Kenya Wildlife & Marine Conservation
– Duration: 1 month –
This varied 1-month programme will take you from the savannahs of Tsavo East National Park – teeming with Kenya’s top wildlife – to the white sand beaches of Diani.
Throughout your time in Kenya you’ll get involved in a range of projects, helping to support education and community development in two rural communities and taking part in hands-on marine conservation, replanting coral reefs to protect the fragile marine environment.
You’ll also have plenty of time to explore your spectacular surroundings, learning bush survival skills on a full day trek through a wildlife ranch and embarking on an overnight safari adventure in one of Africa’s top national parks, home to elephants, lions, giraffe and zebra.
If you’re looking for an action-packed and meaningful African adventure, this is the trip for you.
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.
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.
Restoring Coral Reefs (Camp Firefly)
A quarter of the world’s coral reefs are damaged beyond repair and many more are under major threat from overfishing, climate change, tourism and pollution. You’ll help by ‘farming’ coral and outplanting it onto destroyed reef where it will have the chance to grow naturally – which in turn will result in healthier reefs and more fish and marine life.
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!
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: 1.5-2 hours drive from Mombasa Airport
Accommodation style: Traditional bandas and tents with comfy mattresses and bedding. Modern toilets, showers and sinks
Power: Mains electricity backed up by generator (between 18:00 – 22:00). British 3 pin power sockets
Social area: Based right in the heart of the community, in walking distance to project sites and a short drive to the beach. Chill out zone with camp fire and pool table
Signature dish: Ugali
Camp Firefly is based right on the beach on Kenya’s stunning coastline. Enjoy the spectacular views across sparkling clear waters and take a dip in the pool to cool off under the hot African sun.
Location: 1.5 hours South of Diani beach
Accomodation style: Tents with comfy bedding
Available Social area: There is a swimming pool and pool table – plus you’re right by the beach!
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 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.
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
Spend the next 3 days 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 schoolchildren every day, as well as supporting teachers to improve English speaking in the local schools.
Relax at Voi Wildlife Lodge
After a busy first 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.
Back to school project work
Head back to your project work at the local school for the next few days.
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.
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.
Overnight safari adventure
After an early breakfast, pack your bags and embark on your overnight safari in Tsavo East National Park – home to a variety of amazing wildlife including lions, elephants, birds, zebra and giraffe to name a few. After an afternoon game drive, you will return to the lodge for dinner and an overnight stay. The waterhole in front of the camp is visited by elephant and buffalo and is a perfect spot to enjoy a cold Tusker beer after your game drive.
Welcome to Camp Muhaka
It’s time to say goodbye to Camp Tsavo and transfer to your next home at Camp Muhaka, a 4-5 hour drive away. Situated in the heart of a rural village, we have been working with this community for over 7 years so you will be welcomed warmly by the people who will be your family during your stay. We’ll take a walk in the village to get to know the local families before having a full briefing on what your work here will involve. During the briefing, you will learn more about the current situation and challenges faced by the community.
Community project work
In the Muhaka region, there are many vulnerable families and elders whose homes have fallen into disrepair. The schools here are also critically underfunded and in need of support. You will spend the next few days working alongside our locally-employed craftsmen to help improve these facilities.
Let’s hit the beach
Take the short 30 minute journey down to the spectacular Diani Beach (voted one of the top 10 beaches in the world) where you can chill out on the beach, have lunch, swim and get some souvenir shopping done.
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.
REEFolution marine conservation
Your final week will be spent at Camp Firefly where you’ll take part in our hands-on marine conservation project in partnership with local organisation REEFolution. The main aim of this project is to “farm” coral and outplant it onto destroyed reef where it will then have a chance to grow naturally, which in turn will result in healthier reefs and more fish and marine life. Project work will involve snorkelling, making and planting of coral trees, beach clean-ups and learning about how to tackle pollution in the oceans.
Boat trip to Wasini Island
Spend your final day in style on an unforgettable boat trip to the beautiful Wasini island. You’ll embark on a full day excursion on a traditional wooden dhow, with the chance to snorkel and spot some dolphins if you’re lucky! The best way to end an amazing month in Kenya.
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
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Don’t forget… flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations. Please note, you must be over 18 years old at time of departure.