Kenya charity expedition
Our charity expedition for schools, universities and youth groups to Kenya take you well off the beaten track to experience and get involved with long term sustainable development projects through a hands-on children's camp and charitable development project that is identified, supported, built and maintained by local communities and Moving Mountains in Kenya, thanks largely to your support.
After the camp and project we combine an overland safari and trekking adventure with the cultural experience that Kenya is famous for as we travel to the world renowned Lake Naivasha, Hell's Gate National Park, Mount Longonot and the Masai Mara Game Reserve as well as living the traditional Masai way of life in the rarely visited but stunningly beautiful Mount Suswa Conservancy in the Great Rift Valley.
We have over two decades of evidence that our Kenya charity expeditions have changed lives and communities in Kenya for the better. Most of our Kenyan staff are former street children or beneficiaries of Moving Mountains who attended the camps we ran in the 1990s, they are now young adults who want to give back what they received and continue to forge strong links in slum and rural area's of Kenya which benefit from our involvement, camps and sustainable development projects.
We are founders of the Fair Trade Volunteering movement, and our projects and programmes are determined by the charity Moving Mountains Trust. It's really a case of personal development and international development given equal status, which is how we believe it should be.
This video shows some of the reactions of students from Canada and Kenya during one of the Kenya school adventures:
Tune into our Trip Preparation Page for more information.
Kenya charity expedition itinerary
The itinerary is designed to give participants of the Kenya charity expedition a great all round experience which mixes genuine charitable projects and a camp for kids who benefit directly from them with an overland adventure to explore some of the many National Parks and Game Reserves and experience a bit more of that diverse culture and hospitality that Kenya is famous for.
The first half of the trip is spent with our charity Moving Mountains, following a tried and tested plan of organising and running a children's camp while at the same time building and working on the Moving Mountains project, which is decided upon consultation with the local communities and committees that we work with. Over the years we have re-built or established a number of schools across Kenya, the Rescue Centre for Street Children in Embu and our 'Ulamba' Children's Home and Community Village in Western Kenya.
Kenya charity expedition camp and project
The camp program is specifically designed to take in to account the skills and interests of the participants, and as such you will have a lot of input into how it will play out before you arrive in Kenya. For example, you might have a football coach/players in your group, in which case we'll incorporate some training sessions and arrange some friendly matches with local teams and the kids on the camp, or you might have some musicians in the team who could organise a talent contest in one of the evenings, for us it is about making maximum use of the participants skills and interests and providing the local kids and beneficiaries with an experience that they will cherish and remember throughout their lives.
It also gives you the chance to make friends with people from a different culture and to learn some new skills in a safe environment... And have a lot of fun too! We cannot even begin to describe the benefit that this part of the trip has, not just for the local kids but for everyone involved. It is a humbling experience to see children with so little in material terms be able to offer so much and our camps are a great way to encourage and reward children who excel in difficult circumstances.
We use a lot of sport and games to help kids, but we also have the technology to reach out to young people at home too. The following video shows how a Canadian/Kenya football game became a phenomenon that was shared with thousands of school kids over the net:
The camp and project is followed by an exciting and diverse overland safari which combines adventure, trekking (with summits of Mount Longonot and Mount Suswa), game drives, safari walks and cycling through National Parks with some R&R, swimming, boat trips and tourist attractions as we visit a number of National Parks, Game Reserves and Conservation areas.
The whole charity expedition amounts to a total of 22 days in Kenya and the standard itinerary is below, however some of the youth groups, schools and universities that we work with prefer to adjust this itinerary to fit with their specific preferences which we can of course accommodate.
