Day 1 :
DEPARTURE FROM YOUR AIRPORT
- Depart North America:
Relax and enjoy our scheduled flight from North America.
Day 2 :
ARRIVE MOMBASA - CAMP TSAVO
- Arrive at Mombasa and travel to Camp Tsavo:
Camps International staff will be at Mombasa Airport to greet us and assist with our transfer to Camp Tsavo.We will have a private coach and driver for our transfer from Mombasa Airport to Camp Tsavo, about a 3-4 hour drive.We will continue to Camp Tsavo, which will be our base for the next 7 nights. We will be staying in traditional bandas and tents with comfy mattresses and bedding, the bathroom facilities have modern, cold showers and sinks.Tsavo is the largest national park in Kenya and one of the largest in the world. It is split into two, East and West. The East has much wildlife including elephants and the rest of the big 5.
- Camp Tsavo:
Camp Tsavo gives you the chance to experience life in the real African wilderness. Surrounded by the picturesque Marungu Hills that lie close to the world famous Tsavo National Parks, this area is famed for its wildlife and 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. Once settled into Camp and provided with an arrival safety brief and an orientation of the area, the rest of the day is left to the group to enjoy the views over Marungu Hills. The camp is peaceful, allowing groups to immerse into rural village life.Whilst at camp, three healthy, well balanced and tasty meals will be provided daily. For example, toast, sausage and omelette for breakfast; pasta, chicken stew/curry with chapatis and vegetables for lunch/dinner, and fruit. The signature dish is called Pilau (Swahili local food).
Day 3 :
PRIMARY SCHOOL PROJECT
- Start working on a local school project:
For the next two days we will be 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 interact with the local children, playing games and singing songs.Your evenings are usually spent relaxing in camp and the local kitchen crew will rustle up a delicious dinner for you and your team. After dinner there are plenty of opportunities for group discussion, reflections on project work, keeping travel diaries up to date, as well as various team led games and activities. Local staff are always in camp and are on hand to chat to and help you with anything else that you need.
Day 4 :
CONTINUE PRIMARY SCHOOL PROJECT
Day 5 :
TSAVO EAST NATIONAL PARK SAFARI
- Tsavo East National Park:
Tsavo East National Park is one of the largest parks in Kenya. It is generally flat with dry plains across which the Galana River flow. it is one of the world's largest game reserves providing undeveloped wilderness homes to vast numbers of animals including the larger mammals such as the dust-red elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, hippos, and crocodile. We will drive slowly around the park viewing wildlife in their natural habitat before retunring to camp for dinner.
Day 6 :
TUMAINI WOMEN'S GROUP & MAASAI TRIBE
- Learn about rural village life:
Today you will interact with a local women's group and learn about the daily challeneges 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 micro finance initiative that the women rely on to generate revenue for themselves. This is a fantastic opportunity to really have a deep insight into rural village life.In the afternoon, visit a Maasi tribe to experience their way of life, and enjoy a traditional dance.
Day 7 :
ELEPHANT DETERRENT FENCE & DUNG PAPER MAKING
- Learn about the Tsavo region and work on projects:
Today the group will learn more about the key issues and challenges that exist in the Tsavo region, including the critical issue of human-wildlife conflict. You will work on projects specifically designed to alleviate these problems, such as making elephant deterrent fences; a safe and effective method proven to discourage elephants from going onto community land and destroying crops and livelihoods.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. Elephant dung paper products are sold and used to generate revenue for the community. This is another fantastic initiative designed to promote a harmonious relationship between humans and wildlife.
Day 8 :
MARUNGU HILLS ECO WALK & BUSH ADVENTURE
- Take an Eco Walk and 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 breath-taking. 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 day finishes watching the stars and enjoying a campfire.
Day 9 :
DEPARTURE FROM MOMBASA
- Depart for home:
Our rewarding and enjoyable tour comes to an end as we make our way to the airport on our final day.