Journey to Kenya to see the last northern white rhinos on earth

Join Intrepid on a special journey to Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya, to spend time with the last remaining northern white rhinos in existence. The magnificence of the species is undeniable, and this 7-day journey offers the rare opportunity to see up close not only these endangered beasts but also their black and southern white counterparts out in the wild. It’s an adventure defined by epic African landscapes (Lake Nakuru and the Great Rift Valley), stunning birdlife and big game, and stories of real change through wildlife conservation and local social enterprise. The time to travel to Kenya is now.


Start
Nairobi, Kenya
Finish
Nairobi, Kenya
Destination
Kenya
Style
Comfort
Theme
Expedition, Wildlife
Code
YGKR
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 4, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • For wildlife lovers and rhino enthusiasts alike, this is one of the greatest adventure travel opportunities in Africa out there. The chance to see a species so rare and imposingly beautiful does not come often

  • Over a leisurely dinner, hear how the East Africa Wildlife Society is supporting anti-poaching initiatives that protect endangered wildlife

  • Every traveller booked onto this adventure results in a donation towards East Africa Wildlife Society

  • A visit to Morani Information Centre provides insight into how a modern wildlife conservancy works

  • Game drives at Ol Pejeta and Lake Nakuru are included. And with both destinations famous for their black and southern white rhinos, there’s a great chance of sighting some

  • Meet the resilient women of Kenya involved in One Horizon, a Nairobi social enterprise making a real difference to the lives of local females

  • Just because you’re going on safari in Africa doesn’t mean you have to skimp on comfort. Enjoy well-appointed quarters and excellent 4x4 transport along the way

Is this trip right for you?

  • This itinerary features some long travel days, which can be exacerbated by bumpy African roads. It is recommended that you pay close attention to the given approximations of driving hours.

  • There will be some early starts either to make use of the better safari time or to beat the morning traffic on long travel days.

Itinerary

Welcome to Nairobi. You will be met and transferred to your hotel by our representative (approximately 45 minutes’ drive). The remainder of the day will be at your leisure, with optional activities available. There will be a welcome meeting at 4pm. Dinner is included this evening, so head out on the town and enjoy a taste of what Nairobi has to offer. There's also a presentation from the East Africa Wildlife Society on the work they do and how your donation through this trip helps their cause.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time for the 4 pm welcome meeting, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please have this on hand.
After breakfast at the hotel, check out and drive to Ol Pejeta. After settling into your camp there, enjoy some lunch. In the afternoon, it's time to visit the Ol Pejeta Conservancy and witness the last northern white rhinos. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to see these rare beasts and hear their dedicated keepers tell their story. The 700-acre endangered species enclosure also protects small populations of Grevy’s zebra and Jackson’s hartebeest. The greater rhino sanctuary spans some 24,000 acres – typical savannah grasslands interrupted by whistling thorn shrubs, acacia trees and lush green vegetation along The Uaso Nyiro River. Here giraffe, zebra, eland, oryx, waterbuck, grants gazelle, Thompson’s gazelle, elephant, buffalo, silver backed jackal, ostrich, hartebeest, baboon, lion, hippo, and rhino roam free. There are also several bird species to observe – among them the Mairbou stork, African spoonbill and African hawk-eagle.
Accommodation
  • Permanent Tented Camp (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ol Pejeta Conservancy - Northern White Rhinos visit
Optional Activities
  • Ol Pejeta Conservancy - Night Game Drive - AUD40
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
A night game drive offers visitors an opportunity to discover Ol Pejeta Conservancy ‘after hours’. With the help of a filtered spot light, the drives can produce some unusual sightings of nocturnal animals, including aardvark, white-tailed mongoose, zorillas and even perhaps, bat eared fox. Lion, often sleeping during the day are often sighted alert and active at night, and even on occasion, the more elusive leopard.

Guests will be picked up from your camp by at tourism guide in a conservancy vehicle. The game drive lasts 2 hours and we recommend that you come dressed appropriately to keep warm.
Set off on a full day game drive at Ol Pejeta Conservancy. As well as the northern white rhinos, the conservancy plays host to 114 black rhinos and a significant population of southern white rhinos (whose population was, in a huge feat of collective conservation, boosted from less than 50 in the 19th century to the 20,000 or more that roam Africa today). The park is also home to cheetahs, jackals, a small number of African wild dogs and countless other game. Today there's the option of visiting Morani Information centre for the chance to learn about more about the wildlife in the area and get comprehensive information on how a modern wildlife conservancy works.
Accommodation
  • Permanent Tented Camp (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ol Pejeta Conservancy - 4x4 Game Drive
Optional Activities
  • Ol Pejeta Conservancy - Night Game Drive - AUD40
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Head to Lake Nakuru via Thomson Falls, enjoying some incredibly scenic views along the way. We arrive in time for lunch at the lodge. Proceed to Lake Nakuru Park and check into your lodge, which is located inside the park itself. The place is well known in Kenya for its rhino population, with a huge population of southern white and black, to be found in the park. It’s one of the most protected parks in the region, hence the growth in the rhino population. We embark on an afternoon game drive in the park and see how these animals thrive. Over the course of the year the lake changes size considerably, shrinking to its smallest in March at the end of the dry season, and changing the type of birdlife and wildlife that inhabit the area. While changes in water levels and chemical concentration caused the permanent population of flamingos to move elsewhere in the 1970s, the lush area around the lake is still well known for its birdlife.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Thomson Falls - Waterfall visit
  • Lake Nakuru - Afternoon Game Drive (4x4)
  • Lake Nakuru - Morning 4x4 Game Drive
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Enjoy a full day of exploring Lake Nakuru, embarking on morning and afternoon game drives. The lake is situated right in the middle of the Great Rift Valley, one of the most dramatic landscapes in the world. What's even more remarkable than the terrain, however, is the vast breadth of birdlife it attracts. A game drive is a chance to spot waterbuck, warthog, impala, buffalo, cheetah, Rothschild Giraffe, lions, leopards and rhinos (both southern white and black).
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lake Nakuru - Afternoon Game Drive (4x4)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After an early breakfast, check out of your camp and drive back to Nairobi this morning. Today there will be an interactive tour that introduces you to the resilient women of Kenya. It's a chance to spend time with some inspiring women who are overcoming hardship and turning their lives around, thanks to a unique social enterprise known as One Horizon Africa. It's about education and empowerment through vocational and lifestyle training, imbuing local women with a sense of independence and control over their lives.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Nairobi - Community Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
The adventure comes to an end after breakfast this morning.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners

Transport

Overland vehicle, 4x4 safari vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nights), Permanent Tented Camp (2 nights), Lodge (2 nights)

Included activities

  • Ol Pejeta Conservancy - Northern White Rhinos visit
  • Ol Pejeta Conservancy - 4x4 Game Drive
  • Thomson Falls - Waterfall visit
  • Lake Nakuru - Afternoon Game Drive (4x4)
  • Lake Nakuru - Morning 4x4 Game Drive
  • Nairobi - Community Visit

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Important notes

1. This is an expedition trip and requires a minimum of 4 people to depart. Please do not book any non-refundable flights or services before the trip is guaranteed to depart.
2. A single supplement is available on this trip.
3. This trip starts with a Welcome Meeting at 4pm on day 1.

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