Holistic Safari

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Gamewatchers Safaris has been operating in Kenya for over 20 years and offers a range of safaris to some of the best wildlife reserves and parks in Africa. The emphasis is on the more personal and exclusive smaller safari camps, use of 4x4 safari vehicles for game drives in preference to vans, and the option of air transfers as an alternative to driving by road between the parks.

 

 

This 12 day safari incorporates some of Kenya’s best wildlife areas and unspoilt natural habitats. You will learn the history behind various conservancies and why they were set up for preservation of key species. You will understand the concept of working with communities and you will also have the opportunity to make a contribution in whichever way you please, to support these communities. Not to forget, you are visiting one of the best wildlife areas of the world, and you will get a chance to experience being a part of the wilderness that is Africa. Karibu and Welcome!

 

Safari Highlights

Most visitors to Kenya come to experience the wildlife, famous migration and the great beaches. This safari will take you on a holistic journey that will incorporate a full 12 days of education, relaxation and excitement.

  • Nairobi Visit: Your stay in Nairobi will incorporate a visit to the giraffe center, a visit to a tea farm and a cheese farm, a private visit to the renowned elephant orphanage and you will get a taste of the wilderness in Nairobi National Park. The above excursions will introduce you to what makes Kenya so special.
  • Selenkay Visit: You will then begin your safari in one of the first conservancies that was set up in Kenya. The Selenkay Conservancy is off the beaten track, and animals are still not used to many tourists. It remains as one of the more natural untouched wildlife habitats in the country. You will visit an authentic and local village and learn about one of the oldest tribes of Kenya – The Maasai.
  • Ol Pejeta Visit: A world of its own, the Ol Pejeta Sanctuary is home to the rescued Chimpanzees and has the largest sanctuary for the endangered black rhino in East Africa. Wild dogs, which have not been seen for over a decade, are now denning and making the Ol Pejeta Sanctuary their home. Guests staying at Porini Rhino Camp are regularly seeing wild dogs.
  • The Gallmann Mukutan Conservancy Visit: The conservancy has been set up by world-famous author of the best seller “I Dreamed of Africa” – Kuki Gallmann. An environmentalist and conservationist at heart, Kuki Gallmann decided to work towards ecological conservation and established the Gallmann Memorial Foundation . You will experience utmost peace, and breathtaking beauty.
  • Ol Kinyei Visit: End your safari in style in the Maasai Mara Ecosystem. The Ol Kinyei Conservancy is one of the most beautiful areas of the ecosystem and offers best game viewing without the mass market rush.

A significant sum of money is generated through the Porini Safari Camps to go to the community’s welfare. In the last 2 years over US$ 900,000 was recorded as having been given to the communities to help provide health care, education and a better way of life.

 

 Itinerary

DAY 1:

OVERNIGHT: NAIROBI TENTED CAMP (B&B)

Upon your morning arrival into Nairobi you will be met by our Representative at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and transferred to Nairobi Tented Camp to check in and freshen up. You will then head out to visit the Giraffe Center, have lunch at Ngong House and then return to the Nairobi National Park. Later take a private visit to the Daphne Sheldrick elephant sanctuary then return to the National Park to enjoy a game drive in search of the predators and wildlife - all on your first day in Nairobi! Drive to camp and enjoy a hearty dinner and your first night out in the wild.

 

The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world and one of the pioneering conservation organisations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa. The Trust embraces all measures that compliment the conservation, preservation and protection of wildlife. These include anti-poaching, safe guarding the natural environment, enhancing community awareness, addressing animal welfare issues, providing veterinary assistance to animals in need, rescuing and hand rearing elephant and rhino orphans along with other species that can ultimately enjoy a quality of life in wild terms when grown.

The African Fund for Endangered Wildlife Kenya - also known as the Giraffe Centre - supports environmental education programmes to help wildlife conservation efforts with special emphasis on endangered species and promote sustainable environmental conservation. Visitors enjoy feeding the giraffes and taking a leisurely nature walk.

 

DAY 2:

OVERNIGHT: NAIROBI TENTED CAMP (B&B)

After an early morning breakfast, you will head out to Kiambethu Tea Farm then visit Browns Cheese Farm. Continue your journey to Maai Mahiu, where you will arrive at Café Ubuntu for a late lunch - the first restaurant formed by an initiative between Whole Foods Markets, Whole Planet Foundation and CTC. Hear stories of how the cafe has empowered the community of Maai Mahiu by creating jobs and an exciting coffee culture. Café Ubuntu also works in association with Brown’s Cheese to boost business for local goat herders by providing milk for goat cheese. Depart the area and return to Nairobi. You will enter the Nairobi National Park in the late afternoon and take a game drive en route to camp. Enjoy an evening sundowner and dinner at camp. Overnight.

