FOSSIL HUNTING IN KENYA’S ‘CRADLE OF MANKIND’

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FOSSIL HUNTING IN KENYA’S ‘CRADLE OF MANKIND’

One of the highlights of this year was taking a group to Turkana. To travel back in time is generally the thing of dreams, but on this life changing journey this fantasy can be a reality – It offers our clients the chance to travel back to the birthplace of our ancestors in the dramatic dusty north of Kenya on the shores of Lake Turkana.

We always recommend our clients travel by helicopter to Lake Turkana and the Turkana Basin Institute. This is a unique chance to witness the awe inspiring drastic changes in terrain as your move further and further north in Kenya. The best part is when we fly over the desert, through the barren rocky landscape to suddenly set eyes on the volcanic island within the ‘Jade Sea’.


The Turkana Basin Institute is led by the legendary Leakey family who have been unearthing clues to our past for generations. Designated as a UNESCO heritage site, the Turkana region offers up some of the richest evidence of man’s earliest roots from fossil beds well-preserved within the Rift walls.

This adventure is truly one of a kind, with the unique opportunity to spend time in this fascinating facility – it also combines wildlife, mountains, lakes, ancient forests, ancient people all in one of the world’s last real wildernesses – an experience of a lifetime. 

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Suiyan Ranch: A Rare Gem

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Suiyan Ranch: A Rare Gem

Suiyan Ranch is a“rare gem”. This unique 43,495 acre ranch in Laikipia is truly an amazing safari/ wilderness and exceptional wildlife destination.

Our mobile camp site is not in the traditional location along the river, but situated high above the plains on a granite escarpment, giving us un-paralleled views across the granite Kopjies (0r boulders) , the Ewaso Narok River and Laikipia beyond. 

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Suiyan is aptly named after the African Hunting dog or Wild dog as there are 3 large packs in the area and exceptional sightings and amazing hunting sequences.

The walking this season at Suiyan is also fantastic, with large herds of elephants, buffalo, lots of plains game including large herds of giraffe and Grevy’s Zebra. The terrain is very varied, from the open grasslands on the top ridge , to riverine woodland, and Granite rocks, all offering great diversity in terms of flora and fauna.

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Activities at Suiyan we can offer include, horse riding, hiking, canoeing, tubing and tracking the wild dogs. These are all within a very short distance from the camp.

Anne Powys one of the owners of Suiyan is Kenya’s expert on succulent and medicinal plants. A guided walk through this treasure-trove with Anne is a wonderful experience. Whilst Gilfred her father is a delight to have at the camp to speak of tales of old and connect all our very different lives.

Suiyan is also an amazing springboard to explore Northern Kenya with helicopters, accessing the most remote corners of deserts, wild flamingo covered lakes, amazing ancient mountains and untouched tribal culture. This we were able to do on a number of safaris this year.

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The Carr-Hartley Family Feature In Hello! Magazine

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The Carr-Hartley Family Feature In Hello! Magazine

We were recently approached by Hello! Magazine to feature in their magazine and appeared in the 7th of November 2016 edition.

The magazine sent a journalist and a photographer over to Kenya and we had a fun family photoshoot at Giraffe Manor. See the full feature in the gallery below or download it here.

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