This unique safari will provide you with an authentic and close-up insight into lion research in some of Kenya’s most stunning areas. Spend 4 days with a lion research expert from the Ewaso Lions with 4 nights at Sasaab Camp followed by 3 nights at Porini Lion Camp in the famous Maasai Mara in the exclusive Olare Motorogi Conservancy. Research has shown that Olare Motorogi and its neighbouring Conservancies have the highest density of wild lions in Africa. Income from tourism pays for the conservancy land to be set aside for wildlife, so your visit will directly support conservation. In addition, 5% of the total safari cost is donated directly to the Ewaso Lions project (www.ewasolions.org).

Your time will typically include early morning and evening game drives when the lions are most active, participating in monitoring and recording and can also include the following:

  • Participate in Ewaso Lions tree project and Wildlife Cinema in West Gate. This involves visiting schools and also manyattas (Samburu homesteads) at night to show them wildlife films.
  • Carnivore ‘call-ins’ at night playing a recorded carnivore call and using speakers to call in carnivores as a method to estimate their density.
  • Engage with the community and complete questionnaires on conflict and perceptions of predators.
  • Track radio-collared lions.
  • Go on patrol with the Ewaso Lions scouts and help record data on predators and identify spoor tracks.
  • Help record data in the core Conservation Area
  • Investigate any conflict in the area, e.g. donkey killed by lion, etc…

 

Lion cubs near Porini Lion Camp by guest Joseph Lam

 

Lion conservation recently became an issue of international concern when statistics revealed that lion numbers in Africa have plummeted to between 16,000 and 45,000. The lion population has declined by 30%-50% in just over the past two decades, a reduction largely due to habitat loss and conflict with humans. The lions in the Samburu / Buffalo Springs / Shaba ecosystem of Kenya are in an extremely vulnerable situation as they live in or adjacent to areas inhabited by nomadic people. Lions and their predatory behaviour have caused great resentment among the increasing rural pastoralist populations, and this has led to increased persecution of lions – lions continue to be shot, poisoned and speared.

This unique safari will provide you with an authentic and close-up insight into lion research in some of Kenya’s most stunning areas. Spend 4 days with a lion research expert from the Ewaso Lions with 4 nights at Sasaab Camp and 3 nights at Porini Lion Camp in the famous Maasai Mara in an exclusive conservancy with several resident prides of lion.

You will have the opportunity to be involved in this crucial research and 5% of the total safari cost will be donated to the Ewaso lions project (www.ewasolions.org).

Your time will typically include early morning and evening game drives when the lions are most active, participating in monitoring and recording and can also include the following:

  • Participate in Ewaso Lions tree project and Wildlife Cinema in West Gate. This involves visiting schools and also manyattas (Samburu homesteads) at night to show them wildlife films.
  • Carnivore ‘call-ins’ at night playing a recorded carnivore call and using speakers to call in carnivores as a method to estimate their density.
  • Engage with the community and complete questionnaires on conflict and perceptions of predators.
  • Track radio-collared lions.
  • Go on patrol with the Ewaso Lions scouts and help record data on predators and identify spoor tracks.
  • Help record data in the core Conservation Area
  • Investigate any conflict in the area, e.g. donkey killed by lion, etc…

About Ewaso Lions: Ewaso Lions takes its name from the mighty Ewaso Nyiro River (also called the Ewaso Ng’iro) which starts on the slopes of Mt Kenya and snakes its way through Laikipia and Samburu. The Ewaso (pronounced “eh-wah-so”) serves as a lifeline for the people and wildlife in the area. Ewaso Lions was formed to ensure a future for lions and other large carnivores in northern Kenya. Ewaso Lions uses scientific research and community-based outreach programmes to promote coexistence between lions and people. Ewaso Lions firmly believes that the success of lion conservation hinges on the involvement of the local people who live alongside lions.  Ewaso Lions programmes promote human-carnivore coexistence, provide education, and build local capacity for wildlife rangers and community leaders. Ewaso Lions’ core research activities focus on understanding the factors driving lion pride establishments, their associations and movements in the wild, the extent of human-lion conflict, and the impact of habitat loss in order to formulate strategies for long-term lion conservation. The research is centred in northern Kenya’s Samburu, Laikipia, and Isiolo Counties, which comprise one contiguous ecosystem. This region is home to the third largest populations of lions, cheetahs, and wild dogs in Kenya. The research covers four major land use types: community conservancies, group ranches (public lands), protected areas, and private ranches. The study area covers almost 5,000 km2 of lion habitat, which includes National Reserves (Samburu, Buffalo Springs, and Shaba), Community Conservancies (Westgate, Mpus Kutuk, Kalama, Nasuulu, and Nakupurat Gotu), and Laikipia’s private ranches. Ewaso Lions is an independent nonprofit organisation, and relies on the generous support of organisations and individuals.

