Adventure for Rhinos

Feb 1-12 2020

Come take part in a 12-day, multi-sport adventure dedicated to the conservation of rhinos. On this ‘safari’, you will ride a mountain bike through conservancies that are dedicated to the conservation of Kenya’s remaining black and white rhino populations; enjoy custom game safaris; walk through the Kenyan bush; participate in rhino tracking; climb Kenya’s tallest mountain, and learn about conservation in the Laikipia landscape. This adventure of a lifetime is an exclusive, personalized trip that will gain you behind-the-scenes access to rhino conservation.

Your participation will directly contribute to the Rhino Revival Fund, a fund dedicated to the future of rhino and wildlife conservation in Laikipia, Kenya. Explore the allure of Kenya – meet its people, experience the landscape and its wildlife – and become a key contributor in wildlife conservation!

Day 1 - February 1, 2020

Karibu Kenya!! Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), you will be met by your guide and driven to your first hotel on the outskirts of Nairobi, in the neighborhood of Karen.

After your long journey, this unique and exclusive accommodation is the perfect place to unwind and get a great night’s rest before your adventure begins. Enjoy dinner on the hotel grounds and fall asleep to sounds of tree hyrax. 

Hotel: One-Forty Eight Hotel            
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Day 2 - February 2, 2020

Wake to the sounds of ibis birds flying overhead and sip on Kenya’s fine coffee at breakfast. This morning, visit the Giraffe Centre to meet the endangered Rothschild giraffe and learn about this famous, Nature Education Centre. Then take a privately chartered flight (50min) from Nairobi to the base of Mt. Kenya and check into the historical Fairmont Mt. Kenya Safari Club. After lunch, hop on your mountain bike for your first spin.

You will become acquainted with the bike and beautiful scenery by riding through Mt Kenya Wildlife Conservancy. This conservancy and the animal orphanage are home to countless species and support breeding programs for the endangered mountain bongo. Tonight, watch the sun’s rays light up the glaciers on Mt. Kenya as you discuss Laikipia landscape, conservation and the future of rhinos with Executive Director of Laikipia Forum, Peter Hetz.

Today’s Ride approx. 16km~ 10mi/ 170m~600ft 

Hotel: Fairmont Mt Kenya Safari Club
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Day 3 - February 3, 2020

Your first full day of biking will take you from Mt Kenya Safari Club to your first rhino conservancy. You will ride on forest roads, where you may be lucky to spot black and white colobus monkeys jumping above. Ride through tree nurseries, bamboo forests, and descend single track next to potato fields that are farmed by local Kikuyu people.

After lunch head to the renowned Ol Pejeta Conservancy, (OPC) a leading model for sustainable wildlife conservation and home to 110 black rhinos, two northern white rhinos and 30 southern white rhinos. Tonight, enjoy a gourmet meal under the stars of the African sky at the renowned Kicheche Camp. 

Today’s ride approx. 33km~ 20miles/ 500m~1800ft 
Hotel: Kicheche Camp
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Day 4 - February 4, 2020

Rise with the rays of the African sun and set out a private, guided rhino tracking experience. Touch, smell, see and hear nature as you explore Ol Pejeta with an experienced ranger and guide.

After a bush breakfast served out in the open savannah, visit the last two northern white rhinos, Fatu and Najin, and learn about the conservancy’s dedication to endangered species.
This afternoon, hop back on your bike and experience the Laikipian savannah from your saddle. Snap pictures while riding among herds of zebra and impala.

During dinner, learn more about the conservancy and the future of rhinos from Richard Vigne, Ol Pejeta’s CEO. 

Today’s ride approx. 25km~ 16miles/ 500m~1800ft
Hotel: Kicheche Camp
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Day 5 - February 5, 2020

After a private morning game drive, say goodbye to OPC and head to Lolldaiga Hills. Today and tonight will surely be remembered. We will experience Laikipia by foot and will walk through the hills and valleys of Lolldaiga.

Your guides will explain your surrounding from the smallest signs to the largest mammals.

We will also be joined by biologist Tom Butynski who is a leading primatologist in Africa. Tonight enjoy camping in luxury canvas tents in the middle of Laikipia’s wilderness. We will camp under the African sky and gather around the fire to hear tales of the bush.

Today’s walk 10km ~ 6miles
Hotel: Fly Camp in Lolldaiga Hills
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Day 6 - February 6, 2020

Wake to the calls of the masked weaver birds and enjoy a bush breakfast. Hop on the bikes and ride out of Lolldaiga onto Ole Naishu, a ranch planning to support rhinos in the near future. Finish your ride in Borana Conservancy. 

Borana Conservancy is part of the larger Lewa-Borana landscape; a piece of land 93,000 acres in size dedicated to the conservation of wildlife. It hosts over 150 rhinos. Borana Conservancy’s location provides an idyllic setting for any African experience, as it’s exceptionally beautiful and home to over 300 bird species and some of the highest populations of endangered wildlife. 

Settle into your room and enjoy a drink from your private porch.

Today’s ride approx. 35km ~ 23 miles/ 500m~1800ft 
Hotel: Borana Lodge
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Day 7 - February 7, 2020

Your day, your decision. Choose to rise early and head out on an exclusive rhino tracking experience with expert rangers. Or choose a different option for the day: horse-back riding through the savannah, walking through the bush, game drive to spot endemic species, or mountain biking around the conservancy.