Kiambethu Farm was bought and the land cleared for cultivation in 1910. Kiambethu means “traditional dancing ground” in Kikuyu - one of Kenya’s local languages - and in the early days of the farm enormous ‘ngomas’ and dances were held on the farm.

Brown’s Cheese was founded on a passion for delicious, fresh, additive-free cheese. Established in 1979, the family-run business is now in the hands of the second generation of Browns. The farm lies among the beautiful tea plantations of Tigoni, and is run on purely biodynamic and organic principles.

Café Ubuntu is a great example of a project that has been developed to create income and employment to a community. Built by volunteers, it is the first ever bakery in Maai Mahiu (Rift Valley) and is self-sustaining and designed to improve the quality of life for the community by attracting tourism. Café Ubuntu is also a much-needed health and nutrition resource centre for the local people. The menu offers delicious crepes, espresso, and farm-to-table options.

 

DAY 3:

OVERNIGHT: PORINI AMBOSELI CAMP (FB)

Depart after an early breakfast, and transfer to Wilson Airport for your early morning flight to Amboseli. Upon your arrival at the airstrip, you will be met by our Gamewatchers representative who will be waiting for you and transfer you to Porini Amboseli Camp where you will check in and freshen up before heading out for a morning game drive. Return to camp for lunch. In the afternoon, you will have the option of “lion tracking” with one of the guides of the Lion Guardians. Return to camp for a sundowner, dinner and overnight.

The Lion Guardians program was developed in 2006 by the Living with Lions project and the local communities, and was initiated in collaboration with Maasailand Preservation Trust in January 2007 on Mbirikani Group Ranch in the Amboseli Ecosystem. Their mission is to promote sustainable coexistence between people and lion using cultural values, community participation and science. The Lion Guardians are playing an important role in the conservation of lions in East Africa and for the first time in nearly a decade, the lion population in the Amboseli eco-system is growing.

The popular BBC TV series “Africa" presented by Sir David Attenborough included a feature on the Lion Guardians, filmed while Sir David was staying at Porini Amboseli Camp in Selenkay Conservancy. Sir David Attenborough expressed his stay in Amboseli as “What a marvellous example of how people and wildlife can live alongside one another. Thank you all”.

 

DAY 4:

OVERNIGHT: PORINI AMBOSELI CAMP (FB)

After an early breakfast, you will go meet Cynthia Moss at the elephant centre located in Amboseli. The Amboseli Elephant Research Project is the longest study of wild elephants in the world. They work to understand the lives and ensure the future of 1,500 elephants in the Amboseli ecosystem fed by the waters of Kilimanjaro.

You will then drive into Amboseli National Park, 10 miles from the Selenkay boundary for a full morning game drive with picnic lunch. Return to camp and then have an evening drive, sundowners and night game drive. Return to camp for dinner and overnight.

The Selenkay Conservancy was the first community based conservancy that was set up in this area in 1997. Selenkay Conservation Area is well off the beaten track and has not been visited by tourists until now. It lies in the heart of Maasailand and the animals are truly wild and not yet habituated to the presence of vehicles.

 

DAY 5:

OVERNIGHT: PORINI AMBOSELI CAMP (FB)

After a morning breakfast, you will go for an authentic Maasai Village visit. You will experience the Maasai culture and meet some of the leaders of the village. After your village visit, go for a game drive and return to camp for lunch. After your afternoon tea, go for an evening game drive and return to camp for sundowner and overnight.

 

DAY 6:

OVERNIGHT: PORINI RHINO CAMP (FB)

You will depart the camp in the morning and will transfer to the airstrip for your flight to Wilson. Upon arrival at Wilson airport, you will then connect for your Safarilink flight to Nanyuki departing at 10.20 a.m.

Upon arrival, you will be met at the airstrip and transferred to Porini Rhino Camp, located in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, in the foothills of Mount Kenya. Lunch and afternoon tea in camp and then head off to visit the Northern White Rhinos. Enjoy an evening gamedrive and return to Porini Rhino Camp for dinner and overnight.

In 2009 Ol Pejeta Conservancy welcomed four special new arrivals - Najin, Fatu, Sudan and Suni are four of the world’s last remaining seven northern white rhinos. All four were translocated from Dvur Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic. The transfer was aimed at providing the rhinos with the most favorable breeding conditions in an attempt to pull the species back from the verge of extinction. It is thought that the climatic, dietary and security conditions that the rhinos enjoy at Ol Pejeta will provide them with higher chances of starting a population in what is seen as the very last lifeline for the species.

 

DAY 7:

OVERNIGHT: PORINI RHINO CAMP (FB)

Full day in Ol Pejeta with game drives, a visit to the famous Chimpanzee Sanctuary and you will enjoy a private talk from the CEO of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Overnight at Porini Rhino Camp.

