Camp Kenya 1 Month - Tsavo & Muhaka Community Programme

This programme allows you the unique opportunity to fully immerse yourself in rural African life in two incredible locations. You will work in partnership with local communities in the stunning Tsavo region of Kenya and also the charming village of Muhaka, based in the Kwale region.

Your role is to support and assist in our ongoing community and wildlife project initiatives in this stunning, yet extremely challenging environment.

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Camp Kenya 1 Month – Tsavo & Muhaka Community Programme

$2,290 per traveller


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The impact you will make

01

School Improvement (Tsavo)

The local school and educational facilities are very dilapidated and erosion from seasonal flooding is threatening the buildings foundations making them liable to collapse. You will help by building or renovating school buildings and tackling erosion so that the children have a clean and safe academic environment in which to thrive.

volunteer project

activities include

  1. Digging classroom foundations
  2. Laying bricks
  3. Plastering, painting and decorating buildings
  4. Making classroom furniture
  5. Erecting gabions to prevent further erosion

02

Conservation Work (Tsavo)

Human wildlife conflict is an ongoing and significant issue here, threatening the future for many important species such as elephants and lions. You’ll get involved in initiatives to promote a peaceful co-existence between the community and the local wildlife, like improving natural waterholes and planting indigenous trees to safeguard the future for these wonderful animals.

volunteering projects

activities include

  1. Expanding waterholes for wildlife
  2. Tree planting & wildlife monitoring
  3. Clearing roads & building elephant deterrent fences
  4. Taking part in environmental education workshops
  5. Making paper out of elephant poop!

03

School Improvement & Traditional House Building (Muhaka)

Muhaka village remains one of the poorest communities in the area and many of its residents cannot afford to repair or rebuild their houses, which have deteriorated over time. The school is also in a constant state of disrepair. You will help by building traditional housing for people and supporting the ongoing renovation of the school.

volunteer project muhaka

activities include

  1. Helping to build a traditional house for needy families
  2. Take part in various environmentally friendly income generating activities e.g. tree planting
  3. Digging classroom foundations & laying bricks
  4. Plastering, painting and decorating buildings
  5. Making classroom furniture

 

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What people say

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I climbed Kilimanjaro, became a qualified scuba diver, met countless incredible people and played a part in some of the amazing ongoing Camps projects. If you're thinking about doing a trip with camps, BOOK IT... Michael – Kenya
Marz, Larissa
I absolutely loved my time in Kenya - the people I met were amazing, the country is just incredible, and Camps really made my time there unforgettable! Larissa – Kenya

Camp Tsavo

Camp Tsavo gives you the chance to experience life in the real African wilderness. Surrounded by the picturesque Marungu Hills that lie close to the world famous Tsavo National Parks, this area is famed for its wildlife and providing a safe haven for elephants, lions, cheetahs and other amazing animals.

The camp itself is situated in the heart of the charming local village, where you will experience  authentic African culture and hospitality so welcoming that you won’t want to leave.

Location: 130 km (3-4 hours drive) from Mombasa Airport, 355 km (6-7 hours drive) from Nairobi Airport

Accommodation: Traditional bandas & tents with comfy mattresses & bedding. Modern showers & sinks

Power: Mains electricity backed up by generator (between 18:30 – 22:00). British 3 pin power sockets

Phone Signal: Intermittent

Meals: Three healthy, well balanced and tasty meals a day e.g. toast, sausage and omelette for breakfast; pasta, chicken stew/curry with chapatis and veg for lunch/dinner & fruit

Signature dish: Pilau (Swahili local food)

Social: Camp fire, football pitch, small bar & gift shop, town nearby

 

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Camp Muhaka

Camp Muhaka will quickly become your home away from home. With stylish traditional buildings and a great social scene, there’s plenty to keep you busy. Being in the heart of the village also has its perks; all your project sites are only a short walk away and you can walk with the children to and from school so you’ll be a local in no time!

Location: 50 km (1.5-2 hours drive) from Mombasa Airport, 540 km (8-9 hours drive) from Nairobi Airport

Accommodation: Traditional bandas with comfy mattresses & bedding. Modern toilets, showers & sinks

Power: Mains electricity backed up by generator (between 18:00 – 22:00). British 3 pin power sockets

Phone Signal: Intermittent

Meals: Three healthy, well balanced and tasty meals a day e.g. toast, cereal,  and omelette for breakfast; rice, beef stew/curry with veg for lunch/dinner & fruit

Signature dish: Ugali

Social: Chill out zone, Camp fire, pool table

 

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Camp Legends

sammy k
Local camps crew

Sammy K

He greets problems with ‘Hakuna Matata’, Swahili for ‘no worries’. Sammy K will always have you smiling and get you energised for project work. Known to chase elephants out of camp and source birthday cakes in the middle of Tsavo National Park, he’s an all round champ.

gladys
Local camps crew

Gladys

One of the welcoming faces you will see at the airport when you arrive and possibly half way up a mountain, when you think you can’t go any further. Gladys is one of few female guides in Africa, a real character and all round super woman.

