Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Join Classic Africa Safaris and Lyndsay Harshman of the Kusini Collection on an in-depth exploratory trip visiting Uganda's many treasures including Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest and Kyambura Gorge for chimp trekking, Queen Elizabeth NP, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and tracking the mountain gorillas and Lake Mburo NP. This exploratory trip has been carefully designed for North American safari outfitters and Africa experts who are looking to develop an outstanding
Classic Africa Safaris has a decade of experience operating safaris in
Due to our long-standing and positive relationship with lodges in the region, CAS is able to offer a highly discounted rate for participants on this trip. Space is very limited and participation will only be confirmed after approval by CAS. Please contact the Kusini Collection for more information or to reserve your space: email@example.com.
Day 01 – Nov 1: Arrive EBB, airport transfer and overnight at the Lake Victoria Hotel.
Day 02 – Nov 2: Hotel inspections in EBB/Kampala, drive to Murchison Falls NP, overnight at Paraa Lodge.
Day 03 – Nov 3: Game drive, boat trip, tour top of the Falls, overnight at Nile Safari Lodge.
Day 04 – Nov 4: Drive to
Day 05 – Nov 5: Chimp walk, site inspections at Primate Lodge and Ndali Lodge, drive to Queen Elizabeth NP, overnight at Kyambura Lodge.
Day 06 – Nov 6: Site/boat inspections, boat tour Kasinga Channel, overnight Jacana Lodge.
Day 07 – Nov 7: To Buhoma via Ishasha Camp, overnight Gorilla Forest Camp.
Day 08 – Nov 8: Site inspections and/or trek gorillas, overnight Buhoma Lodge.
Day 09 – Nov 9: Drive to Lake Mburo NP, overnight Mihingo Lodge.
Day 10 – Nov 10: Drive to EBB for flights onward.
Land Price: $980 pp/sharing; optional add-ons: $150 pp chimp permit (as of 07/01/11), $500 pp (possibly $350) gorilla permit, $18 pp Kasinga Channel boat ride, $25 pp (approx)
Monday, May 23, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
Lion conservation recently became an issue of international concern when statistics revealed that lion numbers in Africa have plummeted to between 16,000 and 45,000. The lion population has declined by 30%-50% in just over the past two decades, a reduction largely due to habitat loss and conflict with humans. The lions in the Samburu / Buffalo Springs / Shaba ecosystem of Kenya are in an extremely vulnerable situation as they live in or adjacent to areas inhabited by nomadic people. Lions and their predatory behaviour have caused great resentment among the increasing rural pastoralist populations, and this has led to increased persecution of lions - lions continue to be shot, poisoned and speared.
This unique 9 day safari will provide you with an authentic and close-up insight into lion research in some of Kenya's most stunning areas. Spend 6 days with lion expert Shivani Bhalla in the Shaba and Samburu areas with 2 nights at Joys Camp and 3 nights at Sasaab Camp and then the last 3 days at Porini Lion Camp in the famous Maasai Mara in an exclusive conservancy with several resident prides of lion. To book this safari for your travelers, or to design a custom safari that includes these camps, please contact Porini Camps and Gamewatchers Safaris.
You will have the opportunity to be involved in this crucial research and 5% of the total safari cost will be donated to the Ewaso lions project (www.ewasolions.org).
Your time will typically include early morning and evening game drives when the lions are most active, participating in monitoring and recording and can also include the following:
- Participate in Ewaso Lions tree project and Wildlife Cinema in West Gate. This involves visiting schools and also manyattas (Samburu homesteads) at night to show them wildlife films.
- Carnivore 'call-ins' at night playing a recorded carnivore call and using speakers to call in carnivores as a method to estimate their density.
- Engage with the community and complete questionnaires on conflict and perceptions of predators.
- Track radio-collared lions.
- Go on patrol with the Ewaso Lions scouts and help record data on predators and identify spoor tracks.
- Help record data in the core Conservation Area
- Investigate any conflict in the area, e.g. donkey killed by lion, etc...
About Shivani Bhalla: A Kenyan national working on her PhD through Oxford University, which focuses on the lions of the Ewaso ecosystem in Northern Kenya. Through this project, she is continuing and complementing the research she did for her Masters' degree (MSc) in 2003. She currently works in Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba National Reserves and the West Gate Community Conservancy with the objective to investigate factors influencing the lion population in the Ewaso ecosystem in Northern Kenya. The area of study includes the 3 National Reserves (Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba) and the West Gate Community Conservancy. This research will formulate strategies for the long-term conservation of lions by understanding the issues and threats facing their population, their movements in the wild and the extent of human-lion conflict. There is a huge knowledge gap in this area and it's her intention to address this.