The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary opened in 1993 in a negotiated agreement between the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the Jane Goodall Institute. The facility was initially established to receive and provide lifelong refuge to orphaned and abused chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) from West and Central Africa. An initial group of three chimpanzee orphans were brought to the sanctuary from a facility in Bujumbura, Burundi in 1993. This group of chimpanzees needed to be evacuated due to the outbreak of civil war in Burundi. This was followed in 1995 by another group of 9 adult chimpanzees, followed by another 10 in 1996.

The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is East Africa’s Largest Black Rhino Sanctuary and aims to develop as a financially self-sustaining and innovative model that achieves conservation in a manner that produces tangible social benefit at both a local and national level. The conservancy will launch an unmanned surveillance drone that will help keep an eye on its rhinos and wildlife.

 

DAY 8:

OVERNIGHT: MUKUTAN RETREAT

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Kamok airstrip in Ol Pejeta to take a private charter to the Laikipia Main Airstrip where you will be met by a representative and transferred to Mukutan Retreat. You will go through the less explored Llera or Mnarati Nne Valley OR (if time permits) visit the Museum and Labs for a short introduction of the Gallmann Mukutan Conservancy by the Ecology and Education Team. Transfer to Mukutan Retreat where you will get a chance to personally meet with the famous Kuki Gallman (World renowned conservationist and author of the best seller “I Dreamed of Africa” which also became a feature film). In the late afternoon, you can either go for a walk or a drive to a sunset / sundowner spot with breathtaking views across Lake Baringo and the Great Rift Valley, overlooking the Mukutan Gorge.

Return to the Retreat for dinner and overnight.

 

DAY 9:

OVERNIGHT: MUKUTAN RETREAT

After an early breakfast, you will walk into the Mukutan Gorge with one of the local expert ecologists (this will depend on the availability of the ecologist – ornithologist, entomologist, botanist or even a reptile specialist).

The Mukutan Gorge plunges from 6000ft to 3000ft, deep into an unusual and unique ecosystem. A valley full of tropical vines, palms, llianas and rare plants including an endemic species, recently described- Aloe Mukutanensis.

Hiking options

Option 1: A walk to the big waterfall. A magical path that tracks the river downstream past small waterfalls and rock pools and a cave with stone tools. **This walk is challenging for any level of hiker- a certain amount of hanging onto vines and climbing over rocks and fallen trees is involved but you are rewarded with a stunning drop over a 300ft waterfall and a real sense of achievement at the end. **

Option 2: A walk to the Hot Springs. This walk also takes you into the secret world of the Mukutan Gorge, filled with verdant foliage and vibrant life. However, it does not require anything too athletic. The Hot Springs are the origins of the name ‘Mukutan’ which means ‘The meeting’ and it believed that this was a sacred place for previous inhabitants of the land. The Hot Springs themselves have been purposefully left as natural as possible but it is possible to take a dip in the warm water in most seasons. Facing the hot springs is a giant rock tower covered in wild orchids.

You will then return to the retreat for a late lunch and a relaxed afternoon.

Go for an afternoon game drive, and return to the retreat for dinner and overnight.

 

DAY 10:

OVERNIGHT: PORINI MARA CAMP

After an early breakfast, you will visit the Pokot Acrobatics Peace Team and learn about the Pokot people in their village. You will have a picnic lunch by Ngobitu’s Dam in a rustic wildlife viewing hide, then transfer to the Laikipia Main airstrip and take a charter out to the Maasai Mara. You will be met by Porini staff and transferred to Porini Mara Camp, which is located in the Ol Kinyei Conservancy – one of the most beautiful parts of the Mara Ecosystem. Take an evening game drive, stopping at a scenic point for a sundowner. Dinner and overnight at camp.

 

DAY 11:

OVERNIGHT: PORINI MARA CAMP

Awake to the enchanting calls of the early morning birds. Stretch and enjoy a homely a cup of tea / coffee / hot chocolate and freshly baked biscuits that will be your wake up call. Get ready to leave camp for an early morning game viewing and be on the lookout for the resident pride of lions. Stop in the wild for a bush breakfast, coming back to camp later for lunch. Have the afternoon to relax and unwind. In the evening you will go on a game drive in the Conservancy, stopping for a sundowner at a scenic viewpoint, followed by a night game drive to look for nocturnal animals. Return to camp for dinner and overnight.

 

DAY 12:

RETURN TO NAIROBI

Awake at dawn to the natural sounds of Maasai Mara's birdlife. Return to camp for breakfast. Enjoy the morning at your leisure. Lunch will be served al fresco style, after which you will depart Porini Mara Camp. Go for a game drive en route to the airstrip for your 4.00pm flight to Wilson, Nairobi.

Upon your arrival into Wilson, you will then transfer to Jomo Kenyatta international airport for your flight back home.

End of Safari - KWAHERI AND COME BACK AGAIN!

 

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HOLISTIC SAFARI, 12 DAY / 11 NIGHT PACKAGE: (minimum 2 passengers)

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