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Sweetwaters, Samburu & Sangare Game Reserves

Enjoy an ecotour that visits the Aberdares / Mt.Kenya region, Laikipia and Samburu. This is a tour that will slow you down in some of the best and exclusive wildlife viewing areas. The habitat is different in each and accommodation is in luxury tented camps that are well appointed to allow continuous wildlife viewing opportunities.

As with all Ontdek's nature safaris, this eco-tour is fully guided by a competent naturalist guide - a worth companion who will take your wildlife viewing experience beyond the "Big 5".

Eco travel in Kenya - Beisa Oryx at Sweetwaters

Eco-tour visiting the Sweetwaters Game Conservancy, Laikipia.

This is a 24,000 acres private reserve in the Laikipia area and it serves a niche group of travelers. The habitat comprises of extensive savanna grasslands and riverine forests that border the Ewaso Nyiro River. It is home to elephants, rhinos, buffaloes, giraffes as well as other plains game and it has the highest ratio of game-to-area of any national park or reserve in Kenya. Of note is the presence of wild dogs which are now occasionally seen in Sweetwaters.

Being a private conservancy, conservation is given high priority and the number of visitors is deliberately kept small by having an exclusive tented camp. All tents are set by the floodlit waterhole where game comes to drink & lick salt.

Within Sweetwaters there is a 200-acre chimpanzee sanctuary set up where orphaned and rescued chimps are reared and rehabilitated to once again fit in the wilderness.

Allow min 2–3 days for a quality ecotour in Sweetwaters.

Ecotours in Kenya: Samburu National Reserve.

Ecotourism Kenya - Gerenuk
Samburu's lifeline is the Ewaso Nyiro, strong and overflowing with the rains and at times of drought it can be reduced to a dry sand bed. The general landscape is dry open grasslands, scattered hills but lush vegetation along the river – and this is where most game is concentrated. There are huge herds of elephants, reticulated giraffes, zebras, buffaloes, oryx and various gazelles. Of note is the occurrence of a unique northern species: the gerenuk, a long-neck gazelle that feeds standing on its back legs and also the unmistakable Grevy’s zebra.

Cats abound in plenty and it is possible to see lions, cheetahs and leopards. The combined parks are home to a recorded +360 species of birds.

For ecotourism safaris, Samburu is worth visiting but to appreciate it fully we recommend min 3-4 nights. Remember always that this is a hot place, day temperatures keep most of the animals hiding in the shade, so you need more periods of cooler hours to make your eco safari worth it.

Eco travel in Kenya at the Sangare Ranch.

Sangare is a 6500 acres private wildlife conservancy sandwiched between the Aberdares and Mt. Kenya. The 12-tent camp overlooks a fresh water lake full of exciting bird life where game comes to drink. The Sangare Hill forms a magnificent backdrop for the camp.

Ecotour in Kenya - Reticulated Giraffes.

The ranch whose habitat is open savanna with scattered bushes is home to zebras, reticulated giraffes, antelopes, warthogs, leopards, hyenas, elephants and buffaloes. Bird life in Sangare is rich with + 300 birds species recorded.

The tents are spacious and luxurious with four poster beds, unique African furnishing, private verandas and en suite facilities with flush toilet and shower.

Sangare is a place to simply switch off and connect with nature in a very intimate way. With options to take guided nature walks, vehicle game drives or just leisure birding from the veranda of your tent, this is a place that is very ideal for eco-travelers.

While at Sangare take a day's excursion to visit the neighboring Solio Rhino Conservancy - which is one of the best places in Kenya to see Black and White rhinos in huge numbers.

On this ecotour allow 2-3 nights in the Sangare Ranch.

Have a look at our other ecotours in Kenya.

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