9-Day Pre-Congress Tour- Multiple use of rangeland and grasslands ecosystems

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The tour will take delegates through the savanna grasslands/rangelands to experience the different land use options at play, including ranching on the savanna and tourism in world class national parks. Role of research in sustainable management of these ecosystems for the benefit of mankind will be emphasized.

The price of the tour will cover the costs of accommodation, transportation, entry fees into parks and museums, an information booklet and meals (breakfast and lunches). Please note that delegates will be required to cater for their evening meals (dinner). 

The 9 days' tours, scheduled from 13th to 21st October 2020, will be full of adventure and learning

Delegates booking the nine day tour are advised to book their flights to Kilimanjaro where they will be picked by the congress organizers.


The 9-Day Tour Itinerary


DAY 1 - Thursday, October 13TH 2021

1) Kilimanjaro - Delegates arrive in Kilimanjaro National Airport (Tanzania) – delegates to be picked up and have a stop-over to take photos of Mt. Kilimanjaro 

2) Delegates spend at Palace Hotel Arusha



DAY 2 - Friday, October 14TH 2021

  • Departure time - 8.00 am           
  • Stop-over time – 4.0 hours           
  • Travelling time – 5.0 hours         
  • Arrival - 6.00 pm
  1. Areas of interest  Arusha- National MuseumJane Goodall Heritage Centre
  2. Arusha - Lake Manyara - land use changes; visit traditional manyatta (homestead); Lake Manyara view point; Cultural Art Gallery
  3. Ngorongoro Conservation Area – Crater view point
  4. Delegates to spend the night at Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge



DAY 3 - Saturday, October 15TH 2021


  • Departure time – 8.00 am 

Whole day in the Ngongoro crater 

  1. History of the Ngorongoro Conservation Unit 
  2. Descend/game drive into the Ngorongoro crater 
  3. Delegates to spend the night at Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge



DAY 4 - Sunday, October 16TH 2021

  • Departure time – 8.00 am
  • Stop-over time – 4.5 hours 
  • Travelling time – 5.0 hours
  • Arrival 5.30 pm
  1. Ngorongoro to Serengeti national park – game viewing as delegates drive by
  2. Visit Olduvai Gorge – pre historic man remains 
  3. Olduvai Gorge - Serengeti Wildlife Research Institute – livestock and wildlife research in the Serengeti
  4. Delegates to spend the night at Kubu Kubu Tented Camp/Lihai Lodge



DAY 5 - Monday, October 17TH 2021

  • Departure time – 9.00 am
  • Stop-over time – 3.0 hours
  • Travelling time – 6.0 hours
  • Arrival 6.00 pm
  1. Morning game drive in Serengeti 
  2. Serengeti – Sirari (Kenya)
    1. Game viewing along within the park 
    2. Land use changes - from conservation to farming and mining 
    3. At the end of the gold mine – brief stop over 
  3. Sirari border point - Welcome note for Kenya – brief on Kenya 
  4. Delegates spend the night at Florence Hotel Migori 



DAY 6 - Tuesday, October 18TH 2021


  • Departure time - 7.30 am 
  • Stop-over time – 3.0 hours
  • Travelling time – 6.0 hours
  • Arrival 5.00 pm
  1. Migori – Lolgorian – Kawai 
    1. Land use and land cover and brief on the bigger Mara ecosystem 
    2. Invite KALRO Centre – their breeding programs – brief talk on the bus.
  2. Visit Loisukut Community Conservancy - History of traditional Maasai grazing systems and changes over time; group ranch concept; history of the conservancy. Delegates to have lunch here. 
  3. Kawai – Narok – Brief talks on land use and cover changes – large scale wheat farming

Delegates spend the night at Narok – Seasons Hotel/Mara Frontier Hotel 



DAY 7 - Wednesday, October 19TH 2021

  • Departure time - 8.00 am 
  • Stop-over time – 3 hours 
  • Travelling time – 4 hours
  • Arrival - 4.00 pm
  1. Narok – Nyandarua (Thompso falls) 
    1. Coffee and tea plantations; extensive plantations of wheat 
  2. Lunch at Thompson falls – 12pm 
  3. Thompson Falls to Ol Pejeta 
    1. History of Conservancies in Laikipia – precolonial to present; Olpejeta conservancy work and management systems; research work and experiences 
    2. Photos at the Equator in the conservancy 

Night at Sweetwaters Serena – Olpejeta. The facility offers night game drives at additional costs



DAY 8 - Thursday, October 20TH 2021


  • Departure time – 10.00 am 
  • Stop-over time – 3.0 hours
  • Travelling time – 2.0 hours 
  • Arrival - 4.00 pm
  1. Lewa Conservancy headquarters
    1. History of pastoral community Conservancies – models of rangelands management; pastoral Livelihoods support initiatives – control of invasive species; livestock marketing; research work 
    2. Lunch at Lewa Conservancy  
  2. Leave for IllNgwesi Community Conservancy within Lewa – interaction with the community managing the conservancy  

Delegates spend the night at Sportsmans Arms Hotel



DAY 9 - Friday, October 21ST 2021

  • Departure – 8.00 am
  • Arrival – 1.00 pm
  1. Travel back to Nairobi through the intensive agricultural production landscapes in central Kenya 



9-Day Tour Map