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  • GIVING RHINOS A FUTURE
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    GIVING RHINOS A FUTURE
    Rhino Conservation Botswana (RCB) announced this past week that Prince Harry of Wales has become a Patron of RCB… to help raise awareness of the plight of Africa’s rhino, both black and white, which are being poached to death.

    The Prince, who has long held a close relationship with Botswana, and who has spent time in the field alongside anti-poaching teams, will add his voice to that of Botswana’s Honourable Minister Tshekedi Khama tohelp inspire positive action.

    Prince Harry said: “I’ve been lucky enough to visit Botswana for more than 20 years and am incredibly fortunate to be able to call it my second home. Being Patron of RCB is an opportunity to give something back to a country that has given so much to me. It’s about time we start celebrating and supporting the countries that are taking the lead in conservation.”

    According to a news release from RCB, Prince Harry visited Botswana last September where he joined RCB Director Map Ives and Kai Collins in the Okavango Delta on a sensitive operation to fit state-of-the-art electronic tracking devices to critically endangered black rhinos.

    Ives said this week: “Prince Harry has seen at first-hand the cruel and senseless damage inflicted on these endangered animals by poachers. I know that His Royal Highness’s support for our work will make a real difference to rhino conservation. We are hugely grateful for the work and support Prince Harry has already extended to RCB, and look forward to working with him in the future as our Patron.”

    In a short film released with the announcement (watch below), Prince Harry said whilst in Botswana: “The rhino is one of Africa’s most iconic species. This is a black rhino, an animal that deserves the utmost respect, so to be able to be sitting next to her is incredibly special. The black rhino has been reintroduced into Botswana and its numbers are increasing here, while numbers are decreasing elsewhere. If we can’t save these animals, what can we save? “

    RCB is on a mission to monitor and protect black and white rhinos that it helps rescue from poaching hotspots across southern Africa and move to Botswana.

    Ives explains: “Across Africa, rhinos are being poached for their horns at a rate that could make them extinct in the wild within 10 years. It’s a senseless trade; rhino horn has no proven medicinal value. Even so, demand is increasing. Today, rhino horn is worth more than gold …

    “RCB’s message is one of hope. Together, we can stop rhinos from going extinct and build a safer future for these magnificent animals.”

    Rhinos could be extinct in the wild within 10 years if they continue to decline at the current rate. We cannot save every individual in peril, but we can help move a significant number to Botswana and keep them safe here. In time, our population will grow to become one of the last great hopes for rhinos in Africa. This is our dream. And you can help.

    Every donation – large or small – goes directly to support our efforts to protect black and white rhinos in the wild in Botswana, where they can raise calves and lead full and natural lives.

    To donate and give rhinos a future, please visit RCB:

    www.rhinoconservationbotswana.com/donate

  • Unrivalled Vistas and Landscapes
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    Unrivalled Vistas and Landscapes
    Namibia has become a favourite amongst both fly in and self-drive travellers to Southern Africa, leaving one with everlasting impression of this unique country, with her abundant wildlife, rich bio diversity and photographic opportunities around every corner. For the adventurer at heart, Namibia is a kaleidoscope of experiences in one country.

    Namibia takes her name from the 80 million year old Namib Desert, one of the driest places on earth which stretches along the entire west coast of the country, covering the 800 mile Skeleton Coast. The Kalahari Desert, although named a desert is really semi-arid savannah, runs along its south-eastern border with Botswana. Windhoek is the capital city and is well connected to the rest of Southern Africa by means of daily flights and an excellent road network.

    Why travel to Namibia?


    • Unrivalled vistas and landscapes – Namibia offers some of the most varied landscapes for visitors to enjoy – Fish River Canyon, Damaraland, the Skeleton Coast and Sossusvlei are amongst some of the most popular.

    • Ship Wrecks - the Skeleton Coasts is the last resting place of over a thousand wrecks all with interesting stories behind them.

    • Wildlife – Etosha is Namibia top wild life destination, home to Africa’s tallest elephants, the endangered black rhino, and 91 other species of mammal. Etosha National Park is one of the biggest game reserves on the African continent and does not disappoint when it comes to wildlife viewing. Etosha is famous for its “white ghosts” – Elephants with a thick coating of white dust that lets them blend in with the landscape, a sight to behold!

    • Sunny Climate – with winter temperatures reaching up to 23 degrees, and hot summer months of 40 degrees, Namibia makes for a great all year destination. Keep in mind that in winter the desert can cool down dramatically at night.

