Welcome to East Africa! Join Safari Joe for a unique opportunity to visit Kenya and participate in a month long life changing experience. You will have the chance to trek in the Great Rift Valley with the Masai and sleep in bush camps in the wild, visit a stunnning little national park on foot and learn about the wildlife, spend a few days amongst the local community and help in a school or on volunteer projects in the area. During your visit you will take part in some amazing activities that will improve living standards for local communities and help protect wildlife habitats. Giving something back to the world can be a highly rewarding and motivating experience. Visit one of the worlds most amazing parks the Masai Mara and then camp on the beach along the stunning Indian Ocean coastline. Sounds like fun then read on ....................................................................
Just a few of the many Highlights of the Expedition
- Be a part of a team in a fun, memorable and safe way
- Help to improve the standard of living for rural communities
- Hiking/Cycling in Hell's Gate National Park
- Learn about Conservation
- Safari in the Masai Mara National Reserve
- Trek in the Rift Valley and climb Mount Suswa with the Masai
- Visit the Kenyan Coast and Camp on an Indian Ocean Beach
- Work on a range of Community/Conservation Projects
Your Adventure is divided up into five stages, this will give you plenty of opportunity to enjoy your expedition to the maximum and get the most out of it. This is a full participation expedition!
- - Acclimatisation Stage
- - Trekking Stage
- - Project Stage
- - Safari Stage
- - Rest & Relaxation Stage
The acclimatisation stage makes up the first part of your expedition. Spend some time at the start of your trip finding your feet in your destination. Completing tasks such as exchanging money, learning to put up and down your tent and going on a Guided Hike/Cycle in Hell's Gate National Park, all help you adjust to your surroundings. The aim of this stage is to get used to the new culture and climate you find yourself in.
Cooking Preparation Day
Your acclimatisation will consist of a food shopping spree and cooking lesson. A Kenyan Cook (Mpishi in Swahili) takes you to a local market and shows you the wide range of ingredients available. You will also be told their Swahili names and fair prices to pay for them. After your shopping spree, you take the ingredients back to camp, where you are shown how to use them to create delicious, filling, nutritious and affordable meals. Kitchen hygiene and safe food preparation are part of the training.
Teams complete an overnight trek to ease into the physical exertion and teamwork required later in the expedition. Physical fitness and mental stamina are tested in this stage, so it is important that everyone takes fitness training seriously before setting off on expedition. This stage aims to build teamwork and leadership in the face of challenging physical activity and unfamiliar environments.
Experience the thrill of hiking through some of the world's most incredible environments as you hike along the floor of the Great Rift Valley and climb Mount Suswa, accompanied by the Masai. This is an amazing opportunity to spend time exploring the local region. On your trek, you may also learn about survival skills, discover local village ways of life with your guide or learn about natural habitats and wildlife.
Give back to your host country by working on projects to enrich the local community. Teams become immersed in daily life, offering an unrivalled cultural experience. The project stage is often cited by adventurers as the time that had the deepest impact on them. The more proactive the teams are, the more they gain from the experience. At Safari Joe, we support long-term commitments to the community to create a sustainable project site. Efforts are about collaboration, not simply a donation. The expedition team work alongside local people to make a meaningful contribution to the needs of a community or area. They work on a specific task as well as a number of soft-skill initiatives like teaching, sports, reading and playing games with children.
Typical manual labour tasks: renovating school facilities, plastering and painting; building additional school classrooms, teacher housing, dormitories or toilet blocks; establishing a clean water supply; designing playgrounds; planting vegetable gardens; mending or putting up fencing; building traditional housing for vulnerable members of a community.
Typical tasks: working alongside rangers to build camps to launch anti-poaching patrols; carrying out maintenance on pathways, signage and facilities; tree planting and reforestation; recycling and the environment.
At the end of your Project Stage you will be rewarded with a two day safari into the Masai Mara National Reserve, here you will be able to sit back and relax and enjoy some of the best game viewing on earth.
Rest & Relaxation Stage
Chill out with some downtime and enjoy adventures and cultural activities. This stage is designed to let the team unwind as we head to the Kenyan Coast and enjoy cultural and adventure activities, such as snorkelling in the Indian Ocean among exotic marine life. Low-key activities could include relaxing on a beach or exploring the cultural sites. Every destination has some form of local market for souvenir hunting, so there is always an excuse to shop!
Typically, this stage falls at the end of your itinerary, allowing you to reflect on the achievements throughout the expedition during some downtime. However, a lot of destinations have so many potential activities spread across the country that you may find there are options to intersperse your itinerary with a few bits of R&R. Safety is paramount, so for all of our activities we have audited and approved suppliers and we are confident to put you in their hands.
The cost of the expedition is £1,500 per person (Minimum of 10 passengers)
A Full Tour Dossier is Available upon Request
- 4 x 4 Fully equipped Safari Expedition Vehicle
- All camping equipment (excluding sleeping bag and pillow)
- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner and drinking water
- Camping Accommodation
- Fully escorted expedition - Driver/Tour Leader, Cook & Helper
- All activities, sightseeing, National Parks, entrance fees as per itinerary
- Hell's Gate National Park
- Overnight Camping Experience with the Masai in Great Rift Valley
- Masai Mara National Reserve
- Community and Conservation Projects
- Fort Jesus and Mombasa Old Town
- Camping on the Beach
- Beach BBQ
- Visit to an ancient Kaya (Sacred Forest)
- All taxes and surcharges pertaining to flights and airports
- Any drinks/meals or services not specifically included
- Local gratuities
- Personal Insurance (Comprehensive Travel Insurance is Compulsory)
- Personal spending money
- Visa's or other documentation required