Family Volunteering

This trip is designed especially for families who want to explore an exciting part of the world, while contributing to volunteer projects that improve the environment and enhance the quality of life for the people they visit. Camp Tsavo will be your base for this activity-packed family programme. This beautiful camp is situated close to the world-famous Tsavo National Parks. You will work alongside the warm and welcoming local villagers on a range of school and community projects, giving your family the once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the true African way of life. Local safari guides will teach you how to identify and track wildlife alongside some basic bush skills and activities that are suitable for children before you embark on your own safari to experience some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa.

Please Note: our children’s places are designed for children aged 5-12 years. 

 

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The impact you will make

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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.

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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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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.

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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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What people say

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There hasn't been a day since returning that the memories of that trip haven't somehow played into our thoughts and conversations. It was a transformative experience for us all. Christie Family – 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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Camps crew

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.

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Day to day - Sample itinerary

Day 01

Karibu Kenya!

You arrive into Mombasa Airport, where you will be met by a member of our local team and transferred to our wonderful Camp Tsavo.

Day 02-06

School project

There is  a lot of work to do at Sasyeni to ensure that the children have the adequate facilities they need to get the best out of their learning. You have the opportunity to contribute to our classroom building project or you could help with making desks and serving lunch for the school, which are both ideal activities for a family with young children.

Day 07

Chill out day in Voi town

Today will be spent at a beautiful nearby lodge and restaurant within the local town of Voi. You have a free day to chill out by the pool, shop or sample the local eateries.

Day 08

Safari day

Tsavo East National Park is home to an amazing variety of wildlife and during your safari day you could be lucky enough to spot elephant, lion, giraffe, zebra, cheetah, and so much more.

Day 09

Elephant conservation

You will spend the day learning about the human-wildlife conflict, that is so prevalent in the Tsavo region, and the insightful initiatives the locals use to mitigate such issues. During the afternoon you need to prepare to get dirty as you make paper from a material most unexpected!

Day 10-11

Tumani women's group

You have the privilege to meet and spend time with Mama Mercy; a true inspiration and a natural entrepreneur within the Tsavo region. You will learn more about Mama Mercy’s impressive journey leading a group of women to run a number of successful and profitable micro finance initiatives. You will assist them on their farms by cultivating and harvesting crops, which is their main source of income. You will also learn how to make beaded jewellery which is another lucrative enterprise for the women.

Day 12

Marungu Hills eco walk

Today we take you for a walk up into the hills of Marungu. Your guide will tell you about the historical background of the hills, the different uses of indigenous plants and the fascinating cultural practices which have led to the locals protecting the area. The panoramic views from the top are truly breathtaking and you will enjoy a picnic lunch whilst you take it all in. During the afternoon you will learn some traditional bush activities such as building a shelter, bow and arrow shooting and making fire.

Day 13

Chill out day in Voi town

Another day to relax, have fun and soak in the culture.

Day 14

Departure day

Time to say Kwaheri! (goodbye). We will transfer you back to Mombasa Airport for your flight home.

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What's included

Food
Drinking water
Accommodation
Safari day
Hills and caves eco walk
Pre-travel support from dedicated UK team
In-country support from dedicated local team
In-country airport & activity transfers
All project costs & materials
Orientation & language lessons
24-hour emergency support
Camps t-shirt

 

Don’t forget… flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations. Please note, every child must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years old. Children must be aged over 5 years old at the time of departure.

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