Camp Kenya 1 Month - Tsavo Community Programme

You will spend four weeks working hand in hand with the local community in the Tsavo region of Kenya. Your role is to support and assist in our ongoing community and wildlife project initiatives in this stunning, yet extremely challenging environment.

This programme allows you the unique opportunity to fully immerse yourself in rural African life, whilst making a difference on projects designed to promote education and alleviate poverty, drought, and human wildlife conflict.

 

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Camp Kenya 1 Month – Tsavo Community Programme

$2,590 per traveller


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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.

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!

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

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

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
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

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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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

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

You will spend 8 days helping to improve school infrastructure and facilities e.g. build classroom, toilets, make desk, build and erect gabions to counteract soil erosion).  You will work alongside our staff, local people and interact with school children and support 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 and enjoy delicious local Swahili food and interact with the local people. Have a good rest and enjoy watching blue sky while busking under the sun. Go for a swim to cool your body in the pool. Grab some snacks from the local super markets and head back to camp (optional)  via a Masai village and feel the true part of the African Culture.

Day 07-11

School project work

You will continue to improve school infrastructure and facilities e.g. build classroom, toilets, make desk, build and erect gabions to counteract soil erosion) to make a great impact and feel rewarded for your effort to the community. Continue interacting with school children and support teachers in improving English speaking in local’s schools.

Day 12

R&R Day to Voi Town

Today is your rest day you will visit Voi town to a nice lodge/ restaurant enjoy delicious local Swahili food and have drinks. Have a good rest and swim in a pool, enjoy watching blue sky while busking under the sun.  Grab some snacks from the local supermarkets and head back to camp.

Day 13

Community service

On this day you will help local families with crop production & animal husbandry i.e. administering, livestock deworming. Interact with a local group of women, make beads craft and meet with local inspiring lady

Day 14-21

School project work

You will continue to improve school infrastructure and facilities e.g. build classroom, toilets, make desk, build and erect gabions to counteract soil erosion) to make a great impact and feel rewarded for your effort to the community.

Day 22

R&R Day to Voi Town

Today is your rest day you will visit Voi town & local supermarkets and head back to camp.

Day 23

R&R in camp

Relax in camp, do your laundry, update your diary and just relax and enjoy the day.

Day 24-25

Wildlife conservation and Environmental project work

You will be engaged in wildlife conservation project work in Rukinga sanctuary. Help to make elephant deterrent fence (method regarded by the locals as the best way to deter elephants from their farms.) You will also participate in education & environmental workshop: Making paper out of elephant dung to bring a source of revenue to the community).

Day 26

Marungu Hills trek & Survival skills day

Have  breakfast in the Camp and get ready to join a full day adventure trek to the Marungu hills where you will have a picnic lunch in ancient caves while enjoying the panoramic views of the Rukinga ranch. You will also practice bush survival skills which will involve making bush shelter, making fire and Bushmen bow and arrow shooting.

Day 27

Environmental Project work

On this day you will get to work with the local community group on indigenous tree raring project at their location; a project that benefits nature and mitigate carbon emission in the air. Then you will interact sports with local youth in the evening as you say fare well to your local friends that you’ve made during your stay.

Day 28

KWAHERI!! Departure Day

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

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What's included

Food
Drinking water
Accommodation
Safari game drive
Hills & caves trek
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, you must be over 18 years old at time of departure.

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