There is a last minute chance to join wildlife charity, the Born Free Foundation in Kenya, and be part of the unique ‘Born Free’ experience.The Born Free Foundation has limited spaces available on this holiday, with the opportunity to visit areas of the continent from which the foundation saw its beginnings with the filming of ‘Born Free’, and where they now work to protect threatened species.
The holiday offers the chance to learn more about the work of the Born Free Foundation, through visiting projects and having the time to talk to field workers.
The 14-day Kenyan tour will be accompanied by a Born Free Kenya representative and will provide a chance to visit Meru National Park, the spiritual home of Elsa the lioness, who was raised by famous naturalist George Adamson and his wife Joy and provided the inspiration for the film ‘Born Free’ that starred Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers, founders of the charity.
In Meru National Park you will stay at Elsa’s Kopje, a luxurious camp nestled into the rocky hillside where award-winning accommodation consists of elegant stone cottages with 270-degree views of the stunning wilderness below.
Days will be taken up by exciting game drives through the bush. The tour will also include a visit to the famous Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, where you can learn about the staff’s personal experiences with the elephants they care for, and a stay in the Amboseli National Park at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro. The Park is home to the famous family of elephants, the ‘EBs’, which include Esprit and Emily Kate who can be adopted through Born Free, and is also the site of the Amboseli Elephant Research Project, Africa’s longest-running project to study wild elephants.
Over the course of the holiday, time will also be spent visiting both the Tsavo West National Park and the Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary. Located close to the sanctuary, you will also have the opportunity to visit Ngonzini School, a project that Born Free has supported as part of their ‘Global Friends’ project since 1999.
In the final days of the tour, you will take part in a game drive at Shimba Hills National Park, for a chance to spot the magical wildlife that call the Park home, and finally spend three nights at the Leopard Beach Resort and Spa, one of the most highly regarded hotels on the south-Kenyan coast. With an 18-hole golf course, luxury spa and large swimming pool, you will conclude your trip in the lap of luxury.
The 14-day trip, departing London Heathrow on October 27 and returning on November 9, costs £3,950.00 per person in a twin room and includes all flights, accommodation, transfers and food. A donation from each booking will go to the Born Free Foundation to help support the ongoing care of their rescued animals, and to enable them to continue their work to ‘Keep Wildlife in the Wild’.