Rhoda Barnett & Kollin Buchholz – Kenya January 2020
Rhoda & Kollin’s itinerary best parallels our “11-Day Conservation Luxury Flying Safari to Kenya.” Per person sharing rates start at $6150.
Laikipia – Lodo Springs
Laikipia – Lewa Wilderness
Maasai Mara – Tangulia Mara
Maasai Mara – Mara Plains
Maasai Mara – Mara Nyika
Laikipia – Loisaba & Lewa
Both Kollin & Rhoda really enjoyed thier time at Lodo Springs & Lewa Wilderness Lodge. They particularly extolled Lewa Wilderness Lodge, which Kollin had the following to say about:
“Wilderness Lodge captured everything I love about safari. The included activities are exciting and numerous, while the lodge itself and staff are superb – this is a place that deserves 3-4 nights. The experiences and feel of this camp are going to be hard to beat!”
Because the Laikipia region is a collection of conservancies and not national parks nor reserves, wildlife and people co-inhabit the land. By providing local communities financial incentives to collaborate in conservation efforts, this model has, in many instances, been as successful or more so than the traditional national park/reserve model.
While at Lewa Wilderness Lodge, Rhoda and Kollin jumped at the chance to fly on a bi plane. Flown by owner-manager Will Craig, the flight was exhilarating and offered beautiful aerial views of the conservancy. No doubt it was a memorable experience for the two of them!
Arrangement for a scenic bi-plane flight can be made either advance with your AAC safari consultant or upon arrival at the lodge. The bi plane flight comes highly recommended!
Not only did they see rhinos while at Laikipia, they saw them numerous times, and in some instances, up-close! This isn’t too surprising – Laikipia is known as arguably the best place in East Africa to see both white and black rhino. Check AAC’s “What Wildlife is Best Seen Where” chart below.
The conservancy models adopted are a big reason why – community collaboration in reintroduction and anti-poaching efforts have made this region a rare success story for rhino conservation efforts in Africa.