Malcolm Fenton | Sunday, April 19, 2015
“One of the best experiences of my life. ”
This expedtiion will forever be a highlight of my life. I grew up in West Africa, and I have traveled fairly extensively in Africa since then. Ol Pejeta is where I have felt closest to the magical, friendly, open Africa of my childhood.
The Conservancy is on a beautiful high plateau, and it teems with all types of game -- the wildlife viewing is excellent, including, of course, lions (because you track them down!). Your group will mostly be in blessed solitude, away from the jabbering, camera-waving tourist hordes, and doing meaningful, interesting scientific work in the high savannahs of East Africa.
The research center is delightfully relaxed and quiet, the accommodations are comfortable, and the food is delicious. You can sit out on the porch on a warm windy night, chatting with scientists about their projects and admiring the Milky Way arching overhead. The next morning you can watch the parrots gossiping in the trees as you stroll towards your breakfast.
The Earthwatch staff are phenomenal. We were treated with amazing grace, openness, consideration and professionalism. I wish I could mention everyone, from Nelly and Ella, our managers, to Luke, our driver, to Isaac, our amazing master ranger. I learned a huge amount, and I have not laughed so heartily in many a year as I have with the many friends I made here. On the last day I could hardly bear to leave them. Now, I keep thinking about when I can return.
My advice is ... go on this expedition!