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The geographically diverse, East-African Kenya is one of the most populated countries in Africa, stretching over half of a million square kilometers and sharing major borders with the Indian Ocean and 5 major countries including Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia. Kenya has it all! Home to Africa’s “Big 5” (the lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros), broad plains, high mountain peaks, patches of tropical rain forests, fresh water lakes, bustling cities and small rural communities. Economically, the World Bank has recently suggested that the Kenyan gap between rich and poor is one of the highest in Africa, with 62 percent of Kenya’s national wealth being controlled by an estimated 8,000 people, while UNICEF estimates that 42 percent of the country’s 44 million citizens live below the poverty line. Kenyan wealth inequality is on full display, from the upscale mansions and condominiums down to the rural Internally Displaced People Camps and Kibera – the largest urban slum in Africa.
Meet the dedicated women who volunteer their time, and experience an indescribable connection while supporting the children at Compassionate Hands for the Disabled. Feel proud about providing local entrepreneurs with the opportunity to guide you through the great Maasai Mara, while seeing and experiencing the Maasai Mara in a way that must be seen to be believed, including an overnight stay in a remote but comfortable Mara Safari Camp. Learn about the grassroots initiatives at the Mara North Environmental Foundation, fall in love with African Reggae at the local nightspots, take advantage of immaculate photo-ops in the Rift Valley region, take a unique game drive in the famous Nakuru National Park where you are likely to see endangered rhinos at a close distance, and walk amongst giraffes, zebras, wildebeests and more in their natural habitat after exploring Kenya’s hippos on a boat ride to a secluded island. Enjoy real local food, authentic culture and welcoming communities while supporting local artisans and businesses as you travel. Your impact-travel to Kenya will take you from the outskirts of Nairobi, through the Great Rift Valley, to the plains of the Maasai Mara, across Lake Naivasha, into a rural Maasai community and everywhere in between - all in a way that makes a difference, simply by experiencing the country in its’ most raw and authentic form.
Your impact travel to Kenya provides employment opportunities and local economic development to a diverse range of communities. Your Maasai Mara driver and guide is a local entrepreneur who is known for providing an unparalleled safari experience, and your decision to travel with The NWC employs a local Community Ambassador who provides you with dedicated, 24/7 support. You will make a real, tangible difference while responding to the immediate needs of Compassionate Hands for the Disabled - a grassroots community-based organization that rescues children with disabilities from the streets with a focus on rehabilitation and community education initiatives for reintegration into accepting homes and communities. Support local artisans in a Maasai community, provide economic development to local businesses and entrepreneurs, discover opportunities to make a difference along the way and set an example by working with local students on reforestation and environmental initiatives. Make a difference in Kenya, simply by having an authentic travel experience.
Day 1 (Nairobi)
- Arrivals and hotel check-in
- Meet your group and receive your full trip briefing
Days 2 & 3 (Nairobi)
- Introduction to Compassionate Hands for the Disabled
- Learn about the challenges of orphaned children with disabilities and the organization's inspiring work
- Experience life in the children's home and assist the volunteers based on the many day to day needs at the time of your visit
- Enjoy a relaxing evening or an evening on the town, or experience local Nairobi nightlife
Days 4 & 5 (Narok County)
- Depart for Narok County
- Experience the local challenges of wildlife and environmental conservation, and take part in conservation initiatives based on the needs at the time of your visit
- Stay overnight at the local guesthouse, immerse yourself in the culture, and experience life in the community
Day 6 (The Maasai Mara National Reserve)
- Depart early for the Maasai Mara camp
- Enjoy a relaxing morning in the camp and explore the area
- Experience the famous afternoon Maasai Mara game drive
- Return to the Mara camp for dinner and evening entertainment
Day 7 (The Maasai Mara National Reserve)
- The full day Maasai Mara game drive
- Travel deep into the Maasai Mara and experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure
- Experience nature in its rawest form: see the Maasai lions, African leopards, Tanzanian cheetahs, the gazelle, wildebeests, giraffes, elephants, hyenas and more, all in their natural habitat
- Your hosts for the day are a local off-the-path style entrepreneur driver and a Maasai Tribesman who grew up deep in the Maasai Mara and will provide you with a unique, adventurous experience unlike anything you've ever seen
- The main attraction is the crocodiles devouring the wildebeests and zebras as the attempt to cross the Mara river
- Return to the camp for a later dinner and entertainment
Day 8 (Naivasha County and Lake Naivasha)
- Depart for Naivasha
- Enjoy an authentic Kenyan lunch at a local restaurant en-route
- Dependent on weather and preference: Take a boat ride through "hippo ally" on Lake Naivasha, and arrive at the breathtaking Crescent Island, where you will walk among zebras, giraffes, wildebeests, buffalo, gazelles and more, in their natural habitat OR experience a hike through "Hell's Gate" National Park - a rich, diverse landscape situated on a prehistoric lake and two extinct volcanoes, surrounded by towering cliffs and Kenyan wildlife in their natural habitat
- Check into your lakeside hotel on Lake Naivasha for the evening
Days 9 & 10 (Nairobi)
- Return to Nairobi
- Visit David Sheldrick's Wildlife Trust and Elephant Sanctuary
- Explore Nairobi by foot in the afternoon or relax on a patio
- Ask your Community Ambassador for recommendations on exciting or relaxing things to do in Nairobi
What is Included?
Trip prices include round trip airfare (in most cases – check individual trip details for confirmation); a dedicated in-country Community Ambassador for 24/7 support; all meals, accommodations, in-country transportation, and cultural activities; basic travel and out-of-province health insurance; and all taxes, fees, and service charges.
Your Next Step
Complete the inquiry form for your no obligation, all-inclusive quote or simply inquire for additional information. A member of The NWC team will contact you within 48 hours at a time and communication method that is convenient for you.
Once you have completed your general inquiry form, a member of The NWC team will contact you within 48 hours at a time and communication method that is convenient for you.
What to expect
Travelling to a foreign country can be a bit intimidating. You might wonder things like, what will I be sleeping on? What type of food will I be eating? Do I need to bring any spending money? Is where I am travelling safe? Everyone goes through pre-trip jitters, and this document was created to help you prepare before embarking on your CLOUD project.