Kenya’s South Rift Valley & Shompole Conservancy
- Small exclusive group of just 4 guests with exclusive use of a luxury lodge
- No Single supplement
- Explore the Olkiramatian Conservancy, a community initiative developed by the local Maasai community to protect their wildlife, traditional lifestyle and their heritage.
- Visit an actual Maasai boma, an incredible cultural experience for all
- Enjoy bush breakfast on the edge of lake Natron
- Evening Presentation & Donation to the South Rift Land Owners Association (SORALO)
- Rebuilding the Pride Presentation & donation
- Enjoy a visit to a local school
- Scenic Helicopter flips over the iconic Lake Natron and Lake Magadi
- (3 hours total per guest – two mornings and 1 afternoon each)
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Deep in the heart of the Great Rift Valley, beyond the volcanic lunar landscape surrounding the soda lakes of Magadi and Natron, deep in the heart of the Olkirimatian Conservancy, lies the oasis of Lentorre. Fed by crystal clear springs running off the South Loita and Nguruman escarpments, Lentorre provides the perfect spot to relax and soak in the wonders of a wild and untouched Africa.
Lentorre is set on a spur running off the Nguruman Escarpment beside a natural spring in the heart of the Olkiramatian Conservancy, a community initiative developed by the local Maasai community to protect their wildlife, traditional lifestyle and their heritage. We will be taking exclusive use of Lentorre lodge which provides uninhibited views of Mt Shompole, Ol Donyo Gelai and the active volcano Ol Donyo Lengai. Each villa is a separate, stand-alone structure with an un-spoilt view of the wilderness looking towards Shompole Mountain. Each villa has its own dedicated plunge pool, incredible power shower and some have a luxurious bathtub. With no fence and a well visited water hole with adjacent game blind/hide you really do feel close to nature.
SORALO is a community-based and community-driven land trust established in 2004 to unite 16 Maasai communities in the management and security of their landscape. Our approach is founded upon two Maasai cultural concepts:
Enkop’ang | our good land, our common identity, our common pride
Erematare | stewardship and care over common resources
Our primary role is to ensure the integrity of this landscape for the benefit of its people and wildlife. We work to help communities in this landscape secure rights to their land, develop management systems to keep the landscape healthy and intact, and create economic opportunities. We continue to develop innovative local conservation models that promote coexistence of people and wildlife, cultural and ecological conservation, and community empowerment.
1 night accommodation at the Weston Hotel on a B&B basis.
7 Nights accommodation at Lentorre Lodge, access to the underground hide at Lentorre
Maasai Boma visit
Local school visit
Evening presentations by SORALO and Rebuilding the Pride
3 hours of aerial photography per guest
Additional donations to SORALO and Rebuilding the Pride,
Gratuities for local staff and guides
Curio purchases and items of a personal nature
You will be met on arrival in Nairobi by a Wild Eye representative and transferred to the Weston Hotel where we will spend the first night of our safari. This Safari has been scheduled to line up with one of our Great Migration Safaris, allowing guests to easily combine these two incredible experiences.
After breakfast we will transfer across to Wilson Airport for our private charter flight from Nairobi to Shompole and the magnificent Lentorre Lodge. Lentorre is set on a spur running off the Nguruman Escarpment beside a natural spring in the heart of the Olkiramatian Conservancy, a community initiative developed by the local Maasai community to protect their wildlife, traditional lifestyle and their heritage. We will be taking exclusive use of the camp.
After settling in to camp we will head out for our first afternoon drive on a slightly different game viewing vehicle than you may be used to!
Local school/ Maasai Boma
Today we will head out on our first morning drive through the Olkiramatian Conservancy. With the Nguruman Escarpment and Mount Shompole providing dramatic, dark backgrounds, the range of wildlife we stand the chance of seeing includes an variety of plains game, giraffe and lion with the potential of seeing osme of the rare species such as striped hyena.
Our afternoon will be spent visiting a local school and Maasai Boma (don’t forget that the community and wildlife live side-by-side in this incredible landscape) followed by sundowners and a chat by the South Rift Land Owners Assosication (SORALO). SORALO is a community-based and community-driven land trust established in 2004 to unite 16 Maasai communities in the management and security of their landscape.
Morning & Afternoon Drives exploring the Olkiramatian Conservancy followed by and evening presentation by Guy Western on “Rebuilding the Pride” and the Conserving Coexistence programme.
Since 2010, Guy has spearheaded the establishment of Rebuilding the Pride. Recently completing his PhD, Guy combines his experience and expertise to lead the Conserving Coexistence programme, where the teams of the community Game Scouts and Rebuilding the Pride join together to help communities to coexist with wildlife across the SORALO landscape.
Morning lion tracking and visit to Lalenok Research Centre, a major hub of SORALO activities and a site visited by numerous local and international school groups, independent researchers, and inquisitive minds who want to learn about coexistence in the South Rift ecosystem.
Afternoon game drive and presentation on aerial photography as we prepare for day 1 of our Aerial photography activities.
Lake Natron/ Lake Magadi
Our group of 4 guests will be split in 2 with Group 1 flying for the first hour this morning before Group 2 takes up the second hour of magical light.
Headphones will allow you to chat to your pilot and guide who will provide photographic guidance and tuition with a dose of history and and explanation of the geology and geography of the region.
Our focus during these flights will be firmly on the abstract patterns and flocks of flamingos found in the two of the region – Lake Natron and Lake Magadi.
Lake Magadi is the southernmost lake in the Kenyan Rift Valley, lying in a catchment of faulted volcanic rocks, north of Tanzania’s Lake Natron. During the dry season, it is 80% covered by soda and is well known for its wading birds, including flamingos. Lake Natron is a mineral-rich soda lake in northern Tanzania, at the border with Kenya. It’s a breeding ground for hundreds of thousands of lesser flamingos, despite the highly alkaline state of the striking red waters. It sits below Ol Doinyo Lengai, a soaring active volcano in the Rift Valley.
We will break for a bush breakfast on the shores of either Lake Natron or Lake Magadi and enjoy a morning of photographing the flamingos from the lake edge before returning to camp for lunch.
Our afternoon will be spent on the lake edge again and Group 1 will enjoy an hour long scenic afternoon flight whilst group 2 will aim to add more images to their flamingo portfolio.
Lake Natron/ Lake Magadi
Group 2 kicks off the morning with their hour long scenic flight at first light, followed by Group 2 for the second hour of magic light. This ensures that both groups have an equal opportunity to photograph at first light and within the second hour of good light.
Our afternoon will again be spent on the shores of either Lake Natron or Lake Magadi with Group 2 enjoying their 3rd and final hour of aerial photography with an afternoon scenic flight over the lakes.
Our day comes to an end with a drive back to camp where we will search for the nocturnal wildlife of the region.
Today is our last full day in the region and we will look to fill any gaps that we may have in our portfolio of the region as we aim to document the people, wildlife and scenery that make up the diversity of Kenya’s South Rift Valley.
Our journey ends after a final morning drive, breakfast and flight from Shompole to Wilson Airport before being transferred to Jomo Kenyatta for your return flight home.
Dates & Prices
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|August 28 - September 5, 2021||3||$13,850.00|
|Guide: Andrew B|