Her Planet Earth, in partnership with Conservation International, brings you a challenging 10-day expedition into the remarkable landscapes and unforgettable communities of Northern Kenya.

We have developed a unique and pioneering journey allowing Her Planet Earth Team members the chance to be the first to attempt 100 km in 5 days through Kenya's remote Matthew’s Range, on foot and with a camel train in support!

Her Planet Earth, in partnership with Conservation International, brings you a challenging 10-day expedition into the remarkable landscapes and unforgettable communities of Northern Kenya.

TUESDAY 01 OCTOBER 2019
On arrival you will be met as you enter the arrivals hall at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and assisted through customs, immigration and baggage collection. You'll then be transferred to The Boma Hotel where you will spend the night.

WEDNESDAY 02 OCTOBER 2019
From Nairobi, you'll embark on a road trip to Lewa House where you'll spend the next 2 nights in shared cottages & 'earth pods'. The journey will take approximately 5 hours via the beautiful Kenyan highlands and through the valley between the Aberdares and Mt Kenya. After settling in there'll be a trip briefing followed by an insight into Northern Kenya's community conservation models by the Northern Rangeland Trust (NRT) and Conservation International (CI).

THURSDAY 03 OCTOBER 2019
Spend the day on game drives, bush walks and behind the scenes tours of the Lewa Conservancy staff and anti-poaching units. You'll also hear stories and insights on how women and girls can become stronger leaders and save the planet.

FRIDAY 04 OCTOBER 2019
From Lewa, an early morning departure will take you on a 5 hour drive northwards towards the Matthews Range. The scenic drive will begin to give you a sense of the countryside you'll be covering during the trek.
Spend the night in your AirBnC (Air Bed & Camel) tent.

SATURDAY 05 OCTOBER 2019
Trekking the Matthews range with a camel train in support | Overnight in a shared AirBnC tent

SUNDAY 06 OCTOBER 2019
Trekking the Matthews range with a camel train in support | Overnight in a shared AirBnC tent

MONDAY 07 OCTOBER 2019
Trekking the Matthews range with a camel train in support | Overnight in a shared AirBnC tent

TUESDAY 08 OCTOBER 2019
Trekking the Matthews range with a camel train in support | Overnight in a shared AirBnC tent

WEDNESDAY 09 OCTOBER 2019
Trekking the Matthews range with a camel train in support | Overnight in a shared AirBnC tent

THURSDAY 10 OCTOBER 2019
Overnight at Sarara Camp  and explore the Namunyak Conservancy on game drives and bush walks. Visit Reteti Elephant Sanctuary and the Samburu Singing Wells.

FRIDAY 11 OCTOBER 2019
Early morning departure for the scenic drive back to Nairobi and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for evening departures. The drive can be up to 8 hours long and we suggest booking evening departure flights. Additional overnights in Nairobi can be arranged on request.

DAY BY DAYJOURNEY MAPDETAILED ITINERARYCOSTTHE EXPEDITION

1 October 2019 | Day 1

BOMA HOTEL | NAIROBI

Nairobi is a wonderful melting pot, where modern African life in all its colour and vibrancy continues, at pace, alongside fascinating reminders of Kenya’s rich colonial history.

The Boma Hotel is located near the Wilson Airport in central Nairobi. The rooms are all equipped with luxury beds, en-suite bathrooms and modern amenities. All the rooms feature a work table, black-out curtains, smoke detectors and a key card systems. The Boma Hotel offers exciting restaurants that will cater for the various discerning tastes while offering indoor as well as al fresco dining experiences.

Onsite the hotel includes, restaurants, a bar, and reception lounge, onsite wellness center and conference and meeting facilities.

INCLUDES: Single accommodation (subject to availability) & Breakfast

9 & 10 October 2019 | Days 9 & 10

SARARA CAMP | MATTHEWS RANGE

Sarara is a luxury camp situated on the edge of an escarpment in the heart of the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy. The secluded camp features luxurious tents spread out along the hillside, each positioned to make the most of the stunning views of the Mathews Range of mountains and the animal watering hole. Breakfast along with tea and coffee is brought to your tent and is also available in the mess building at any time. Lunch is set up under the trees or in the mess and consists of a variety of dishes including fresh salads and cheese platters. Tea is served at four thirty, with home-made cake or biscuits, while drinks and dinner is set up on the terrace overlooking the swimming pool. Safaris and guided walks are enjoyed between meal times. The lodge boasts a large swimming pool overlooking the water hole, enabling guests to remain in the pool while still enjoying the wildlife.

INCLUDES: Shared luxury safari tents , safari activities, all meals & most drinks (excl. premium brands), laundry, conservancy fees.

