Spear’s Magazine – UK

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February 2018

It’s surprising how loudly your heart appears to thump in your chest when your survival depends on silence. Treading stealthily through sun-scorched scrub in the Sera Conservancy in northern Kenya, I’m conscious of every quickening beat, and flinch at each clumsy crunch, as parched branches and leaves underfoot betray me. A few paces ahead my Samburu guide, Sammy Lemiruni, is shaking an incongruous, ash-filled knotted sock to reveal the direction of the wind, and soundlessly signalling directions: walk in single file; stay quiet; crouch behind a tree and then, with considerably more resolve: Do. Not. Move.

Financial Times Online – How to Spend It

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 4th February 2018

The black rhino has been hunted to near extinction, with only 5,000-5,400 now left in the wild. Recent conservation initiatives have seen numbers inch upwards, but the future of the species still hangs in the balance. In 2015, in northern Kenya, the Sera Rhino Sanctuary opened as the first community conservancy in east Africa dedicated to the protection of the black rhino. Read the article

Xpose IE – Ireland

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24th January 2018

A quiet corner of northern Kenya offers East Africa’s first black rhino tracking experience. Sarah Marshall visits the pioneering community-owned project and goes in search of one of the world’s most endangered species. Crushing my body tightly against a boulder, I’m frightened to even breathe. Like the final moments in a thrilling blockbuster shoot out, I know at some point I’ll have to move; the question is not if, but when. Read the article 

WILK Magazine, Kenya

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January 2018

Some ideas turn out to be genuinely good. Others sound good, but turn out to be questionable when put into action. As one-and-a-half tonnes of a notoriously bad tempered beast with a sharply pointy front-end stared me down from a few metres away, I wondered if this idea was going to be one of the latter.

Travel Pulse, US

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1st December 2017

There are many ways to get involved in the effort to save rhinos from extinction. One can donate to organizations working to protect them from poaching (such as the World Wildlife Fund), refuse to buy rhino horn products and help raise awareness about their battle for survival by spreading the word on social media and other platforms. Read the article

Business Daily, Kenya

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30th November 2017

The festive season is here! And rather than fly out of the country, plan to dine in the bush amid the trumpets of elephants and bleats of giraffes at the Maasai Mara game reserve. With more than 100 camps and lodges, the destination has morphed into an astounding natural beauty, but it can also be crowded and some tented camps lack privacy. Read the article

Lonely Planet, UK

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29th November 2017

Animal lovers who want to get up close and personal with the endangered black rhino now have the opportunity with this new walking safari experience that also encourages conservation in the local community. Saruni Rhino offers people a chance to track the black rhino on foot with the help of local expert guides and rangers. They use a combination of traditional Samburu tracking techniques and technology. Each of the 11 black rhinos in the conservancy have microchips inserted into their horns, meaning guests should be able to get within metres of the animals. Read the article

The Independent online, UK

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28th November 2017

Samburu warrior Sammy Lemiruni is almost certain the black rhino won’t charge. As we prepare to tiptoe through the dense Kenyan bush, the warrior-turned-ranger looks at me. “Don’t be afraid,” he whispers. It’s easier said than done. The black rhino, capable of weighing 1,400kg and standing taller than a six-foot man, is a formidable creature. Its two horns can span five feet. While it can’t see very well, it has a strong sense of smell and incredible hearing. And despite its looming bulk, the massive animal can charge at a speed of 55km per hour. Read the article

The Standard, Kenya

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22nd October 2017

I recently had a bit of free time on my hands and decided to head over to Samburu East District. I had been mulling over the trip to Sera Community Conservancy for a while and when time and opportunity came, I was set for it. I had been told that it was a beautiful place of solitude where you got to explore Kenya’s best bounty in nature while offering true relaxation. And I did really need to get out of town for some rest and recreation. If you have plenty of time, I recommend the six-hour long scenic road trip through Nanyuki and Isiolo towns and Archer’s Post hamlet.