DATES: 25 – 29 June 2019
Introducing Kenya Natural Wonders, one of a portfolio of eight life-changing, ‘purposeful’ journeys crafted to offer guests access to unique and privileged, behind-the-scenes conservation and community projects run by ourselves and our partners. On this itinerary we invite you to join us in The Great Rift Valley to explore a dormant volcano, investigate a life-giving water tower, and observe a Critically Endangered forest antelope, the mountain bongo. All funds raised from this itinerary are directly channelled to Kenya’s Bongo Surveillance Project.
Ages 17 years and older only. Trip guaranteed to travel with minimum 4 guests.
Fly Nairobi to Loldia, late afternoon lecture on bongo by Mike Prettejohn, overnight Loldia House.
The bongo (Tragelaphus eurycerus) is split into two subspecies. While the lowland bongo (T. e. eurycerus) is fairly widespread across the Congo Basin and further into west Africa, the mountain bongo (T. e. isaaci) occurs only in the mountains of Kenya’s Rift Valley. It is Critically Endangered with only around 100 mature animals remaining in fragmented forests that also happen to shelter the most important watersheds in the country making their conservation a double priority.
Bongo Surveillance Project: The objective of the Bongo Surveillance Project is to protect and conserve the Critically Endangered eastern or mountain bongo and its habitat, by working with local communities and stakeholders worldwide. The project was founded in 2004 by Mike Prettejohn, with an initial focus on the Aberdares National Park, the last known stronghold of the mountain bongo. For the past 15 years, Mike has led a team of experienced trackers in gathering scientific data on the presence and distribution of the remaining mountain bongo, first in the Aberdares and then later on Mount Kenya, before moving further afield to confirm the species’ continued perilous existence in Eburu and the Mau Forests. He and his team have discovered previously-unknown populations and have championed the continued survival of this species in the wild in Kenya.
It is no exaggeration to say that this small group of committed Kenyans (and their supporters such as the Kenya Wildlife Service and the Kenya Forestry Service) can consider themselves responsible for bringing the plight of the mountain bongo into the public consciousness.
Morning boat outing on Lake Naivasha, afternoon drive onto Eburu Volcano to check and reset cameratraps, overnight Eburu fly camp.
Morning forest walk, afternoon honey harvesting with Ndorobo tribesmen, overnight vigil in the bongo blind.
Morning forest walk and cameratrap check, return to Loldia House for lunch, afternoon boating to Crescent Island, overnight Loldia House.
Early morning outing to Lake Elementaita for flamingo spectacle and a bush breakfast, return to Loldia for a leisurely lunch and onward flight to Nairobi or Masai Mara.