Classic Kenya 4WD Safari with Patricia Sims

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Departing Aug 10, 2024

No country, perhaps, is more synonymous with a classic African safari than Kenya. Explore the best safari sites in Kenya led by an expert local safari guide and hosted by award-winning Canadian filmmaker, Royal Canadian Geographical Society fellow and founder of World Elephant Day, Patricia Sims. Whether it’s exploring Lake Nakuru National Park, an excellent small park in the Great Rift Valley, or the emblematic Masai Mara, wildlife is abundant. During the migration season, the Mara (as it is affectionately known) is also home to one of the greatest natural spectacles on the planet: millions of wildebeest and zebra crossing a crocodile-filled river on their journey through the savannah.

Stay at four-star accommodation throughout, see the prolific wildlife of the Masai Mara — including lions, elephants, hippos, and giraffes — discover Lake Nakuru — home to black and white rhinos — enjoy game drives, short nature walks and optional cultural village and walking excursions.

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Day 1: Start in Nairobi; to Lake Naivasha; optional afternoon nature walk
Day 2: Morning and afternoon game drives in Lake Nakuru National Park
Days 3-5: Masai Mara
Day 6: Early morning game drive or optional walk; transfer to Nairobi 
Day 7: End in Nairobi

Meet your RCGS Travel Ambassador

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Patricia Sims

From swimming with wild dolphins and whales to getting up close and personal with elephants in Thailand, award-winning Canadian filmmaker and RCGS Fellow Patricia Sims has always kept a passionate eye on conservation. Patricia has directed documentaries around the world from the Arctic to the tropics, focusing on stories that merge art, science, and the relationships between humans and animals. Her documentaries have been seen on CBC, Documentary Channel, CityTV, BellMedia, TELUS, YLE, ARTE, Discovery Channel, TVAsahi, NHK, NHK BS2, TBS, and shown at the United Nations University.

Patricia founded World Elephant Day August 12, 2012, a global awareness campaign that brings attention to the critical threats facing elephants. She did this while living in Thailand, where she produced and directed two award-winning documentaries about the plight of the endangered Asian elephant: 30-minute documentary Return to the Forest and feature-length documentary When Elephants Were Young, both narrated by William Shatner.

Patricia’s love for large-brained megafauna began over 25 years ago during earlier documentary projects that focused on the communication research and conservation of dolphins and whales around the world. Her travels have taken her to numerous diverse locations ranging from Japan, China, the Philippines, Hawaii, Central and South America, the Caribbean, to the Northwest Russian Arctic and Eastern Canadian Arctic, where she worked with Russian scientists and Inuit hunters on the environmental threats impacting beluga whale populations.  

As a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Patricia looks forward to sharing her experiences through volunteering as an RCGS Travel Ambassador.