Key People Making A Difference

TOTAL COST PER EXPEDITION MEMBER

US$10,356

CHARITABLE FUNDRAISING

The team target is to raise between USD130,000 and USD150,000 in support of this expeditions charity parter, Conservation International. There are no minimum amounts or limits to what teammates need to raise. Most teammates raise between USD5,000 and USD10,000 (some less, some more). We simply ask that each one does her very best to fundraise for this worthy charity.”

INCLUDES

All accommodation, transfers, meals, safari activities, drinks & conservation fees*

PAYMENT

30% non refundable deposit to secure your place on the expedition
35% paid 6 months before travel
35% paid 3 months before travel

EXCLUDES

International airfares, premium brand drinks

* About conservancy fees - The fees make up a notable portion of this safari. It is our policy at Art of Safari to pass them on directly without any profit or commission. These fees are vitally important to the long term sustainability of parks and conservancies in Kenya and as such we believe should be considered as your contribution to making a difference to wildlife and wilderness conservation in Kenya

BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS

Following her all-female expedition to Antarctica, Alice will share insights on how women and girls can become stronger leaders and save the planet. From the challenge of addressing wildlife trafficking and poaching, to be a fearless female leader and forging a new path for sustainable development. Alice was integral to the development of Vital Signs, a monitoring system that generates data on agriculture, ecosystems and human wellbeing and transforms them into decision-support tools for managers and planners in sustainable development. Before CI she worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Environmental Finance Unit in Africa

ALICE RUHWEZA – CI, VP AFRICA FIELD DIVISION

BEATRICE LEMPAIRA – CI, INDIGENOUS & TRADITIONAL PEOPLES FELLOW

Since 2009 Conservation International’s Indigenous and Traditional Peoples Fellowship has created opportunities for indigenous leaders and scholars. Beatrice Lempaira is a Maasai woman living in a semi-nomadic community to the northwest of Mount Kenya and she was the first woman from her village to attend university. Beatrice is now an indigenous Fellow and after graduating from university Beatrice has returned to her community, where she currently manages the collection of a group of ranches called the Naibunga Conservancy.

SASHA DOROTHY LOWUEKUDUK – RETETI, HEAD KEEPER

The first female head keeper of the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary. Her team is united in its mission to rescue abandoned elephant calves, nurse them back to health, and reintroduce them to the wild. It requires vigilance and round-the-clock care. When she first arrived at Reteti in September 2016, Lowuekuduk would search for orphaned elephants by tracking their dung in deserted forests. She and her team at Reteti has now rescued 30 elephants, and the ripple effect tied to wildlife conservation, employment, and economic stability is changing the region. 

TEGLA LOROUPE – WORLD RECORD HOLDER

Born in Kapsait village in the Rift Valley, her family is of the Pokot tribe, a Nilotic polygamous ethnic group inhabiting parts of northern Kenya. She grew up with 24 siblings and she spent her childhood working fields, tending cattle and looking after younger brothers and sisters. At the age of 6, Loroupe had to run 10km to and from school every day. She became a Kenyan long-distance track and road runner. She is also a global spokeswoman for peace, women's rights and education. Loroupe holds the world records for 20, 25 and 30 kilometres and previously held the world marathon record. She is the three-time World Half-Marathon champion. Loroupe was also the first woman from Africa to win the New York City Marathon, which she has won twice. In 2016, she was the organised the Refugee Team for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. 

Chief Executive Officer, NRT. Tom is a Samburu from the West Gate Community Conservancy, one of the most well established NRT member conservancies. For the past 10 years, Tom has been a leader in the design, development, and expansion of the Northern Rangelands Trust.

TOM LALAMPAA – NORTHERN RANGELANDS TRUST, CEO

MICHAEL O’BRIEN-ONYEKA – CI, SVP AFRICA FIELD DIVISION

Michael is leading CI’s Africa strategy focused on sustaining the nature that Africans rely on to thrive, building on CI’s successes across Africa, and leveraging the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA) to drive a new sustainable development paradigm across the continent.

Key Partners

A global women's advocacy movement for gender equality and environmental conservation, the women behind #HERplanetearth are a diverse group of dedicated and driven individuals of all nationalities and backgrounds. While they are accomplished and well established in their own careers, they are equally passionate about empowering underprivileged women and protecting the environment. Ultimately, they are ignited by the desire to create a world where human rights and environmental integrity can blossom and prosper.

HER PLANET EARTH

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CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL

For over 30 years Conservation International has worked to protect Nature with cutting-edge science, innovative policy and global reach. Conservation International seeks to break the cycle of the destruction of Africa’s natural capital by contributing to a new development paradigm where growth embraces, not erodes, nature, and where nature is valued, protected and managed for the benefit of human wellbeing. 