    • Photographic Paradise – from the budding amateur to the serious professional, Namibia’s dramatic landscapes and spectacular wildlife will keep photographers occupied for hours on end. Etosha is especially popular with photographers in the dry season who flock to the waterholes (along with the wildlife).


    When to go:
    Namibia has a dry climate typical of a semi desert country where droughts are a regular occurrence. Days are mostly warm to very hot and nights are generally cool. Sporadic rain falls in summer from November to March, and travelling at this time can be extremely hot!
  • Hartley’s Featured Lodge - Hoanib Skeleton Coast
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    Hartley’s Featured Lodge - Hoanib Skeleton Coast
    Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is scenically located in a broad valley at the confluence of two tributaries of the dry Hoanib River in the northern part of the private Palmwag Concession. Its location thus straddles the Palmwag area and the iconic Skeleton Coast National Park, in one of the most remote areas of the Kaokoveld.

    The camp consists of seven large tents and one family unit, each comprising stylish en-suite bedrooms with shaded outdoor decks. Flanked to the east and west by rugged hills, the camp looks out over stunning, starkly beautiful scenery and offers guests all the luxuries and amenities for an unforgettable stay.

    Things to do at Hoanib Skeleton Coast

    Game drives:
    Nature drives showcase the magnitude of the landscape and offer the best possibilities of seeing desert-adapted wildlife. Morning or afternoon drives are available as well as full-day excursions.

    Nature walks:
    Nature walks from camp take in the magnificent surrounds as well as glimpse the vestiges of who dwelt here hundreds of years ago: the Strandlopers (Beachcombers). It is also a good opportunity to study the smaller creatures and the fascinating plant life of the concession.

    Skeleton Coast excursion:
    On a stay of three nights (or more) full-day excursions to the Skeleton Coast are offered. The fascinating 4x4 trip to the coast takes you via the wilderness and wildlife of the Hoanib River and floodplain, the dune fields and Klein Oasis, while the Skeleton Coast itself reveals a rocky coastline with its huge Cape fur seal colony and a few shipwreck remains. Weather dependent, a scenic flight back to camp offers a magnificent perspective of your journey from the air.

    Day trips to Desert Oases:
    Day trips to Klein Oase and Auses Spring can be organised. These oases are a fascinating respite from the dry surrounds of the desert and offer the chance of seeing wildlife coming to drink as well as plenty of birdlife. These full-day trips are done in our semi-closed game drive vehicles, with a stop for a picnic at a scenic spot along the way.

    Interaction with wildlife researchers:
    Presentations and interaction with wildlife researchers at the Hoanib Research Centre are on offer when researchers are in camp. These cover all current research being supported at Hoanib, in particular the vital work being done by Dr Flip Stander and his team on the unique desert-adapted lion.
  • Journey Through the Dune-Filled Desert and the Skeleton Coast
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    Journey Through the Dune-Filled Desert and the Skeleton Coast
    The dunes of Sossusvlei are not to be missed and therefore we begin our journey here. This Exploration also takes in the amazing marine life just off Swakopmund, the secluded and dramatic coastline of the Skeleton Coast littered with historic remnants of shipwrecks and the rugged and rocky landscape of Palmwag where the last free-roaming black rhino rove. Aside from wildlife and activities, meet the native people of Namibia, from those who work at our camps to many others, such as local fishermen and vendors.

    Desert Dune Safari Itinerary

    The vast horizons of Namibia are showcased in this Exploration as you drive and fly between locations. Areas of interest are pointed out along the way, giving you a real taste of Namibia as a magnificent and remarkable country.


    Days 1 & 2:

    From Windhoek we drive to Kulala Desert Lodge in the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve. Here we explore the iconic dunes of Sossusvlei and the moon-like landscape of Dead Vlei.


    Days 3 & 4:

    We take a scenic flight to Swakopmund, a picturesque town that blends European and African culture. We’ll explore the Atlantic coast with a private boat cruise from Walvis Bay to Sandwich Harbour (weather permitting) to see diverse pelagic (ocean-going) birdlife, Cape fur seals and rare Heaviside's dolphins up close. We stay at the grand Hansa Hotel.


    Day 5:

    Travel up the legendary Skeleton Coast where you can expect to see the fascinating lichen plains at Wlotskasbaken and remains of shipwrecks along the way. We also take in the ghostly disused diamond mine near Toscanini and overnight at Terrace Bay Lodge in Skeleton Coast National Park.