Kenya charity expedition - Basic itinerary
|1||Arrive in Kenya and either spend one night at a secure camp outside Nairobi (near Nairobi National Park) or transfer to Lake Naivasha or Lake Nakuru (the location of our first night in Kenya is dependent on the location of the camp and Moving Mountains project).|
|2||Either transfer from Nairobi or continue from Lake Naivasha or Lake Nakuru to set up camp at the project location.|
|3-10||8 full days on our Africamp with children who are benefitting directly from the Moving Mountains project that you working on. Aside from the building/renovation project expect the camp to include lots of other activities, including visits to the homes of some of the kids that are camping with us, organising games and sports days, arts and craft, teaching and health/educational talks with the kids, visits to local tourist attractions and other Moving Mountains projects in the area, buying and preparing food and camp fires in the evenings.|
|11||Closing ceremony with the local community in the morning before the kids return home in the afternoon. We'll have a bit of a farewell/celebration meal in the evening and the final prep for the next leg of our journey across Kenya.|
|12||Transfer to Lake Naivasha where we'll set up camp on the shores of this vast freshwater lake.|
|13||R&R day with swimming, boat trip on to Lake Naivasha to search for the wallowing Hippo and swooping Fish Eagles before visiting Elsamere Conservation Centre.|
|14||Day in Hell's Gate National Park where we can cycle alongside giraffe, zebra, warthog, gazelle, buffalo and much more before exploring Hell's Gate gorge with its steaming waterfalls and hot streams.|
|15||Full days climb on Mount Longonot (2,780m - the name comes from the Masai word oloonong'ot, meaning "mountains of many spurs" or "steep ridges"), a breathtaking, dormant volcano which is home to a wide variety of wildlife on its slopes and in its crater floor.|
|16||Transfer to Duka Moja market village and trek through the Suswa Conservancy with our Masai Guides for three nights of wild camping in this rarely visited and stunningly beautiful area of the Great Rift Valley - live like a Masai and track wild dogs, hyena, etc in the early evening.|
|17||Early morning summit on Mt Suswa (1 hour to sunrise viewpoint/3 hours to Suswa summit of Ol Doinyo Nyokie or the Red Mountain - 2,356m) and back to camp for breakfast before visiting Masai villages, schools and experiencing Masai culture before continuing trek to what is considered the world's most complex braided system of lava tubes where you'll also see the 'baboon parliament' where baboon troops take refuge from predators in the evening and the sleeping bat colonies hang from the roofs of the caves during the day.|
|18||Another early start to see the hot springs beneath Suswa force up steam jets at dawn and start our trek to the lost island in the Suswa crater which is about 8 hours trek around the inner crater, dipping in to the forest and open grazing land for the local Masai along the way. Throughout your time in the Mount Suswa Conservancy expect to see giraffe, zebra, klipspringer and Thompson's gazelle, a variety of birdlife and at night genet cats and hyena.|
|19-21||Three day/two night safari to Kenya's premier Game Reserve, the Masai Mara, which is one of the few places in the whole of Africa where you have a good chance of seeing the 'Big 5' in one day. We'll return to Nairobi on the afternoon of day 21, arriving in the early evening for our final night in Kenya.|
|22||Depart Kenya (late afternoon/evening departures allow for visits to the Giraffe Centre and Sheldricks Wildlife Trust in the morning).|
Kenya charity expedition cost £1,495.00
The above cost is for the advertised itinerary, amendments for private teams may alter this cost depending on the changes made.
- Adventure Alternative UK expedition organisation
- Adventure Alternative Kenya staffing and ground logistics
- All internal transport, airport transfers and travel
- All meals and bottled water
- Accommodation provided in safari tents
- Guides on Mount Longonot and Mount Suswa
- All National Park fees and permits in National Parks, Game Reserves and Conservation area's
- All tourist activities in the itinerary
- Medical back-up from Interhealth
- Amref 'Flying Doctor' support
- Moving Mountains fundraising - minimum of £500
- Return flight to Nairobi
- Travel Insurance
- Kenya Visa
- Travel vaccinations and anti-malaria tablets
- Personal spending for souvenirs, snacks, etc
A deposit of £250 is required on booking to secure your place and we ask that the remaining balance (trip price minus the deposit) is paid in full 4 weeks prior to your departure. When you book with us you're given your own secure online account which you can access 24/7. Through this account you can edit your booking, add flight, health, insurance and dietary details and also make interim payments. We make payments as flexible as possible and you can choose, if you wish, to pay a bit off your trip fee whenever it suits you.
Kenya charity expedition fundraising aim
Aside from the expedition cost paid to Adventure Alternative all participants are required to raise a minimum of £400 for the Moving Mountains Trust. This amount funds the costs of the kids camp, Moving Mountains Kenya staff, the developmental project which you will be involved with and all our other projects across Kenya.
The following is a video which shows you the sorts of projects that the money supports and where some of the Kenya school expedition teams visit. You will see there is a lot of history behind some of the social problems, and our vision is always long term:
Fundraising for charity allows you to use sites like MyDonate and Justgiving where you can set up a personal fundraising page to take advantage of the Gift Aid scheme. Gift Aid adds 25p to every £1 donation from a UK tax payer.
NB: The expedition fee, which is payable to Adventure Alternative cannot be paid using MyDonate or Justgiving.
Travel Insurance - you will need travel insurance for this trip, and normal holiday travel insurance is adequate as long as it covers trekking. We advise you to get this insurance early on, so that if you have to make a late cancellation for some reason then you will get all your money back.
