North Kenyan Wild Dogs – Africa – 2018

Overview

Kenya is rightly recognised as one of the premier countries for wildlife in East Africa and this new trip for us focusses on the north of the country and the chance to work with an array of different species to the main safari destinations.  Along with specialist species such as Gerenuk, Reticulated Giraffe and Grevy’s Zebra, both the rhino species and the usual big cats we will also spend a large part of the trip concentrating on African Wild Dogs.  Laikipia Conservancy is a stronghold for a number of packs and we will have incredible access to them, following them on their daily hunts with the youngsters who will be now be above ground in hot pursuit at this time of year when each pack will be looking to hunt successfully several times a day all of which offers high adrenalin photography opportunities.  This promises to be a very different and rewarding trip and a thanks goes also to regular client Dave Cox for helping us pull the logistics of this new trip together and contribute some of the images here as well.

Itinerary Open +Close -

Day 1: We will look to arrive in Nairobi in early evening after our international flights and will transfer to a local hotel for our short overnight stay.

Day 2: We will transfer during the course of the morning to our base for the next 4 nights, the very comfortable Lewa House.  We should arrive in time for lunch and the chance for a first game drive in the afternoon.

Days 3 – 5: We have three full days of morning and afternoon game drives during our time at Lewa and they are sure to be busy.  Black and White Rhinoceros are one of the main attractions here along with the famous cheetah brothers, but specialist species including Somali Ostrich, Gerenuk and Reticulated Giraffe will be high on our wish-lists too. It is a quiet time in terms of visitors at this time of year so all our sightings should be quiet and intimate.

Day 6: After a final morning drive and breakfast we will make the transfer to Laikipia Wilderness Camp, a stunning location and setting and which we will have sole access to during the course of our stay.  A first afternoon game drive will follow lunch on our arrival.

Days 7 – 9: Our three full days at Laikipia will be very busy.  The conservancy has 4 packs of African Wild Dogs in the area two of which are very close to camp and have radio collared individuals in them allowing us to track them.  In March the young pups will be leaving the den and joining the pack to hunt regularly and on several occasions throughout the day with so many mouths to feed.  We will look to keep up with one of the numbers of packs in the conservancy and be able to adjust or manage our time out in the vehicles (and even on foot too) to suit ourselves and their behaviour at the time.  Night drives are also an option in this respect.  It will be a full on 3 days of tracking, observing and photographing these incredible animals at the busiest time of year for them.

Day 10: We will have time for a final morning drive on this our last full day before returning to Nairobi in time for our evening international flights home.

Day 11: Arrive home in the morning after our overnight flights.

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