Camp Kenya 2 Months - Muhaka & Tsavo Community Programme

Spending 2 months in Kenya you’ll make a huge impact on the rural communities that you will live and work alongside. A warm welcome will greet you at the local schools where you’ll really get stuck into improving school infrastructure for the local children. You’ll find building new homes for deserving families and the elderly hugely rewarding. Help reduce human-wildlife conflict and learn about elephant conservation.

Immerse yourself in the local community, meeting inspirational women’s groups and assisting them with micro-finance initiatives. Plant indigenous trees, helping the community to live sustainably. Spend time with a Maasai tribe and learn more about their culture and traditions. Enjoy some chill out time in the lively town of Voi where you can laze by the pool, haggle in the markets and explore the restaurants and bars. We’ll take you on a trek to a beautiful waterfall, spend the afternoon splashing in the cool waters. You will make a measurable difference to the lives of two rural communities in Kenya. The people you meet will long have a place in your heart long after you leave Africa.

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Camp Kenya 2 Months – Muhaka & Tsavo Community Programme

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The impact you will make

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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

 

02

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

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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!

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What people say

brown michael
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 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 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 Legends

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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.

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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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Day to day - Sample 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 you can finish your day practicing some Swahili phrases around the campfire.

Day 02

Project Orientation & School Visit

Today we will take you to visit the schools where you will be working over the coming days. You will learn more about the current issues and the project priorities at the school with a chance to also meet the children who will be directly benefitting from your all your hard work.

Day 03-05

School Project Work

You will spend the next few days helping to improve school infrastructure and facilities. This could include building a classroom, a toilet block or building desks. You will work alongside our staff, local people and interact with school children and support teachers in improving English speaking.

Day 06

R&R Day Voi Town

Today is a rest day and we will take you to Voi town where you can enjoy a relaxing day, including lunch and a swim at a local hotel.

Day 07-11

School Project Work

We get back to our school projects for the next five days. With a chance to say goodbye to the children you have met on day 11.

Day 12

R&R Day to Voi Town

Another rest day and chance to relax and recharge.

Day 13

Cultural Day

Today you have the opportunity to meet some local families, including a very inspiring lady who is the leader of a womens group with whom we work closely with. You will gain a unique glimpse into rural African life during this day with an opportunity to learn skills from the communtities including, crop production & animal husbandry, livestock deworming, cooking Swahili food and making traditional beads and crafts.

Day 14

Transfer to Muhaka

Today you will say your final goodbyes at Camp Tsavo before we set off for Camp Muhaka which is a 4-5 hour drive. Transfer to Muhaka Camp which is 4-5 hours’ drive.

Day 15

Village & Community Orientation

After settling in to your accommodation, you will be given a briefing of the challenges that are prevalent in this area and the projects that we will be working on for the next 6-weeks. You will have an opportunity to visit the surrounding village of Muhaka and meet some of the locals.

Day 16-18

Community Project

Let the project work begin! You will spend the next 3 days helping to improve school infrastructure and 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 19-20

Beach Weekend

Spend your weekend soaking up the sun, sea and sand at the beautiful Diani beach, which is also full of  beach bars, resturants and shops.

Day 21-23

Community Project

We continue with our community projects within Muhaka village.

Day 24-25

Cultural Days

A 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 26-27

Beach Day & Chill Out

Another weekend to enjoy Diani beach and spend a day relaxing in camp.

Day 28-32

School project work

For the next 5 days we will be focusing our efforts at the Muhaka Primary School and we will work to improve infrastructure and facilities for the children. You could be involved in our ongoing libray building project or you could be helping to build a classroom or make desks which the school are in great need of.

Day 33-34

Beach Day & Chill Out

Another weekend to enjoy Diani beach and spend a day relaxing in camp.

Day 35-39

Environmental Work

We’re going green this week, 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 40-41

Beach Weekend

Another weekend to enjoy Diani beach and relax. We will also organise a beach BBQ for you one afternoon.

Day 42-46

Mangrove Conservation Project

You will spend the next five days planting mangrove seedlings, refurbishing fishponds and working to extend a boardwalk for the Baraka Women’s Group. You will also contribute to the ongoing construction of an information and education centre which will be used for marine conservation.

Day 47-48

Beach Day & Chill Out

Another weekend to enjoy Diani beach and spend a day relaxing in camp.

Day 49-53

Permaculture Project

Camp Muhaka has developed a permaculture design for its 3-acre farm which yields the production of fruits, cereals and vegetables, as well as cash crops such as chilli and moringa that create revenue for locals. You will spend the next five days learning more about permaculture farming and the positive impact it creates in rural areas. You will work on the farm, alongside our own permaculture experts, and you will also collaborate with a local school, with the aim of teaching useful skills to students in an effort to address unemployment in the area.

Day 54

Beach Day

Saturday is here and your final day at Camp Kenya! We will take you Diani to enjoy the beach for the last time and perhaps some souvenir shopping before you head home.

Day 55

KWAHERI!! Departure Day

Today we say final goodbyes before transferring you back to Mombasa Airport.

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What's included

Food
Drinking water
Accommodation
Beach weekend
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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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