    Days 6 & 7:

    We continue through the Skeleton Coast National Park to the Möwe Bay Museum and then head inland to other attractions including two oases, an intriguing “roaring” dune and spectacular desert scenery combined with whatever wildlife presents itself. We spend two nights at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp.


    Days 8 & 9:

    Another exciting day is spent on the road to Desert Rhino Camp. The rugged, rocky and mountainous Palmwag Concession brings with it the opportunity of seeing giraffe, gemsbok (oryx) and springbok. We bed down at Desert Rhino Camp and spend two days tracking the rare desert-adapted black rhino which are monitored and protected by the Save the Rhino Trust.


    Day 10:

    We bid farewell to our adventure as we transfer to the Doro Nawas Airstrip to return to Windhoek.


    Highlights of this include climbing some of the world’s tallest dunes, rhino tracking, a motorboat lagoon trip at Walvis Bay and viewing shipwreck remains along the dramatic coastline. Endless landscapes and places of interest are seen along the way, with a scenic flight from Sossusvlei to Swakopmund (weather permitting) being a highlight. At the much-revered Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, an isolated wilderness and dry riverbed reveals Namibia’s unique desert-adapted wildlife, from elephant and giraffe to the uncommon "desert lion."


    What does it cost?
    01 June 2016 to 31 October 2016 - ZAR 65,072

    01 November 2016 to 20 November 2016 - ZAR 57,333

    01 January 2017 to 31 May 2017 - ZAR 68,673

    01 June 2017 to 31 October 2017 - ZAR 79,153

    01 November 2017 to 31 December 2017 - ZAR 68,673

    As a set-departure guided journey, the Desert Dune Safari fully inclusive rates comprise the expertise of one knowledgeable and professional guide who leads you from beginning to end, combined with tailor-made services like logistics, sightseeing and accommodation in our camps. 



    Our rates include: 

    Accommodation; All meals (excluding dinner on the second evening in Swakopmund); A reasonable amount of soft drinks, mineral water, fruit juice, house wine and beer, as well as local spirits such as gin and Amarula while at the Wilderness Camps; National Park fees; Laundry (excluded at Hansa Hotel & Terrace Bay Lodge); Scheduled activities;  Road transfers;  All internal charters on a seat-rate basis as specified in the detailed safari itinerary



    Our rates exclude: 

    Flights (other than specified in the detailed safari itinerary); Visas; Compulsory comprehensive insurance; All drinks at the Hansa Hotel & Terrace Bay Lodge; Gratuities; All personal purchases (including curios, spirit liquors, telephone calls, etc.); Optional extra activities; All other travel arrangements pre and post the safari; Any new Government taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control.

  • ‘The one land that all men desire to see….’ India!
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    ‘The one land that all men desire to see….’ India!
    Complex and infinitely fascinating, it is surely one of the world’s most intriguing countries to visit!
    This special Hartley’s India Tour has been designed by Hartley’s India Specialist and ‘travel friend’ for independent first time travelers to India and includes some of her favourite destinations and hotels.
    Agra, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Udaipur, Delhi & Pushkar……. including one or two unique destinations in between!

    • You’ll be met on arrival in Delhi, travel in superior comfort with your own vehicle and driver, and stay in a variety of charming heritage boutique hotels including a 14th century fort and a remote royal hunting lodge.

    • You’ll see the sights of vibrant Jaipur and the ancient blue city of Jodhpur. You’ll see the sun rise on the incomparable Taj Mahal and watch the sun set over the picturesque Aravalli Hills surrounding Udaipur’s mirror-like lakes.

    • There will be elephants and camels to ride, Ayurvedic massages to indulge in and a timeless rural village to explore.

    • Walking barefoot in serene Hindu temples, wandering the courtyards and battlements of massive Mughal forts, dining on excellent Indian cuisine and bargaining for textiles and kurtas in the crowded bazaars is a uniquely India experience and not to be missed! 

    • You’ll also have guides to accompany you for sightseeing at the major destinations, and you will be in constant contact with our exclusive India Agent throughout your stay in India.


    Includes - All transport in a good a/c car for 2 - 4 persons with excellent driver. Sightseeing tours with local English speaking guides - Entry tickets to monuments included - Elephant ride in Jaipur. - Daily breakfast & dinners at the hotels where guests stay - Boat ride on Lake Pichola. - Mineral water, during car journeys.