Itinerary

Duration: 7 nights / 8 days

Day 1:

Depart from Wilson Airport for your scheduled flight to Samburu National Reserve. The Sasaab Lodge’s guide in a 4×4 vehicle will meet you at the Samburu airstrip and transfer you to the Lodge. Settle into your spacious room overlooking the river and then meet a lion expert  from Ewaso Lions,  over lunch, you will be briefed on the lions in the area, the research and opportunities to participate over the next few days. Sasaab is located above the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River, in the arid heart of Samburu land, a tranquil setting that offers views towards the Laikipia plateau and Mount Kenya. After lunch, relax in your room and then take an afternoon game drive to track the resident ‘community lions’ returning for dinner. Overnight Sasaab Lodge

Day 2:

Full day with guided bush walks, lion tracking and visits to the local community to monitor lion predation of livestock and other such issues. All meals at the camp. Overnight Sasaab Lodge.

Day 3:

After an early morning cup of coffee/tea depart for an early morning game drive.  Later on, return to the Lodge for breakfast.  Mid morning is at Leisure. The Ewaso Nyiro River (Brown river in the local language) winds through mature stands of Newtonia and Sycamore Fig trees, Acacia and Doum Palms, one of the few branching palms to be found anywhere in the world.  Enjoy your lunch at the Lodge.  Afternoon game drive will give you another opportunity to explore the wilderness of the reserve returning for dinner. Overnight Sasaab Lodge.

Day 4:

Spend the day in the Samburu National Reserve with picnic lunch tracking lions and viewing the numerous wildlife drawn to the river, many of which are unique to this part of Kenya including the endangered Grevy’s Zebra. All meals and overnight Sasaab Lodge.

Day 5:

After breakfast transfer to the Samburu airstrip for schedule flight to the Masai Mara National Reserve. You will be met at the Olare Orok airstrip by the camp’s guide in a 4×4 vehicle and take game drive to Porini Lion Camp, located in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, famous for its numerous lion prides. Afternoon game drives in 4×4 vehicle within the game rich Mara ecosystem followed by a sundowner before dinner and overnight at Porini Lion Camp.

Day 6:

Full day in the Masai Mara with picnic lunch. All meals at the camp. Overnight Porini Lion Camp.

Day 7:

*Optional Balloon Safari and Champagne Breakfast.

After an early breakfast, go on a morning walk in the Conservancy escorted by Maasai warriors and a guide, returning to the camp later in the morning. In the afternoon you will go on a game drive to explore more of the Olare Motorogi Conservancy on the lookout not only for the Lion but also elephants, buffalo, giraffe and other big cats. Enjoy a night game drive after dinner in search of the nocturnal animals including Lion and the elusive Leopards which are resident in the expansive Olare Motorogi Conservancy. Overnight Porini Lion Camp.

Day 8:

One last early morning game drive or guided bush walk, before returning to the camp for breakfast. Check out for transfer to the Olare Orok airstrip where you will board a scheduled flight departing at 11 a.m. to arrive at Wilson Airport in Nairobi, at around 12.15 pm. There are connections to Mombasa, Lamu or Zanzibar where you may opt for a few days of relaxation at the beach.

