Educational Community Service Trip Educational Community Service Trip

  This trip is designed for those with passion and desire to learn and enjoy as they explore different cultures as participant rather than observers. This trip is unique to African wilderness safaris because our clients camp, live as guest in the areas we visit, learn and experience the life style and culture of different tribes in East Africa.

Day 1: Nairobi
Day 2,3, 4 & 5: Naro Moru Village(Mt Kenya)
Day 6 & 7: Lake Naivasha
Day 8, 9, 10: Masai Mara
Day 11, 12, 13: Loita hills
Day 14: Nairobi
Day 15, 16, 17 & 18: Lamu
Day 19: Lamu/Nairobi and Homeward bound

 

 

Day 1: Nairobi

Today we shall spend a full day exploring some unique part of Nairobi. We will start with an excursion to the Karen Blixen house where the house history dates back to 1914 during the 1st World War with the arrival of Karen Blixen, the author of "Out of Africa," from Denmark. Karen Blixen established herself as a farmer at the foots of the Ngong Hills till her departure in 1931. The next stop will be at Daphne Sheldrick Elephant orphanage, This is a rehabilitation facility for elephants and other wildlife where they are then released back into the wild when they are ready. It was established in memory of David Sheldrick, a famous naturist and founder of Tsavo East National Park in Kenya. We will then proceed to Bomas of Kenya, a cultural center that exposes you to different tribes in Kenya. The center allows you to see the diversity of cultures that make up Kenya. The term "Bomas" means a" homestead" in Kiswahili, Kenya's national language.
Activities: Excursion to Karen Blixen house, Elephant orphanage, Bomas of Kenya
Accommodation: Comfort Inn or similar
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 2: Naro Moru Village

Today you will drive 2 – 3 hours to Naro Moru village. The village is located at the base of Mt Kenya, 170 km north of Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. The local people in this small, rural town are very friendly and enjoy meeting other people from all different walks of life. Naro Moru village is a small town that consists of small shops, houses, basic restaurants, bars , basic lodgings, a post office, a gas station, small bank, and the Naro moru River Lodge a top range lodge set in a landscape of gardens along the Naro Moru River. The nearest mid-range restaurant, internet cafe and grocery store can be found in Nanyuki which is a typical small country town 30 km from Naro moru village. The drive takes you north through Kenya’s lush farmland.
Activities: Drive to Naromoru village, an afternoon rest & introduction to basic kiswahili language( Kenya & Tanzania national language)
Accommodation: Family ran youth hostel
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3, 4 & 5: Naro Moru Village

There will be three days of community service and community interaction in Naro moru village. We shall live, eat and share in the daily life's of the locals, visit a local school and a reforestation program that was formed by a local self help group in the community and we will assist any whatever needs to be done in the project. The tree reforestation program is a volunteer program based on raising awareness in the community about the problems of deforestation. The tree project has formed a tree nursery so that trees can be planted in the bare areas of woodland to protect the wildlife and safeguard the essential water needed for the people and wildlife in the area.
Activities: cultural interaction, community service& local school visits, basic Kiswahili
Accommodation: family ran youth hostel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 & 7: Lake Naivasha

Today you will drive 3 - 4 hours to lake Naivasha our next two days home. Lake Naivasha is one the fresh lakes in the Great Rift valley and a popular spot for bird watching and game viewing on crescent island . It is also home to George and Joy Adamson, author of " Born Free" . During our stay at lake Naivasha, we shall visit George and Joy Adamson former house. The house contains a small collection of Joy Adamson's painting and artifacts, memorabilia from the Born Free film and a range of photos documenting their work on conservation and the relationship with the lioness Elsa . We shall also explore the Hell gate national park. The park is famous for it's sheer vertical cliffs that are popular with rock climbers, trekking enthusiast and birders. Walks and biking (for rent) are offered at the park, an incredible way to experience and enjoy wildlife up close.
Activities: A drive to Lake Naivasha, cultural interaction, hike, bike( rent bike ) , basic kiswahili
Accommodation: Fisherman's camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Masai Mara

