Submitted by: Elevate Destinations
Categories: Corporate Social Responsibility
Posted: Jun 19, 2007 – 11:59 PM EST
Jun. 19 /CSRwire/ - CAMBRIDGE, MA.- June 19, 2007 -Elevate Destinations is offering a 15-day "Earth: Healing the Rift" cultural, wildlife and beach safari, February 18-27, 2008 in Kenya. The centerpiece of this journey is the Earth Event at the Gallmann Africa Conservancy in Lakipia, where international musicians, dancers and landscape artists will gather to celebrate humanity's origins and create a powerful collective performance on Saturday, February 24, at dusk.
Elevate Destinations' guests will be housed in mobile tents set up exclusively for the carbon-neutral event. And while at the conservancy, they will have time to explore, participate in projects and meet Conservancy founders Kuki and Sveva Gallmann. Kuki Gallman is the author of the bestselling "I Dreamed of Africa", which chronicles her life in Kenya. The book was made into a widely released movie of the same name.
Kuki Gallmann's 100,000 acre Conservancy, Ol Ari Nyiro, is located on the eastern lip of the Great Rift Valley perched 3,500 feet above the Rift's floor. Known as the "Cradle of Mankind," her conservancy commands spectacular views of Lake Baringo, the Northern Frontier and the Cherangani Hills, which provide backdrops for incredible skies and sunsets. The Gallmann Conservancy is also home to more than 450 species of birds, elephants, water buffalo, lions, rhinos and cheetahs. www.gallmannkenya.org/earth.
In addition to the Gallmann Conservancy, Elevate Destinations' 15-day Earth Event itinerary includes visits to a private conservancy in the Lakipia region of Kenya, and a stay in the Maasai Mara. Guests can extend their itinerary with a visit to the unspoiled island of Lamu, February 28 through March 3.
The Laikipia region of Kenya is a broad swath of game-rich grasslands and hills that reach Mount Kenya to one side and the wild deserts of the north to the other. Elevate Destinations’ safari features a stay at Lewa Downs, a conservancy in East Africa where guests will be able to explore on foot or safari vehicle. www.lewa.org
At the Maasai Mara, guests will be taken on a game drive en route to Olonana, a camp located on the banks of the Mara River. Olonana is at the forefront of eco-tourism in Kenya with solar power, bio-degradable products and an ingenious wetlands project where all used water is recycled. Wildlife is abundant, with hippos wallowing in the river and herds of wildebeest and topi, eland, elephants and buffalo grazing in nearby grasslands. There is also an optional morning hot air balloon safari. www.maraconservancy.com/aboutus.html
Guests who extend their visit to the Island of Lamu will fly from Nairobi to Manda Bay. On Lamu, they will stay in cottages, and have time to explore the island's white sand beaches, mangrove creeks, and historic ruins. The town of Lamu is a United Nations World Heritage Site. There will also be time to visit many of the islands in the Lamu archipelago, go deep sea fishing for Marlin or Sailfish, and take an ocean safari to view dolphins, turtles and humpback whales. www.magicalkenya.com/default.nsf/doc21/4YMS72FZEI2?opendocument&l=1&e=2
About Elevate Destinations
Founded by Dominique Callimanopulos in 2005, Elevate Destinations is a leading sustainable travel company that caters to luxury-oriented travelers seeking once-in-a-lifetime adventures to exotic destinations where they also have an opportunity to better understand the environmental, socio-cultural and economic needs of the places they visit. Elevate Destinations offers group and customized tours and retreats to Kenya, India, Brazil and Southeast Asia. The company also organizes donor trips for non-profit organizations. Pricing for the 15-day "Earth: Healing the Rift" safari is available upon request. For more information, visit www.elevatedestinations.com.