Ultimate Kenya

– Duration: 3 months – 

If you’re looking for maximum impact and varied projects in one of Africa’s most incredible destinations, this 3 month programme is the one for you.

Get involved in a range of projects designed to positively impact the local community, wildlife and the environment. Living alongside two unique communities, you’ll become fully immersed in the local culture as you support them through community development initiatives such as house building for vulnerable families and school improvements. You’ll also work alongside local organisations and marine biologists to contribute to vital environmental conservation and coral reef restoration that will help tackle pollution, restore fragile environments and protect Kenya’s wildlife.

In between projects there’s plenty of time to explore the very best of Kenya. Sample delicious Swahili dishes cooked by the local women, spot dolphins on a boat trip to a beautiful island, learn bush survival skills on a full day trek through a wildlife ranch and embark on an overnight safari adventure in one of Africa’s top national parks, home to elephants, lions, giraffe and zebra.

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

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The impact that you'll make

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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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Conservation Work (Tsavo)

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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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Empowering Communities (Tsavo)

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In this rural area most people are living below the poverty line and lack access to basic resources. You will get the chance to work alongside a group of inspirational women who are already running a number of successful micro finance initiatives to help generate more income for their families. You will assist the women in their daily tasks and help them with ideas and solutions for ongoing growth and success, for them and the wider community.

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School Improvement & Traditional House Building (Muhaka)

School Improvement (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.

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Marine Conservation (Camp Ocean)

Marine Conservation (Ocean)

Increasing pollution and plastic waste on the Kenyan coastline is causing a major threat to important marine habitats and wildlife. You’ll help to protect the local coastline through beach clean-ups and work on a marketing campaign to educate people on waste management, sustainability and the ways we can to reduce negative impacts on marine environments.

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Restoring Coral Reefs (Camp Firefly)

Restoring Coral reefs (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.

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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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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: 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

 

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Camp Ocean

Camp Ocean boasts one of the most spectacular camp locations, just a 2 minute walk from the award-winning Diani beach. Enjoy waking up to the sounds and sights of the sea and relaxing in the comfy social area after a day of activities.

Location: 3-4 hours drive from Mombasa 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: Large social and mess area with cushions to chill out on and a small shop

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Camp Firefly

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

Power: Available

Available Social area: There is a swimming pool and pool table – plus you’re right by the beach!

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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 practising 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

Back to school project work

Spend the next couple of days back at the school where you will continue with your project work.

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.

Day 28

Chill out day

Enjoy a day chilling out at Camp Tsavo, before we head to our next camp location tomorrow.

Day 29

Welcome to Camp Muhaka

Today we hit the road and travel to Camp Muhaka. 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.

Day 30

Village & community orientation

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.

Day 31-32

Community project work

In the Muhaka region, there are many vulnerable families and elders whose homes have fallen into disrepair. You will spend the next few days working alongside our locally employed craftsmen, helping to renovate or build a new house for a member of the community.

Day 33

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.

Day 34

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 35-39

Back to community projects

Spend the rest of the week continuing your work on the house-building project.

Day 40

Beach day

Head to the coast for another day enjoying Diani Beach.

Day 41

Chill out day

Enjoy a well-earned chill out day before the busy week ahead.

Day 42-43

Cultural exchange with local families

Spend the next couple of days gaining a deeper insight into rural village life. Work alongside local families on their farms by cultivating and harvesting crops (season permitting) which is their main source of income. The women will also teach you to cook local delicacies and make Makuti (palm leaf weaving).

Day 44-45

Complete the community project

These next two days will be spent finishing up the project work and handing over the home to a very appreciative community member.

Day 46

Wildlife spotting at Shimba Hills reserve

The Shimba Hills National Reserve is an area of lush coastal rainforest, woodland and grassland. It is home to a large population of African elephant as well as other species such as sable antelope, elephant shrew, bushy tailed mongoose and other small mammals like fruit bats. We will take you on a guided drive through the reserve where you can take in the beautiful scenery, learn about the biodiversity in the area and – if you’re lucky – spot some of the resident elephants. After a picnic lunch we will take you on a guided hike to a beautiful waterfall situated in the reserve.

