Animals Saving Animals Safari - Dog Squad Training Week

8 days
FROM £ 4,685
Countries Visited: Kenya
Conservation Experience

Animals Saving Animals Safari - Dog Squad Training Week

This is a unique opportunity to experience life with an anti-poaching dog unit. Staying at the not-for-profit Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, you will be up early to train and patrol with the Dog Squad. In the afternoons there is the opportunity to visit the last three Northern White Rhinos and enjoy 4x4 game drives on a daily basis as well as a range of other safari activities.

You will be hosted and led by Daryll Pleasants, canine expert and Head Trainer for the Animals Saving Animals (ASA) charity. Big cat specialist Giles Clark will join Daryll to host the second week. Giles Clark is head of Big Cat Sanctuary and used to work at Australia Zoo although he is better known in the UK as the star of the BBC TV's programme "Tigers About the House".

ASA is a small organisation based in the UK, founded by expert canine trainer Daryll Pleasants. ASA works alongside conservation organisations to assist in the prevention of wildlife crime through providing anti-poaching dogs and training to conservancies and national parks. They currently have twenty operational dogs deployed providing conservation support to four countries in Africa, and are expanding to including India and Botswana by the end of 2017. One dog has the ability in favourable conditions to secure a wildlife habitat of up to 32km2 per night every night and the search capabilities of up to 60 rangers covering the same ground over the same time. Due to their superior senses, unlike humans, dogs can track in darkness meaning for the first time anti-poaching units now 'own the night'. In addition if deployed to the scene of a poaching incident within 20 minutes a tracker dog can be within eyesight of a moving poacher in just forty minutes. They can also exert 240psi of bite pressure and chase a target at 32km per hour. What’s more they cannot be corrupted or bribed and will work seven days a week providing they have 8 hours undisturbed rest. These are just some of the reasons why Frontline K9s are proving so effective in the battle against poaching, it is, as the name suggests, animals saving animals.

Week 1: 18-25 March 2018 hosted by Daryll Pleasants
Week 2: 25 March - 2 April 2018 hosted by Daryll Pleasants and Giles Clark, Director of Cats at the Big Cat Sanctuary

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Safari Itinerary


Fly to Kenya
Depart London Heathrow via Amsterdam on your KLM flight to Nairobi. Overnight on flight.

DAY 2 - 7

Ol Pejeta Reserve
On arrival in Nairobi you will be met and transferred to your camp and commence your safari. When you arrive at lunchtime at Sweetwaters Camp you will be met and welcomed by Daryll Pleasants, Founder of Animals saving Animals. Following lunch there is a short rest before your afternoon game drive. You will return to the camp in time to freshen-up before dinner. During your stay at Sweetwaters Serena Camp you will be training with the Dog Squad units. After an early breakfast you will be out with Daryll Pleasants, Head trainer and founder of Animals saving Animals. You will be out with the handlers and the dogs, assisting with training and learning about the role these dogs play in keeping the reserves' large population of rhinos safe. Each day you will head back to camp for lunch. In the afternoon there is the opportunity to enjoy other activities in the reserve. You can of course go on a game-drive with your own driver-guide. Its also possible to visit the last three Northern White Rhinos or the chimp sanctuary. There is always the option of relaxing by the pool and letting the game come to you.


On your last day you will enjoy a morning game drive with your driver/guide before breakfast. Following breakfast, the rest of the morning is at leisure. Following lunch, you will be transferred back to Nairobi arriving at the Eka Hotel where a day room will be waiting for you enabling you to freshen-up before dinner. You have dinner at the hotel (drinks at own expense) before being transferred to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where you will say a fond farewell to your driver/guide before you check-in for your flight to London Heathrow (via Amsterdam).
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  • All flights, departure taxes, all accommodation on full board basis, park entrance fees and transfers as specified
  • Morning training with Daryll Pleasants, ASA charity
  • A 6 night small group safari tour with an English speaking driver/guide and maximum group size is 10
  • 4x4 safari vehicle
  • ATOL protection
  • 24-hour back-up service in Kenya and the UK
Not Included: Travel insurance, visas, optional excursions, driver/guide tips, gratuities, any items of a personal nature.
Additional excursion costs:
Night game drive in Ol Pejeta Conservancy is £95.00 per person (this game drive is operated by the camp)

Price Guide

  • The price is £4,685 per person (based on two sharing) departing 17 March 2018
  • The price is £4,989 per person (based on two sharing) departing 24 March 2018 (when Giles Clark co-hosts with Daryll Pleasants)

Price guide above is based on the best priced flights and the accommodation listed. Should these not be available, the price will increase. 


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