LEARN MORE

NORTHERN RANGELANDS TRUST

The NRT is a community led, non-governmental organisation in Northern Kenya run by a coalition of local leaders, politicians and conservation interests. It was established specifically to support and develop the emerging model of community conservation in the region. Its mission is to develop resilient community conservancies, which transform people’s lives, secure peace and conserve natural resources. The 33 member conservancies work across 44,000 square kilometres of northern and coastal Kenya. 

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ART OF SAFARI

A boutique safari specialist operated by a passionate team of safari professionals offering you more dedicated attention than you’ll get anywhere else. Art of Safari is the culmination of a dream to combine great passions, encouraging you to visit Africa’s unique wilderness and wildlife and guiding you to the best safari experiences the continent has to offer. Their purpose is to make sure that they inspire you in everything they do, and to deliver you an unforgettable safari travel experience.

LEARN MORE

RETETI ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE

Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy in Samburu County, northern Kenya is home to the first community owned elephant orphanage anywhere in Africa. The Reteti Elephant Sanctuary was officially opened in 2016 and was designed to rescue and release orphaned and abandoned elephant calves, whilst creating much needed benefits to the local people that live alongside them. Reteti is the representation of the nomadic pastoralist communities that have occupied this land for over two centuries standing up, united for wildlife, in recognition of the value that it can provide. 

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KARISIA WALKING SAFARIS

Led by Kerry Glen Karisia specialises in walking safaris supported by camels which offers a unique perspective of the wild animals and the land they live in. On foot you will fine tune your senses and experience the country in vivid and exciting detail with the romance and adventure of an old-fashioned safari. Conservation and people are directly linked and Karisia actively support the communities they work in, by employing local people, paying conservation fees to the local communities, providing dry season grazing and helping to educate needy students. Their passion for wildlife, natural history and conservation is central to everything that they do. 

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Her Planet Earth, in partnership with Conservation International, brings you a challenging 10-day expedition into the remarkable landscapes and unforgettable communities of Northern Kenya.

We have developed a unique and pioneering journey allowing Her Planet Earth Team members the chance to be the first to attempt 100 km in 5 days through Kenya's remote Matthew’s Range, on foot and with a camel train in support!

The Her Planet Earth Team will be embarking on this expedition to raise funds and awareness in support of Conservation International’s remarkable work in Northern Kenya. 

TUESDAY 01 OCTOBER 2019
On arrival you will be met as you enter the arrivals hall at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and assisted through customs, immigration and baggage collection. You'll then be transferred to The Boma Hotel where you will spend the night.

WEDNESDAY 02 OCTOBER 2019
From Nairobi, you'll embark on a road trip to Lewa House where you'll spend the next 2 nights in shared cottages & 'earth pods'. The journey will take approximately 5 hours via the beautiful Kenyan highlands and through the valley between the Aberdares and Mt Kenya. After settling in there'll be a trip briefing followed by an insight into Northern Kenya's community conservation models by the Northern Rangeland Trust (NRT) and Conservation International (CI).

THURSDAY 03 OCTOBER 2019
Spend the day on game drives, bush walks and behind the scenes tours of the Lewa Conservancy staff and anti-poaching units. You'll also hear stories and insights on how women and girls can become stronger leaders and save the planet.

FRIDAY 04 OCTOBER 2019
From Lewa, an early morning departure will take you on a 5 hour drive northwards towards the Matthews Range. The scenic drive will begin to give you a sense of the countryside you'll be covering during the trek.
Spend the night in your AirBnC (Air Bed & Camel) tent.

SATURDAY 05 OCTOBER 2019
Trekking the Matthews range with a camel train in support | Overnight in a shared AirBnC tent

SUNDAY 06 OCTOBER 2019
Trekking the Matthews range with a camel train in support | Overnight in a shared AirBnC tent

MONDAY 07 OCTOBER 2019
Trekking the Matthews range with a camel train in support | Overnight in a shared AirBnC tent

TUESDAY 08 OCTOBER 2019
Trekking the Matthews range with a camel train in support | Overnight in a shared AirBnC tent

WEDNESDAY 09 OCTOBER 2019
Trekking the Matthews range with a camel train in support | Overnight in a shared AirBnC tent

THURSDAY 10 OCTOBER 2019
Overnight at Sarara Camp  and explore the Namunyak Conservancy on game drives and bush walks. Visit Reteti Elephant Sanctuary and the Samburu Singing Wells.

FRIDAY 11 OCTOBER 2019
Early morning departure for the scenic drive back to Nairobi and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for evening departures. The drive can be up to 8 hours long and we suggest booking evening departure flights. Additional overnights in Nairobi can be arranged on request.

1 October 2019 | Day 1

BOMA HOTEL | NAIROBI

Nairobi is a wonderful melting pot, where modern African life in all its colour and vibrancy continues, at pace, alongside fascinating reminders of Kenya’s rich colonial history.

