Kenya - The Maasai Mara & Compassionate Hands

Explore the Maasai Mara, safaris and walk with Kenyan wildlife on a remote island. Immerse yourself in local communities, and make a difference at Compassionate Hands for the Disabled. THIS is Kenya!

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Your Destination

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.

See and experience all the magic, on your Kenyan Adventure

 
Your Experience

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.

Immerse yourself in one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth: The plains of the Maasai Mara, home of the “Big Five”. See cheetahs, leopards, giraffes, elephants, lions, hyenas, wildebeest, zebras and more as you cruise through the unforgettable and scenic plains, before staying overnight in a Mara base camp. Experience the life and culture of the Maasai people and see the southernmost point of the great Rift Valley. Explore Kenya’s hippos by boat en route to a breathtaking remote island, where you will walk with some of Kenya’s most famous animals in their natural habitat.

Fall in love with local food, raw culture, African reggae at the local nightspots, and take advantage of immaculate photo-ops in the Rift Valley region

Experience life in a home for children with disabilities on the outskirts of Nairobi, and experience the magic of working one on one with the children and supporting the day to day initiatives of the home. Experience and learn about Kenya’s Internally Displaced People camps, while visiting and lending a much needed hand at a settle IDP camp in Nakuru, followed by a unique game drive in the famous Nakuru National Park, where you are likely to see endangered rhinos at a close distance.

This meaningful impact-adventure is one to write home about! THIS is Kenya

 
Your Impact

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.

 
Sample Itinerary
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

Check out the trips that are open for you to join below and register now, or fill out the inquiry form to speak with a trip planner. You can secure your spot on a trip without paying a deposit for up to 5 days by filling out the trip registration form. Once your registration form has been submitted your spot is tentatively secured, and a trip planner from The NWC will contact you to discuss flights, final pricing and payment details. You can change your mind at any time within 5 days or prior to paying your deposit.

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Kenya - The Maasai Mara & Compassionate Hands
April 19, 2018 to April 28, 2018

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[…]
Registration Deadline: March 1, 2018

Kenya - The Maasai Mara & Compassionate Hands
July 9, 2018 to July 18, 2018

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[…]
Registration Deadline: May 15, 2018
 
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