Kenya Community & Wildlife Conservation

– Duration: 1 month –

Kenya is famous for two things – its incredible wildlife and its warm and welcoming people. On this culturally immersive programme, you’ll get to experience both, spending 1 month living within a rural community in the Kenyan bush.

You’ll be based at our flagship Kenyan camp, Camp Tsavo, situated on the edge of one of the most famous national parks in Africa – home to elephants, lions, giraffe, zebra and more. Working alongside local people, you’ll play a vital part in projects designed to empower communities, improve opportunities for local people and protect the amazing wildlife in the region.

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Wildlife Community

This programme is designed to impact the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:

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Kenya Community & Wildlife Conservation

$2,530 per traveller


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The impact that you'll make

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Conservation Work (Tsavo)

Waterholes

 

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, such as improving natural waterholes and planting indigenous trees to safeguard the future for these wonderful animals.

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School Improvement (Tsavo)

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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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!

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Day to Day

Day 1

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 Manager 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.    

Day 2

Project orientation

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.

Day 3

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.

Day 4

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.

Day 5

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.

Day 6-10

Back to school project work

Head back to your project work at the local school for the next few days.

Day 11

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.

Day 12

Chill out day

Spend the day relaxing at camp and prepare yourself for another action-packed week ahead.

Day 13

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.

Day 14-17

Continue school project work

Head back to your project work at the local school for the next few days.

Day 18

Voi Town

Head back to Voi Town for the day where you can relax, explore the town and pick up some snacks and souvenirs.

Day 19

Chill out day

Take a well-earned rest day and soak up your surroundings at Camp Tsavo

Day 20-22

Finish school project work

Spend your last couple of days working at the local school before your community project phase finishes. There will be a proud moment of reflection as you look at what you have achieved over the last few weeks.

Day 23-24

Wildlife conservation at Rukinga sanctuary

For the next couple of days, you will be engaged in conservation work at Rukinga wildlife sanctuary. You’ll learn about the issues caused by human-wildlife conflict and the most effective ways to combat this. Work with local people to help to make elephant deterrent fences (the method regarded by the locals as the best way to deter elephants from their farms without harming the animals). You’ll also participate in an educational environmental workshop, making paper out of elephant dung to bring a source of income to the community.

Day 25

Adventure bush trek

Start the day with breakfast at camp before setting off for 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. Your guide will teach you bush survival skills which have been practised for hundreds of years, such as making a bush shelter, making fire and Bushmen bow and arrow shooting.

Day 26

Environmental project work

Today you’ll get to work alongside a local community group on their indigenous tree planting project – designed to mitigate carbon emissions by planting native trees. In the evening there will be time for some sports and games with the local youth before you say farewell to the local friends you’ve made during your stay.

Day 27

Big Game Safari

After an early breakfast at camp, pack your bags and embark on your Big Game Safari in Tsavo East National Park – home to a variety of wildlife which include lions, elephants, birds, zebra and giraffe to name a few. This is sure to be a day to remember and the perfect way to round off your time in Kenya.

Day 28

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.

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What's included

Food
Drinking water
Accommodation
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
Safari

 

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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