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Rhino Awareness & Protection Safaris

The Rhino Awareness program is a nature and wildlife project in Kenya for everybody who is interested in learning more about African
wildlife and the problems of Rhino Horn and Ivory trade. It is a combination of wildlife education, rhino conservation and sustainable
tourism. We mainly visit private conservation areas, national parks and reserves off the beaten tourist track while experiencing the most
breathtaking landscapes. You will have the chance to encounter the ‘Big Five’ - rhinos, elephants, buffalos, lions and leopards – up close.
Join us on a journey to one of the best places in the world to observe white and black rhinos.
On this web page we want to share our ideas and visions with you, and offer solution what can "YOU DO" to assist in Conservation
.

The Program includes lectures and field trips with the Rhino Biologist Dr. Felix Patton.

Highlights:

- Intensive Rhino & Elephant Observation

- Rhino Workshops with Dr. Felix Patten

- Participation in our Rhino Awareness & Protection Project Observation of the 3 excisting african Rhino Species

- 500 Euro of the rate is going directly into the Rhino Awareness Project
  See Details here.

- Extention Safaris available

- tour guided by experienced biologists and driver guides

- see the majestic big seven during this Safari

The Big Awareness & Big Five Safari

Day 1
You will be welcomed at the international airport of Nairobi where you arrive in the morning. You will be transfered to Wilson Airport.
From here you fly to Samburu National Park where your safari car is waiting for you. You will find yourself on the first game drive
while we drive to elephant bedroom Lodge.
We have choosen the elephant bedroom lodge because here we are very near to resident elephants that sleep around the Lodge.
Also we can see elephants crossing the river from here. This is our first leg to learn about elephants and the problems of
Rhino Horn and Ivory Trade. Overnight at elephant bedroom Camp.



Day 2
Full day Game drives at Samburu Nationalpark. Beside Elephants we have the chance to look for Leopards, Cheetah and Lions
because this park is one of the best places in East Africa to see this cats in their natural habitat.
Also Samburu NP is known for the population of the rare Grevy ́s zebra dand Gerenuk antilopes.


Day 3
Today we start our journey towards Mount Kenya. On our way to Rhino Watch Lodge we have the opportunity to stop at some
view points to take pictures of Mt. Kenya. Our destination is the Laikipia plateau, the location of some of the most important Rhino
Conservancys in Africa. Our home for the next days is the cozy and family style Rhino Watch Safari Lodge.
In the evening we will meet rhino ecologist Dr. Felix Patton, who will be your guide and lecturer during the next days.
You will receive an extensive briefing on the program and the various workshops.



Day 4
After breakfast we will head into the Solio Reserve. We will be able to observe rhinos as they have lived on the vast plains of Africa for
hundreds of years. Throughout the next few days Dr. Patton will educate us about the life history of rhinos, their behavior and the
problems of poaching.

Day 5
Rhino Watch is an official partner of the organization "Plant for the Planet", founded by Felix Finkbeiner. Today we will join
a ‘Plant for the Planet Academy’ at the property of Rhino Watch Lodge together with school children. In addition, we will plant trees
and attend another workshop with some local schools. Each participant will plant its own tree in order to compensate for our
personal carbon footprint.



Day 6
We will spend another day in the Solio Conservancy with Dr. Felix Patton and will be on the lookout for newborn rhino calves.



Day 7
Today's safari takes you to the misty mountain forest of the Aberdare ranges. We take our jeeps to a height of 3500 meters and
penetrate thick bamboo forests to explore the high plateau. You can see impressive waterfalls cascading down the mountainsides.
The Aberdare Mountain Range is one of the last prime forests of Africa and home to various species of monkeys, such as
Blue monkeys and black-and-white Colobus monkeys. And can you imagine the excitement if you would see a gigantic forest elephant
wander out from the bushes or a leopard cross our path!

Day 8
Another visit to the Solio Reserve is planned for today where Dr. Felix Patton will introduce us to the Rhino ID project and will explain
how individual animals are identified and being distinguished from one another.

Day 9
Today we leave the Lodge and drive to Nairobi. We will stay at the wonderfull and most save Hotel in town, the Windsor Golf
and Country Club.

Day 10
Today is the BIG DAY. In the morning we visit the Daphne Sheldrick foundation. You will become a foster parent and meet the first time your
adopted Elephant or Rhino. You will be handed over your certificate.
In the afternoon we attend to the Foster parent show. You will take your elephant to bed !

         

Day 11
Today we drive south to Amboseli NP. At the bottom of Kilimanjaro we meet the big elephant polulation. At the foot of the white
Mountain we find a large population of elephants that come daily to the swamp of Amboseli River for feeding.
We stay at Kibo Camp Safari Lodge.



Day 12
Today we leave to visit the Sheldrick foundation and rewildering station in Ithumba. We will stay in the Sheldrick Bandas.
Our cook will prepare the meals. Now we are very near to the elephants that are ready to go back to nature. We will spend the next
days with the rangers and help them.



Day 13
A day with elephants

Day 14
Departure to the airport or start of the extention Safari.