The Boma Hotel is located near the Wilson Airport in central Nairobi. The rooms are all equipped with luxury beds, en-suite bathrooms and modern amenities. All the rooms feature a work table, black-out curtains, smoke detectors and a key card systems. The Boma Hotel offers exciting restaurants that will cater for the various discerning tastes while offering indoor as well as al fresco dining experiences.

Onsite the hotel includes, restaurants, a bar, and reception lounge, onsite wellness center and conference and meeting facilities.

INCLUDES: Single accommodation (subject to availability) & Breakfast

2 & 3 October 2019 | Days 2 & 3

LEWA HOUSE | LEWA WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY

Sprawling over the Laikipia plains in northern Kenya, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is a pioneer in community-based conservation development. Lewa spans almost 25,000ha, and is home to more than 11% of Kenya’s black rhino population, more than 14% of Kenya’s white rhino population and the world’s largest single population of Grévy’s zebra. With its proven track record, the Lewa model of community-based conservation development is being spearheaded across northern Kenya, and emulated by other East African conservation organisations. In recognition of this success, the World Heritage Committee extended the boundaries of the Mount Kenya World Heritage Site in 2013 to include Lewa and Ngare Ndare Forest.

Lewa House is set on top of a hill with an engaging panoramic view of the rolling landscape of the Conservancy, and overlooks the luggas (valleys) and hills, with the horizon rising to the eye-catching views of the Matthews range and the sacred mountain of the Samburu, Ol Lolokwe. The accommodation is in the form of cottage style rooms all looking to the expanse of wilderness to the north. The heart of Lewa House is a large elegant building with an open fireplace at one end where guests can relax during the day and mingle with a drink before dinner, and at the other is a large family dining table where the evening meals are served. There is a large shaded verandah extending away from the main house with a comfortable seating area. Beautiful shaded gardens surround the house and breakfast or lunch is often served on the lawn. The house also has a large swimming pool which overlooks a waterhole providing some of the best game viewing on Lewa.

INCLUDES: Shared accommodation, safari activities, all meals & most drinks (excl. premium brands), conservancy fees.

2 & 3 October 2019 | Days 2 & 3

LEWA HOUSE | LEWA WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY 

Sprawling over the Laikipia plains in northern Kenya, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is a pioneer in community-based conservation development. Lewa spans almost 25,000ha, and is home to more than 11% of Kenya’s black rhino population, more than 14% of Kenya’s white rhino population and the world’s largest single population of Grévy’s zebra. With its proven track record, the Lewa model of community-based conservation development is being spearheaded across northern Kenya, and emulated by other East African conservation organisations. In recognition of this success, the World Heritage Committee extended the boundaries of the Mount Kenya World Heritage Site in 2013 to include Lewa and Ngare Ndare Forest.

Lewa House is set on top of a hill with an engaging panoramic view of the rolling landscape of the Conservancy, and overlooks the luggas (valleys) and hills, with the horizon rising to the eye-catching views of the Matthews range and the sacred mountain of the Samburu, Ol Lolokwe. The accommodation is in the form of cottage style rooms all looking to the expanse of wilderness to the north. The heart of Lewa House is a large elegant building with an open fireplace at one end where guests can relax during the day and mingle with a drink before dinner, and at the other is a large family dining table where the evening meals are served. There is a large shaded verandah extending away from the main house with a comfortable seating area. Beautiful shaded gardens surround the house and breakfast or lunch is often served on the lawn. The house also has a large swimming pool which overlooks a waterhole providing some of the best game viewing on Lewa.

INCLUDES: Shared accommodation, safari activities, all meals & most drinks (excl. premium brands), conservancy fees.

4 - 8 October 2019 | Days 4 - 8

KARISIA WALKING SAFARIS | MATTHEWS RANGE

The Matthews Range, also known as the Lenkiyio Hills, is a range of mountains in northern Kenya. Running north to south, the 150km-long range rises up out of the semi-desert, a chain of peaks covered in dense dewy forest. Dubbed a ‘biological bonanza’ by the BBC, this mountain forest is a stronghold for a wide range of species, such as melanistic leopard (also known as the black panther), elephant, Colobus monkey, greater kudu, waterbuck and giant forest hogs. More than 200 bird species have been counted in the area too, together with more than 150 species of butterflies – plus it’s home to the fascinating Samburu people, semi-nomadic pastoralists who are cousins to the Maasai.