This afternoon head out with Borana’s expert guides on a game drive and enjoy sundowners at a private location. Enjoy dinner at the lodge with the owners Michael and Nicky Dyer, to learn about the past, present and future of the Borana Conservancy and their dedication to wildlife conservation and community.

Hotel: Borana Lodge
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Day 8 - February 8, 2020

After a lavish breakfast, say “kwaheri” to Borana Conservancy. We board our 4-wheel drive vehicles and head to the start of our mountain trek. Here we’ll be met by our guide and porters from African Ascents. 

Mount Kenya is one of the most enchanting and alluring mountains in Africa. The highest peaks of the mountain are Batian (5,199m ~ 17,057ft), Nelion (5,188m ~ 17,021ft), which are technical climbs, and Point Lenana (4,985m~16,335ft), which is the highest trekking peak. 

We will climb to Lenana via Timau route, enjoying an access that is full of solitude and peace. Witness some of the most splendid scenes on the mountain, with good chances of seeing wildlife and birds at higher altitudes. Today’s trek will take about 4 hours and you will start at the edge of the Moorland Zone. We will spend the night at Marania Camp and enjoy our first mountain dinner under the stars.

Today’s walk approx. 8km with 500m of altitude gain 
Hotel: Luxury Camping on Mt. Kenya
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch| Dinner

Day 9 - February 9, 2020

Enjoy a hot breakfast while the sun warms up the slopes of Mt. Kenya. Today’s trek will continue through the Moorland and you will start to take note of the mountain’s amazing vegetation including Lobelia and Senecio plants.

Lunch on the edge of Marania Spring and soak in the views from the North of the mountain. Tonight we will camp at Major’s camp, which lies at 3,800m ~ 12,470 ft. Relax beneath dramatic rock faces and then enjoy another home-cooked meal. 

Today’s walk approx. 14km with 600m of altitude gain 
Hotel: Luxury Camping on Mt. Kenya
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch| Dinner

Day 10 - February 10, 2020

The morning air will be brisk as you emerge from your tent, but with a hot cup of tea and a filling breakfast, you will feel ready to move closer to the summit. Today’s trek will leave the Moorland and enter the unique lunar landscape dotted with more groundsels and lobelias; vegetation that is endemic to Mt. Kenya and very unique in its adaptation to the varying temperatures of the mountain.

This afternoon we will settle down next to Simba Tarn and get an early night before tackling the tantalizingly close peak of Lenana.

Today’s walk approx. 12km with 850m of altitude gain 
Hotel: Luxury Camping on Mt. Kenya
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch| Dinner

Day 11 - February 11, 2020

Step outside your tent to the bright stars and sip on a hot beverage before heading up to the summit. The 2-hour trek to the peak of Lenana will give you the opportunity to see one of the best sunrises ever. You will find breathtaking views of the two technical peaks, Batian and Nelion, and the vast lands of Kenya below.

Take a moment to reflect as you gaze over Laikipia and see the landscape that you have helped to protect. After soaking in the views, you will descend a different route to Mackinder’s valley for a full breakfast. You will then make your way down into fields of groundsels and lobelias, the moorland, and finally the forest of Mt Kenya. Tonight, we will return to the Mt. Kenya Safari Club and celebrate your achievement!

Today’s walk approx. 12km with 130m of altitude gain 
Hotel: Fairmont Mt. Kenya Safari Club
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Day 12 - February 12, 2020

Enjoy a luxurious breakfast while staring up to the slopes of Mt. Kenya. Choose to head out one more time on your bike through the conservancy or relax on the hotel grounds. Gather with Laikipia Forum’s Executive Director, to reflect on your experience and share ideas about how to stay involved in the conservation of Laikipia’s landscape. As you say your goodbyes and board your privately chartered flight back to Nairobi, you will have come a full circle.

Not only have you discovered Laikipia and tasted some of what it has to offer, you have met the endangered rhinos, you have climbed Africa’s second tallest peak and you have become a leader in conservation. Your trip to Laikipia and your contribution to the Rhino Revival Fund through Adventure for Rhinos will help the future of wildlife and people of Laikipia.

Today’s ride approx. 16km~10mi with 200m~700ft
Meals: Breakfast | Morning Tea & Coffee
Departure

Itinerary Costs

Non Resident Rate
FROM US$11,595
PRICE PER PERSON SHARING
Single Room Supplement
US$1250

INCLUDED:

  • All accommodation
  • Meals as indicated with wine, beer and house spirits at all properties (except while trekking on Mt. Kenya)
  • Services of professional and experienced guides (cycling, walking, trekking) throughout the trip
  • All conservancy entries, special events and private tours
  • 3 support vehicles for the duration of the trip
  • All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off, including baggage transportation
  • Emergency medical evacuation services in Kenya for the duration of the trip*
  • Meals with conservancy owners and special guests throughout the trip, including biologists and rangers
  • Bike, Bicycle helmet, water bottles, cycling jersey
  • Domestic flights
  • Daily route directions and maps
  • Security during the trip with armed rangers in all conservancies

EXCLUDED:

  • International flights to Kenya
  • Entry visas
  • Personal Cancellation & Emergency insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuity for your guides and drivers
  • Lodging before and after the trip

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