Price:                            3.490.- US $ p.P.          single suppl. 800.- US $        Kids below 12 sharing with parents US $ 1.490.-

                                     We will use 500.- US $ from the price that you pay in our Awareness Campaign !

Service included:         2 nights elephant bedroom camp, fullboard
                                     6 nights Rhino Watch Safari Lodge , fullboard
                                     2 nights at Windsor Golf & Country Club Nairobi , b&b
                                     3 nights at Sheldrick Banda Ithumba , fullboard
                                     1 Foster parentship for 1 year at Sheldrick Trust
                                     all game drives a mentioned in schedule
                                     guiding and work shops as mentioned in schedule

not included:
food if not mentioned above, drinks, inland and int. flights, insurance, park fees and tips.    

Trip Dates:                    11.01.2015 - 24.01.2015 *
                                      01.03.2015 - 14.03.2015
                                      04.10.2015 - 17.10.2015 *
                                      02.08.2015 - 15.08.2015 family departure

* due to the occupancy in Ithumba this 2 trips have a different itenary but the same content.

                                      10.01.2016 - 23.01.2016
                                      20.03.2016 - 02.04.2016
                                      31.07.2016 - 13.08.2016 family epartur
                                      09.10.2016 - 22.10.2016

The message:

As more visitors we welcome in Kenya, as more we can do for Conservation. Please spread the message, make your family and your friends aware! We, as a sustainable Wildlife Operator will make sure that everybody that comes to visit our country will have an unforgetable Safari
and learns as much as possible about the wildlife you see.
Together we can face the problems of Ivory and Rhino Horn Trade.

 

The Small Awareness & Big Five Safari

Day 1
You will be welcomed at the international airport of Nairobi where you arrive in the morning.
We start our journey with the drive north to Mount Kenya. We will travel past the largest pineapple plantation in Africa towards
the Tana River, which is the longest river in Kenya and where we plan for a short stop.
On our way to the Rhino Watch Lodge we have the opportunity to visit various fruit markets.
In the evening we will meet rhino ecologist Dr. Felix Patton as well as Frank Wirth, owner of the Rhino Watch Lodge,
who will be your guides and lecturers during the next days. You will receive an extensive briefing on the program and the various workshops.



Day 2
At dawn we will head into the Solio Reserve. We will be able to observe rhinos as they have lived on the vast plains of Africa for hundreds of years. Throughout the next few days Dr. Patton will educate us about the life history of rhinos, their behavior and the problems of poaching.


Day 3
Rhino Watch is an official partner of the organization "Plant for the Planet", founded by Felix Finkbeiner. Today we will join
a ‘Plant for the Planet Academy’ at the property of Rhino watch Lodge together with school children. In addition, we will plant trees
and attend another workshop with some local schools. Each participant will plant its own tree in order to compensate for our personal
carbon footprint.


Day 4
We will spend another day in the Solio Conservancy with Dr. Felix Patton and will be on the lookout for newborn rhino calves.

Day 5
Today's safari takes you to the misty mountain forest of the Aberdare ranges. We take our jeeps to a height of 3500 meters and penetrate thick bamboo forests to explore the high plateau. You can see impressive waterfalls cascading down the mountainsides. The Aberdare Mountain Range is one of the last primeval forests of Africa and home to various species of monkeys, such as Blue monkeys and black-and-white colobus monkeys. And can you imagine the excitement if you would see a gigantic forest elephant wander out from the bushes or a leopard cross our path!





Day 6
Another visit to the Solio Reserve is planned for today where Dr. Felix Patton will introduce us to the Rhino ID project and will explain
how individual animals are identified and being distinguished from one another.


Day 7
Today is the BIG DAY. In the morning we visit the Daphne Sheldrick foundation. You will become a foster parent and meet the first time your
adopted Elephant or Rhino. You will be handed over your certificate.
In the afternoon we attend to the Foster parent show. You will take your elephant to bed !
We stay at Windsor Golf and Country Club for the night.

Day 8
Departure to the airport or start of the extention Safari.

Included:
6 nights at Rhino Watch Safari Lodge based on double / twin tent accommodation all meals
1 night at Windsor Golf & Counry Club b & b
Water during all Game Drives
Participation in our Rhino Awareness & Protection Project with Lector Dr. Felix Patten
Foster Parentship at Shekldrick Trust for 1 year
all Game drives as per schedule in 4x4 Safari Jeeps.
5 full day field trips at Solio and Ol Pejetta Conservancy workshop Rhino science and protection - what can we do ?
500.- US $ from the price is going directly into our Awareness campaign

not included:
food if not mentioned above, drinks, flights, insurance, park fees and tips.    
                
Price per Person:            1.490.- US $       single suppliment 500.- US $
                                          990.- US $       children price below 12 years and sharing with 2 adults

Dates:
01.03. - 08.03.2015 & 08.03. - 15.03.2015
04.10. - 11.10.2015 & 11.10. - 18.10.2015

For information in dutch please contact our partner in NL. OnsKenia

pictures copyright to: Bettina Kelm, Hans Ruedi Ruefenacht, Frank Wirth, Rhino Watch Safaris Ltd.