Guided by Kerry Glen and hosted by expert Samburu or Laikipia Maasai guides and trackers, you will be trekking along tough but varied terrain, including sandy river beds, ancient elephant tracks, old growth forest, plains and hilly peaks. The expedition might range at altitudes from 3,500ft to 5,000ft and in daily temperatures that could fluctuate between 10 to 30 degrees Centigrade. You'll be up early, before sunrise, walking until lunch at the daily fly-tent camps which will be set-up ahead of the group’s arrival, each day.

You can expect to see big game on the walking safari but you will also see lot of sights that you’d miss from faster vehicles. Tracking is a large part of the human experience and with our Ndorobo trackers we work hard to keep the tradition alive.

INCLUDES: Shared accommodation is in AirBnC (Air Bed & Camel) tents for 2 people with bedding, pillow, a towel and other basic necessities, trekking, All meals & most drinks (excl. premium brands), conservancy fees.

4 - 8 October 2019 | Days 4 - 8

KARISIA WALKING SAFARIS | MATTHEWS RANGE

The Matthews Range, also known as the Lenkiyio Hills, is a range of mountains in northern Kenya. Running north to south, the 150km-long range rises up out of the semi-desert, a chain of peaks covered in dense dewy forest. Dubbed a ‘biological bonanza’ by the BBC, this mountain forest is a stronghold for a wide range of species, such as melanistic leopard (also known as the black panther), elephant, Colobus monkey, greater kudu, waterbuck and giant forest hogs. More than 200 bird species have been counted in the area too, together with more than 150 species of butterflies – plus it’s home to the fascinating Samburu people, semi-nomadic pastoralists who are cousins to the Maasai.

Guided by Kerry Glen and hosted by expert Samburu or Laikipia Maasai guides and trackers, you will be trekking along tough but varied terrain, including sandy river beds, ancient elephant tracks, old growth forest, plains and hilly peaks. The expedition might range at altitudes from 3,500ft to 5,000ft and in daily temperatures that could fluctuate between 10 to 30 degrees Centigrade. You'll be up early, before sunrise, walking until lunch at the daily fly-tent camps which will be set-up ahead of the group’s arrival, each day.

You can expect to see big game on the walking safari but you will also see lot of sights that you’d miss from faster vehicles. Tracking is a large part of the human experience and with our Ndorobo trackers we work hard to keep the tradition alive.

INCLUDES: Shared accommodation is in AirBnC (Air Bed & Camel) tents for 2 people with bedding, pillow, a towel and other basic necessities, trekking, All meals & most drinks (excl. premium brands), conservancy fees.

9 & 10 October 2019 | Days 9 & 10

SARARA CAMP | MATTHEWS RANGE 

Sarara is a luxury camp situated on the edge of an escarpment in the heart of the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy. The secluded camp features luxurious tents spread out along the hillside, each positioned to make the most of the stunning views of the Mathews Range of mountains and the animal watering hole. Breakfast along with tea and coffee is brought to your tent and is also available in the mess building at any time. Lunch is set up under the trees or in the mess and consists of a variety of dishes including fresh salads and cheese platters. Tea is served at four thirty, with home-made cake or biscuits, while drinks and dinner is set up on the terrace overlooking the swimming pool. Safaris and guided walks are enjoyed between meal times. The lodge boasts a large swimming pool overlooking the water hole, enabling guests to remain in the pool while still enjoying the wildlife.

INCLUDES: Shared luxury safari tents , safari activities, all meals & most drinks (excl. premium brands), laundry, conservancy fees.

TOTAL COST PER EXPEDITION MEMBER

USD10,356

CHARITABLE FUNDRAISING

The team target is to raise between USD130,000 and USD150,000 in support of this expeditions charity parter, Conservation International. There are no minimum amounts or limits to what teammates need to raise. Most teammates raise between USD5,000 and USD10,000 (some less, some more). We simply ask that each one does her very best to fundraise for this worthy charity.”

INCLUDES

All accommodation, transfers, meals, safari activities, drinks & conservation fees*

PAYMENT

30% non refundable deposit to secure your place on the expedition
35% paid 6 months before travel
35% paid 3 months before travel

EXCLUDES

International airfares, premium brand drinks

* About conservancy fees - The fees make up a notable portion of this safari. It is our policy at Art of Safari to pass them on directly without any profit or commission. These fees are vitally important to the long term sustainability of parks and conservancies in Kenya and as such we believe should be considered as your contribution to making a difference to wildlife and wilderness conservation in Kenya

BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS

... the greatest biodiversity of terrestrial megafauna left on earth and during this expedition, teammates of Her Planet Earth will have a truly unique opportunity to explore this legendary landscape on an intimate and unforgettable camel trekking safari.

The camel trekking safari covers 100 kilometers (the equivalent of a half-marathon every day for 5 consecutive days) through the beautiful and storied mountains of the spectacular Matthews Range in Samburuland, Kenya. Your time before the trek will be spent on safari in the Lewa conservancy... after the trek

In a continent challenged by economic and political under-development, Northern Kenya offers globally recognized models for community-driven co-management of shared natural resources set in the most ancient landscape of human and animal co-habitation on the planet.

