Paws, Claws, Birds and Turds
“Now, being in Africa, I was hungry for more of it… the names of the trees, the small animals, and all the birds, to know the language and have time to be in it and to move slowly.” Ernest Hemingway
For those interested in incredible wildlife viewing, plus opportunities to observe and participate in the fascinating and complex variety of work on Ol Pejeta Conservancy, then we would recommend paws, claws, birds and turds which is a 5-day interactive conservation trip to get the most out of your stay. This is a great offer for families or anyone who wants to get up-close and personal to the wildlife in Ol Pejeta Conservancy and would like to understand more about the day-to-day management and activities of a wildlife conservancy in Kenya.
The trip will include 5 of the following 9 activities:
Feeding time at the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary – As guests of Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, you get exclusive access to feed the chimpanzees at the Sweetwaters Sanctuary.
Behind the scenes at the Endangered Species Enclosure – A visit to the endangered species boma on Ol Pejeta is not to be missed! In 2009 Ol Pejeta Conservancy welcomed four of the world’s last remaining seven northern white rhinos from the Dvur Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic. They now live in the 700-acre Endangered Species Enclosure, along with small populations of Grevy’s zebra and Jackson’s hertebeest. Here, all our guests have a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the four rhino up close and personal and to hear their amazing story.
Guided Bush Walk with an armed ranger – Whilst walking on the plains of Ol Pejeta Conservancy guests can enjoy a unique game viewing perspective. The walks also give a brief insight into what it takes to be an Ol Pejeta ranger patrolling the length and breadth of the Conservancy on foot to ensure that our rhino are kept safe. Accompanied by one of our experienced armed rangers, this interpretive walks brings you up close and personal with the sights, smells and sounds of the African bush. Learn about game trails, spoor identification as well as insects, birds and smaller mammals. The walk is not designed to be strenuous however a reasonable level of fitness is required.
Lion Tracking – Love big cats and want to be involved in their conservation? Now you can! With our lion tracking activity, visitors will have a unique opportunity to learn about, and track the lions of Ol Pejeta Conservancy and contribute towards conservation efforts. Guests can participate in helping us to gather vital research information needed to monitor the collared lions. In the event that the collared lions are inaccessible, other lion sightings are reported and the same identifying features such as whisker spots, ear tears and nose spotting recorded. It is a great way to learn about lions and all of the information gathered is passed on to the Ol Pejeta Ecological Monitoring Department. Guests remain in the vehicle at all times. Lion ID sheets and pens will be provided and we would recommend that clients come with their cameras and binoculars.
Fly Camping – This activity is definitely for the more adventurous guests. Fly camping is a remote camp located a distance away from the Bush Camp. It is the perfect way to reconnect to the wilderness and is often considered a highlight of a safari amongst our guests.
Guided Ravine River Walk – With over 300 different species of birds, Ol Pejeta Conservancy is an ornithological paradise. The Ravine River Bird Walk aims to showcase this fascinating bird variety. Accompanied by one of our experienced armed rangers and guide, this interpretive walk through ravine forests, offers our guests a chance to see a wide variety of resident and migratory bird species, whilst still enjoying the sights, smells and sounds of the African bush.
Community Visit – The guests will be able to visit the surrounding communities and learn how activities within the conservancy have supported community development programmes.
Livestock Integration – The Ol Pejeta Conservancy currently holds the largest single herd of pure Boran cattle in the world: 2,000 top quality Boran breeding cows. Ol Pejeta has pioneered the use of its livestock to manage the land. In this activity, guests will be given an insightful experience into how this initiative has led the conservancy to push the envelope in livestock-wildlife integration.
Half a day with the tracker/attack dogs (depending on availability) – The Conservancy has tracker dogs with extraordinarily keen noses combined with a strong and tenacious tracking instinct, are bred specially to follow human scent and are used to follow-up any incidents of insecurity. Most of their work is done in the surrounding communities. Guests at the camp will be able to join the these dogs and the security teams on patrols across the conservancy.
Visit the wheat growing area of the Conservancy, to learn about developing conservation agriculture techniques
NB: As this is a working conservancy where issues of security and safety are of utmost importance, we and our guests are entirely subject to the advice and instruction of the Security and Wildlife management and teams during any activity involving our guests.