    Hotel Accommodation: Twin or double room sharing.

    International Airfares not included and will be costed according to city of departure.


    Validity: 1st April – end September 2017



    • Cost Based on 02 -04 pax = US $ 1990.00 per person.

    • Cost Based on 05 -09 pax = US $ 1900.00 per person.

    • Cost Based on 10 -15 pax   = US $ 1800.00 per person.

    • Single Supplement shall be US $ 710.00

    • Flight  Cost  shall be  Extra:

      daipur  to  Delhi: USD  120 .00 pp for Travel in  economy class


    The  above  cost  is based on room, breakfast  & Dinner  basis only.  Lunches are not included although they are mentioned in the program.



    Validity: 1st October 2017– end March 2018



    • Cost Based on 02 -04 pax = US$ 2150.00 per person.

    • Cost Based on 05 -09 pax = US$ 1990.00 per person.

    • Cost Based on 10 -15 pax = US$ 1900.00 per person.

    • Single Supplement shall be US $ 710.00

    • Flight  Cost  shall be  Extra:- 

      Udaipur to Delhi: USD  120.00 pp for Travel in  economy class


    The  above  cost  is based on room , breakfast  & Dinner  basis only.  Lunches are not included although they are mentioned in the program.


    Hotels Envisaged


    Delhi:

    The Surya (5* Deluxe) | Deluxe Room | 01 Night.


    Agra:

    The Jaypee Palace Hotel (5*) | Deluxe room | 02 Nights


    Kesroli:

    The Kesroli Fort (Heritage Hotel) | Heritage Room | 01 Night


    Jaipur:

    The Diggi Palace (Heritage Hotel) | Heritage Room | 02 Nights


    Pushkar:

    The Orchard Resort (Luxury Tents) | 01 Night


    Jodhpur:

    The BAL Samand (Heritage) | Garden View Rooms | 02 Nights   


    Narlai:

    The Rawla Narlai( Heritage) | Classic  room | 01 Night


    Udaipur:

    The Lalit Laxmi Niwas Palace (5*) | Deluxe room | 02 Nights


    Delhi:

    The Surya (5* Deluxe) | Deluxe Room | 01Night



    All prices have been costed according to current rate of exchange and are subject to change accordingly and subject to availability at any time and without prior notice.



    Please click here to book with one of our consultants or to assist you with a comprehensive itinerary …
  • Conservation Chat - Misool
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    Conservation Chat - Misool
    Misool Private Island Resort
    Misool Island Resort is a true tropical hideaway, located in the remote islands of Raja Ampat, Indonesia, lying just south of the equator and fringed with powder-white beaches and pristine coral reefs. With a maximum capacity of just 40 guests and a staff-to-guest ratio of 3 to 1, Misool offers exclusive adventure holidays and transformative experiences in pristine nature.

    Conservation Misool:
    Misool Conservation Centre was created by a group of passionate divers and nature lovers to align the objectives of sustainable tourism and marine conservation. Misool has its own established Marine Protected Area, effectively protecting 1.220 sq km of the world’s richest reefs together with the local villages. This creates unparallel wildlife experiences for guests while maintaining healthy fish stocks for neighbouring communities.

    Without Misool’s dedicated Ranger Patrol, the 1220 sq km Marine Protected Area would be just another paper-park. Their charitable foundation, Misool Baseftin, manages two private No-Take Zones, entirely independent of any government support, and here is a rare conservation success story …….
    Rampant shark finning and unchecked destructive fishing were destroying some of the most important and bio-diverse reefs on earth. In 2005, Misool and the local community reached an agreement to lease the island of Batbitim, which would become the site of the resort. Misool also leased a large area of sea surrounding the resort island. This contract evicted the itinerant shark-finners the area.
    The Misool Foundation has since expanded and now protects a 300,000 acres/1220 sq km Marine Reserve at the heart of global marine biodiversity. This is nearly twice the size of Singapore. The Reserve is comprised of 2 distinct No-Take Zones and a linking restricted-gear blue water corridor.
    The Marine Reserve is patrolled by a team of local Rangers, with backup from Marine Police. The Rangers move between the base camp and Ranger Stations on Yellit, Kalig, and Daram. The Rangers maintain constant vigilance over the Marine Reserve with physical patrols, radar, and drone surveillance. Misool Foundation and the Ranger Patrol do not receive any support from the Raja Ampat government or pin tag system.