Together we will visit, learn and explore the concepts of community conservation with the very architects whose models have redefined the success of wildlife conservation in East Africa for more than 30 years.

Trekking and camping in Kenya grips the imagination and provides guests with a chance to truly experience the traditional romance of Africa. We will meet with inspiring women and learn about the challenges facing those who devote their lives to living with, and conserving, the continent’s most iconic species in this harsh but extraordinary environment. 

East Africa offers...

Conservation International protects...

... nature for the good of all people and delivers conservation efforts designed to empower communities, develop alternative livelihoods, address gender imbalances, improve access to education, health and water, as well as to improve the management of rangelands and wildlife ecosystems.

This model of community conservation has changed local attitudes toward wildlife and your journey will take you deep into the very landscapes and communities in which their work is done. All funds raised will be used to benefit these local people; to give them a voice and provide a platform for their development of sustainable enterprises and family livelihoods. As you will see, the ripple effects extend to education, health, family income and even security, peace and stability.

Gender imbalance is a major factor obstructing sustainable development in Africa and poverty is a key factor undermining a girl’s right to education; a cycle that reinforces a large gender gap. Many factors combine to truncate a girl’s education and a young women’s career, limiting the full realization of her productive capacities. On the other hand, educating a girl means that as a woman, she is then empowered and more likely to participate in development efforts and in political and economic decision-making.

Over 50% of the practitioners in the existing production sectors where CI’s Africa Program works are women. They are often marginalized and lack the skills and education to be true agents of change or to be able to influence policy in their favor. As you will see Conservation International and their partners carefully address community gender imbalance with considerable ongoing success. 

Research by the World Bank, UNICEF shows that better educated women have fewer children (the difference between 0 years of schooling and 12 years is almost 4 to 5 children per woman). Further research shows that every additional year of schooling for a girl increases her future earnings by 10 to 20% and that each additional year of schooling for children increases the average annual National GDP by 0.37%. The advantages of girl’s empowerment, therefore, do not stop at the boundaries of a single child, but extend through families, communities, and entire nations.

The dramatic rise of wildlife trafficking, which has become an annual US$10bn illicit enterprise, now represents one of the world’s 4 most profitable criminal activities. Wildlife trade follows similar routes and is linked to the same terrorist organizations and organised criminal syndicates that are behind the illegal trade trafficked human beings (as well as drugs and weapons).

Community conservation seeks to tackle insecurity holistically by focusing on strengthening community ties and encouraging non-violent conflict resolution. Conservancy rangers gain employment and bring increased security which allows others to benefit from the development of other skills, alternative livelihoods and a connection to new markets. 

Key Partners

A global women's advocacy movement for gender equality and environmental conservation, the women behind #HERplanetearth are a diverse group of dedicated and driven individuals of all nationalities and backgrounds. While they are accomplished and well established in their own careers, they are equally passionate about empowering underprivileged women and protecting the environment. Ultimately, they are ignited by the desire to create a world where human rights and environmental integrity can blossom and prosper.

HER PLANET EARTH

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CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL

For over 30 years Conservation International has worked to protect Nature with cutting-edge science, innovative policy and global reach. Conservation International seeks to break the cycle of the destruction of Africa’s natural capital by contributing to a new development paradigm where growth embraces, not erodes, nature, and where nature is valued, protected and managed for the benefit of human wellbeing. 

LEARN MORE

NORTHERN RANGELANDS TRUST

The NRT is a community led, non-governmental organisation in Northern Kenya run by a coalition of local leaders, politicians and conservation interests. It was established specifically to support and develop the emerging model of community conservation in the region. Its mission is to develop resilient community conservancies, which transform people’s lives, secure peace and conserve natural resources. The 33 member conservancies work across 44,000 square kilometres of northern and coastal Kenya. 

LEARN MORE

ART OF SAFARI

A boutique safari specialist operated by a passionate team of safari professionals offering you more dedicated attention than you’ll get anywhere else. Art of Safari is the culmination of a dream to combine great passions, encouraging you to visit Africa’s unique wilderness and wildlife and guiding you to the best safari experiences the continent has to offer. Their purpose is to make sure that they inspire you in everything they do, and to deliver you an unforgettable safari travel experience.

LEARN MORE

RETETI ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE

Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy in Samburu County, northern Kenya is home to the first community owned elephant orphanage anywhere in Africa. The Reteti Elephant Sanctuary was officially opened in 2016 and was designed to rescue and release orphaned and abandoned elephant calves, whilst creating much needed benefits to the local people that live alongside them. Reteti is the representation of the nomadic pastoralist communities that have occupied this land for over two centuries standing up, united for wildlife, in recognition of the value that it can provide. 

