Sera Explored: Into the Northern Frontier
Explore the rugged Sera Conservancy, in Kenya’s wild and truly unspoilt Northern Frontier landscapes on this adventure that combines walking, wild sleepouts, rhino tracking and authentic cultural encounters. Wildlife exists alongside people here. It’s not uncommon to see a gerenuk or giraffe browsing and turn the corner moments later to meet a herdsman with his goats or camels. Each adds pressure on the other for grazing, water and space, offering visitors a real-life insight into the challenges in balancing wildlife and habitat conservation with human needs — a balance that the Sera Conservancy and Northern Rangeland Trust are working tirelessly to find, to enable both to thrive. Your guide, Alex, was one of the founders of Sera and his history here offers a unique insight into this land and its people.
On this adventure, you will learn first-hand about wildlife conservation at the community-run Reteti Elephant Sanctuary and the Sera rhino sanctuary. You’ll also get to sleep out on a bedroll on a rock, explore this wild landscape on walking safaris and watch an age-old tradition as Samburu and Rendille herdsmen bring their cattle to water at ancient wells. Witness a congregation of tens of thousands of sandgrouse collecting water in their feathers before flying up to 40 kilometres back to their nests. Seasoned travellers looking for an authentic adventure, digital detox and the chance to witness sights that few travellers have had the privilege will not be disappointed here.
Arrive at Ol Pejeta Bush Camp today and enjoy an afternoon game drive in this wildlife-rich conservancy, home to Kenya’s largest population of black rhino, as well as southern white rhino, lion, elephant, buffalo and much more. Visits to the last two remaining northern white rhino in the world, who live in Ol Pejeta Conservancy, can also be arranged (at additional cost) and is highly recommended. This evening, meet Alex to discuss the adventure ahead over dinner.
Good to Know
What Is Included In This Adventure?
Professional guiding by Alex Hunter, one of Kenya’s most experienced safari and walking guides, a full camp crew who will set up tents, cook meals, etc. All meals and house drinks (selected soft drinks, beer and house wine) throughout, from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 5, transfer from Nanyuki Airstrip to Ol Pejeta Bush Camp at the start, all logistics as described, travelling in a 4×4 vehicle throughout the adventure until drop-off at Kalama Airstrip on Day 5, all conservancy and camping fees for Ol Pejeta and Sera, rhino tracking experience in Sera and visit to the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary.
Temperatures can reach 40°C so a sun hat for shade, light layers to cover up and high-factor sunscreen are essential items to pack for this adventure. There will be plentiful water to keep you hydrated. As with all true adventures, the exact itinerary may need to be adapted to a different order at the time due to weather, wildlife or other conditions, but we ensure all of the highlights are included, simply in a different order.
Fly Camp Facilities
Riverbed fly camp: mosquito net cube tents with two single bedroll mattresses, sheets, blankets and pillows. The camp has a central toilet tent as well as central bucket shower. Towels and bedding provided. Meals are eaten alfresco (rain is very rare during the time this adventure operates), but there is a back-up mess tent in the logistics vehicle in case it’s needed.
Kisima Hamsini camp: for the brave spirited, enjoy sleeping alfresco on bedrolls on the top of a rock. Or if you prefer, the fly camp tents from the previous night can also be used and set up easily here. The choice is yours.