Your time will be split between our tented camps at the coast, in the Shimba Hills and in the bush close to Tsavo National Park. Between them you’ll get stuck into a series of sustainable conservation and community projects making a considerable difference to the people and their environments.
Coast - Diani Beach
This camp at Makongeni is a short distance from Diani Beach on the South Kenya Coast, famous for its shallow, warm, reef protected water. A variety of restaurants, water sport centres, internet, shopping and other facilities are close by. 10 minutes away is Ukunda town, home to the indigenous Digo people providing local culture and colourful market stalls.
Shimba Hills - Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary
We are extremely lucky to have a mobile camp in this sanctuary with a 360-degree view over the herds of elephant. It has the densest population of elephants per square mile for anywhere worldwide.
The Sanctuary is community owned and here you'll play an instrumental role in developing initiatives aimed at reducing the human-wildlife conflict. The journey to Mwaluganje is a 45-minute drive from the beach that winds through stunning landscape. You'll work alongside the Wildlife Rangers, local communities and of course, the elephants!
The Bush - Rukinga Ranch, Tsavo
The third is at Ruknga Ranch a tented camp about 4 hours from the coast, bordering Tsavo National Parks. It is a permanent bush camp in the centre of Rukinga Sanctuary, set out like an African village, surrounded by endless views of the African Bush. There is one large mess area with a large campfire where you'll all hang out after a hard day's work.
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Children in Makongeni school, the wildlife at Mwaluganie Elephant Sanctuary and Rukinga Ranch, the Imani community.
The Coast - Makongeni Village (4 weeks)
Teach children English and Sport at Makongeni School during term time
Help in other nurseries/child care centres
Help construct classrooms
Work alongside local children to construct organic charcoal briquettes
Improve access to clean drinking water
Tree planting with primary school kids to teach about forest conservation
Help with landscaping, cultivating native tree species and planting seedlings
The possibility to assist with an orphan outreach programme - helping orphans and other vulnerable people
We help this small Foundation ‘Rafiki Kenya’ to provide valuable support to the community in a number of ways: medical, ‘a bed for a child’, improving infrastructure – classrooms, medical centre, ablution (sanitation) blocks and empowering women’s groups with income generating schemes.
Marine Mangrove Conservation
Helping women's groups develop their fish culture business by constructing fishponds in the mangroves.
Shimba Hills - Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary (2 weeks)
Monitoring of elephants and identification on game drives
Maintain/improve visitor facilities e.g. campsites, roads and fences
Help develop schools surrounding the Wildlife Sanctuary
Improving the gift shop and produce a range of quality elephant dung paper products that can be sold to increase revenue for the sanctuary!
Plant indigenous tree species in the sanctuary
Develop wildlife education programmes for the surrounding communities.
The coast - Makongeni Village (1 week)
Finish off your projects at Makongeni, say farewell to your friends in the community and prepare for the journey to Tsavo.
The Bush - Rukinga Ranch, Tsavo (3 weeks)
Improve the rural primary school
Construct sports and play facilities
Provide teaching assistance and environmental education
Promoting local micro-enterprise initiatives
Make traditional African crafts, such as beadwork, jewellery and furniture
Live with the Imani community getting to know what it’s like to survive in a rural community and gain a greater understanding of rural issues -
Help to manage habitats, excavating waterholes and planting trees
Learn animal survey techniques, collect zoological samples and help to improving educational displays for the conservation centre
Monitor the usage of waterholes by wildlife
Wildlife viewing and recording
Elephant identification (up to 10,000 elephants pass through Tsavo!)
Brush up your bush skills