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LION RESEARCH SAFARI, 8 DAY/7 NIGHTS FLYING PACKAGE: PRICES IN US$ [MINIMUM 2 PAX]

PRICES INCLUDE: FROM WILSON AIRPORT, SCHEDULE FLIGHTS NAIROBI/SAMBURU, SAMBURU/MASAI MARA & MASAI MARA/NAIROBI INCLUSIVE OF TAXES, 4 NIGHTS AT SASAAB LODGE, 3 NIGHTS AT PORINI LION CAMP, 3 MEALS PER DAY AT BOTH CAMPS, SAMBURU & MASAI MARA PARK PLUS CONSERVANCY FEES, EXCLUSIVE USE OF VEHICLE DURING GAME DRIVES WHILE AT SASAAB & PORINI LION CAMP, SERVICES OF LION EXPERTS AT BOTH SAMBURU & MARA(5% OF THE SAFARI COST TO BE DONATED DIRECT TO THE EWASO LION PROJECT), AIRSTRIP TRANSFERS, GUIDED BUSH WALKS, CAMEL WALKS, LAUNDRY AT SASAAB, HOUSE WINES, LOCAL BEERS, SOFT DRINKS, HOUSE SPIRITS, BOTTLED WATER AT SASAAB CAMP, GUIDED WALKS WITH MAASAI WARRIORS, DAY & NIGHT GAME DRIVES, SUNDOWNERS AT PORINI LION CAMP.

PRICES EXCLUDE:CHAMPAGNE, LUXURY SPIRITS, SELECTED WINES, TREATMENTS IN SPA AT SASAAB, GRATUITIES & ANYTHING OF A PERSONAL NATURE

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Dates From Dates To Per Person Sharing Single Room Supplement Child 8-11 years sharing with 02 adults EXTRA NIGHT AT PORINI LION| PER PERSON SHARING
15-Jun-20 30-Jun-20 9375 USD 1928 USD 3979 USD 500 USD
1-Jul-20 30-Sep-20 10352 USD 1928 USD 4565 USD 810 USD
1-Oct-20 15-Oct-20 9848 USD 1928 USD 4263 USD 650 USD
16-Oct-20 31-Oct-20 9738 USD 1928 USD 4197 USD 615 USD
1-Nov-20 15-Nov-20 8234 USD 1448 USD 3214 USD 475 USD
16-Nov-20 30-Nov-20 Sasaab Lodge Closed
1-Dec-20 15-Dec-20 8234 USD 1448 USD 3214 USD 475 USD
16-Dec-20 5-Jan-21 10557 USD 1928 USD 4601 USD 770 USD
6-Jan-21 31-Mar-21 8807 USD 1470 USD 3532 USD 615 USD
1-Feb-21 28-Feb-21 9132 USD 1524 USD 3662 USD 650 USD
1-Mar-21 31-Mar-21 8807 USD 1470 USD 3532 USD 615 USD
1-Apr-21 15-Apr-21 Porini Lion Camp Closed
16-Apr-21 31-May-21 8359 USD 1470 USD 3263 USD 475 USD
1-Jun-21 14-Jun-21 9786 USD 2029 USD 4139 USD 500 USD
15-Jun-21 30-Jun-21 9868 USD 2029 USD 4188 USD 525 USD
1-Jul-21 30-Sep-21 10897 USD 2029 USD 4805 USD 855 USD
1-Oct-21 15-Oct-21 10366 USD 2029 USD 4487 USD 685 USD
16-Oct-21 31-Oct-21 10251 USD 2029 USD 4418 USD 650 USD
1-Nov-21 15-Nov-21 8359 USD 1470 USD 3263 USD 475 USD
16-Nov-21 30-Nov-21 Sasaab Lodge Closed
1-Dec-21 15-Dec-21 8359 USD 1470 USD 3263 USD 475 USD

Extra night rate:

While at Porini Lion Camp for a 3 night stay one visit into Masai Mara National Reserve and park entry fees is included. Any extra visit into the reserve must pay US$ 80 per person per day on top of above rates. Single tent supplement is US$ 130 per person per night.

Child policy:

Above rates applicable for children between 8 and 11 years. Child under 8 not recommended at Porini Lion Camp.

Festive supplements:

At Sasaab Lodge, a supplement of US$ 80 per person per night will apply between 23rd Dec 2020 and 01 Jan 2021 (both inclusive)

Late Afternoon Departure: 

Late departure from Porini Lion camp after 10.00 a.m. is US$ 150 per person – minimum 2 people (includes lunch, soft drinks and activities before departure in the late afternoon with transfer to airstrip. Guests are required to check out of their tent by 10.00).

Flight supplements:

Mombasa: For flying from Masai Mara to Diani/Ukunda/Moi Airport instead of flying to Nairobi US$ 430 per adult & US$ 230 per child 08 – 12 years (one way flight). Includes late departure charge & mandatory US$ 90 park fee.

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