Camp Kenya Community & Conservation 2 Weeks
You will spend two 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.
The impact you will make
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.
- Expanding waterholes for wildlife
- Tree planting & wildlife monitoring
- Clearing roads & building elephant deterrent fences
- Taking part in environmental education workshops
- Making paper out of elephant poop!
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.
- Digging classroom foundations
- Laying bricks
- Plastering, painting and decorating buildings
- Making classroom furniture
- Erecting gabions to prevent further erosion
What people say
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
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.
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.
Project Orientation & School Visit
After a much needed sleep, our project leaders will take you round to visit the various locations 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
KWAHERI!! Departure Day
On this day we will say goodbye as you head back to Mombasa airport before your scheduled flight.
This itinerary is for example purposes only and is subject to change.
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