Kenya Impact Expedition: Community, Marine and Safari

This exciting expedition will take you from the rural community of Muhaka to the spectacular white sandy beaches of Diani. You’ll also have the chance to spot the Big 5 of the animal kingdom when you head out on safari.

  • Location Kenya, Africa
  • Duration 8 days
  • Expedition Type Impact

Throughout your time in Kenya, you’ll get involved in a range of projects, helping to support community development to taking part in environmental conservation at the sacred Kaya Forest and hands-on marine conservation at Diani Beach.  Throughout 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
  • All meals
  • Unlimited drinking water
  • All accommodation mentioned in the itinerary
  • Project costs
  • Leader and staff costs
  • Orientation and language lessons
  • 24 hour emergency support

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 Arrival Day Transfer to Muhaka Camp, situated in the heart of a rural village, from Moi Airport (2-3 hrs). After settling into your accommodation, you will be given a full briefing of the camp and the 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. Your orientation will include a walk in the village, meeting with different kind of families followed by a briefing where you will learn more about the current situation and challenges faced by the community. Spend the rest of the day interacting with the local children and learning more about their culture before tucking into a tasty dinner
Day 2 Community School Project After breakfast you will visit the local school and take part in some hands on project work. Projects will vary and may include Classroom refurbishment, painting, floor refurbishment, fixing the ceiling and repair of the veranda. You will have time to relax in the evening over dinner and reflect on your days’ work.
Day 3 Community School Project You will continue with the important school project work in the Muhaka village.
Day 4 Marine Conservation Today you will transfer down to the Spectacular Diani Beach (30 min) for your Marine Conservation Programme. During your time you will be looking at marine wildlife, habitats and conservation and you will get the opportunity to gain experience in collecting data and learning about various research projects and methods. Throughout you will learn about the importance of the oceans, waste management, sustainability and how the programme helps to conserve the environment in daily lives as well as find out about all the various conservation efforts around Africa
Day 5 Environmental Work Kaya Forest Today you’ll help to address the critical environmental conservation issues at the sacred Kaya forest. You will be working on clearing a buffer zone for indigenous tree planting and building a sheltered tree nursery. There will also be the chance to enjoy a guided walk in the sacred forest with the Kaya elders, learning its interesting historical background, the uses of its indigenous plants and fascinating cultural practices.
Day 6 Transfer to Tsavo – Safari Lodge After saying farewell to the Muhaka team, you’ll take the 3-4 hour journey to Tsavo where you will spend 2 nights at a Safari Lodge. On entering the Park gate you will begin your first Game drive en route to the camp. After lunch at the lodge you will relax for a bit before heading off to another game drive and back to the Lodge for Dinner and overnight
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. You will stop for a picnic Lunch before carrying on with game viewing and will head back to the Lodge for dinner
Day 8 Departure Say your goodbyes to the Camp Kenya team as you transfer to the airport ready 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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Kenya – Community development and coastal forest protection

Muhaka village remains one of the poorest communities in Kenya. You will help to support community development projects such as traditional house building and school improvements. You may also work on our reforestation projects within the sacred Kaya forest, an important habitat home to many species of monkeys.

UN Sustainable Development Goals
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No poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

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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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Clean water and sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

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Decent work and economic growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

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Reduce inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries

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Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

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Life below water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

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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.

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
Beach Camp

Beach Camp

Beach Camp 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
  • Bed Type: bunk beds with comfy mattresses and bedding.
  • Toilets: Modern Flushing 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: Large social and mess area with cushions to chill out on and a small shop
  • Highlight: Bushbaby Feeding

As a student who visited camps international, Kenya camp; I really enjoyed my stay at the camp. I got closer to many new people and I made friends with other groups. I experienced very amazing sunsets and views. Camps international changed me in someway, as I am much more adventurous after this trip. And I learnt to be thankful and appreciate what I have! Thank you so much for this great experience

Sarah, Camp Kenya 2019

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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