Below is information on a few of our guesthouses in Kenya.
Indaba Camp is located on Muiri Lane, off the Langata Road on the outskirts of Nairobi, next to Nairobi National Park and the Bomas of Kenya. It has camping, dormitories, shared and private room accommodation available and is just next to a western shopping centre. Popular tourist attractions like the David Sheldricks Wildlife Trust, the Giraffe Centre and the Nairobi National Park Animal Orphanage are all easily accessed from Indaba Camp.
Embu - Eastern Province
The Embu guesthouse has a hostel style set up and is a temporary home for many of our charity volunteers and students on their electives or gap year. It is located just off the Embu - Meru Highway, about 2 minutes walk from the Embu Provincial Hospital and 5 minutes walk from the popular Izaak Walton hotel/bar. Everything in Embu is within walking distance though there are taxi and matatu services along the Embu - Meru Highway that will get you in to the town centre in a couple of minutes, otherwise it is a 15 - 20 minute walk.
At least one member of staff will be staying in the guest house (or in accommodation next to the guest house if all the beds are taken) and will be on hand to help with shopping, cooking and any queries that you may have. The rest of the Embu team all live nearby. There is a communal kitchen and there are a number of reasonably sized supermarkets in town (though we try to encourage people to buy fresh fruit and vegetables from markets stalls we have helped to set up as businesses for former street children from the Rescue Centre).
Bedding is provided, as are mosquito nets to cover the beds and there is also a large living area with TV, DVD, playstation and wi-fi internet access, as well as flush ceramic toilets and a hot shower. The house also has a large garden and porch where you can organise BBQ’s or just relax and read in the evenings, looking out over Embu town and the hills behind it.
Ulamba, Siaya District - Western Kenya
The guest rooms in Western Kenya are on the grounds of our ‘Ulamba Orphanage and Community Village’, located on the roadside of the Kisumu - Siaya Road, close to a couple of schools which have been developed by Moving Mountains and a number of small rural villages. The nearest town is Siaya, which is a 20 minute matatu journey. The main city in Western Kenya is Kisumu, on the shores of Lake Victoria, which is about one hours drive from Ulamba.
As with Embu, the rooms and facilities are basic but comfortable and sociable and all bedding is provided, as are mosquito nets to cover the beds. There are at least 4 members of staff at any one time on the grounds of Ulamba, including carers, local volunteers and security. All the staff at Ulamba will be able to help with shopping, cooking and any queries that you may have. The nearest Western-style supermarket is in Kisumu but all local foods are available at market stalls in the small villages near Ulamba and at small supermarkets in Siaya town.
There are four guest rooms in total which surround the large living and dining area where there is a DVD and TV and kitchen. There is also electricity now at Ulamba, although power cuts are frequent in this rural part of Kenya. There are private wash rooms and the toilets are traditional long drops.
The rent that we charge for staying in a room, which is incorporated into the trip fee, goes to Moving Mountains. Therefore spending time at Ulamba actually offsets the cost of caring for 40+ children. Similarly at Embu, you offset the cost of running the Street Child Rescue Centre that we have in the town. This is a classic example commerce supporting charity, and our commitment to Fair Trade Volunteering.