Kenya Real World Studies Expedition

This 10 day expedition will take you to the heart of rural Kenya where you’ll work closely with the local community, learn traditional skills and make a measurable impact through vital project work. Put the knowledge you’ve learnt through our Real World Studies Pathways into practice by getting stuck into real and impactful projects. Jump alongside the world famous Maasai tribe and have a chance to spot the Big 5 when you head out on safari

  • Location Kenya, Africa
  • Duration 10 days
  • Expedition Type Real World Studies

Throughout your expedition you will be learning about the UN Sustainable Development Goals and putting the theory into practice with both community and wildlife conservation initiatives. You will have the chance to discuss the key issues that communities face and evaluate the impact of the projects you’ll be working on. There will also be plenty of cultural activities to get stuck into along with the chance for you to kick back in front of the campfire with your team!  

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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 accommodation
  • Entry costs to places mentioned in the itinerary
  • Real World Studies resources and material
  • 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 at Mombasa Upon arrival at Mombasa Airport, you’ll be met by a member of our Camps crew who will accompany you for the 3-4 hour journey to our flagship camp – Camps 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 then give you an overview of what your time here will involve, and you’ll finish your day by practising some Swahili phrases around the campfire.
Day 2 Project orientation Today, the project leader will take you to visit our various project sites and introduce you to the Marungu community who you will be working with over the coming days. You will gain an understanding of the issues you’ll be helping to tackle through your project work along with establishing your goals and objectives.
Day 3 Tumani Women’s group and goat deworming After a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast, 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. This will be linked to the Sustainable Livelihoods in Kenya lessons that you will have covered pre-expedition. You’ll be carrying out a practical application of what you have learnt by making bead crafts and elephant dung paper, which can be sold to generate income for the group. In the afternoon you will also be putting the Animal Welfare in Kenya lessons into practice by helping the local community to deworm their livestock. With the population of rural Kenya relying on livestock to meet food security needs, it is vital to keep their animals disease free. After a busy day of project work you will head back to camp for some more lessons in Swahili and a chance to reflect on everything you’ve learnt around the campfire.
Day 4 Community project work After breakfast, you will head to the local school where you’ll be planting native trees in the nearby nursery. You’ll then move on to project work at the school where you’ll be improving the infrastructure. This could include the classrooms or building desks. Enjoy getting to know the local students as you play games and sing songs. In the evening you’ll be back at camp to enjoy a traditional meal cooked by the camp chefs and will have a chance to reflect on the day’s activities in front of the campfire.
Day 5 – 6 Community project work For the next few days, you will be back at the local school to continue your project work. You will be learning more about how the project came about and what the impact on the community is. You’ll also be discovering how the project relates to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. At the end the two days, you will wrap up your project work and evaluate the impact you’ve made. You’ll then be treated to a traditional dance, performed by the local community.
Day 7 Wildlife conservation work Today you will be engaged in wildlife conservation work. You’ll have already learnt about the issues caused by human-wildlife conflict and the most effective ways to combat this through your Real World Studies lessons so you’ll have the chance to put your knowledge into practice. You’ll be working 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). There will also be an organised discussion where you can expand your knowledge about wildlife conservation in Kenya.   In the evening you’ll get to hang out with your teammates and test your knowledge in a fun Camps quiz!  
Day 8 Adventure bush trek and cultural activities Start the day with breakfast at camp before setting off on your 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 trying your hand at Bushmen bow and arrow shooting. In the afternoon you will be learning to make chapatis with our camp chefs using traditional methods. Later on, there will be an opportunity for reflection of the day’s events whilst you sit around the campfire.
Day 9 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 an experience to remember! In the afternoon, you’ll get to visit the world famous Maasai tribe, learning about their unique culture and traditions. Back at camp you’ll have your final dinner and reflect on some of your favourite moments from the expedition.
Day 10 Departure After breakfast you will be transferred back to Mombasa 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.

School improvement

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!

Great experiences, enthusiastic staff and a real passion for making a difference to communities. Students on expeditions have gained the confidence to widen their horizons.

Caroline, Travelling Teacher 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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