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Kenya Safari with UBC alumnus Greg Sharam

Kenya is one of the most diverse African countries and we will experience much of this fantastic variety of landscape and wildlife on this classic safari. The lush highlands, open savanna, dry thornvelt, and the great migration on the Masai Plains are all part of our two week safari through historic southern Kenya. Our safari (Swahili for journey) is planned for October, at the end of the long dry season when wildlife are concentrated in protected areas near rivers and watering holes. We’ll start our safari in Nairobi, the capital, which sits a mile high on the central plain near Mt. Kenya. From Nairobi, we’ll journey north to the Shaba Game Reserve, where the central highlands meet the northern desert plains of Kenya. The scenery is a classic savanna; a grassy plain with majestic umbrella thorn trees (Acacia tortilis), overseen by the towering Shaba volcano. Elephant, lion, cheetah, buffalo, oryx, Grant’s gazelle, dik dik and waterbuck are found here, as well as the endangered Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe and gerenuk. We’ll stay at the Sarova Shaba Game Lodge at a natural spring on the Ewaso Nyiro River. Enjoy a sun-downer and gaze over the same savanna Joy Adamson described in Born Free.

Next, we’ll cross the Kenyan highlands and the Rift Valley, and travel south-west to the Masai-Mara Game Reserve. The Masai-Mara in Kenya and the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, make up the Serengeti Ecosystem. Together, they host the annual Great Migration of 1.5 M wildebeest and 500,000 zebras. These animals spend the dry season (May-November) in Masai-Mara and travel south into Serengeti for the wet season (December-April). I started my research in the Serengeti ecosystem in 1998, and it is one of my favorite places. We’ll be staying at Kichwa Tembo tented camp (Swahili for the elephants head) tucked into a patch of forest on the Sabaringo River, below the Oloololo escarpment. The camp has amazing views over the Masai Plains of the game reserve.

It’s a different scene at the Tsavo West National Park on the Kenyan coastal plain. Here, red dusty elephants walk in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro. This park is mostly dry thornvelt, with dry adapted species like rhino, kudu, gerenuk, and hirola, along with elephant, buffalo and lions. It was here 100 years ago that Colonel Patterson wrote The Lions of Tsavo about the man-eaters that stopped the construction of the East African Railway. We’ll visit a green oasis in the centre of the park, the clear-flowing Mzima Springs, with its abundant wildlife. We’ll stay at the Kilaguni Serena Lodge, built into the rocks and overlooking its own watering hole where wildlife visit in the evenings.

Finally, we’ll return for a rest in Nairobi at the Ole-Sereni Hotel before returning home, to a beach vacation on the coast, or your next adventure. Bring your camera. This will be an amazing safari!


Greg Sharam
Alumni Expeditions Cultural Explorations alumni UBC

Kenya | 12 days
Alumni Expeditions

Dates:
Oct 15-26, 2018
Cost:
US$6095 (Incl. US$300 taxes and gratuities)
Group Size:
Limited to 18 participants

Includes:
Accommodations based on double occupancy in hotels, lodges, and camps listed or similar, transportation, all activities as listed, including guided safaris, park entrance fees, internal flights, and airport transfers, meals as indicated in the itinerary, bottled water on safari vehicles, services of local English-speaking driver-guide, fully hosted by UBC professor Greg Sharam. Taxes and gratuities of US$300 are included.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrive in Nairobi
Day 2: People, art, and animals
Day 3: Lion prides beneath Toothbrush Trees
Day 4: Exploring Shaba Reserve
Day 5: Observing lions, elephants, zebras, and giraffe
Day 6: Fly to the Maasai Mara
Day 7: Game drives in Africa’s richest wildlife viewing area
Day 8: Another full day in the Maasai Mara
Day 9: Fly to Tsavo West National Park
Day 10: Lions, cheetahs, hippos, and wildebeests
Day 11: Game drive at Tsavo
Day 12: Depart Nairobi
Optional Extension: Victoria Falls and Zambia
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Your Tour Leader

Greg Sharam is a wildlife biologist, spending his summers in the Canadian Arctic, working on large mammals: grizzly bears, muskox and caribou. He completed graduate work at UBC with a PhD (Zoology) in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, and an MSc (Botany) in the Yukon Territory. His interests in wildlife biology and conservation.

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Alumni Expeditions Cultural Explorations alumni UBC

Kenya | 12 days
Alumni Expeditions

Dates:
Oct 15-26, 2018
Cost:
US$6095 (Incl. US$300 taxes and gratuities)
Group Size:
Limited to 18 participants

Includes:
Accommodations based on double occupancy in hotels, lodges, and camps listed or similar, transportation, all activities as listed, including guided safaris, park entrance fees, internal flights, and airport transfers, meals as indicated in the itinerary, bottled water on safari vehicles, services of local English-speaking driver-guide, fully hosted by UBC professor Greg Sharam. Taxes and gratuities of US$300 are included.

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"I couldn't believe how close we got to the curious elephants!"

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