Day 47

Beach day

Take an optional trip down to Diani beach to relax and enjoy the sun, sea and sand.

Day 48

Chill out day

Spend the day relaxing at camp.

Day 49

Environmental conservation at Kaya forest

Let’s go green and address environmental conservation at the sacred Kaya forest.  We will be clearing a buffer zone for indigenous tree planting and building a sheltered tree nursery. You’ll also have the chance to enjoy a guided walk in the sacred forest with the Kaya elders learning its interesting historical background, uses of its indigenous plants and fascinating cultural practices.

Day 50-52

Mangrove conservation

From the forests to the mangroves – over the next few days you’ll work on an ongoing conservation projects in the mangroves near Muhaka. Work here includes planting hundreds of mangrove seedlings, constructing an education centre for marine conservation, refurbishing fishponds and extending the boardwalk for Baraka Women’s Group.

Day 53

Marine conservation project commences

Say your farewells to Camp Muhaka as your transfer down to Camp Ocean where you will begin your Marine Conservation Project programme (MCP). This amazing 3-day programme will expose you to marine wildlife, habitats and conservation as you learn about the key issues facing our oceans today. You’ll gain practical experience collecting data and learning about various research projects and methods – highly valuable if you’re considering a career in the marine sector and an incredible insight for anyone passionate about environmental issues.

After lunch you will be taken to the marine centre where you will be given an introduction to the programme and a tour of the facility before returning to Camp Ocean for dinner.

If luck is on our side, be prepared to drop everything and rush to experience the amazing sight of baby turtles hatching. We will make sure we have transport ready for you. Turtle hatchlings usually happen between 6pm to midnight as they hatch according to the moon.

Day 54

Snorkelling trip to discover marine life

Today is a full day of MCP where, depending on the tides, you will join the marine biologist on a snorkelling trip to a nearby amazing sandbank where you can learn more about the marine life and the coral reefs. You will have some time to relax on the sandbank and swim in the crystal blue waters. Once back at the centre, you will use photos to identify fish species. You will also learn about other research around the world and its implications. During your free time in Diani you will be able to go explore the nearby bars, shops and restaurants.

Day 55

Coastal conservation and farewell beach BBQ

For your final day you will take part in a beach clean-up in the morning, learning about best practises and segregating waste for recycling, followed by a workshop on sustainability. You will wrap up the MCP programme with a review of the activities. Lunch will be had at the lovely Nomads Restaurant which is situated on one of the best parts of Diani Beach, after which you will be free for the rest of the day to hang out on the beach, swim and maybe experience some of the local nightlife.

Day 56

Chill out day

Enjoy a final rest day at Camp Muhaka before we head back to Camp Tsavo.

Day 57

Back to Camp Tsavo

After an early breakfast, we’ll take the 4-5 hour journey back to Camp Tsavo.

Day 58-61

School project work

Spend the next few days continuing with project work at the local school in Tsavo.

Day 62

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 63-66

Back to school project work

Spend your last couple of days working at the local school before this project finishes. It will be hard to say goodbye to the local students and teachers who will have become your friends throughout your time in Tsavo.

Day 67

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 68

Optional adventure bush trek

Today you have the option to head out to Marungu Hills for a trek across the ranch, or if you prefer you can spend the day chilling at camp as this will be your final day in Camp Tsavo.

Day 69

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.

Day 70

Head back to Camp Muhaka

Today we’ll head back to Camp Muhaka for the final phase of our community project work here.

Day 71-73

Complete community projects

Put the finishing touches to the house building project before a final handover ceremony with the local community. This will be a proud moment as you reflect on what you have achieved.

Day 74

Beach day

Another beautiful day at the Diani coast to shop around for souvenirs for your family and friends back home. Relax and enjoy a well-earned rest after your hard work!

Day 75

Chill out day

Spend a relaxed day at camp catching up with your travel journal, playing some sport with the locals or just chilling out.

Day 76-82

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.

Day 83

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 3 months in Kenya.

Day 84

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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