Kenya Impact Expedition: Community and Safari

Experience the magic of rural Kenya on this rewarding expedition. You’ll work hand in hand with local women and families, becoming immersed in the local culture. 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, learning traditional skills and making a measurable impact through community development initiatives. You’ll help to protect wildlife and habitats whilst learning about the key issues of human-wildlife conflict. You will soon become part of the community as you live and work alongside local people, learning about the challenges faced as well as the rich tradition and culture of Kenya. 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.

Note: Travel insurance is excluded if departure airport is not DXB or AUH

  • International flights
  • Expedition Leader
  • Comprehensive travel insurance
  • All meals
  • Unlimited drinking water
  • All accommodation mentioned in the itinerary
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for all sights mentioned in the itinerary
  • All transfers mentioned are in private vehicles
  • Project costs and management
  • 24 hour support throughout expedition

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 before taking the 3-4 hour journey 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 Marungu Hills Eco Trek Wake up well rested and after breakfast set coordinates for Marungu Hills. This eco trek not only treats you to stunning African scenery it gives you the chance to learn about the deep historical value of the hills and the importance of its indigenous trees and forestry. Worked up an appetite? Enjoy a picnic with a twist as you lunch nestled within the historic caves. After lunch try your hand at some essential bush survival skills under the guidance of our local expert. On return to camp the evening is yours to relax.
Day 6 Elephant projects and Tumaini 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 Tumaini 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 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 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.

School improvement

Kenya – 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

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: Our chefs delicious chapatis will be one of the highlights of your whole trip – they are that good!

I have just come home from an incredible trip to Kenya. It was the best experience I have ever had, and I now have long lasting memories of my time there. This organisation is truly faultless. The staff are all incredibly helpful and so, so kind. I would like to say a massive thank you!

Jasmine, 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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