The aim of this trip is to take students back to the cradle of humanity – not just to civilizations past, but to where humanity began – East Africa, in part in Kenya. By being involved in this particular trip, students will not only view the people and lifestyles of one of the most vibrant countries in East Africa, they will have the chance to view one of the most endangered ecosystems in the world.
Wealthy people, with their ‘demand’ for the exotic are killing the diversity of planet Earth. The fortunate students who get to go on this trip will get to see sights that others will never see because of the ‘demand’ for trophies or living space – and who, perhaps, can blame some people for poaching to earn a living that is leading to the extinction of species. This trip blends people and nature.
To expose students to a part of planet Earth that they, or their parents, would probably never think of going.
To take students out of their comfort zone (safely), and into the realm of where almost 50 per cent (maybe more) of the world’s population live – day-to-day survival.
To expose students to the beauty of Africa – the people, the ecosystem, and the ability to be happy with few of the material comforts in life.
To experience a cultural exchange with the Kenyans by visiting a mission school where the students have been orphaned because of the AIDS epidemic in Kenya, and later to visit a Teachers’ College of young hopeful Kenyans who are training to be teachers.
To experience a Farm stay so that students get to experience a life on a farm on a large estate in which the enterprising farmers today use modern agricultural methods to work the land and who also supplement their living with evening safari tours
At the end of the trip, to be able to empathize with those – anywhere in the world, including your home country– who, through no direct fault of their own, are not able to enjoy the same comforts as people in the ‘developed world’.
Perhaps, somewhere down the line and when this trip’s participants are decision makers with financial resources at their disposal, they will contribute to help people in Africa, to save endangered species, and to give groups of people less fortunate than themselves a chance to survive.
The objectives above are not necessarily curriculum related – they transcend formal education and deal with education about the real world.
The trip will include visits to many cultural and historical sites, immersion in African natural beauty, including visits to Masai Mara Lake Nakuru, children’s home , ostrich and flower farms .
Day 1. National Museum,Sheldrick Orphanage,Butterfly Center ,Giraffe Center ,Karen Blixen
Full day visit to elephant orphanage where you have the opportunity to see the feeding and care of baby elephants which are either orphaned or abandoned. After lunch drive to Butterfly Center where you will be taken to a guided tour to see butterfly rearing and different species of butterfly. A visit to Giraffe center where you have an opportunity to feed the giraffes from your own hands and later the Karen Blixen museum to learn about the achievements of Karen who lived for a short while in Kenya. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
At a Nairobi hotel .
Day 2. Nairobi and its Suburbs
Visit one local university/college. Sit in classes, meet and get to know some Kenyan college students. A visit to a little village outside Nairobi or Visit the Nyumbani children’s home for the orphaned and the Sick. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner at a Nairobi hotel.
Day 3:.Lake Magadi
Lake Magadi is located in the southern Kenya. This 104 sq. km soda lake is completely surrounded by vast natural salt flats. These sweltering hot plains prevent animals from reaching the alkaline lake at its center. For this reason, thousands of flamingo descend on the lake each year to nest on elevated mud mounds at the lake’s edge safe from any potential predators. Freshwater springs at the Lake’s shore attract a host of other birds.
A journey to Magadi is like to enter another world. The baking salt plains stretch into horizons of shimmering heat haze, while the shallow lake heaves with the pink waves of nesting flamingo. The other worldly atmosphere is compounded by the intense heat and the isolation. A guided tour to Magadi Soda company one of the largest producer of Soda Ash in Africa is also conducted. ( Packed Lunch is served ). Drive back to Nairobi .Dinner and overnight at a Nairobi hotel.
Day 4. Ostrich Farm Kitengela.
A visit to Ostrich farm with a guided tour to the farm enables you to learn about Ostrich rearing from an egg to a fully grown Ostrich. Ostrich products are available for sale.
A complimentary ostrich feather and sample of ostrich fillet are some of the most interesting things worth the visit but much fun to a booed swimming pool and ostrich racecourse. Dinner and overnight at Nairobi hotel.
Day 5. Naromoru -Mau Mau caves, Bantu Lodge,Kikuyu Culture
After breakfast we pass through coffee and pineapple plantations to the slopes of Mt. Kenya arriving at Lunchtime. Afternoon walk to exciting village tours, bird watching, forest studies, Kikuyu cultural folklore and close walk to Mau Mau historic caves, that help you visualize the struggle our freedom fighters went through. Dinner and overnight at the Bantu Lodge.
Day 6 .Nanyuki-Sweet Waters -Baboon Sanctuary
After breakfast, pass the Equator where a proof demonstration of zero degrees latitude is performed and head to Sweetwater’s Wildlife Sanctuary a beautiful private game reserve and home to rare species such as besia oryx, reticulated giraffe and black rhino. This very special 23,000 acre wildlife sanctuary was originally established to protect and breed highly-endangered Black Rhinos. In 1994 the Jane Goodall Institute established the Sweetwater’s Chimpanzee Sanctuary within the game reserve and moved a large group of chimps here from the unstable situation in their native West Africa. A game drive reveals the full range of African wildlife including lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant and hippo. Visit up close with the wildlife orphanage and observe chimps at this Sanctuary. Late afternoon depart for Nakuru via Thompson’s falls the beautiful waterfall and head to Nakuru arriving late in Evening. Overnight at Nakuru Hotel.
