An African Love Story - Dame Daphne Sheldrick's beautiful memoir of love, life and elephants. Where better to focus our elephant conservation journey than in a land synonymous with her life's work to save orphaned elephants, a land where big tuskers roam and where pioneering efforts are helping local communities live in harmony with the world's largest mammal.
A few of the many incredible things you'll see and experience while on this journey.
Day 1 - 3: Arrival - Nairobi, Kenya. Overnight: Elephant Watch Camp
There is no better place to start your elephant expedition than at Elephant Watch camp, which was set up by Oria and Ian Douglas Hamilton, pioneers of elephant research in Tanzania and Kenya. Fly from Nairobi into the remote Samburu and explore the reserve in close connection with Save The Elephants. The long and unique engagement between the camps guides and their researchers means they (and you!) are kept up to date with all new births, matings, or changes in the elephant families.
Days 4 -6 : Kicheche Mara, Masai Mara
Today you fly to the world famous Masai Mara, home to an excellent year-round concentration of game, including more than two million wildebeest, zebras and other antelopes that make up the famous Great Migration. Enjoy twice daily game drives and bush walks as you explore this vast wilderness. Witness first hand how the Maasai people and wildlife are living side by side. A visit to the Mara Elephant Project will help you better understand the challenges that exist for wildlife and people alike and in particular, what is being done to save elephants from persecution and poaching.
Day 7 : Hemingways, Nairobi
Following a final morning game drive and breakfast in the Mara, you will be transferred to the airstrip for the short flight back to Nairobi Wilson Airport. Overnight in this vibrant city in order to visit the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's Elephant Orphanage. At 5pm every evening, there is a special viewing for adoptive elephant orphan parents (included). The baby elephants came back to their stalls after a day in the bush and receive their milk bottles and dinner. You can chat to the keepers and learn more about the first stage of rehabilitating elephant orphans.
Days 8-10 : Ithumba Hill Camp, Tsavo East
Your elephant journey contines today and you overland eastwards to Tsavo East National Park and the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's Ithumba Hill Camp (Drive time 5-6 hrs). Ithumba is one of three 'Reintegration Units' run by the SWT. Your days here will include three daily excursions to view the bottle feeding, midday mud-baths and the whole facilitation process of rehabilitating elephants back into the wild. Enjoy sunrise and sunsets daily surrounded by elephants - there is nothing more magical.
Days 11-13 : Ol Donyo Lodge, Amboseli/ Chyulu Hills National Park
After saying goodbye to Ithumba's elephants, you will depart by road to your final destination, Amboseli National Park to see Kenya's mighty tuskers! Ol Donyo Lodge is wedged between Kenya’s Tsavo and Amboseli National Parks in the heart of the Chyulu Hills, overlooking the rolling plains to mount Kilimanjaro. It is collaborative community conservation effort owned by 4,000 Maasai, and one that has been having great success in preserving the iconic bull elephants that are some of the last remaining large tuskers in Africa. Spend your days on safari surrounded by these gentle giants, on game drive, bush walk or on horseback.
Day 14: Departure - Nairobi, Kenya
After a final morning safari, you will fly back to Nairobi Wilson Airport, and transferred to Nairobi's International Airport (JKIA) to connect with your onward international flights home.
This Impact Safari experience includes:
Visit the Sheldrick Trust's famous elephant orphanage in Nairobi and follow their journey of rehabilitation back to the wild. Photograph Amboseli's famous big tuskers against the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. Learn about human elephant conflict and the ingenious methods employed to help communities and elephants live safely side by side.
We've carefully selected local projects that are doing amazing work for conservation in the area. You can add a visit on to your itinerary which will automatically include a direct donation to their work. Note: Some of these projects may already be included in your itinerary!