Join Global Gifts for an adventure of learning, volunteering, and exploring the rich culture and natural beauty of one of Africa's most fascinating countries.
About the Tour
The tour will travel throughout Kenya, spending time with organizations making a difference there, including Indiana-based AMPATH and Global Interfaith Partnership, and the fair trade group Imani Workshops. We'll help further these great organizations' missions through fun and purposeful service projects.
When is it?
September 10-23, 2016
Where will we go?
Tour leaders will guide participants through Kenya's capital city of Nairobi, Eldoret (home of Imani Workshops), the city of Kisumu on beautiful Lake Victoria, and the Masai Mara, one of Africa's most beautiful and vibrant national reserves. Trip highlights include:
Visit the fair trade group Imani Workshops and their partner medical treatment program, AMPATH. See first-hand the impact of AMPATH's HIV/AIDS program and visit with the artisans at Imani who have gotten a second chance at life through fair trade. Roll up your sleeves and help us with a workshop improvement and beautification project to help the artisans thrive.
Hike and Bird watch in the Kakamega rain forest, one of the last remnants of the once massive rain forest that covered much of the region.
Experience Kenya's captivating beauty and enjoy the forests and mountains around historic Lake Victoria. Enjoy hiking, boating, and exotic bird-watching in this breathtaking natural environment. En route, we will spend a night in the Kakamega Forest and enjoy hiking and bird watching.
Meet the organizers and students of the Umoja Project, providing education and critical resources to some of Kenya's most vulnerable youth. Change the life of an Umoja Project family through the construction of a home or cow shed.
Explore the natural wonders of the Maasai Mara, one of Africa's greatest wildlife preserves. See the stunning wildlife--lions, zebra, giraffes, and more--in their natural habitat.
Cost & Inclusions
Tour cost is $3,500 per person, based on double occupancy. This price includes:
- All accommodations, airport transfers and in-country transportation, including internal flight from Nairobi to Eldoret
- Primary flight scheduling guidance*
- Most meals (see itinerary for details)
- Local guides, drivers, and cooks
- Global Gifts staff guide
- Pre-departure information and briefings
- Coordination of all service work
- Materials and building supplies for service projects
- Supply essentials for home visits
- Park entrance fees
- Safari vehicle and guide
- Lake Victoria boat ride
A $500 deposit is due upon registration. Final balance is due May 1, 2016
*Trip cost does not include primary airfare. Participants will be responsible for booking and payment for travel to and from Nairobi. We will go as a group if possible.
Register or More Information
Contact Kelly Trimble at Global Gifts, Tel: 317 569 0670, firstname.lastname@example.org today to sign up or for more information. You can also use the form below.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is the trip guide?
Kelly Trimble is a Global Gifts staff member and experienced tour guide. She has traveled extensively, lived internationally (including two years in Africa) and led ten expeditions to destinations in Africa and Europe. Prior to joining Global Gifts, Kelly served as an International Trade Specialist with the Indiana Department of Commerce. She also developed a company, ViAfrika, importing from fair trade projects and creating fair trade projects and products in South Africa.
Are you concerned about Ebola?
No. Ebola is a very serious illness that has been primarily contained (although a few cases were recently reported in Sierra Leone) and never affected western Africa. Our Kenya Tour will not travel into or through any Ebola-affected areas.
How will we travel within the country?
After arrival in Nairobi, participants will travel by plane to Eldoret. After this, all travel will be by bus, with the same driver and vehicle for the entire trip.
Where will we stay?
Accommodations will be in a combination of hotels, lodges and guest houses--comfortable, clean and safe. Outdoor sitting areas and on-site facilities, such as restaurants and other amenities. Exception is Maasai Mara which could include tented camps (the best way to stay in this area).
Should I be concerned about safety?
Your safety is our utmost priority. We are working with established Kenyan groups on the ground and will always be met and accompanied by professional staff and drivers. Accommodations are selected which offer security and safety procedures. We are connected with AMPATH and as such follow rules for travel based on recommendations from them and the State Department to ensure we are always up to date on any threats to travel in the region.
How can I prepare for the trip?
Our tour is designed to make everything as simple as possible for you. Prior to the trip, we will have a series of pre-departure meetings to give you all the information you need about inoculations, essential items, visas, and any other concerns you may have.