About the Kenya series: Sustainable Safari

“Conservancies equate to safari: spotting wild animals in the rugged African nature! Seeing elephants and giraffes everywhere, however, is not a matter of course. Behind the scenes, maintaining a balance between nature, communities and wildlife takes an enormous amount of time, money, energy and involves many stakeholders. How do you go on a sustainable safari? ” Charlie

You cannot just take the savannas and the associated wildlife for granted. Africa’s population is growing rapidly and human wildlife conflicts are commonplace. We traveled to the north of Kenya to see the different types of conservancies and to develop new sustainable experiences.

OVER KENYA

Kenya is a surprisingly diverse country! An hour’s drive from the capital Nairobi you will find the greenest tea fields, another hour further you suddenly drive over a vast savannah or you stand on the shore of Lake Naivasha holding staring competitions with hippos. From breathtaking nature to inspiring culture: the indigenous peoples allow you to experience this at its purest and will broaden your world view.

But Kenya is also one of Africa’s most favorite safari destinations for a reason. This country is home to the most beautiful nature parks in the world, filled to the hole with wildlife. You can cross off those big five!

And did you know that in Kenya you also have the most beautiful white beaches, on the dazzling azure blue Indian Ocean?

In short: Kenya has all the ingredients to experience the real Africa. We have discovered the most beautiful routes and hidden gems for you and would love to show you.

Africa map Kenya

#1 OL PEJETA: ITS SUCCESS STORY

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OL PEJETA: AFRICA’S BEST RUNNING CONSERVANCY?
Ol Pejeta is widely known and can best be described as “an extremely well-oiled machine”. But why is this conservancy in northern Kenya so successful and worth a visit? What can you do here?

#2 HORSE PATROL WITH MT. KENYA RANGERS

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THE FAIRY-TALE MOUNT KENYA
Mount Kenya: the third highest mountain in all of Africa and an absolute must-see when you are in Kenya. From mysterious forests to fertile moorlands, bamboo zones and all kinds of wildlife. We went here on horse patrol, looking for a poacher

#3 THE STORY OF TWO POACHERS

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STRIPES VERSUS SUFFERING HUNGER: WHAT IS THIS BUSINESS IN KENYA?
Ivory poaching is still a major problem in Kenya. Due to the high demand from Asia, there are still many people trying to make a living from this illegal business. How is this actually done and is enough action being taken?

CURIOUS ABOUT ALL THE HIGHLIGHTS AND UNIQUE EXPERIENCES IN KENYA?

#4 DEVELOPING A NEW TRIBAL ADVENTURE

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HOW WE DEVELOPED OUR NEW SAMBURU TREK
Synonymous with Charlie’s Travels is the Tribal Trek, the showpiece of the company. A few years later it was time for a new Charlie’s Travels Trek. Through the wild landscapes of Naibunga conservancy, Charlie and his team cruised to put together an outrageous new adventure. But how does that actually work?

#5 INTERVIEW CONSERVANCY OWNER: MICHAEL DYER

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READ MORE INTERVIEWS?
Interested in more interviews? At Charlie’s Travels we have already had the opportunity to speak with many interesting people.

#6 MAMA, FOLLOWING UP YOUR ADVICE

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THIS IS WHAT A STAY IN ONE OF THE MOST LUXURIOUS LODGES IN KENYA LOOKS LIKE
After a last alcoholic snack at the bar, you say goodbye to the other guests. You walk back along a path of lanterns to one of the most luxurious lodges you have ever seen in your life! When you return to your private residence, you will be surprised with a literally warm welcome …

#7 MT. OLOLOKWE: THE HOLY MOUNTAIN OF THE SAMBURU

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THE ULTIMATE HIKE OF THE NORTH: HOLY MOUNT OLOLOKWE
We love cool hikes! We climb the sacred mountain Ololokwe, located in the northern Samburu area in Kenya. With a goat and a pack donkey you bump up with Samburu warriors and experience the sandy paths and steep parts of this sacred mountain.

#8 BABY ELEPHANT RESCUE IN SAMBURU

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RETETI ELEPHANT SANCTUARY: A MUST FOR ALL ANIMAL LOVERS
Reteti Elephant Sanctuary is located northeast of Mount Ololokwe, and is a must-visit if you are in the area. Orphan elephants are cared for and cared for here until they are old enough to live in the wild again.

CURIOUS ABOUT THE NEXT SERIES: KILIMANJARO FOOTHILLS

The northern part of Tanzania is visited by many travelers because of the tourist attractions that can be found here. Think of the Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti and Lake Manyara. Of course these national parks are beautiful (there are so many people going there for a reason, let’s be real), but we had such a dark brown suspicion that this part of Tanzania has so much more to offer! And so we investigated.

#7 SCHOOL LESSON: THE FUTURE OF TOURISM
#2 EATING DUST: SAFARI ON A MOUNTAINBIKE
#6 COZY KILI-TOWN MOSHI INSIDE OUT
#5 HOMESTAY DUTCH FARM @ KILIMANJARO
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