In partnership with The Unpackaged Travel Company (ATOL 6195), I run a select number of wildlife holidays each year.These are based in some of the most spectacular locations around the globe, and draw on my experiences in the field.
Kenya – Big Cats, Rhinos and Wilderness
with Simon King
Thursday 31st May – Sunday 10th June
Kenya is my birthplace. The sounds, scent and spectacle of this vast land found its way into my veins and have stayed with me ever since. Few places on earth can compare for wild drama and beauty. Join me to experience some of the magic of Kenya in this exclusive safari, visiting two of my favourite places in the country.
We start our adventure in the Masai Mara, in one of the exclusive conservancies which borders the National Reserve. Naboisho hosts all of the same natural drama as can be found in the main reserve, but with a much reduced human traffic thanks to its community led conservation initiatives. The magnificent exclusive (only 6 tents) Kicheche Valley Camp is in the heart of the bush, where the wildlife is all around. Luxury and comfort married with wilderness and dramatic wild creatures – a heady cocktail indeed! Here there are lion, leopard, cheetah and much more besides. Elephant roam the forest and plains nearby and the night air is punctuated with the voices of hyena and lion. Unlike the National Reserve, where activity is restricted to vehicle only safaris, here we are able to take walking safaris into the bush discovering some of the beauty and detail all too easily missed from the confines of the safari vehicle.
We move on to Ol Pejeta reserve in Laikipia, in the shadow of the mighty Mount Kenya. This is where I spent many months rehabilitating Toki, the orphaned cheetah cub, back into a self sufficient wild existence. Toki sadly has long since passed away, but Ol Pejeta boasts one of the highest predator densities in East Africa with several lion prides (over 70 lion in total), about 30 cheetah, leopard and, more recently, regular sightings of wild dogs including recent denning and breeding activity. This dry country environment also hosts a range of wildlife never seen in the Mara such as the striking and critically endangered Grevy’s Zebra, Oryx and a healthy and fiercely protected population of Black Rhino.
Here we can walk and take night drives – a true sense of freedom and connection with the earth in a vast and flourishing wild environment. All this from an equally luxurious tented camp, Kicheche Laikipia. What a way to witness the rich natural fruits of this stunning country!
Price guide per person sharing twin/double room: £7,990 (a single supplement will apply of £775).
Maximum 12 people
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