    The Misool Manta Projects:
    Established in 2011, The Misool Manta Projects’ key objectives are to study, educate, inspire and protect. The Project teaches guests, engages local community members, and conducts critical research on both Oceanic mantas (Manta birostris) and Reef mantas (Manta alfredi). The Project also provides robust population data to the government, NGO’s, communities and conservationists. This data has been leveraged to push the protection of mantas and ensure the long-term survival of these charismatic megafauna as well as their habitat.




  • LAND OF A THOUSAND HILLS, RWANDA
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    LAND OF A THOUSAND HILLS, RWANDA
    Rwanda situated in East Africa is bordered by Uganda to the north, Tanzania to the east, Burundi to the south and Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west. Known as the “Land of a Thousand Hills”, Rwanda’s sweeping landscape is made up of volcanoes, tea plantations and rolling hills, densely populated with lush vegetation and thick rain forests. With three national parks, a thriving capital city, spectacular mountain scenery and diverse wildlife, Rwanda has plenty to offer visitors.

    The Volcanoes National Park in the north-west of the country is the most renowned of Rwanda’s three parks, famed for its resident mountain gorillas. One-third of the Gorillas can be found here, where visitors can enjoy the rare opportunity of tracking mountain gorillas through bamboo forests along the Virunga Mountains. Although Gorilla trekking is the main attraction, there are plenty of other primate tracking opportunities while on holiday in Rwanda.

    The climate in Rwanda is temperate. There are two rainy seasons from February to April and November to January, whilst in the mountains it is possible to experience snow and frost.

    Travelling to and from the region is accessed via the main airport, Kigali International Airport, located 10 km East of the centre of town. Kigali currently receives direct flights from Nairobi, Entebbe, Brussels, Amsterdam, Dar es Salaam, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Doha, Dubai and most recently 4 flights weekly into London, Gatwick.

    Whilst visiting, not to be missed are some the most popular tourist sites - The Kigali Genocide Memorial and Inema Art Centre; National Museum of Rwanda; Volcanoes National Park; Akagera National Park; Nyungwe Forest National Park; and the Nyamata and Ntarama Churches.

    Interesting facts:



    • Plastic bags are outlawed in Rwanda due to the impact on the environment.

    • In fact, they are so concerned about cleanliness that in Kigali it is compulsory for all residents to help clean their community on the last Saturday of each month!

    • The official languages of Rwanda are French, English, Kinyarwanda and Kiswahili.

    • From rural villages to the national parliament, women hold two-thirds of the seats, women in Rwanda are leading the rebuilding of their country. In the aftermath of the devastating 1994 Genocide, the challenge of creating a lasting peace depended greatly on the actions of women, who were the majority of survivors.

    • A dramatic improvement in healthcare delivery and health outcomes has seen life expectancy in Rwanda rise by 10 years in the last decade.

    • You can start a business in 48 hours in Rwanda. It takes 11.1 days on average in OECD high income countries.

    • Rwanda is leading Africa’s digital revolution. The Smart Kigali initiative aims to create access to free wireless internet on public buses, in hospitals, taxi parks, commercial buildings and restaurants, while a partnership with Korea Telecom is creating access to 4G for 95% of the population.

  • Odzala, A Green Lung of the Earth
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    Odzala, A Green Lung of the Earth
    Congo-Brazzaville is a green treasure of pure nature. The Congo Basin is home to the second largest rainforest in the world and is where the Odzala-Kokoua National Park is located. This park helps protect one of the most beautiful and intact rainforests on our planet where more than 500 different wildlife species are at home, in addition to thousands of plants. One important fact not known to many is that the Odzala also helps safeguard the very air that we breathe, and plays a role in ensuring the survival of life on earth.

    Odzala-Kokoua lies in the North-West of the Republic Congo-Brazzaville. It is larger than the Bahamas, Jamaica or Puerto Rico, or the same size as three and a half thousand soccer fields! The region has been a National Park since 1935, making Odzala a senior member within the protected areas in Africa and one of the oldest national parks on the continent.

    A distinctive feature of Odzala is the bais. Like islands these clearings lie in the middle of an ocean of trees: marshy areas typically between one and ten hectares in size. Even the shiest inhabitants of Odzala come here to drink. Gorillas and forest elephants leave the protection of the forest in search of the precious minerals and salts contained in the bais soils.

