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10 Days Voluntour and Wildlife Safari in Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Wildebeest Eco Camp, Nairobi, Kenya

Unforgettable Volunteering Program and Wildlife Safari Kenya

Embark on an unforgettable trip to an authentic Masaai Mara village to volunteer at a local school with bright-eyed school children. Enjoy free time to explore the village and learn about the unique local way of life. Take optional nature walks with a local guide and immerse yourself in the pristine natural surroundings of the unique community. In this safari, travel to the Maasai Mara community, admiring stunning landscapes in the Great Rift Valley along the way. Help out with the school’s daily tasks, lessons, and projects. Moreover, enjoy a full-day safari drive and a morning game drive to see beautiful African mammals and birds. Have a picnic lunch at the Mara River before returning to the village to witness the singing and dancing that are part of their daily lives and sacred rituals. This is a full-on African experience you would not want to miss!

Key information

  • Private or group safari
  • Starting point and ending point: Nairobi
  • Park fees are included

Highlights

  • One full day and one early morning game drive in Masai Mara
  • Join in as a volunteer a beautiful project to help the community
  • Explore Maasai Mara National Reserve and get acquainted with the Masai culture
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

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

Your accommodation for the duration of your volunteer project will be a campsite, with the option of staying in a Masai Manyatta cultural home (with outside bathrooms and showers) for some nights. Upon arrival in Masai Mara you will be shown both options (subject to availability). In Nairobi, you will be accommodated at the Wildebeest Eco Camp.

Program

Day 1: Arrival day (Saturday)

You will be picked up at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) and transferred to your eco-camp. Get settled in and then have free time to relax and enjoy your first day in Africa! You will stay overnight in Nairobi. Lunch and dinner will be served.

Day 2: Nairobi to Maasai Mara community (Sunday)

On day two, you will take a transfer from Nairobi to the Maasai Mara community, passing through beautiful rural Kenyan towns with the chance to admire stunning landscapes in the Great Rift Valley along the way. Upon arrival, you will receive a briefing about the community and the volunteer project in which you will be participating and helping the local people. You will have dinner and stay overnight in Maasai Mara. Breakfast and lunch will also be provided.

Days 3 to 7: Volunteer in the community (Monday to Friday)

You will be taken to a local school where you will help out with daily tasks, lessons and/or building projects like building tables and chairs as needed. You will receive a briefing upon arrival and given instructions on what needs to be done for the day. Help out the kids with their daily lessons, reading and writing, English, sports, drama, physical education, and homework.

If classes are out for the day, you can also help work on the maintenance and construction of the school facilities. The project only operates while school is in session from January to March, May to July, and September to November. The program's goals are to support children in daily schoolwork, offer additional activities through sports, hobbies, and more, and help to maintain or build community homes and structures. Five breakfasts, lunches, and dinners will be provided.

Day 8: Maasai Mara safari (Saturday)

On day eight, you will enjoy full day drives for the day to absorb the beauty and splendor of the Mara. In the country of breathtaking vistas, view its vast assemblages of plains game together with their associated predators. Mara has the largest population of lions to be found in Kenya. Other animals to be seen there include the buffalo, Black rhino, hippopotamus, leopard, cheetah, common zebra, Coke's hartebeest, White-bearded gnu, Oribi, warthog, and Thomson's and Grant's gazelles.

The bird life of the Mara is as profuse as its mammalian fauna. Have a picnic lunch in the Mara River where you can enjoy your lunch box while watching crocodiles and hippos laze around in their natural habitat. That is a great way to take advantage of your time in the park and enjoy seeing the views below and all around you. After lunch, continue your game drive in search for more wildlife.

You will be dropped off back at the Maasai village at 05:00 p.m. for an opportunity to visit the Maasai people to witness the singing and dancing that are part of their daily lives and sacred rituals. Upon arrival at the village, proceed for a nature walk with the Maasai naturalist guide. You will get to see herbs that are used as medication among the Maasai.

Return to the village where a campfire will be lit. There will be entertainment from the women, children, and men of the village, followed with a chance for you to join in their dancing. The chief will then give you stories of their culture and tradition. They will show you how the herbs seen during the nature walk are prepared and used.

You will also have a glimpse into their homes and social structure. Dinner will be served at the village followed by coffee and tea as you leave to return to the camp for overnight. Breakfast will also be provided on day eight.

Day 9: Maasai Mara safari to Nairobi (Sunday)

Have an early morning game viewing drive in the park and return to the camp for full breakfast. After breakfast, you will then depart on a leisurely drive to Nairobi, arriving in the late afternoon. Drop off at your eco-camp. Lunch and dinner will also be provided.

Day 10: Departure day (Monday)

You will be dropped off at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). Your unforgettable Maasai Mara Voluntour adventure will come to an end as you say goodbye to Kenya and check in for your return flight home. The team will wish you a safe journey for your onward travels! Breakfast will be provided.

School schedule

Classes start at 08:00 a.m. and finish at 4:00 p.m. with a break for tea from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and lunch at 12:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Each lesson lasts approximately 45 minutes.

Open

  • January 3 to March 30
  • May 1 to July 31
  • September 1 to November 15

Closed for the holidays

  • April 1 to 30
  • August 1 to 31
  • November 16 to December 31

Note: Please note that depending on circumstances outside the organizer's control, the order of this itinerary may be subject to change without notice.

Location

This safari will take place in Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.

Food

During this safari, meals will be provided daily from lunch on the first day to breakfast on the last.

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

Things to do (optional)

While on the project, you can use your free time in the village to learn about the local lifestyle and the unique traditions of the colorful and vibrant community. You can also take an optional nature walk with a local guide, at no extra charge except for a tip that you can pay directly to the guide. If you are in need of a break from village life, you can spend an afternoon in one of the neighboring lodges where you can swim and have a meal at the restaurant, at an extra cost on your own.

What's included

  • 9 nights accommodation
  • 5 days volunteering in Maasai Mara
  • 2 safaris in Maasai Mara National Park
  • Park fees
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Transfers from and to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO)
  • Transportation from Nairobi to Maasai Mara
  • Briefing about the volunteer program

What's not included

  • Flight tickets
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks
  • Extra days of volunteering
  • Suggested donation to the volunteer project
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

please book your flight to arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). Transfers from and to the airport are included. Bamba Experience 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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