Kenya Conservation Safari

Join Us For An Experience of a Lifetime! | 2018 – Dates TBD

Join us for a one-of-a-kind experience, visiting African Conservation Centre’s (ACC’s) community-based conservation projects! We designed this safari to give you special access to our conservation projects and the people running them. Guided by our leading scientists and community leaders, you’ll experience wildlife off-the-beaten-tourist-track, visit projects and people in diverse and stunning ecosystems and learn first-hand how ACC innovations are shaping the future of conservation.

“People who have been far, see far.”

Safari Host, Guides & Management

http://chelipeacock.com/

Carolyn Greene, (ACC-US Executive Director), is your host on this adventure, along with ACC’s and Kenya’s leading scientists and community leaders. The Safari is managed by Cheli & Peacock Safaris.

Cheli & Peacock Safaris, is one of Kenya’s leading eco-tourism operators. For more than 30 years, they have developed a reputation for professional service, outstanding food, and attention to detail.  Cheli & Peacock Safaris employ from the local communities and support both National Reserves and community conservation initiatives. C & P has been a longtime partner of ACC.

Itinerary | From our wonderful January 9-20, 2017 safari 

Our 2018 safari itinerary will be similar

Day 1 — January 9
Eka Hotel
Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya Conservation Safari - Day 1

Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.  You will be met by a representative from Cheli & Peacock Safaris (C & P) and transferred to the lovely Eka Hotel for a good night’s rest before your adventure begins!

Day 2 — January 10 
Twala Tenebo Cultural Manyatta, Laikipia 

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This morning we fly to Nanyuki where we will be met by a representative from C & P Safaris.  We’ll drive through the wildlife-filled Laikipia landscape to our destination:  Twala Cultural Manyatta (a 1 ½ hour drive). This Manyatta was initiated by Maasai women and supported by ACC to provide an income for women and a unique and authentic experience for visitors that fosters respect and understanding of the local environment and culture. We’ll learn about Twala’s enterprise projects (aloe, bee keeping, beading, tourism) enjoy a good lunch and take a short hike to explore this beautiful landscape and its wildlife.  After dinner, we’ll join our new friends for fireside conversation before heading to bed in our Manyatta huts.

Day 3 — January 11
Twala Tenebo Cultural Manyatta, Laikipia 

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Today we’ll rise early to meet with world renowned primatologist, Dr. Shirley Strum and visit one of the longest running primate field studies in the world, the Uaso Ngiro Baboon Project. While walking among a habituated troop of baboons, we’ll learn what makes these monkeys so special and how this project has positively impacted the community. We will have lunch and a break back at camp and then embark on a bird-watching and plant walk led by a local guide.

Day 4 — January 12
Elephant Pepper Camp, Maasai Mara

ACC Kenya Conservation Safari Zebras

This morning we fly to the world-famous Maasai Mara!  On arrival we will be met by a representative from Elephant Pepper Camp and transferred to our camp. Located in the Mara North Conservancy, the heart of the Maasai Mara ecosystem, Elephant Pepper Camp is the perfect base from which to explore the spectacular wildlife of the Mara and in the process learn about ACC and partner conservation efforts underway to save this unique place.  We’ll enjoy a walk and evening game viewing before settling into our tents for the night.

Day 5 — January 13
Elephant Pepper Camp, Maasai Mara

Kenya Conservation Safari - Day 8

With over 450 bird species and both resident and transient populations of lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, giraffe, to name a few, we will spend much of today photographing and learning about wildlife!

Day 6 — January 14
Elephant Pepper Camp, Maasai Mara

Kenya Conservation Safari - Day 10

Upon waking, tea and freshly-baked biscuits will ease us into a morning of game drives or bush walks across the conservancy in the company of highly experienced local guides. In the afternoon, we may visit with a landowner and/or a school to see conservation programs in action.  A night game drive back to camp after sundowners in the bush ends another exciting day in the Mara!

Day 7 — January 15
Shompole Wilderness Camp, Magadi

ACC Kenya Safari, Magadi, Lion Conservation

This morning, we say farewell to the Mara and take a chartered flight to Magadi in the South Rift (30 minute flight).  We will be met by a representative from Shompole Wilderness Camp and transported to our tented camp nestled under fig tress on the banks of the Ewaso Ngiro river.  Along the way, we’ll stop to view flamingos on Lake Magadi. Once at camp, we will have lunch with our South Rift guides, John Kamanga, Guy Western and Johann and Samantha du Toit. The afternoon and evening will include a walk, sundowner, and dinner at camp. Wildlife is abundant in this relatively unknown area of Kenya, with only Rhino missing from the diverse ecosystem.

