Experience the magic of BBC1’s Planet Earth Live with Cheli and Peacock
Thursday 10, May 2012
For viewers enjoying BBC1’s Planet Earth Live, there is the opportunity to visit the same regions as the film crews in Kenya and experience in real life the enchanting wildlife that calls this region home.
The C&P Portfolio includes a number of lodges bordering the spectacular Masai Mara, the region where Lion cub Moja and his mum are roaming in search of food. Elephant Pepper Camp is located in the prime core of the protected Mara North Conservancy wilderness area, just north of ‘No Mans Land’ where Moja and his mum are currently located. The camp is made up of just eight ensuite tents and one ensuite family/honeymoon tent and is located away from other lodges in the region.
Elephant Pepper Camp is situated next to a water hole (where they have recently built a discrete viewing deck) so plenty of game congregates in the area. The grass around the camp is very high in salts and there are natural springs in the wetter season attracting elephant who are free to roam around the camp at night. The camp overlooks the vast open plains that form the impressive backdrop for a lot of the scenes in Planet Earth. This area is teaming with game, especially during the migration. The Masai Mara ecosystem is famous for its astounding variety and quantity of wildlife. Guests will be able to view leopard, cheetah, hyena, giraffe, elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra and of course Lions.
To track down the playful elephant cubs Grace and Sky who are members of the Clouds herd of elephants, head North East to the Samburu region. Joys Camp is built on the site of the author Joy Adamson’s (Born Free) tented home in Shaba National Reserve. The camp overlooks a large natural spring where elephant and lion jostle for watering rights with herds of buffalo and the rare species of beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe and grevy’s zebra.
Joy’s Camp offers ten spacious ensuite tents uniquely decorated with handmade glass and the vibrant fabrics of the local nomadic tribes creating a chic, sophisticated and stylish camp. It is the only camp operating in Shaba National Reserve and the very site where Joy Adamson lived with her animals and re-introduced Penny the Leopard to the wild and wrote her last book, ‘Queen of Shaba’. The camp incorporates a small museum of Joy Adamson memorabilia, kindly loaned by the ‘Elsa Trust’.
Alternatively Saruni Samburu is located in tribal lands to the north of Samburu National Reserve, overlooking a vast private wildlife conservancy, with exclusive use of a 240,000 acres. Saruni Samburu is one of the first ‘design’ lodges in Kenya offering spacious cottages with bold and dramatic African details.
The Kalama conservation area has no commercial roads, no human settlements and no cattle grazing so guests are seeing pure Africa including a high density of leopard and striped hyena, a large population of the endangered grevy zebra and the opportunity to see large herds of elephants as seen on Planet Earth. Saruni Samburu also offers guests a Warrior for a week programme, where they can spend a few days learning the survival skills of world class warriors – now maybe Richard Hammond should be signing up for that!
For more information on The C&P portfolio and Cheli & Peacock, visit www.thecpportfolio.com and www.chelipeacock.com
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