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14 Days Big Mammals Safari and Wildlife Volunteering in Amboseli and Tsavo Ecosystem, Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya Safari and Volunteering

Join this wildlife and conservation program as a volunteer and engage in projects that are meant to conserve wildlife and help the local communities. Enjoy daily game drives to monitor animals for their safety against poachers and giving talks to tourists on animal behaviors and the importance of conservation. Find solutions to the conflict between humans and the wildlife and get involved in environmental education by visiting schools and communities.

Key information

  • Minimum group size: 1 person
  • Starting point and ending point: Nairobi

Highlights

  • Wildlife conservation program
  • Daily game drives and bush patrols
  • De-snaring, guiding tourists, and tree planting
  • Giving talks to tourists and school students
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Participation certificate
  • Airport transfers

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13 activity days
Airport transfer included: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
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Accommodation

During this safari, you will stay two nights in Nairobi and 11 nights in a basic bush accommodation.

Program

This wildlife and conservation program will allow volunteers to engage in projects which are set to conserve wildlife and benefit local communities. These projects motivate locals to live harmoniously with the wildlife, hence decreases the human - wildlife conflicts. In the long run, communities profit from economic empowerment through economic projects such as tourism businesses.

Wildlife conservation volunteers are expected to support the conservation of natural resources either directly or indirectly by giving their time and identifying new effective ways to create alternative dimensions of promoting sustainable development through wildlife conservation.

Typical day at the camp

You will wake-up at around 6:00 a.m. and have breakfast at around 6:30 a.m. You will depart for the bush on foot or by 4 x 4 at around 7:00 a.m. for a working session. You will be back around noon. Lunch will take place at around 1:00 p.m., followed by free time to read, rest or discuss with the camp team.

You will depart for the bush on foot or by 4 x 4 at 4:30 p.m. for a working session and be back at around 6:15 p.m. Have a shower heated over a wood fire at around 6:30 p.m., followed by free time. Dinner will be at around 7:30 p.m., followed by free time or discussions with the camp team.

Activities

De-snaring

De-snaring is removing wire snares or traps that poachers set across animal tracks to capture and kill wildlife. The poachers set the wire strategically with the aim of trapping the animal by the neck so as to suffocate it. This is a very cruel method as it is a slow and agonizing death for an animal. For this reason, you will search for the snares at poachers' hot spots and remove them.

Bush patrols

There will be daily game drives to the park with the help of sanctuary rangers volunteers to make bush patrols and monitor animals for their safety against poachers. This patrol helps to identify any injured orphan animal which can easily die from lack of treatment and tender care. Volunteers take record of such incidences and report the cases to the Kenya Wildlife Service, which is in charge of all the wildlife in Kenya.

Guiding and giving talks to tourists

In the sanctuaries, African Authentic Safaris Ltd have two hotels and camp lodges in which tourists spend their holiday while viewing wildlife. Volunteers help in guiding the tourists to where animals have been spotted (for example, the big cats) and make sure the animals are not crowded by the tourists, thus interfering with their freedom in their habitat. Volunteers are also involved in giving talks to tourists on animal behaviors in their habitats and the importance of conservation. They will also develop presentations on animal’s interactions during evening times in the hotels.

Research and human - wildlife conflict

The wildlife, especially the elephants, do cross over to the neighboring community farms and the outcome is massive destruction, thus creating hostility towards wildlife. Volunteers will be involved in researching sustainable solutions on this conflict and developing an alternative source of income for the communities.

Community outreach and education

Wildlife conservation goes hand in hand with tree planting because animals depend on trees for their survival. In the sanctuary, there are indigenous seedlings to plant and to give to the communities. For this reason, volunteers have special visits to the communities to talk about conservation and to plant trees.

School visits

Volunteers will be involved in education on wildlife and will strengthen environmental school clubs on conservation. More ideas are welcomed to run this program effectively.

Location

This safari will take place in Kenya. A country smaller than the state of Texas, the Kenyan landscape combines the Great Rift Valley littered with alkaline lakes, 500 kilometers of coral reef fringed by the most beautiful talcum-soft white sandy beaches, tropical rainforests, snow-covered Mount Kenya on the Equator line, lush agricultural fields, savannah grasslands, and the world's second largest freshwater lake. Kenya is currently the leading safari destination in the world.

Kenya is one of only a handful of countries in Africa having the greatest wildlife diversity in the world including all the big five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and cape buffalo). In addition, Kenya is home to the United Nations Environmental Program's world headquarters, a center for humanitarian relief operations and guardian to three world heritage sites: Central Island (Lake Turkana), Sibiloi National Park / Koobi Fora (Lake Turkana), and Mount Kenya.

Food

During this safari, you will be served daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • All activities as per program
  • 2 days orientation
  • 2 nights accommodation in Nairobi
  • 11 nights accommodation in a budget camp
  • 3 meals per day
  • Meeting and greeting at the airport
  • Transfer back to the airport
  • Outward bound ticket reconfirmation
  • Participation certificate
  • Option to extend for another week

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. African Authentic Safaris Ltd will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Airport transfer included: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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