River Walks, Safaries and Charity Work – The Local Experience of Kenya

Day 1 | Nairobi
JAMBO! (This is the simplest Swahili greeting, and is often the first word learned by visitors too.) We meet you upon arrival at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for transfer to the Gracia Garden Hotel located just 3km from the Nairobi Central Business District, one of Africa’s most vibrant capital cities. The Gracia Gardens is a small hotel standing amidst lush tropical gardens and well manicured lawns. With only 17 rooms all en-suite, it is truly a home away from home. (no meals)

Day 2 | Loitokitoki (with great views of Kilimanjaro)
Today we start off with a pick-up from the hotel at 8.00 am for a city tour of Nairobi and shop for gifts for the students we will be visiting tomorrow. Afterwards we drive some 230km south east of Nairobi to Ol Karia within Loitokitok District (4) hours. Depending on the departure timing in Nairobi we may have a picnic lunch on the way, or else arrive at the campsite for a hot lunch. In the evening we will be shown around the mixed farm where we set camp for the next two day. There are cattle and camels here and our tour will lead to a viewpoint from where there are splendid views of the surrounding plains and Kilimanjaro. Dinner and overnight will be at a fly camp on the farm. (B, L, D)

Day 3 | Loitokitoki – Charity project
After an early breakfast we carry along a picnic lunch box on a short walk to a local school. Here we spend the day with students engaging them with lessons in English, sports activities or other interactive skills as will have been pre-planned with the school administration. Later we return to the camp for dinner and overnight after a day of bonding with the children. (B, L, D)

Day 4 | Loitokitoki – Nalemoru River
Today we drive to the nearby Kibo Slopes Cottages located on the outskirts of Loitokitok town. On the way we pass the local colorful market place. After checking into our hotel and having a lunch we are transferred to the Nalemoru River hiking start point. This scenic hiking trail is 8 kilometers that goes through a scenic canyon and some great forests including Acacia, Mahogany, Cedar, Red Porker and Olive trees. After about three to three hours hike towards the Tanzanian border on the slopes of Kilimanjaro and back to the Kibo Slopes Cottages, we just arrive in time for diner and overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 5 | Amboseli National Park
After breakfast we take a full day excursion to the nearby Amboseli National Park. Besides the great views of Kilimanjaro the park is renowned for elephant populations which numbers over 1,000 – some of the largest elephants in Africa. Lunch will be at the Kibo Camp. This property has a swimming pool where we can plunge in and cool off after lunch. Later we drive back to the cottages in Loitokitok for dinner and overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 6 | Tsavo West National Park
We will have an early breakfast before checking out of the room. Today we transfer to the Tsavo West National Park for game drives and visit the Mzima Springs. This is a favorite sighting place for both the hippo and crocodile that can be seen from an underwater observation chamber. On the way we visit the scenic Shetani Lava flow, a black lava flow of 8 km long, 1.6 km wide and 5 meters deep which was formed by eruptions of Mt. Chaimu, the latest being recorded about 200 yrs back. Today’s lunch will be in the form of packed picnic boxes that shall take at the Mzima Springs before more game drives en-route to our hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 7 | Tsavo West National Park – Nairobi
On our early morning game drive, if lucky we could spot Lions, Elephants, Buffalo and Giraffe, among various plains game. We return to the camp for a full breakfast and before further game drives in the area. After an early lunch at the camp we check out we drive out of Tsavo West National park and back to Nairobi. Upon arrival we will check in to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 8 | Nairobi National Park – home
After breakfast we do an excursion within Nairobi to visit the Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Centre. The Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage is located near Nairobi National Park and is a focal point for Elephant and Rhino conservation. Elephant calves orphaned by poaching are brought here from all over the country. They receive specialized treatment and literally receive personal care 24 hours a day from highly dedicated staff who become surrogate mothers to the calves. Eventually the calves are moved to Tsavo, where they are carefully reintroduced into wild herds. The Giraffe Centre is another amazing place to visit. It started as rehabilitation and rescue center for the endangered Rothschild Giraffe. It is run by a non-profit organization called the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife Kenya (AFEW). Lunch will be at the Utamaduni center where we will also have the opportunity to purchase souvenirs local handcrafted before transfer to the airport for our onward travel arrangements flight back home. (B, L)

Starting price
10 – 15 students + 1 chaperone: $ 1 890 / student
16 – 20 students + 1 chaperone: $ 1 770 / student
21 – 25 students + 1 chaperone: $ 1 690 / student
(Price depends on the time travelling e.g. Christmas and New Years period are peak season)

Price includes:
All the transfers mentioned in the program with van or 4×4 jeep, accommodation in an economic hotel / lodge accommodation or 2 nights in a fly camp which is a mobile camp set up by us, sleeping mats, kitchen tent, dining tent, shower tent and toilet tent during the camp, all the meals as mentioned in the program (B, L, D), all the activities mentioned in the program with entrance fees, a Students Journey guide.

Price does not include:
International flights, beverages and meals not specified, phone calls and personal expenses, travel insurance, Visa entering Kenya (at this time US$ 50.00 / Pers.), tips, all other services stated as optional or not explicitly stated as included.



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