LEARN MORE

KARISIA WALKING SAFARIS

Led by Kerry Glen Karisia specialises in walking safaris supported by camels which offers a unique perspective of the wild animals and the land they live in. On foot you will fine tune your senses and experience the country in vivid and exciting detail with the romance and adventure of an old-fashioned safari. Conservation and people are directly linked and Karisia actively support the communities they work in, by employing local people, paying conservation fees to the local communities, providing dry season grazing and helping to educate needy students. Their passion for wildlife, natural history and conservation is central to everything that they do. 

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... the greatest biodiversity of terrestrial megafauna left on earth and during this expedition, teammates of Her Planet Earth will have a truly unique opportunity to explore this legendary landscape on an intimate and unforgettable camel trekking safari.

The camel trekking safari covers 100 kilometers (the equivalent of a half-marathon every day for 5 consecutive days) through the beautiful and storied mountains of the spectacular Matthews Range in Samburuland, Kenya. Your time before the trek will be spent on safari in the Lewa conservancy... after the trek

In a continent challenged by economic and political under-development, Northern Kenya offers globally recognized models for community-driven co-management of shared natural resources set in the most ancient landscape of human and animal co-habitation on the planet.

Together we will visit, learn and explore the concepts of community conservation with the very architects whose models have redefined the success of wildlife conservation in East Africa for more than 30 years.

Trekking and camping in Kenya grips the imagination and provides guests with a chance to truly experience the traditional romance of Africa. We will meet with inspiring women and learn about the challenges facing those who devote their lives to living with, and conserving, the continent’s most iconic species in this harsh but extraordinary environment. 

East Africa offers...

Conservation International protects...

... nature for the good of all people and delivers conservation efforts designed to empower communities, develop alternative livelihoods, address gender imbalances, improve access to education, health and water, as well as to improve the management of rangelands and wildlife ecosystems.

This model of community conservation has changed local attitudes toward wildlife and your journey will take you deep into the very landscapes and communities in which their work is done. All funds raised will be used to benefit these local people; to give them a voice and provide a platform for their development of sustainable enterprises and family livelihoods. As you will see, the ripple effects extend to education, health, family income and even security, peace and stability.

Gender imbalance is a major factor obstructing sustainable development in Africa and poverty is a key factor undermining a girl’s right to education; a cycle that reinforces a large gender gap. Many factors combine to truncate a girl’s education and a young women’s career, limiting the full realization of her productive capacities. On the other hand, educating a girl means that as a woman, she is then empowered and more likely to participate in development efforts and in political and economic decision-making.

Over 50% of the practitioners in the existing production sectors where CI’s Africa Program works are women. They are often marginalized and lack the skills and education to be true agents of change or to be able to influence policy in their favor. As you will see Conservation International and their partners carefully address community gender imbalance with considerable ongoing success. 

Research by the World Bank, UNICEF shows that better educated women have fewer children (the difference between 0 years of schooling and 12 years is almost 4 to 5 children per woman). Further research shows that every additional year of schooling for a girl increases her future earnings by 10 to 20% and that each additional year of schooling for children increases the average annual National GDP by 0.37%. The advantages of girl’s empowerment, therefore, do not stop at the boundaries of a single child, but extend through families, communities, and entire nations.

The dramatic rise of wildlife trafficking, which has become an annual US$10bn illicit enterprise, now represents one of the world’s 4 most profitable criminal activities. Wildlife trade follows similar routes and is linked to the same terrorist organizations and organised criminal syndicates that are behind the illegal trade trafficked human beings (as well as drugs and weapons).

Community conservation seeks to tackle insecurity holistically by focusing on strengthening community ties and encouraging non-violent conflict resolution. Conservancy rangers gain employment and bring increased security which allows others to benefit from the development of other skills, alternative livelihoods and a connection to new markets. 

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Key People Making A Difference

Following her all-female expedition to Antarctica, Alice will share insights on how women and girls can become stronger leaders and save the planet. From the challenge of addressing wildlife trafficking and poaching, to be a fearless female leader and forging a new path for sustainable development. Alice was integral to the development of Vital Signs, a monitoring system that generates data on agriculture, ecosystems and human wellbeing and transforms them into decision-support tools for managers and planners in sustainable development. Before CI she worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Environmental Finance Unit in Africa

ALICE RUHWEZA – CI, VP AFRICA FIELD DIVISION

BEATRICE LEMPAIRA – CI, INDIGENOUS & TRADITIONAL PEOPLES FELLOW

Since 2009 Conservation International’s Indigenous and Traditional Peoples Fellowship has created opportunities for indigenous leaders and scholars. Beatrice Lempaira is a Maasai woman living in a semi-nomadic community to the northwest of Mount Kenya and she was the first woman from her village to attend university. Beatrice is now an indigenous Fellow and after graduating from university Beatrice has returned to her community, where she currently manages the collection of a group of ranches called the Naibunga Conservancy.

