Alison will be traveling through Kenya and Tanzania in May to bring updates on these conservation efforts.
More and more travelers want to hear about the conservation and protection of East Africa’s wildlife. Specialist groups are always interested in meeting the local researchers in addition to the daily game drives. Several Serengeti and Maasai Mara camps offer participation to hear about the conservation projects and their pursuit of protecting the wilderness.
1. Serengeti Cheetah Project – Namiri Plains
Participate on an ongoing research and share an informative evening with one of the Serengeti cheetah project researchers. Participating guests are encouraged to take as many photos as they can of any cheetah spotted while on game drives. Upon return to camp, meet up with the researcher, where he/she will try and identify the photographed cheetah and explain the work that the project does and why it’s important to cheetah conservation. Continue the conversation over dinner where the challenges faced by all carnivores in the area are discussed.
2. Ngorongoro Lion Project – Highlands Camp
During your full day game drive into the Ngorongoro Crater, you will meet with Ingela Jansson, project researcher, for a picnic lunch on the crater floor and learn about the ‘soap opera’ of lion relationships in the area. Learn about the future project of having the lions move freely between the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.
Learn about carnivore conservation and identification with the experts.
Go on an afternoon game drive with the project researcher and learn how lions are identified from their whisker patterns. Once back at camp, guests will enjoy a delicious dinner with the researcher where a discussion will be conducted about the challenges faced by all carnivores in the area.
Based in the conservancy is the Mara Cheetah Project following the likes of Imani, Nabiki, Nolari and Malaika.
Also follow Naboisho”s Elephants. Debuting in the US on April 24 on Nat Geo Wild, the Emmy-awarding filmmakers’ latest documentary, “Little Giant” reveals the trips and tumbles of one sweet baby pachyderm’s Little E’s first year as it explores the 55,000 acre Naboisho Conservancy, adjacent to Masai Mara Game Reserve. Naboisho Camp was the launching point.
Follow the Topi Plains (Lipstick, the Breakaways (Scarface and Mornani) and Marsh Pride (Charm). Many of the Governor’s Camp guides contribute to the daily posts.