ian is an experienced bush pilot with over 6,500 flight hours.

Ian Craig

Flights

We recommend the following flights:

Outbound with Kenya Airways London Heathrow to Nairobi 20:00 (overnight) 06:30 KQ 101

Inbound with Kenya Airways Nairobi to London Heathrow 23:45 (overnight) 06:45 KQ 102

Please contact us for a quote including these flights.

We can also include flights from the United States so please do let us know where you are travelling from and we will send you the best flight routes with a quote.

Pricing Information

Price per person based on two sharing

£4045
€4530
$6510

The price quoted includes the following:

All accommodation on a full board basis

Soft drinks, beer and house wine

All road transfers as specified

Private charter flights

Guiding and excursions as specified

Park fees and other entry fees

 

The price quoted does not include:

International flights (We can quote on these if needed)

Travel insurance

Premium drinks and tips

Visas

Vaccinations

Any other extras

Single supplements (Please contact us for details)

where you will go on the trip