SASHA DOROTHY LOWUEKUDUK – RETETI, HEAD KEEPER

The first female head keeper of the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary. Her team is united in its mission to rescue abandoned elephant calves, nurse them back to health, and reintroduce them to the wild. It requires vigilance and round-the-clock care. When she first arrived at Reteti in September 2016, Lowuekuduk would search for orphaned elephants by tracking their dung in deserted forests. She and her team at Reteti has now rescued 30 elephants, and the ripple effect tied to wildlife conservation, employment, and economic stability is changing the region. 

TEGLA LOROUPE – WORLD RECORD HOLDER

Born in Kapsait village in the Rift Valley, her family is of the Pokot tribe, a Nilotic polygamous ethnic group inhabiting parts of northern Kenya. She grew up with 24 siblings and she spent her childhood working fields, tending cattle and looking after younger brothers and sisters. At the age of 6, Loroupe had to run 10km to and from school every day. She became a Kenyan long-distance track and road runner. She is also a global spokeswoman for peace, women's rights and education. Loroupe holds the world records for 20, 25 and 30 kilometres and previously held the world marathon record. She is the three-time World Half-Marathon champion. Loroupe was also the first woman from Africa to win the New York City Marathon, which she has won twice. In 2016, she was the organised the Refugee Team for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. 

Chief Executive Officer, NRT. Tom is a Samburu from the West Gate Community Conservancy, one of the most well established NRT member conservancies. For the past 10 years, Tom has been a leader in the design, development, and expansion of the Northern Rangelands Trust.

TOM LALAMPAA – NORTHERN RANGELANDS TRUST, CEO

MICHAEL O’BRIEN-ONYEKA – CI, SVP AFRICA FIELD DIVISION

Michael is leading CI’s Africa strategy focused on sustaining the nature that Africans rely on to thrive, building on CI’s successes across Africa, and leveraging the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA) to drive a new sustainable development paradigm across the continent.

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Narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o and presented in stunning virtual reality, "My Africa" transports viewers to an elephant sanctuary in Kenya, where a community is reknitting the bonds that have long enabled people and wildlife to coexist.

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About The Expedition

The Mission

Supporting women

As part of its mission Conservation International supports a range of projects with gender related outcomes. Amongst others your fundraising efforts will support, 

RETETI ELEPHANT SANCTUARY
Reteti is the first community owned and run elephant sanctuary in Kenya and many of the elephant keepers are women. 
CLICK HERE to read about the 'fearless woman who has rescued 30 elephants', and for more information on Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, click here.

THE EXPANSION OF ECO-TOURISM FACILITIES
Facilitating the construction of safari lodges and an increase in traveller capacity to the region (including one of the lodges you will visit) has led to the creation of many jobs and trading opportunities, many of them filled by local women. 

PEACE & SECURITY
The establishment and support of a mobile anti-poaching team for this region has brought security to rural communities. Women have traditionally been exposed to threats from poachers, cattle rustlers and raids from neighbouring ethnic groups while out fetching water and firewood and these teams not only protect them but provide stability in the region by maintaining peace amongst neighbouring communities.

"This expedition offers you a chance to truly experience and learn about how this successful work is done and what it still needs. You'll also meet with and hear directly from the leaders of these programs and their corresponding community beneficiaries."

Supporting Women

As part of it's mission Conservation International supports a range of projects with gender related outcomes. Amongst others your fundraising efforts will support,

RETETI ELEPHANT SANCTUARY
Reteti is the first community owned and run elephant sanctuary in Kenya and many of the elephant keepers are women. 
CLICK HERE to read about the 'fearless woman who has rescued 30 elephants', and for more information on Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, click here.

THE EXPANSION OF ECO-TOURISM FACILITIES
Facilitating the construction of safari lodges and an increase in traveller capacity to the region (including one of the lodges you will visit) has led to the creation of many jobs and trading opportunities, many of them filled by local women.

PEACE & SECURITY
The establishment and support of a mobile anti-poaching team for this region has brought security to rural communities. Women have traditionally been exposed to threats from poachers, cattle rustlers and raids from neighbouring ethnic groups while out fetching water and firewood and these teams not only protect them but provide stability in the region by maintaining peace amongst neighbouring communities.

"This expedition offers you a chance to truly experience and learn about how this successful work is done and what it still needs. You'll also meet with and hear directly from the leaders of these programs and their corresponding community beneficiaries."

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