    This vast, wild region holds globally significant populations of Western Lowland Gorilla and Forest Elephant as well as a plethora of other species: 430 bird species and more than 100 mammal species. It has the highest number (11) of diurnal primates for any forest block in central Africa, as well as central Africa’s highest density of Chimpanzees.

    Other species include Forest Buffalo, Leopard, Bongo, Giant Forest Hog and Hippo. Clouds of spectacular butterflies are characteristic of the region. The trees are spectacular and delicate orchids cling to the branches, while the forest floor is littered with an incredible array of pods, fruits, flowers and fungi.

    A visit to Odzala is enjoyable any time of year. June through September and December through February are the driest periods. During these periods the air can be relatively hazy and the humidity is lower, but rainfall during these times can still occur and be quite variable. During the wetter months, tropical rainstorms contrast with sustained periods of clear blue skies and beautiful limpid light for photography.
  • KITICH CAMP - MATTHEWS FOREST, NORTHERN KENYA
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    KITICH CAMP - MATTHEWS FOREST, NORTHERN KENYA

    The Mathews Forest, dubbed a ‘biological bonanza’ by the BBC, is one of the great stretches of Kenyan forest wildernesses.  Scientists call this mountain forest a ‘sky island’, which rises up out of the surrounding sea of arid lowlands, to an altitude of 2200 metres. This ancient mountain forest is a stronghold for a wide range of plant and wildlife species, such as Melanistic leopard, also known as the black panther, lion, forest elephant and antelopes, buffalo, the rare De Brazza monkey, Colobus monkey, greater kudu, waterbuck, giant forest hog as well as Africa’s endangered wild dog.


    Over 200 bird species have been counted in the area, together with more than 150 species of butterflies, representing more than twice the amount of butterfly species found in the UK. Stretching for 150km, the mountains are covered in a 300km2 dense indigenous forest interspersed with giant cedars and a rare species of ancient cycad, one of the oldest plant types on the planet, endemic to the Mathews forests.


    The real attraction of this remote area is its striking beauty and the opportunity to explore the forest on foot in complete privacy as well as to experience unique social interactions with the local Samburu and Ndorobo people.


    To the south of the Mathews Mountains lie the Sarara Plains, approximately 75,000 hectares, home to the Samburu tribe’s people, who are a group of semi-nomadic pastoralists who have for long shown tolerance for the wildlife that co-exists alongside their cattle.


    Kitich Camp is a truly remote and private location in a stunning forest glade on the upper slopes of the Mathews Mountains.  At night, the atmosphere is magical, and the glade is lit for guests to observe the cautious trail of nocturnal visitors, including Melanistic (black-coated) leopard, elephant, bushbuck, and buffalo – all of which come to drink and hunt by the river.


    With just six tents situated under a dense tree canopy, overlooking the stunning Ngeng River, this camp is a low-key classic. At Kitich, the lodge provides old fashioned safari comforts, including soft & fresh linen, comfortable double beds, iced drinks, and gracious dining – all in a wonderfully peaceful setting.


    Night Game Viewing: Being a forest camp, and in the style of “Tree Tops”, the cosy lounge overlooks the floodlit open river glade, and at night guests can watch elephant, buffalo, bushbuck and occasionally leopard emerge from the forest at night to drink from the river, or dig for natural salts.


    Guided Walks: Taking advantage of the pristine wilderness, Kitich Camp avoids traditional game drives, instead encouraging guests to explore these wild environs on foot, guided by the “masters of the forest”, the Ndorobo Samburu guides.


    Swimming in Rock Pools: With crystal clear cool waters, flowing out of a spring in the mountains, enjoy swimming with nature in this magical forest paradise.


    Cultural Visits: The people of Kitich and their families within the village of Ngalai are a colourful, traditional, gentle and friendly people whose only interaction with the wider world is with the guests from Kitich.

    Guests are hosted by the local people when they stay at Kitich, but guests are also welcome to drive down and visit the market and school in the village. (School visits entail a donation).


    Guides: The guides at Kitich Camp are Ndorobo / Samburu, a semi-nomadic pastoralist community closely related to the Masai. Originally hunters, and sought after for their tracking and bush skills, some joined the Kenya Wildlife Service as trackers, before returning to Kitich. The guides at Kitich are the masters of the forest, they know the trails intimately, and can almost sense wildlife before any of the most proficient guides are aware of an animal presence. These are a gentle, happy and colourful people, who love their “work” of sharing the secrets of the forests with guests.