Day 8 — January 16 
Shompole Wilderness Camp, Magadi

Kenya Conservation Safari - Day 6

We’ll be up early to join the Rebuilding the Pride (RTP) team as they track lions.  You’ll learn about RTP and what it takes to conserve these amazing cats!  In the afternoon we will visit the Lale’enok Resource Centre that ACC helped to build and go for a trek into the Nguruman forest.  We’ll meet with local Maasai community members about how they coexist with wildlife and preserve their cultural heritage.  In the evening, we may visit a Maasai boma, followed by a night game drive back to camp.

Day 9 — January 17
Tortilis Camp, Amboseli

Kenya Conservation Safari - Day 2

Enjoy one more morning game drive or walk in Shompole before transferring to the airstrip for a chartered flight to Amboseli (40 minute flight). On arrival, we will be met by a representative from Tortilis Camp and transferred to our lodge – one of the top eco-lodges in the world!  Here, will be met by our guide at Amboseli, world-renowned ecologist, founder of ACC and Amboseli expert, Dr. David Western (Jonah).  Jonah will give you a short overview of ACC’s community-based programs in Amboseli and then we’ll head out to see the programs in action. Amboseli opens your eyes to Africa’s vast space: a photographer’s paradise. It’s famous for its many elephants, big cats, and prolific plains game – all in the backdrop of Mt. Kilimanjaro!  We’ll return to Tortilis for a lovely lunch and break then head out for another game drive, sundowner, and delicious candle-lit dinner.

Day 10 — January 18 
Tortilis Camp, Amboseli

Kenya Conservation Safari - Day 3

Today we will visit Amboseli’s elephants, made famous by Cynthia Moss’ research.  These elephants are relatively used to people so we can get closer to them than in other areas.  You will learn about ACC’s efforts to protect elephants and lions from conflict and poaching and meet our Scouts – the frontline in anti-poaching/conflict efforts.  After a mid-day break, we’ll enjoy another game drive and evening walk outside the park to get a feel of the land and watch the sunset fall over the plains.

Day 11 — January 19 
Tortilis Camp, Amboseli

Kenya Conservation Safari - Day 4

Early morning game drive and visit to ACC’s newest community resource centre at Noonkotiak with ACC staff, Johnson Sipitiek and David Maitumo. The Centre brings together the community resource assessors who monitor wildlife, livestock and human activity in the Amboseli Ecosystem and houses the offices of the Amboseli Ecosystem Trust.  You will learn how ACC works with communities to benefit wildlife, people and the entire ecosystem.  Finish the day with more wildlife viewing and a wonderful meal under the stars.

Day 12 — January 20
Eka Day Room, Nairobi 

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After breakfast, we’ll take a 9:00 a.m. flight from Amboseli to Nairobi.  We’ll check into our Eka Hotel dayroom and then meet for a farewell lunch with ACC friends before our evening flights home.

Safari Fees

Price (Shared Room) — $6,995 per person
Price (Private Room) — $9,072 per person*

* Please note we are limited to 2 singles for the group.
Singles are welcome to share lodging with friends to get the shared rate.  

Minimum of 8 guests/maximum of 10

A 20% DEPOSIT IS DUE BY OCTOBER 15, 2016  TO CONFIRM YOUR SAFARI

Full payment is due on December 9, 2016

All prices, inclusions and dates may be subject to
change due to circumstances beyond our control.

Your Safari Fee Includes Most Everything:

  • Bed and breakfast at Eka hotel
  • Full board accommodation at all other properties
  • Soft drinks, beer and house wine at all properties except Eka hotel
  • Airport/airstrip transfers
  • Park entrance fees
  • Game drives in 4 wheel drive vehicle
  • Scheduled flights in Kenya
  • Private charters in a Cessna 208
  • Limited laundry at Tortilis and Elephant Pepper camp
  • Lunch on the last day
  • Dayrooms at Eka hotel on the last day
  • All transfers mentioned above
  • All domestic flight departure taxes
  • All known government taxes
  • AMREF Flying Doctors’ cover

Fees Not Included:

  • All items of a personal nature
  • Champagne, luxury spirits & wines
  • Drinks and laundry at Eka hotel
  • Any activities not included in the itinerary
  • All statutory increases beyond our control
  • International flights and visa fees
  • Gratuities to camp staff
  • Any unforeseen tax increases
African Conservation Centre US is a U.S. registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.