Kenya Impact Expedition

Embark on an adventure with real impact on one of East Africa’s most amazing destinations. Live and work alongside local people and get involved in a range of sustainable projects, from community development to environmental conservation.

  • Location Kenya, Africa
  • Duration 4 weeks
  • Expedition Type Impact

Experience the warm and welcoming culture that Kenya is famous for on this immersive expedition. Spend your days working on sustainable projects with local people, helping to support the local community, wildlife and environment. Get to know the inspiring Mamas of the local village who will teach you traditional skills, meet the world-famous Maasai Tribe and experience the magic of a safari at Tsavo East National Park – one of Africa’s top wildlife destinations.

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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
  • In country transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Food and accommodation
  • 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 Kenya You’ll be met at the airport by one of our awesome Camp Kenya crew who will take you to the first camp of your expedition. Once you arrive, you can take in the amazing views over Marungu hills and start getting accustomed to peaceful village life before settling down for a good night’s sleep.
Day 2 Project work begins After breakfast, you will receive a project briefing and orientation of the area, before heading over to your first project site where you will be working on environmental and wildlife conservation projects. This could include tree planting or animal de-worming. You’ll learn why these projects are so important and how working alongside local people can help sustain their long-term impact.
Day 3 Tumani Women’s Group Today you will be spending time with an inspiring women’s group who we have been working with for many years. You will learn about the challenges faced by women in rural communities and the innovative projects we are supporting to aid income generation. You’ll get to try your hand at some of these projects too, learning to make bead crafts that can be sold.
Day 4 – 9 Continue environmental conservation projects Over the next few days, you will be continuing your environmental conservation project work.
Day 10 Embark on a safari adventure After an early breakfast, you’ll embark on an unforgettable safari at Tsavo East National Park, one of Kenya’s top wildlife destinations. Keep your eyes peeled and you may be able to spot a variety of wildlife including elephants, lions, giraffes and zebras to name a few.
Day 11 – 14 Complete your first project phase Over the next few days, you will wrap up your environmental project work at this camp.
Day 15 Wildlife conservation Today, you will be getting your hands dirty on wildlife conservation project work. Work with local people to help make elephant deterrent fences (the method regarded by 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 local community. In the afternoon, you’ll get to visit the world famous Maasai tribe, learning about their unique culture and traditions.
Day 16 Marungu Hills trek The Marungu Hills sit behind our camp within the Tsavo savannah. Today you’ll head out on an adventurous day hike in the hills with a chance to visit ancient caves and enjoy spectacular views over the Rukinga ranch. Our local guides will teach you bush survival skills, which have been practised for hundreds of years. This could include building a bush shelter, making a fire and practicing your bow and arrow shooting.
Day 17 Head to your next camp Today you will be transferred to your next camp 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 18 – 24 Community project work Over the next few days, you will be getting stuck into some community project work. Projects could include low level construction, painting, plastering and brick laying to construct important community facilities – all of which aim to improve the quality of life of the local people.
Day 25 Chill out day Today you will have the chance to take a well-deserved rest after all your hard work on projects. You will be able to do some last-minute sight seeing or purchase some souvenirs and gifts to remember your experience on expedition.
Day 26 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.

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 dilapidated 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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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 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

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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 improtant 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. 

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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, bunk beds with comfy mattresses and bedding
  • 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!
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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
  • 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
Tried, tested, loved

Kenya was the most incredible experience of my life – it has helped me to appreciate everything I usually took for granted in life and I have also learned how to be happy with a lot less.

Paul, Camp Kenya 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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