SPECIAL EVENT

Perspectives on East Africa

A Symposium and Safari Program in Kenya’s Central Highlands
Featuring Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton, Dr. Laurence Frank, Dr. Richard Estes, Dr. Louise Leakey, and Master Photographer Frans Lanting

Perspectives on East Africa route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $3695  
Length: 4 days
Arrive: Nairobi, Kenya
Depart: Nairobi, Kenya
Lodging: 1 night Norfolk Hotel, 2 nights Mt. Kenya Safari Club, additional lodging depends on safari
Meals: breakfast in Nairobi, all meals at Mt. Kenya Safari Club, meals on safaris vary
Activity: Safaris, Cultural Adventures, Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level: 4WD gameviewing, easy walking (Mountain Gorilllas Trip Level 4)
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Highlights

  • Three-day symposium at historic Mt. Kenya Safari Club in Kenya’s Central Highlands
  • Five of the world’s top wildlife researchers, conservationists, and paleontologists sharing their expertise throughout the symposium
  • Fascinating excursions to El Pejeta Sanctuary, Mpala Research Centre, and Mt. Kenya Wildlife Conservancy
  • Choice of six pre- and post-symposium safaris in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Ethiopia

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

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June 2014

Join us for an extraordinary symposium and safari program featuring a remarkable group of world-renowned wildlife experts and conservationists. Our 3-day symposium is in Kenya’s beautiful Central Highlands, where much of East Africa’s most important wildlife research and community-based conservation projects are taking place. Join us to meet these ground-breaking researchers, learn about their work, and enjoy a rare “insider’s” look at their fascinating projects, such as Dr. Laurence Frank’s Laikipia Predator Project, which encourages coexistence of people, lions, and livestock. Our symposium will be held at the historic Mount Kenya Safari Club, set at the base of Mt. Kenya and one of East Africa’s most elegant accommodations. Presentations by our luminary Guest Speakers will be interspersed with excursions to the Ol Pejeta Sanctuary, home to a chimp sanctuary founded by the Jane Goodall Institute as well as the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, to Guest Speaker Laurence Frank’s project at Mpala Research Centre, and to the Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy, where the endangered forest antelope, the bongo, is being bred for reintroduction to Mt. Kenya. The symposium is offered in cojunction with special safaris to the best wildlife destinations in the region, making this a once-in-a-lifetime experience of East Africa.

The Guest Speakers

Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton, one of the world’s leading authorities on the African elephant, was the first to alert the world to the crisis of ivory-poaching. His award-winning books include Among the Elephants and he is the founder of Save the Elephants.

Dr. Laurence Frank is a research zoologist at UC Berkeley and Director of the Living with Lions Project. He studied predators in Kenya for 40 years before turning to conservation research, including the lion-tracking Laikipia Predator Project.

Dr. Richard Estes, author of the acclaimed field guide The Safari Companion, is one of the world’s foremost experts on the social ecology of African mammals. He is associated with the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard and is Chairman of the World Conservation Union’s Antelope Specialist Group.

Dr. Louise Leakey, youngest of the famed Leakey fossil-hunters, is a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and heads the Koobi Fora Research Project at Lake Turkana, where she and her team are working to produce new finds on our early human ancestors.

Frans Lanting is a renowned wildlife photographer whose photographs have brought attention to endangered species throughout the world. For his use of photography to help conservation efforts, Lanting has been honored with the Sierra Club Ansel Adams Award.

Symposium cost included in symposium & safari package

Itinerary at a Glance

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The Symposium

Our active 3-day symposium takes place in the heart of Kenya’s Central Highlands, where much of East Africa’s most important wildlife research and community-based conservation programs are taking place. Using the historic Mt. Kenya Safari Club as our base, we make the most of this fantastic location. Presentations by our renowned speakers will be interwoven with excursions to the El Pejeta Sanctuary, home to the Jane Goodall Institute’s chimp sanctuary as well as the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, to Guest Speaker Laurence Frank’s project at Mpala Research Centre, and to the Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy, where the endangered forest antelope, the bongo, is being bred for reintroduction to Mt. Kenya.

Safari Program

We have created a fantastic range of safaris that incorporate our 3-day Perspectives on East Africa symposium as an integral part of each itinerary. The safaris offer the best-of-the-best wildlife adventures in East Africa, exploring the most exciting wildlife and cultural regions of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, and Ethiopia. In addition to a premier selection of our catalog safaris, we have created two special symposium safaris: Cradle of Mankind, which visits the ground breaking paleontological sites of the Turkana Basin and the culturally rich Omo River Valley of Ethiopia, and the Kenya Photo Safari, a special opportunity to learn from renowned wildlife photographer Frans Lanting while on safari in Kenya. Each safari is guided by one of our veteran Africa Trip Leaders, and with our small group size–from only eight to fifteen trip members–these safaris offer an in-depth and intimate experience of East Africa.

Out of Africa Kenya
Highlights: Amboseli, Lewa Downs, Samburu, Masai Mara

Serengeti Wildlife Safari Tanzania
Highlights: Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire

Mountain Gorilla Safari Uganda
Highlights Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth, and Bwindi National Parks

Hemingway’s Africa Kenya and Tanzania
Highlights: Samburu, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire

Cradle of Mankind Kenya and Ethiopia
Highlights: Turkana Basin, Omo River Valley, Masai Mara

Kenya Photo Safari with Frans Lanting and Chris Eckstrom
Highlights: Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara

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Perspectives on East Africa 2014 Brochure

A Symposium & Safari Program in East Africa, June 2014
Enjoy a rare opportunity to meet the leading experts on East Africa’s wildlife, photography, and the origins of mankind, all in the magnificent setting of Kenya’s Central Highlands. Guest experts include Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton, Dr. Louise Leakey, and wildlife photographer Frans Lanting. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience of East Africa. Space is limited, call soon!

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