Day 7. Baringo/Bogoria Day Trip
Take a day trip to both Lakes Baringo and Bogoria. You will have a one-hour boat ride with the spectacular scenery of stunning bird life, hippos and crocodiles. There is considerable geothermal activity with hot springs and geysers around the shoreline of Lake Bogoria. Occasionally, huge numbers of flamingos come to feed here, adding to the already famous bird life in the area, also a very good chance of photographing the unusually tame greater kudu. After the day trip drive back to Nakuru. Dinner and Overnight at Nakuru hotel.
Day 8 . Nakuru-Park Full Day Disposal.
After breakfast we have a day tour to this lake that offers one of the world’s most spectacular wildlife sights, a brilliant pink flamingoes as far as the eye can see. When conditions are right, between one and two million lesser and greater flamingos feed around the shores of the shallow soda lake, together with tens of thousands of other birds.
The best place to view the birds is from Baboon Cliff where you will have a picnic lunch
Looking out over the dazzling fringe of pink around the lake’s shores. Here you will also see warthog, waterbuck and large numbers of impala. Other slightly shyer residents include buffalo, Rothschild giraffe, eland, lion, leopard and black rhino. It goes without
saying that this is a bird watchers paradise. Dinner and overnight at Nakuru hotel.
Day 9. Naivasha-Elsemere + Crater Lake Sanctuary
Morning visit to Elsmere, Former home of the late Joy Adamson and his husband who became world famous for their pioneering conservation and relationship with the lioness Elsa as seen in the film” BORN FREE”. A visit reveals many of Joy’s paintings, which still decorate the house. A guided tour and film are shown. After lunch drive to Crater Lake which offers an evocative step back in time – to a bygone era of elegance and romance, in a wilderness untouched by the modern world with a private game sanctuary at a homely environment. Crater Lake offers classic escapes including painting, astrology,as well as ornithological outings to what must be one of the most Beautiful small lakes in creation. Dinner and overnight at a Naivasha hotel.
Day 10. Hells Gate-Full Day Activities-Walks, Rock Climbing
This excursion offers a stunning variety of wildlife including Cheetah, Giraffe, Hyena, Buffalo, Jackal, Eland, Zebra, Topi, Hartebeests, Impala, Gazelle and much more. The bird life too is prolific. The Trail starts at Fishers Tower, the entranceway to Ol Njorowa Gorge. The backdrop to this tower is the dramatic cliff of columnar basalt, which forms the walls of the Gorge. This one-day trail follows the floor of the gorge, the walls climbing steeply on both sides. This two-hour walk through the gorges is fascinating where you wash your hands under a small waterfall and sometimes you find the water too hot to handle. Its very soft, soapy feel to it and a rather unpleasant Sulphury smell. In the middle of the Park, near the entrance to the gorges, is the large volcanic plug called the Central Tower? It is permissible to climb this Tower if you are an accomplished climber and accompanied by our guide. Fischer’s Tower a volcanic plug similar to the Central Tower is 25 meters high and named after a German explorer. Much fun in the wild. This is the only park in Kenya you can walk or cycle. A tour to Olkaria Geothermal power station will be conducted. Dinner at Naivasha lodge.
Day 11. Naivasha Farms-Horticuluture Farms
A full day to the flower farms which are in the area with huge green houses stretch over many kilometres supply all of Europe with flowers and fresh vegetable, which are airlifted from Nairobi. A guided tour to the farms will be conducted. Dinner and overnight at Naivasha Lodge.
Day 12 Naivasha-Masai Mara
After breakfast drive to Masai Mara where the largest concentration of animals is found.
Masai Mara the vast, open grasslands of the Serengeti-Mara are home to over 3
million large mammals. An afternoon game drive in the Masai Mara you have a very good chance of seeing all the major Plains animals including lion,leopard, buffalo, elephant, rhino, hyena, cheetah, jackal, warthog and many species
of antelopes. Overnight at the camp.
Day 13 Masai Mara/Full Day
Full day game viewing in this game reserve which offers virtually every type of wildlife to be found in Kenya with a game drive to the Mara River to observe hippos, crocodiles and other plain games including the black maned Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Elephants and many other herds. Picnic lunch across tree studded grasslands and rolling hills. Dinner and overnight at the camp.
Day 14 Masai Mara Walk
Early morning wildlife observations. Go on a walk into the Ngama Hills accompanied by armed rangers and Warden. After lunch at the camp, drive to a Manyatta. Spend the afternoon at the Manyatta where you learn about various Maasai cultural activities such as dances, weaponry, and also listen to stories on the family set-up, social stratification and taboos told by the locals. . Overnight at the camp.
Day 14. Masai Mara-Nairobi
After breakfast, leave camp for the last game drive on your return journey to Nairobi. Picnic lunch enroute and arrive Nairobi in the afternoon or early evening. Dinner and overnight at a Nairobi Hotel.
Nairobi Shopping and relax. Dinner or Lunch at the Carnivore restaurant. Transfer for you flight back home or safari extension to Kenya’s coast.