Animals Saving Animals Safari - Dog Squad Training Week

8 days
FROM £ 4,989
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 Animals Saving Animals (ASA) and big cat specialist Giles Clark who will provide expert insight about Ol Pejeta's many beautiful big cats including six pride of lion numbering 72 individals. Giles is head of the Big Cat Sanctuary but you may well recognise him as the star of the BBC TV series 'Tigers About the House' charting the progress of Spot and Stripe at Australia Zoo.

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. ASA currently has twenty operational dogs deployed providing conservation support to four countries in Africa, and will be expanding to including India and Botswana in 2018. The Real Africa Trust's recent Explorers against Extinction campaign has raised enough funds for a team of two ASA dogs to be deployed to Botswana's Okavango Delta and an additional dog for Ol Pejeta - a tracking Spaniel.

Just 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.

Ol Pejeta is a not-for-profit conservancy. It is also recognised as the largest sanctuary in East Africa for the critically endangered black rhino as well as being a haven for the last three Northern White Rhino in the world. Other vulnerable or endangered species that live at Ol Pejeta include elephant, African wild dog, cheetah, lion, leopard, hippo, Grevy’s zebra and the locally threatened Jackson’s hartebeest.

This very special Dog Squad week runs 25 March - 2 April 2018. The international flight departs 24 March. As well as learning about conservation and the vital role anti-poaching canine units play, you will also be directly contributing to ongoing conservation - Real Africa makes a contribution on behalf of every client to our charitable trust (registered charity no 1149508) and with this particular trip funds are donated to both Ol Pejeta Conservancy and Animals saving Animals. Thank you for your support.

The Real Africa Trust works with leading conservation organisations to raise awareness as well as raising funds for specific projects. Partners include Save the Elephants, Save the Rhino, The Sheldrick Trust, Rhino Conservation Botswana and Animals saving Animals. You can find out more on our Conservation pages. On behalf of every client travelling, Real Africa makes a donation to the Trust. We work very closely with ASA and the dog squads, exhibiting at Hatfield House in July 2017 and raising well over $20,000 for them via our Explorers against Extinction campaign. This money will now fund a new dog squad for Rhino Conservation Botswana and a new tracking Spaniel for Ol Pejeta.

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Safari Itinerary

DAY 1

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 by your driver/guide ready for the journey north. On arrival, around lunchtime, you will be welcomed by Daryll Pleasants, Founder of Animals saving Animals, enjoying lunch at your camp, Sweetwaters, overlooking the waterhole. Daryll will give a briefing of what to expect in the coming days. Following lunch there is time to settle in before your afternoon game drive with your driver/guide and your first opportunity to explore this wonderful conservancy home to all the Big Five. (*If on the 24 March departure you will have the additional benefit of Giles Clark, big cat specialist accompanying your group and giving his expertise on the wildlife of Ol Pejeta.) You will return to camp before sunset in time to freshen-up before sundowners and dinner. The camp waterhole, visible from the restaurant, bar and many of the tents is lit by floodlights and is often visited by elephant and rhino. During your stay at Sweetwaters Serena Camp and on subsequent days you will be training with the Dog Squad unit under the auspices of Daryll Pleasants each morning. After an early breakfast you can expect to be out with Daryll, the handlers and the dogs, assisting with training and learning about the vital role these dogs play in keeping the conservancy's 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. Every afternoon there is the option to go on a game-drive with your driver-guide or you might like to enjoy one of the additional activities, for instance, visiting the last three Northern White Rhinos or the chimp sanctuary. There is always the option of relaxing by the pool or bar and watching the wildlife at the the waterhole. The afternoons can be spent as you wish but we highly recommend spending as much time as possible out on safari - there's always something different to see. You also have the option during your stay to add on a night drive - please let us know if this is of interest.

DAY 8

Nairobi
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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Includes

  • 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 £4,989 per person (based on two sharing) departing 24 March 2018 (with Giles Clark co-hosting 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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