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Example itinerary

Day 01

Arrive Mombasa Airport & Transfer to Camp Tsavo

Camp Tsavo is located approximately 3-4 hours’ drive from Mombasa Airport. Here you will be warmly welcomed by our Camp Manger who will run a camp safety briefing and orientation of the camp. Our project leader will give you an overview of what your time will involve and finish your day practicing some Swahili phrases (local language) around the campfire.

Day 02

Project Orientation & School Visit

After a much needed sleep, our project leaders will take you round to visit the various location where you will be doing your projects, to familiarize yourself with the areas and have a broad overview of the projects that you will be tackling as well as to establish your goals and objectives. You will also visit a local school and practice your Swahili phrases with school children as you get ready to solidly support the school project work.

Day 03-05

School Project Work

Let the project work begin! You will be helping to improve school infrastructure and facilities (e.g. building classrooms or toilet blocks, making desks, building and erecting gabions to counteract soil erosion).  You will work alongside our staff and local people, interacting with school children and supporting teachers in improving English speaking in the local schools.

Day 06

R&R Day Voi Town

You will be taken to a nice lodge/restaurant within the local town to enjoy some delicious local Swahili food and interact with the local people. Have a good rest and enjoy watching blue sky while basking under the sun. Go for a refreshing swim to cool your body in the pool. Grab some snacks from the local supermarkets and head back to camp (optional) via a Maasai village to experience a true part of traditional African Culture.

Day 07-11

School Project Work

You will spend the next 5 days continuing to improve school infrastructure and facilities and supporting teachers in the local school. You’ll feel really rewarded seeing the great impact your work has in the community.

Day 12

R&R Day to Voi Town

Today is your rest day and you will return to Voi town to enjoy some food and drinks at a local restaurant, have a dip in the pool and relax in the sun. You’ll get the chance to pick up some snacks at the supermarket before heading back to camp for the evening.

Day 13

Community Service

On this day you will help local families with crop production & animal husbandry, i.e. administering livestock deworming. You’ll meet an group of inspiring local women who will teach you to make bead crafts and teach you more about African society.

Day 14

Transfer to Camp Muhaka

Today we hit the road and head to Camp Muhaka for the second phase of your programme. Upon arrival you’ll receive a warm welcome from our legendary camp staff. You’ll be shown around your new African home by our camp manager and briefed by our project manager on the work you will be undertaking.

Day 15

Village & Community Orientation

Today we take a walk into the village, meeting with different families and delivering a volunteer briefing and orientation. During the briefing, you will learn more about the current situation and challenges faced by the community. We will talk through project objectives and what we will be working on, with your help, over the next four weeks.

Day 16

School Project Work

Let the project work begin! You will spend the day helping to improve school infrastructure or homes for members of the community who need it the most within the village. You will work in collaboration with local tradesmen on home improvements, building school desks and classrooms.

Day 17-18

Beach Day & Chill Out

Spend your Saturday at the beautiful Diani coast and Sunday relax in camp, do laundry, update your diary or just chill out. There are some great activities available to book the beach and you can also sample the numerous shops, restaurants and beach bars that Diani has to offer.

 

Day 19-20

School Project Work

You will continue with your school project work for the next three days.

 

Day 22-23

Environmental Work

We’re going green for the next couple of days, contributing to vital environmental conservation at the sacred Kaya forest. You will be guided by Kaya elders who will teach you about the fascinating history of the forest which includes their cultural practices and the different use of indigenous plants. You will be involved in clearing buffer zones for indigenous tree planting and building a sheltered tree nursery.

 

Day 24-25

Beach Day & Chill Out

Saturday is here…another beautiful day at the Diani coast and a final chance to relax and enjoy before you head home.

Day 26-27

Cultural Days

For your final couple of days in Kenya you have the unique opportunity to interact with local families and gain a true insight into rural village life in Africa. You will team up with some of the local women who will teach you some of their skills, including how to cook local delicacies and make Makuti (palm tree) roofing.

 

Day 28

KWAHERI! Departure Day

On this day we will say good bye as you head back to Mombasa airport before your scheduled flight.

 

Please note:

This itinerary is for example purposes only and is subject to change.

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What's included

Food
Drinking water
Accomodation
Beach weekend
Marungu hills & survival day
All project costs & materials
Pre-travel support from dedicated UK team
In-country support from dedicated local team
In-country airport & activity transfers
Orientation & language lessons
24-hour emergency support
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Don’t forget… flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations. Please note, you must be over 18 years old at time of departure.

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