Great Primate Handshake: Kenya 2014

Great Primate Handshake: Kenya 2014

Nairobi > Lake Naivasha > Ol Pejita Conservancy > Mt Kenya (base) > Kakamega Rainforest > Bore (Near Malindi) > Mombasa

Date: 11th July – 7th August 2014

Price: £1500 (inc deposit)
Local Payment: £450



Often referred to by anthropologists as “the cradle of humanity”, Kenya provides the opportunity to travel, explore and experience a country with such a climatic variance that it can support a diverse range of wildlife.

Home to the famous Masai Mara, where the annual Wildebeest and Zebra migration takes place, Kenya offers incredible wildlife-watching opportunities and the Great Rift Valley is where the earliest evidence of man’s ancestors was discovered.

The expedition includes a visit to Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a 90,000 acre private conservancy in the Laikipia District of Kenya, home to the endangered black and white rhino as well as the endangered Grevy’s zebra. Within the Conservancy is the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Most of the chimpanzees at this sanctuary are orphans, whilst others are rescued pets. The aim of the centre is to rehabilitate the chimpanzees into as natural an environment as possible, and to provide education about the sanctuary and conservation. Volunteers on previous expeditions worked with local education programmes and supported sanctuary staff, producing educational content to be used in schools and on-site at the sanctuary.

From Coral reefs and white beaches to staggering mountainscapes, Kenya is a varied and mysterious country. A poignant place to consider the lives of other primates; Kenya will not disappoint.

What’s Included

  • An early morning and evening game drive – an opportunity to spot the Big Five (elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino and leopard)
  • A walk to the top of Kakagema Hill to witness the sunrise across the last remaining stretch of rainforest in Kenya
  • Digital media training, support and guidance
  • Access to production equipment (HD video cameras, laptops, etc)
  • Access to 3G internet
  • Meet and learn from local and international conservation experts
  • Experience diverse centres of culture and innovation
  • Generator for charging electrical equipment
  • All transport on Oasis Expedition Truck
  • Accommodation fees (approx. 90% camping & 10% simple Hotels/hostels)
  • Camping and cooking gear
  • Min. of 2 vegetarian meals per day (on average)
  • Services of Oasis Crew

What’s Not Included

  • Visas approx. $50 (depending on nationality)
  • Meals taken while in hotels/hostels
  • Optional Excursions as listed in the pre-departure information
  • Airport taxes & transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Drinks
  • Tips

Example Itinerary

Please note that our itineraries are not set in stone and can be subject to change.

  • Days 1 to 3: Leaving the city of Nairobi behind we will head to the banks of Lake Naivasha which will be our base during the orientation period. Through a series of activities you will learn more about the following 28-days and emerge yourself in conservation and technology. You will have the opportunity to visit the Elsamere conservation centre and learn about the history and conservation efforts taking place in the local area.
  • Days 4 to 10: You will be hard pushed to find a more African experience than living within Ol Pejeta Conservancy for several days. Camping under the stars and going on a game drive whenever you need to go anywhere is truly an amazing experience. Whilst we are staying here we will also be creating content for the reserve and for Sweetwaters, the chimpanzee sanctuary situated in the centre of the reserve.
  • Days 11 to 13: Travelling to community projects around the base of Mt Kenya you will have the opportunity to create content for projects started by the late Wangari Maathai and see first hand how her inspirational legacy is impacting conservation efforts both locally and globally.
  • Days 14 to 18: Camping in the heart of the rainforest you will be able to experience the depths of the rainforest that is home to over 330 species of bird and 7 species of primate. No need to set an alarm clock as the call of the colobus will wake you up with their magical song.
  • Days 19 to 22: Here you will have the unique opportunity of working with a remote community situated in Bore, a vast open landscape nestled between the beautiful beaches of Malindi and the magnificence of Tsavo national park.
  • Days 23 to 27: The landscape for the final few days of the expedition will change completely as we hit the coast of Mombasa and stay at Diani beach. Whilst we will get to take a dip in the sea, we will also get to work with WWF supported projects in and around the Shimba Hills national park and pay a visit to the Colobus Conservation Centre. This will also be the chance to put the finishing touches on any of the content that you have been creating.
  • Day 28: As the sun sets on the final day we will get to celebrate by viewing all the content that the team has created before saying goodbye.