Kenya Impact Expedition: 2 Weeks

This action-packed and meaningful African adventure will take you from the savannahs of Tsavo, teeming with Kenya’s top wildlife, to the white-sand beaches of Diani.

  • Location Kenya, Africa
  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Expedition Type Service Expeditions

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. You’ll become part of the community as you live and work alongside local people, learning about the challenges faced by local people as well as the rich tradition and culture of Kenya. During your expedition, you’ll get up close to some truly incredible wildlife – try to spot some of the Big 5 on safari.

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A fully supported expedition, from start to finish

Your expedition cost is comprehensive and covers the incredible activities you’ll be taking part in, as well as the extensive support you’ll receive in the lead up to, and during, your expedition.

Don’t forget you’ll also need your vaccinations, visas, kit and some spending money. You can find guidance on all of these on your personal Traveller Gateway once you sign up.

  • Ongoing pre-expedition support
  • Flights and in-country transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Food and accomodation
  • Project costs
  • Leader and staff costs
  • Camps t-shirt
  • Orientation and language lessons
  • 24 hour emergency support
  • Reserve location

This sample itinerary will give you an insight into what you’ll be getting up to. Please note, the exact projects, activities and camps may change closer to the time of your expedition.

Day Activities More details
Day 1 Arrive in Nairobi Upon arrival at Nairobi airport, you’ll be met by a member of our Camps crew who will travel with you to our flagship 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 here will involve and you’ll finish your day practising some Swahili phrases around the campfire.
Day 2 Project orientation After a good night’s sleep and a tasty breakfast, our project leaders will take you to visit our various project sites. 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.
Day 3 – 4 School project work Today you will 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, giving you a chance to practice your newly learnt Swahili phrases, as well as supporting teachers to improve English speaking in the local schools.
Day 5 Elephant projects and Tumani Women’s Group Human-wildlife conflict is a big problem in Africa and today you will learn about the most effective ways the community is looking to combat this. Working alongside local people you will help them make elephant deterrent fences. This is a method regarded by the locals as the best way to deter elephants from their farms without harming the animals. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in an educational environmental workshop, making paper out of elephant dung to bring a source of income to the community. In the afternoon you’ll spend time with the Tumani Women’s group – an inspiring group that empowers local women who suffer from gender-based poverty, violence, illiteracy and health issues, by helping them with alternative income-generation activities. You’ll be learning to make bead crafts for the group which can be sold to generate income.
Day 6 Marungu Hill Trek Following a tasty breakfast at camp you will head 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 7 Tsavo East Safari After an early breakfast at camp, you will embark on your Big Game Safari in Tsavo East National Park – home to a variety of wildlife which includes lions, elephants, birds, zebra and giraffe to name a few. This is sure to be a day to remember!
Day 8 Transfer to Camp Muhaka Today you’ll head to Camp Muhaka where you will receive an introduction to the area and a safety briefing. Being in the heart of the village with the project sites only a short walk away, you’ll be a local in no time!
Day 9 – 10 School and community project work The Muhaka region is home to many vulnerable families. You’ll be getting involved in community and school projects helping improve their quality of life, all while working alongside local craftsmen.
Day 11 Marine conservation Today you will travel down to our Beach Camp where you will spend some of the day working on marine conservation project work. You will help protect the local coastline by clearing the beach of rubbish, before visiting the Marine Conservation Center to learn more about what is being done to protect local marine life.
Day 12 Snorkelling trip to discover marine life Today is a full-day snorkelling trip to a nearby 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 on dry land you will have time to freshen up before being treated to a well-deserved beach barbeque and getting a good night’s sleep.
Day 13 Back to Tsavo After breakfast and a chance to say your final goodbyes to the team, you will travel back to Camps Tsavo. Once there you will have some time to chill out, read and relax before enjoying your final dinner in Kenya.
Day 14 Departure This morning you will say your final farewells (or Kwaheri in Swahili) before heading back to the airport in time for your flight home.

How you’ll make a difference

You’ll work on a range of projects throughout your expedition, each aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and designed to make a significant and lasting impact on the region’s most critical issues.

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School improvements and conservation work

Many local schools are in very diplapidated buildings which suffer from erosion and seasonal flooding. You’ll help to build or renovate school buildings so that local children have a clean and safe academic environment. You’ll also 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 for habitat and food sources.

UN Sustainable Development Goals
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No poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

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Zero hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

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Quality education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

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Gender equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

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Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

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Life on land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Experience the local way of life in our authentic camps

Our camps are the heart of our expeditions. Built and staffed by locals in the traditional style, and located within the heart of communities, they are the perfect place to relax after a day of project work. You’ll get to stay in a number of camps during your expedition, which could include those featured below.

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Camp Tsavo

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: 3-4 hours drive from Mombasa Airport, 6-7 hours drive from Nairobi Airport
  • Accommodation style: Traditional bandas
  • Bed type: bunk beds with comfy mattresses and bedding.
  • Toilets: Long Drop Eco Toilets
  • Showers: 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

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
  • Bed Type: Comfy mattresses and bedding.
  • Toilets: Modern toilets
  • Showers: Modern 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 & Rice

We had a different selection of people working with us at each camp, and they were all so great at making us feel welcome. I was so impressed with local knowledge – much of the staff within Camps International are native to the country you are visiting, meaning advice is expert and you get a real insight into those cultural aspects that you may miss with a non-native guide.

Hannah, Travelling Teacher 2018

Our local camp legends

Our camps are staffed by members of the community who will make you feel like a local in no time. These legends will make your expedition spectacular and will show you the very best of their home country.

Eric

I am truly honoured to have been working with Camps International for over 10 years, driving our travellers in my ‘Disco Truck’! I enjoy taking everyone safely to project sites and seeing how they are helping to change peoples lives. I love what I do!

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