Kenya’s luxury destinations offer exceptional service, unforgettable wilderness, and breathtaking wildlife. However, for an increasing number of visitors, travel has been reduced from simply having a good time to the point where it is all about adding value to the location where tourists are visiting. Whether you want to get involved in the work of a private nature or wildlife conservancy, stay in eco-friendly lodges or join the dedicated anti-poaching rangers; there are numerous options for high-quality and sustainable travel experiences in Kenya.
Here are our top 5….
1. Stay at Il Ngwesi – A Community-run Eco-lodge
Il Ngwesi is a popular eco-lodge in Kenya that has significantly improved the lives of local communities through education, health, and livelihood projects, as well as business opportunities, thanks to the income generated by tourists who stay at the lodge. Aside from superb dining, unforgettable wilderness, and incredible wildlife, guests can also participate in the lodge’s conservation efforts, which include spending time with local women to learn about their beading techniques, and visiting a local school as well as health clinics.
2. Discover Northern Kenya’s rare endemic species
At Samburu, you’ll get to learn about this rugged northern Kenya landscape through activities such as guided nature walks and game drives in search of rare endemic species such as the Reticulated Giraffe, Grevy’s Zebra, Somali Ostrich, Beisa Oryx, and Long-necked Gerenuk antelope. Not only will you gain a rewarding and profound appreciation for the fragile ecosystem, but also make a contribution to Samburu’s ongoing conservation efforts.
3. Join Loisaba’s dedicated anti-poaching unit
For immersive and ethical experiences with unique wildlife, join Loisaba’s anti-poaching unit for a day and learn how they track poachers and the training activities they go through to ensure the conservancy and its surrounding communities are safe.
4. Track the Black Rhino of Lewa
Track the black rhino either by vehicle, foot, or horseback at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, one of Kenya’s most established rhino conservancies, having pioneered a unique model for wildlife and habitat conservation through species protection and management, support of community conservation and development programs, and education of neighboring areas on the value of wildlife.
5. Visit the Reteti Elephant Orphanage
Reteti Elephant Sanctuary is an excellent example of community-based conservation and a worthy cause. It provides visitors with a very different experience than other orphan sanctuaries: it is intimate, quiet, and emotional, and it provides a fascinating insight into the relationships between orphans and those who care for them. A back-of-house tour is also available, allowing you to speak with the keepers and learn more about the individual elephants and their stories.
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