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IGO Special projects are tailored adventure holidays for small groups and families looking for a trip that gives back. Pioneering and totally unique, the focus is on wildlife and environmental conservation in far-flung, remote locations. Led by expert local guides, the groups will take a ‘hands on’ approach and actively participate in preserving nature’s last remaining exotic paradises.

The ultimate in eco-tourism!

Much research has gone into selecting some of the most endangered ecosystems on our planet, and we have ensured that our trips directly benefit the local people, wildlife and habitats we are trying to protect. IGO’s ethos is centred around sustainability, social responsibility and low impact tourism. If you are looking to help preserve the world’s last great wildernesses for future generations, then Special Projects are for you.

[ KENYA ]

[ KENYA ENQUIRY FORM ]

Should you have any questions regarding the Kenya Trip please complete the form below or call our experts on: +44 20 8133 4673 (London 9am-6pm, Mon-Fri).

Identify and monitor lion prides in the Lewa conservancy to reduce conflict with local herders

Work alongside local wildlife protection teams to protect lions from poachers and other herders. Collar and track the lion’s movements and understand how technology is transforming this area.

[ EXPEDITION OVERVIEW ]

The Laikipia’s lions are in danger; unprecedented influxes of thousands of livestock and people into their territory is threatening their way of life. The aim is to collar lions so the pride can be monitored and managed accordingly. Two adult lions in each coalition are tracked, with real-time location updates sent to an app. All livestock owners have access to this app to monitor the lion’s movements and move their animals accordingly. It also allows for the use of Boma shields, a system which triggers an alarm when a tracked lion gets within a certain distance of livestock.

[ HIGHLIGHTS ]

• Protect a pride of lions by tracking and darting them in order to fit radio collars and monitor their movements.
• Use this information to work with local tribesmen and prevent their cattle being killed
• Work with a field biologist, vet, and Kenya’s wildlife protection team to pre-empt livestock kills and provide information for on-going essential research.
NB: £2500 donation for the collars and equipment is included in the price

4-6

PEOPLE

8

DAYS

Sept - Oct

BEST TIME OF YEAR

EXPEDITION
ACTIVITY LEVEL

from £8,800

PRICE PER PERSON

Lions

CONSERVATION

WHO IS THIS TRIP FOR?

Wildlife lovers who are looking to get up close and personal to one of the worlds largest and strongest felines

ACTIVITY LEVEL:

Moderate, half days in a vehicle and on foot. Open top jeeps used throughout.

ACCOMMODATION:

One forty eight Giraffe Sanctuary in Nairobi & Borana Lodge

INCLUDED: 

  • 7 nights full board at the Lodge and Nairobi Hotel
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Domestic flights
  • Soft drinks, beer & house wine
  • Daily activities (safaris, horseback rides, bush walks)

 

  • Exclusive vehicle throughout
  • Exclusive guiding for activities, darting and collaring mission
  • Conservation fees, Collar and equipment
  • Conservancy gratuities
  • 100% financial protection through the travel trust association

NOT INCLUDED: 

  • International flights
  • Personal items/ clothing
  • Any visa fees
  • Tips for guides
Day 1
Arrive in Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to be met by your driver and taken to the exclusive hotel, One Forty Eight, Nairobi.
Day 2
You will fly to Borana Conservancy where you will be met and taken to Borana Lodge. Overnight at lodge.
Day 3-5
Meet the park rangers to track, dart and radio collar a lion. The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is an award-winning catalyst and model for community conservation, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and features on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Green List of successful protected areas. Overnight at lodge.
Day 6
Rest day at the lodge or a choice of activity - riding safaris, game drives, guided walks, mountain biking, ranch days or helicopter trips. Overnight at lodge
Day 7
Rest day at the lodge or a choice of activity - riding safaris, game drives, guided walks, mountain biking, ranch days or helicopter trips. Overnight at lodge
Day 8
Return back to Nairobi and onto London
The area:
The Lewa Borana Conservancy is increasingly acknowledged as one of the most important areas of biodiversity in Kenya (rivalling the Maasai Mara). In 2014, Lewa and Borana formed 93,000 acres of prime habitat, when they took a bold move to remove the fence separating the two areas to create one conservation landscape.
The Lodge:
Borana Lodge, the home of the Dyer family, is a jewel in the Meru landscape. A fully hosted, family- owned eco-lodge set within the vast eco-system that is Borana Conservancy. With stunning views of Mt Kenya and activities to fill the day, Borana Lodge is the perfect Kenyan experience. The lodge is broken up into smaller, secluded cottages, as well as a pool area, dining room and drawing room. Each bedroom comes with an en-suite bathroom and a fireplace that is lit each night; evenings can be cold at 6,000ft above sea level!
Activities:
Activities at the lodge include using the pool, day and night time game drives, horseriding, walking safaris, visits to Pride Rock (of Lion King fame), cultural visits, lion tracking and many more! Borana Lodge’s kitchen is constantly creating delicious meals for guests, including locally grown vegetables and meat. A visit to the Borana permaculture project is well worth it for anyone interested in where their food is coming from.
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