Today you will drive 5 – 6 hours to Masai Mara which is an extension of the Serengeti Ecosystem and is located at the Southwest corner of Kenya. It is Kenya’s most popular park and among the top game reserves in East Africa. The wildlife is abundant here any season and during your visit you will see lion prides, elephants, giraffes, hippos, cape buffaloes, zebras, impalas, topis, hartebeests, wildebeests and the rare black rhinos, spotted hyenas, silver jackals and cheetahs more game and predators. We shall stop in Narok town for gas and lunch. With our guidance you will have an hour to explore the small town of Narok, interact with the local people and use your basic Kiswahili language ordering meal at local restaurant.
Activities: A drive to Maasai Mara, cultural interaction, basic kiswahili
Accommodation: Mara safari camp
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 9: Masai Mara

Today we shall spend a full day in Masai Mara and there will be two game drives, early in the morning and late in the afternoon. In between the game drives you will have lunch and then visit a Masai Boma village. The Masai Boma is a settlement village and is designed for protection of their cattle from predators and other tribes. The men usually build a circular fence using the prickly branches of thorn bushes. Inside the fence, along its perimeter the women build igloo shaped houses of branches and grass and then seal them over with a thick layer of cow dung for warmth and dryness during the rainy season. While we visit the Masai Boma you will get the opportunity to see how the Masai live amongst the animals and wildlife, you will also be able to watch them dance and talk with the Masai about their culture and society.
Activities: Game drives wildlife viewing, cultural interaction, basic introduction to Kimaa ( Maasai Language}
Accommodation: Mara safari camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Masai Mara

Today you will have another beautiful day in a different part of Masai Mara. After breakfast you will go for a long game drive across the plains to the hippo pools in the Mara River. Here you will sit on the edge of the river and watch the herd of hippos and their babies all interact, with each other while the crocodiles sunbathe across the river. The scene is truly spectacular!
Activities: Explore different areas of Maasai mara , cultural interaction, wildlife viewing, ecology of Masai Mara
Accommodation: Mara safari camp
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner

Day 11, 12,&13: Loita Hills

This is an incredible opportunity to spend 3 days in the deep Maasai country in the Loita hills located in the South west part of Kenya and Northern Tanzania. There are views of the Great Rift Valley with its volcanic mountains and softly rolling hills. Besides the close encounter with wildlife, we camp, bush walk, live, learn and experience the life style and culture of the Maasai people.
Activities: Drive to Loita hills on day 11, cultural interaction, bush walks, sleep over in a Masai Boma (option), Maasai language, Maasai dances etc.
Accommodation: Dome tents
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Nairobi

Today you will drive 4-5 hours to Nairobi for overnight and prepare for the next part of adventure on the Kenya coast.
Activities: drive to Nairobi, cultural interaction, sight viewing
Accommodation: Comfort hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 15,16, 17, 18: Lamu

Today we will take a flight from Nairobi to Lamu. Lamu is a small island that sits in the warm waters of the Indian ocean off Kenya coast where history and culture stands still, the streets are narrow and the local boats and donkeys are the main transport. Lamu is one of the Kenya oldest towns and it has retained all the charm and characteristics built over many centuries. You will be able to interact with the Swahili people, sail in the traditional boats called dhows, an ancient Arab sailing vessel, and explore the beautiful town of Lamu and other villages within the Island.
Activities: sailing adventures, snorkeling, cultural interaction , Kiswahili language , Lamu Museum, visits to local villages and beach.
Accommodation: Hotel New Palace or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: Nairobi and homeward bound

We will spend the afternoon in Nairobi finishing our shopping and getting ready to fly back to the United States. We will have a farewell dinner together in Nairobi before taking a flight back to the United States in the late evening.
Activities: Flight to Nairobi, shopping
Accommodation: Home bound
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
 

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