A camel safari with The Milgis Trust ©Helen Dufresne
Frank often teams up with David Daballen, our head of field operations, to put GSM-collars on elephants in the northern rangelands in order to analyse how they are using the landscape. The idea is to try to see the world from the elephants’ perspective, and more importantly, to define the critical corridors that link up protected areas through the movement data. This knowledge helps us to plan for the future of elephants in a rapidly changing world.
The most recent operation was in the Milgis ecosystem, which is based around the broad ephemeral Milgis River on the southern side of the Ndoto Mountains, where our friend, Helen Dufresne, has a camel camp. She has been my role model since I was a little girl, and she runs walking safaris through this wild mountainous landscape with Samburu warriors as the hosts. What I love best about Helen is her gentle approach, as she never carries a gun.
WHERE TO STAY: The Milgis Trust, in partnership with Wild Frontiers, offers truly unique walking camel safaris through this area. The camels are used to carry the camping gear and supplies, while guests are free to explore this rugged, wild landscape that is home to one of Africa’s few remaining nomadic tribes. Through these philanthropic safaris, the environment is kept pristine and the Samburu feel happy to see guests, as they understand and appreciate the benefits of conservation efforts.
WHEN TO GO: On safari you will sleep out in the open beneath an infinite temple of stars, with just a mosquito net to keep the bugs and beasts at bay. Snatches of sounds waft in on the wind - warriors singing in the distance, a lion’s roar, the low frequency rumbles of elephants. As a result, the drier seasons are the best times to go on these safaris.