This trip is designed especially for families who want to explore an exciting part of the world, while contributing to volunteer projects that improve the environment and enhance the quality of life for the people they visit. Camp Tsavo will be your base for this activity-packed family programme. This beautiful camp is situated in the centre of Rukinga Sanctuary, a private and exclusive wildlife conservation area bordering the world-famous Tsavo National Parks. You will work alongside the warm and welcoming local villagers on a range of school and community projects, giving your family the once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the true African way of life. Local safari guides will teach you how to identify and track wildlife alongside some basic bush skills and activities that are suitable for children before you embark on your own safari to experience some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa.
Please Note: Places for Children travelling on this trip are priced at £595.
The impact you will make
Conservation Work (Tsavo)
Human wildlife conflict is an ongoing and significant issue here, threatening the future for many important species such as elephants and lions. You’ll get involved in initiatives to promote a peaceful co-existence between the community and the local wildlife, like improving natural waterholes and planting indigenous trees to safeguard the future for these wonderful animals.
- Expanding waterholes for wildlife
- Tree planting & wildlife monitoring
- Clearing roads & building elephant deterrent fences
- Taking part in environmental education workshops
- Making paper out of elephant poop!
School Improvement (Tsavo)
The local school and educational facilities are very dilapidated and erosion from seasonal flooding is threatening the buildings foundations making them liable to collapse. You will help by building or renovating school buildings and tackling erosion so that the children have a clean and safe academic environment in which to thrive.
- Digging classroom foundations
- Laying bricks
- Plastering, painting and decorating buildings
- Making classroom furniture
- Erecting gabions to prevent further erosion
What people say
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
You arrive into Mombasa Airport, where you will be met by a member of our local team and transferred to our wonderful Camp Tsavo.
There is a lot of work to do at Sasyeni to ensure that the children have the adequate facilities they need to get the best out of their learning. You have the opportunity to contribute to our classroom building project or you could help with making desks and serving lunch for the school, which are both ideal activities for a family with young children.
Chill out day in Voi town
Today will be spent at a beautiful nearby lodge and restaurant within the local town of Voi. You have a free day to chill out by the pool, shop or sample the local eateries.
Tsavo East National Park is home to an amazing variety of wildlife and during your safari day you could be lucky enough to spot elephant, lion, giraffe, zebra, cheetah, and so much more.
You will spend the day learning about the human-wildlife conflict, that is so prevalent in the Tsavo region, and the insightful initiatives the locals use to mitigate such issues. During the afternoon you need to prepare to get dirty as you make paper from a material most unexpected!
Tumani women's group
You have the privilege to meet and spend time with Mama Mercy; a true inspiration and a natural entrepreneur within the Tsavo region. You will learn more about Mama Mercy’s impressive journey leading a group of women to run a number of successful and profitable micro finance initiatives. You will assist them on their farms by cultivating and harvesting crops, which is their main source of income. You will also learn how to make beaded jewellery which is another lucrative enterprise for the women.
Marungu Hills eco walk
Today we take you for a walk up into the hills of Marungu. Your guide will tell you about the historical background of the hills, the different uses of indigenous plants and the fascinating cultural practices which have led to the locals protecting the area. The panoramic views from the top are truly breathtaking and you will enjoy a picnic lunch whilst you take it all in. During the afternoon you will learn some traditional bush activities such as building a shelter, bow and arrow shooting and making fire.
Chill out day in Voi town
Another day to relax, have fun and soak in the culture.
Time to say Kwaheri! (goodbye). We will transfer you back to Mombasa Airport for your flight home.
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