Aside from the investment in Adventure Alternative Kenya, there are many more local providers who have benefitted from our model of responsible tourism, and they are small family run businesses like all the market stalls we buy food from or community projects like at Mt Suswa, where Park fee's go towards the conservation of the area and the support of the local Masai tribes as they continue to live their traditional way of life.
Charity Expedition to Kenya - Kit List
- 65-75 Litre Rucksack (put in duffel on plane) and cover
- 80-120L duffel
- 45Ltr Day Pack
- Stuff sacks, waterproof, various sizes
- Waterproof shell jacket and trousers plus gaiters
- Fleece jacket
- Fleece tops or jumpers
- Trekking trousers, shorts
- Trekking shirts
- Thermals or base layers, tops and bottoms
- Warm hat, neck buff, sunhat
- Sun glasses
- Socks, thin ones, trekking ones and thick ones
- Wakiing Boots, trainers, sandals
- Walking Poles, useful for coming down on the mountain
- Working clothes for project and camp - general selection jeans, tops etc
- 3-4 season sleeping bag (comfort temperature approx -5 deg C) and a compression sack to keep it in
- Sleeping bag liner, made out of cotton, useful to keep bag dry and clean
- Sleeping mat
- Head torch & spare batteries
- Camera, memory card & batteries, phone, mp3 player etc, plus chargers (normal three pin plug is fine)
- Water bottle
- Wet wipes, toothbrush and paste, washkit, hand gel
- Personal Medical Kit - Paracetamol, hand gel, antiseptic wipes, plasters, blister plasters, zinc tape, insect repellant, lip salve, throat lozenges, rehydration sachets (Dioralyte), sunblock cream, water purification tablets, personal medication like inhalers, Anti-Malarial tablets as prescribed
- Student Card
- Insurance policy Number & emergency telephone number
- Plane Ticket confirmation & numbers
- Books, cards, games, diary
- Photos of family, house, home area etc to show to your new friends in Kenya, they love to see where you come from!
Note: you must check with your GP for your personal suitability to all medicines and their possible side effects and interactions. Please inform us of the details of all regular medication that you intend to use though the course of your trip and any relevant allergies and medical history related to them.
You also need to check the requirements and regulations of the airline and all countries visited in relation to medications. For example; laws governing transport of some pain control medication and the need keep insulin at a suitable temperature, i.e not in the cargo hold.
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Kenya Charity Expedition - Why Us?
This type of trip has been running since 1991 and has successfully delivered a great and influential experience to thousands of young people, both in the UK and in East Africa. It's essential make-up is the same, and it's still just as popular with students now as it was in the days before mobile phones and facebook. We have not diluted the adventurous nature of it, and we haven't pandered to dumbing down the whole experience of travelling to a new country and culture.
The safety aspect is unrivalled. We have passed the British Standard 8848 audit for overseas youth expeditions, and our staff have been running this trip for (in some cases) well over a decade. The Kenyan staff are brilliant at their job, and in many cases attended the original trips as children back in the 1990s.
We have our own company in Kenya, our own vehicles, equipment, office and full time staff who are well looked after. Nothing is outsourced, everything is checked.
The company works alongside the charity Moving Mountains to make sure that this is not over commercialized, or marketing on young people's desire to help others. We have serious developmental aims, well evidenced and documented over many years now, and we run this programme with an emphasis on the long term benefits.
Our partnerships with schools, communities, villages and the authorities span decades now; we are absolutely confident that this trip does not fall into the traps of short termism, or perpetuating damaging stereotypes of aid. Our experience is that this trip has only ever given all the young people involved a great adventure, lots of self esteem and lots of motivation to make something of themselves.
Have a look at these videos made by our Canadian friend Elia Saikaly who brought a Canadian team of young people on a Kenya school expedition to work on one of our projects called Solio, a community of 17,000 internally displaced people living near Mount Kenya. These two videos show the progression of the project they took part in, and how their trip contributed to our long term vision.
We are fully registered, insured, financially protected and established both in the UK and in East Africa. We are well known to the education authorities, the family courts, the social welfare offices, the village committees and many stakeholders who all advise and guide us properly so that we never fall foul of exploitative tourism.
We have strict policies on selection, training and preparation for all our trips, especially where they involve children. We have no association with orphanage tourism, slum tourism, poverty tourism or indeed financial exploitation of local people. These Kenya charity expeditions have provided a benefit to so many schools, children and communities that we believe we speak with great authority on this subject. Please take a look at the Moving Mountains website to see just how our vision has come to fruition.
You can book your Adventure Alternative holiday for as little as £100.00 and pay the balance in as many instalments as you like. Choose a scheduled date or contact us for private dates, a bespoke itinerary or more trip details.
- Duration 22 days
- Challenge Moderate
- Comfort Camping