A Taste of Kenya (Savannah)
– Duration: 2 weeks –
On this 2 week programme in Kenya, you’ll get to experience the country’s incredible wildlife and its warm and welcoming people. You get to spend your trip living within a rural community in the Kenyan bush – a culturally immersive experience.
At our flagship Kenyan camp, Camp Tsavo, you’ll be staying on the edge of one of the most famous national parks in Africa – home to The Big 5. Working alongside communities, you will be culturally immersed with the local people, providing you with an incredible opportunity to learn local skills and take part in projects designed to empower the local communities.
This programme is designed to impact the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:
The impact that you'll make
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.
Camp Mama Mercy (Tsavo)
Right next to our Camp Tsavo, you will be living on the land of Mama Mercy – an incredible local woman who we have been working with for over 6 years. A highly respected member of the community, Mercy is a force to be reckoned with and anyone who has volunteered with us at Camp Kenya is bound to remember her infectious smile and energy.
Location: 3-4 hours drive from Mombasa Airport, 6-7 hours drive from Nairobi Airport
Accommodation style: Traditional bandas, bunk beds with comfy mattresses and bedding. Modern showers and sinks
Power: Mains electricity backed up by generator (between 18:30 – 22:00). British 3 pin power sockets
Social area: Amazing views from camp. Camp fire, football pitch, small bar and gift shop, town nearby
Signature dish: Chef Geoffrey’s amazing chapatis will be one of the highlights of your whole trip – they are that good!
Day to Day
Welcome to Kenya
Arrive into Mombasa airport where you’ll be met by a member of our Camps crew before taking the 3-4 hour journey to your first camp, Camp Tsavo. 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’ll finish your day practicing some Swahili phrases around the campfire.
After a much-needed sleep, our project leaders will take you round to visit the various locations where you will be doing your projects. You will gain an understanding of the issues you will be helping to tackle through your project work and we’ll establish your goals and objectives. You’ll also visit the local school to meet the local teachers and students and practice your Swahili phrases as you get ready to start your project work here this week.
School project work
Commence your project work at the local school where you will be helping to improve school infrastructure and facilities. Your work could include building classrooms or toilets, making desks or erecting gabions to counteract soil erosion which threatens the school buildings. You’ll be interacting with local people and school children every day, as well as supporting teachers to improve English speaking in the local schools.
Explore Voi Town
Take a visit to nearby Voi Town where you can enjoy some delicious local Swahili food and a dip in the pool at a local lodge. On the way back to camp we’ll stop off at a Maasai village where you’ll get to experience traditional African culture.
Chill out day
Enjoy a relaxed day at camp where you can take time to chill out, update your travel journal, get some laundry done and just relax and enjoy your surroundings.
Back to school project work
Head back to your project work at the local school for the next few days.
Relax at Voi Wildlife Lodge
After a busy week, we’ll head to Voi Wildlife Lodge for the day where you can watch wild animals drinking out of the waterhole whilst cooling off in an infinity pool – the perfect way to unwind and take in your surroundings.
Chill out day
Spend the day relaxing at camp and prepare yourself for another action-packed day of volunteering.
Cultural exchange and women’s group
Gain a deeper insight into rural village life as you spend the day with local families, helping to assist them with crop production and animal husbandry through livestock deworming. You’ll also spend time with an inspiring women’s group, learning to make bead crafts which can be sold to generate income.
Kwaheri from Kenya
We’ll say our final farewells (or Kwaheri in Swahili) before transferring you back to the airport in time for your flight home.
Top up your trip
If you’d like to add in some extra adventure, we offer the opportunity to book some exciting add-ons which can be included within your trip duration or added on to the start or end of your journey. Speak to our team to find out more about how to add these awesome adventures to your programme.
‘Safari’ is the Swahili word for journey – and this is certainly a journey you’ll never forget. After a day of taking in the huge array of wildlife, such as elephants, lions, giraffe and zebra,...Find Out More
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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