    Conservation: Kitich Camp is situated in the 800,000 acre Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy established in 1995 by the local communities to promote wildlife conservation and socio-economic development through sustainable utilization of natural resources. The conservancy is facilitated by the Northern Rangeland Trust (NRT), who provide capacity building at grassroots level to empower elected community trustees to effectively manage their own conservancy, increase security for wildlife, protect natural resources, resolve grazing conflicts and establish sustainable enterprises. Kitich is a key tourism partner for Namunyak, employing 80% of its staff from the surrounding communities and paying conservation fees coll ected from guests on a US$40 per person per night basis. 60% of this income is used to fund community development, while 40% is used to fund annual operations costs of Namunyak.


    Sustainable tourism: Kitich Camp has been awarded “Gold Level” by the internationally recognised Ecotourism Kenya in recognition of its high level of environmental responsibility. The camp achieves environmental best practice by combining old fashioned safari camp know-how with latest technology, relying entirely on solar power and using only LED lighting. Rubbish is responsibly disposed of or recycled. Glass is separated and sold to the recycling plant ‘Central Glass’ in Nairobi.



    “The Mathews Range… rises from the arid brown plains of northern Kenya like a green tropical island” – BBC

  • SARUNI SAMBURU, NORTHERN KENYA
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    SARUNI SAMBURU, NORTHERN KENYA
    Saruni Samburu is located at the heart of the Kalama Community Wildlife Conservancy, about 7 km from the Northern border of the Samburu National Reserve in Kenya. It also borders Ngutuk Ongiron to the west, Namunyak Community Conservation Trust to the north and Sera Community Wildlife Conservation to the north east.

    Saruni Samburu’s six luxury eco-chic villas are open and spacious, heralding spectacular views over Kalama Conservancy and Mount Kenya. As the only lodge in over 200,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness teeming with wildlife to explore exclusively, and guided by Samburu warriors passionate about their land and culture, the safari experience at Saruni Samburu is intimate and truly exceptional.

    About Kalama: Kalama lies in an area of 95,000 hectares of Girgir Group Ranch in Samburu land, west of Archer's Post. With a population of only 2,000, the main livelihood in the area is livestock, mostly camels and goats. Kalama members have coexisted with the Samburu National Reserve for over 40 years, sharing revenues and wildlife. The absence of fences makes it one of the few places left that allows for the free movement of wildlife across a vast area.

    Indigenous Guides: At Saruni Samburu they are proud of their guides and trackers. They belong to the Kalama community and know intimately the land and the animals, the weather and the roads, the people and the natural elements. Being on safari with a Samburu professional guide means that you will not only encounter more animals, but you will learn how to read the book of nature through their eyes. It's the beginning of a friendship that, for many of their guests, lasts well beyond the duration of the safari.

    To walk with the Samburu warriors in the African bush is a fantastic experience and you will learn how they use the environment and about their traditions and their existence.

    Guests visit a genuine Samburu village called Kiltimany and because the local people are neighbours and friends, it’s a privilege to share moments of their life. They are the ancient custodians of the land that share with you, and as an integral part of the Saruni Samburu experience you will see how they live, how they protect the environment and in what ways they differ from other African tribes. Be prepared for the Samburu to ask you questions too as they will be curious about you and your lifestyle!

    Tracking the Black Rhino with the Samburu: In February 2017, Saruni expanded its luxury collection of lodges and tented camps with the opening of ‘Saruni Rhino’. Located in Sera Community Conservancy, the camp offers the first rhino tracking experience in East Africa: an amazing walking safari that provides a uniquely thrilling adventure, but also allows our guests to actively contribute to the protection of this iconic species.

    This ‘thrill-of-a-lifetime’ experience is a walking safari tracking black rhino on foot, accompanied by an expert Saruni guide and a highly-trained Sera Community Conservancy ranger, equipped with a transmitter correlating to the GPS whereabouts of the 11 rhinos throughout the 54,000 hectares-large sanctuary. The vast rhino sanctuary has been fenced in what is one of the most advanced conservation projects in Kenya. Operational only throughout certain hours of the day for maximum protection, the use of the transmitter allows us to game drive our guests a tracking distance away from the nearest rhino, leaving the vehicle and continuing on foot (very lightly to not give away our presence) to metres from the grazing rhino. The tension is palpable as you come across the rhino in such close proximity for the first time; heart beating, pulse racing, curiosity and excitement mounting – it doesn’t get more thrilling than this!
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