Thanks to the generosity of Capture Africa Tours, 10% of the purchase price of this trip will be donated directly to the Big Life Foundation’s Elephant Watering Points project.
This trip is designed for individuals that have a deep interest and passion for elephants.
Guests will have the unique opportunity to visit Big Life’s Esiteti Base Camp as well as visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for a private viewing to meet the elephant orphans. The Esiteti base camp covers an important corridor for elephant and other wildlife that disperses into the west Kilimanjaro area of Tanzania from Amboseli National Park in Kenya. This outpost works very closely with the Big life Tanzania teams, and cross-border issues. We will also visit the Voi Reintegration Unit, the last stop before the elephant orphans are released back into the wild.
- Visit to Big Life’s Esiteti Base Camp, an exclusive opportunity for participants of this tour
- Experience the “Land of the Giants” home to over 1000 approachable elephants in Amboseli National Park and Tsavo National Parks
- Visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) for a private viewing of rescued elephant orphans and introduction to the Amboseli Trust for Elephants (ATE)
- See elephants, giraffes, zebras, cheetah, lions, and impala in their natural habitat with a majestic backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro
Days 1 – 2: Nairobi, Kenya
Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, Kenya.
Upon arrival at the airport, a representative will transfer you to your hotel for dinner and overnight. Justly famed for its exceptional standards of efficiency, service and five-star hospitality, the elegantly and sophisticated Nairobi Serena Hotel is a member of the ‘Leading Hotels of the World’ group, and is consistently voted ‘Best Hotel in Nairobi’ by airlines and international travel magazines alike.
On Day 2, after breakfast we will visit David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Nursery for a Public Visitation to see orphaned elephants during their mid-day feeding interacting with their Keepers and each other.
After lunch, we will again visit the DSWT Nursery for a Private Visitation. This private tour will take place in the late afternoon during another scheduled feeding time. We will experience a personalized encounter with both the orphans’ and their keepers. An employee from the Trust will be present to explain about the Project and the individual rescue stories of each elephant orphan in the Nursery. You may get a chance to meet your own orphan(s).
Please note: In order to participate in the private visitation at DSWT there is an additional fee (not included) and you must have fostered an orphan within a year of the date of your visit. Learn more about how to support this great organization and foster an orphaned elephant through their website. http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/
Overnight: Nairobi Serena Hotel
Day 3 – 4: Tsavo East National Park
After breakfast, we will begin our drive to Tsavo East National Park. We will stay in Voi for the next 2 nights.
Upon arrival, we will settle into our rooms at the lodge, which is on 25-acres with spectacular views. The lodge has a natural watering hole that attracts elephants, lion, cheetah, and buffalo as well as many birds offering photo opportunities.
In the evening, we will visit the DSWT Orphan Project Voi Reintegration Center for a 5 pm feeding.
The Voi Reintegration Centre is one of two facilities in Tsavo East National Park where orphaned elephants, cared for by the DSWT, are re-introduced back into the wild. It’s an amazing experience to see and learn about this organization’s orphaned elephant project. This is another private visit and requires participants to have fostered an elephant within a year of the date of your visit.
The next day, we will embark on a full day game drive with picnic lunches within Tsavo East NP.
Overnight: Voi Wildlife Lodge
Days 5 – 6: Tsavo West and Chyulu Hills National Parks
After breakfast on Saturday, we’ll head out on our game drive to Tsavo West National Park. Tsavo West and Chyulu Hills National Parks will be our focus for the next two days. Together these 2 parks cover over 8,200 square miles. Acacia dominate the landscape and in some areas we’ll see the large Baobab trees.
The rugged landscape as well as wildlife is very impressive in this area. The Shetani Lava Fields are near our lodge where we may see a Klipspringer antelope climbing the rocks. Just south of the lodge, the Mzima Springs underwater viewing platforms offer good hippo and crocodile viewing.
Elephant, cheetah, giraffe, rhino, zebra, and many varieties of antelope roam these plains. We’ll enjoy many wildlife photo opportunities as well as magnificent sunrise and sunset shots.
Overnight: Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge
Days 7 – 9: Amboseli National Park
After breakfast we’ll drive to the local airstrip for our flight to Amboseli National Park. Upon arrival we will be greeted and transferred to Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge for lunch followed by an afternoon game drive.
For the next 2 days we’ll take morning and evening game drives through the park, one of the most scenic settings in Africa. The park is an elephant lover and photographer’s paradise! The large concentration of wildlife, including elephants, giraffe, lions, cheetahs, rhinos, and buffalo roaming under the shadows of majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro, provide excellent game viewing and exceptional photo opportunities. We’ll encounter open plains with flat-topped Acacia trees, dried up lake beds, swamps and springs, and lookout points like Observation Hill on our daily journey’s.
Participants will also get the chance to visit Big Life’s Esiteti Base Camp. This base camp covers an important corridor for elephant and other wildlife that disperses into the west Kilimanjaro area of Tanzania from Amboseli National Park in Kenya. This outpost works very closely with the Big life Tanzania teams, and cross-border issues.
Overnight: Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge
Day 10: Departure
After breakfast we will drive to Nairobi where we will check into our day rooms and have lunch at the Nairobi Serena Lodge. Relax and refresh for the rest of the day before your international flight home.
Later in the evening transfer to the Jomo Kenyatta International airport and flight back home.