Discover Kenya – Community & Wildlife Conservation
Based from Camp Tsavo, this expedition provides students with the opportunity to take park in a wide range of community, conservation, environmental and wildlife activities. It facilitates positive learning outcomes and encourages students to take on new challenges and reflect on their personal achievements. The itinerary provides an unique, educational bush experience for young people.
- Beautiful camp located in Tsavo Region
- Community project days
- Evening ‘Sundowners’ at our very own ‘Pride Rock’
- Interaction with a local women’s group
- Wildlife game safari around Rukinga Sanctuary
- Wildlife projects and environmental conservation workshops
Discover Kenya – Community & Wildlife Conservation
Camp Tsavo gives you the chance to experience life in the real African wilderness. Surrounded by the picturesque Marungu Hills that lie between the world famous Tsavo National Parks, this area is famed for its wildlife and the neighbouring Rukinga Wildlife Sanctuary plays an important role in providing a safe haven for elephants, lions, cheetahs and other amazing animals.
The camp itself is situated in the heart of the charming local village, where you will experience authentic African culture and hospitality so welcoming that you won’t want to leave.
Location: 130 km (3-4 hours drive) from Mombasa Airport, 355 km (6-7 hours drive) from Nairobi Airport
Accommodation: Traditional bandas & tents with comfy mattresses & bedding. Modern showers & sinks
Power: Mains electricity backed up by generator (between 18:30 – 22:00). British 3 pin power sockets
Phone Signal: Intermittent
Meals: Three healthy, well balanced and tasty meals a day e.g. toast, sausage and omelette for breakfast; pasta, chicken stew/curry with chapatis and veg for lunch/dinner & fruit
Signature dish: Pilau (Swahili local food)
Social: Camp fire, football pitch, small bar & gift shop, town nearby
He greets problems with ‘Hakuna Matata’, Swahili for ‘no worries’. Sammy K will always have you smiling and get you energised for project work. Known to chase elephants out of camp and source birthday cakes in the middle of Tsavo National Park, he’s an all round champ.
Day to day - Sample itinerary
Camp Tsavo is approximately a 3-4 hour drive from Mombasa Airport. Once settled into camp and provided with an arrival safety brief and an orientation of the area, the rest of the day is left for the group to enjoy the views
over Marungu Hills. The camp is peaceful, allowing groups to immerse into rural village life.
Primary School Project
These two days will be spent working on some of the necessary projects at one of the local schools within the community of the camp. The school infrastructure is dilapidated and water is scarce, therefore, projects will be related to improving the infrastructure, such as classrooms, toilet blocks, soil erosion or installing water harvesting systems. You will also get the chance to play games and sing songs with the local children.
Wildlife Conservation & Game Safari
Rukinga Sanctuary is one of the wildlife corridors linking
the famous Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks. It covers 80,000 acres, dominated by acacia woodland, a haven for a variety of wildlife species as well as over 50 bird species.
This is a fantastic opportunity to conserve one of the unique habitats by contributing to
activities such as waterhole maintenance, road clearing,
wildlife monitoring and invasive species clearing. In the afternoon you will drive slowly around the sanctuary, viewing wildlife and watching the ‘Sundowners’ from our very own ‘Pride Rock’.
Tumaini Women’s Group & Maasai Tribe
Today you will interact with a local women’s group and learn about the daily challenges that the women and their families face. You will assist them on their farms by cultivating or harvesting, which is their main source of income, and you will also learn how to make beaded jewellery which is another income generative activity that they survive from. This is a fantastic opportunity to really have a deep insight into rural village life. In the afternoon, visit a Maasai tribe to experience their way of life and traditional dance.
Elephant Deterrent Fence & Dung Paper
Today the group will gain an understanding, and experience firsthand, the challenges of human wildlife conflict and the possible ways of mitigating such issues through initiatives such as maintaining an oil and rope fence which is highly regarded by locals as one of the main ways of reducing the conflict. In the afternoon all of the group will need to prepare to get dirty as they learn how to make paper from elephant dung. They will be taught each stage of the process, resulting in a finished piece of paper, or if time and creativity allows, a piece of art.
Marungu Hills Eco Walk & Bush Adventure
Enjoy a luxurious breakfast in the bush before the team begins an eco walk up into the hills of Marungu. During the walk they will receive interesting information about the historical background of the hills, the different uses of indigenous plants and fascinating cultural practices as well as how the locals have played a crucial role in protecting the hills. The panoramic views from the top of the hills are incredible and truly breathtaking. After a picnic lunch the team will get involved in traditional bush activities such as; shelter making, bow and arrow shooting and fire making, all of which will be judged by professional field guides. A slow and steady descent leads the group back to camp for a well earned supper.
The final day finishes watching the stars and enjoying a campfire. *Optional overnight camping on Marungu Hill for additional cost.
Transfer to Airport & Depart
Departure timings are flexible to suit the return flights.
*Flights are provided at an additional cost