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Kenya Discovery

Kenya Discovery

Why not choose the Frontier Kenya Discovery trip? Learn about Kenya and its people, culture, languages and food and explore the best of Kenya’s wildlife.

Prices from $3,445

Kenya is the perfect destination for those with an adventurous spirit and a passion for wildlife. It is a land of majestic beauty, epic landscapes and tribal magic. Wildlife freely roams the vast plains, white sand beaches stretch as far as the eye can see, fringing the turquoise Indian Ocean whilst ancient tribal communities practise traditional customs little changed since the dawn of time. All these combine to provide a fascinating destination.

This project is the perfect opportunity to get off the beaten track and really get to grips with Africa. Once you’ve learnt to do things the Kenyan way you will never want to leave this unique travel destination.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Dance around the camp fire with Maasai tribesmen and women
  • Epic game drives exploring the Great Rift Valley
  • Make lifelong friends and memories

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 17 years

FAST FACTS

Location Kenya
Activities Take a boat ride across Lake Victoria
Visit wildlife sanctuaries
Meet local people
Volunteer on community development projects
Explore historic towns
Cross the equator
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation Home stays, hotels, tented camp

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food
Accommodation
Airport pick-up
Ground transfers
Local orientation
Project training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

With such a wide variety of activities and excursions available in Kenya it is sometimes difficult deciding which to choose to get the most out of your time. Why not choose the Frontier Kenya Discovery trip? Learn about Kenya and its people, culture, languages and food and explore the best of Kenya’s wildlife with a safari in Kenya’s Maasai Mara game reserve and a visit to an animal sanctuary.

Take a break on a beautiful white sand beach or watch the sun set over the savannah. Meet the Maasai tribes and immerse yourself within a number of different community support initiatives throughout the duration of the programme. This adventure will ensure you get the most out of your time in Kenya with a wide range of experiences, creating memories that will last a life time.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Day 1 - Nairobi
Arrival and relaxing after your journey.

Day 2
Get up close and personal with some of Kenya’s animals on a visit to various wildlife sanctuaries. The Nairobi elephant sanctuary and Nairobi giraffe center. Afternoon orientation and getting to know your fellow travellers.

Day 3 - Kaloleni
Meet your local host family and relax at your homestay.

Day 4
Give back to the local community by volunteering at a local hospital. You could find yourself painting, planting trees, talking to patients or helping out in any other area that needs you at the time of your visit.

Day 5
More community volunteer work followed by a visit to a local centre for handicapped people, giving you the chance to play with the children and donate any gifts you may have brought to Kenya with you.

Day 6
An action packed day going on a boat ride to Sunza Island to hear a talk presented on the local environmental conservation efforts and visiting Rabai museum on the way back to learn more about the introduction of education to Africa and more history. Last day in the community to say goodbye

Day 7
Learn more about Kenyan history and culture with a visit to fort Jesus museum in the bustling city of Mombasa, take a tour of the old town, taking in more of the Swahili culture followed by an afternoon on the beach. Accommodation in Mombasa

Day 8 - Mombassa
Take a walking tour exploring exciting conservation projects along Kenya’s beautiful coastline. You could find yourself forging a route through the mangroves at Mida Creek and following butterflies through the forest on your way to visitiing the historical Gedi ruins.
 
Day 9 10 & 11 - Malindi
Fall in love with the smiling faces of Kenya’s children whilst helping out with a number of local community development projects. Visit an orphanage that caters for street children. Help to provide these disadvantaged children with a decent meal, education and fun.

Day 12
Take a break from volunteering today to go on a relaxing ocean boat cruise and visit sites of cultural importance such as the Mbuyu Tree, a sacred traditional site of worship.

Day 13
Time to relax with a day on one of the beautiful white sand beaches.

Day 14 - Nairobi
catch a mid morning flight from Malindi to Nairobi to get energised and ready for the second phase of the tour.

Day 15 Bogoria
Cross the equator today whilst exploring the Great Rift Valley. Look out across the impressive Menengai crater and the stunning Lake Bogoria.

Day 16 Travel through the mid rift valley, en route to the tea plantantions of Kericho and then on to Kisumu town.

Day 17 - Kisumu
Take a boat ride on the immense Lake Victoria, the source of the River Nile. Meet the local people who live on the shores of the biggest lake in Africa.

Day 18 - Maasai Mara
Travel from Kisumu to the Maasai Mara through the towns of Bomet and Narok, arriving in late afternoon for an evening game drive and camp fire in the Maasai Mara.

Day 20
Spend the whole day on a game drive on the hunt for Africa’s “big five”.

Day 21
An early morning wake up to search for any animals missed on the previous day’s game drive before heading back to Nairobi for your final night of celebrations with your new friends.

Day 22 - Nairobi
Final breakfast together before heading home.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be picked up from Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International airport by a friendly local staff member and transported to the guest house, where you can relax and recover from your journey.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Throughout your time in Kenya you will be staying in a wide variety of accommodation, ranging from guest houses to rural homestays, beach hotels and tented camps! This will give you the opportunity to get to grips with all aspects of Kenyan life.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will have the opportunity to try a variety of local dishes, whether it be from a restaurant, meals with your host families or when you are exploring local markets and food stalls. Follow your instincts to gain a truly authentic experience.

Food in Kenya is generally simple, consisting of vegetables, beans, meat or fish with rice or ugali, the staple food for most of sub-saharan Africa consisting of a porridge like dish made from maize flower.

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

When you have free time you can relax and enjoy peaceful evenings spent chatting to locals or reading and reflecting on the charm of your tranquil surroundings. Alternatively, if relaxing isn’t your thing, the coastal region has plenty of activities to offer, such as snorkelling or diving in search of the elusive whale shark or learning about the region's culture by visiting temples or nearby villages, where you can immerse yourself in the local surroundings.

After the trip, you might choose to travel further in Kenya under your own steam or with some of your new friends. You could spend time relaxing on the silvery beaches at Mombasa or swimming in the glittering Indian Ocean that teems with colourful underwater life. Or if you have an adventurous streak, you might like to try hang-gliding or scuba-diving - ask your project staff to help you find a local provider and support the local economy.

COSTS

21 Days $3,445

DEPARTURE DATES

Weekly, please arrive on a Monday.

DURATION

21 days

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Ground transfers
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24 hour international HQ backup

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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